Alert Level Change: Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Friday, I sent a message noting that we had nine students who tested positive for COVID-19. Over the past couple of days that number has risen to 16 positive student cases. Nearly all of the additional students were already in quarantine when they tested positive, which is a sign that information gained from contact tracing is allowing us to identify the people we need to isolate. Our rigorous testing regimen and contact tracing are fulfilling their goal of helping us contain the spread of the virus.

However, beginning 1:00 p.m. today (Sunday), we are shifting from Modified Alert Level 1-Green to Modified Alert Level 2-Yellow, out of an abundance of caution and to limit further spread of COVID-19. The new alert level signifies that the number of people testing positive is still manageable, that effective contact tracing remains possible, and that we have confidence in the ability to contain, isolate and remediate small clusters.

With a shift to Alert Level 2-Yellow, the following campus operations and policies will be readjusted:

  • Dining will again be take-out only with no seating in the dining halls.

  • Coffee shops will be carry-out only.

  • Residence halls will again be limited to residents only.

Please note that Alert Level 2-Yellow continues to be modified. We are limiting travel in New London County only to essential needs because of the high levels of COVID-19 in the region.  

During our final weeks together on-campus, it is critical that you follow the Camels Care Pledge and, in particular, avoid close contact in group settings. This is now our second small spike of the semester. In both cases, COVID-19 “was in the room” and so it easily spread within the group. It will happen again if you do not remain vigilant in keeping a safe distance and covering your face when spending time with peers, colleagues, and friends. 

We all have a responsibility to keep COVID-19 levels low within our campus community and in the region. I know we can do it. Thank you for continuing to do your part.

Sincerely,

Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students