COVID-19 Response

The purpose of this communication is to offer more information about planning for the various eventualities we face.  Please know that none of us has the ability to accurately anticipate all possible contingencies and developments.  For that reason, the following is subject to change at any point depending upon actual conditions.

Campus updates from President Lyle Roelofs

Daily COVID-19 Update: July 10, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, July 10, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Here are the Kentucky and Madison County numbers for yesterday’s report: Kentucky reported 425 new cases and 8 new deaths yesterday.  The testing rate continues to be sufficient with a reported positivity rate of only 4.5%.  Madison County reported […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 9, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, July 9, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 335 new cases today and 4 deaths.  Madison County is reporting 12 new cases today for an overall total of 194; 136 have recovered, but our local surge is continuing, I am told, primarily within family […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: July 8, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 402 new cases today and 6 new deaths.  Madison County is reporting 13 new cases today for an overall total of 183; 1 is hospitalized; 45 recovering at home; and 136 have recovered.  (The 7-day average […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: July 7, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 438 new cases and 9 new deaths.  Madison County is reporting 10 new cases today for an overall total of 171; 136 have recovered.  (The 7-day average number of cases in our immediate area is increasing […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: July 6, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, July 6, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Over the three-day holiday weekend, Kentucky is reporting 776 new cases and 8 new deaths, continuing our gradual decrease.  Kentucky was identified in the national news today as one of only 4 states with declining numbers.  For the 4-day […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: July 2, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, July 2, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 239 cases and 9 deaths today.  (Yesterday, I sent the update out early, so the numbers were not yet available.  Yesterday there were 218 cases and 7 deaths.  The 7-day averages are staying in the vicinity of […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: July 1, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky’s numbers have not yet been released for today.  (I am trying to get this out earlier so that I can include the following reminder.)  Madison County is reporting 6 new cases today for an overall total of 136; […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 30, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 277 new cases today and 5 additional deaths.  The 7-day averages are holding steady at a little over 200 new cases per day and 4 deaths.  Many other states in our country are not doing as […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 29, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, June 29, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 115 new cases today and 2 additional deaths.  Madison County is reporting 3 new cases today for an overall total of 128; 102 have recovered. Notice for the attention of staff members The AC will be […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 26, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, June 26, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 256 new cases today and 7 additional deaths.  The dramatic outbreaks in various other parts of the country are continuing and finally seem to be getting the attention of state and federal authorities.   Madison County […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 25, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, June 25, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 280 new cases today and 8 additional deaths.  The 7-day average of new cases continues to creep up.  We have all seen the news reports of very dramatic outbreaks in various other parts of the country, […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 24, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky is reporting 229 new cases today and only 1 additional death.  The 7-day average of new cases is creeping up and the average for deaths/per day is staying around 3 or 4.   Madison County’s uptick continues with […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 23, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, June 23, 2020, primary election day in Kentucky! Kentucky update Kentucky is reporting 315 new cases today and 11 additional deaths.  The 7-day averages remain quite steady.   Madison County reported 3 new cases again today (for an overall total of 107);  82 have recovered.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 22, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, June 22, 2020. Kentucky update Kentucky is reporting 209 new cases over the two day weekend and 2 additional deaths.   Madison County reported 3 new cases today adding to 2 over the weekend (for an overall total of 104);  82 have recovered.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 20, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, June 20, 2020. This is too early in the day for new statistics to be available.  My next update will be on Monday, and the weekend data will be provided then.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 19, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, June 19,  Juneteenth, 2020. Kentucky update Kentucky is reporting 257 new cases today and 2 additional deaths.  The downward trends in Kentucky is at risk, and the ratio of positive tests continues to increase, exceeding 6% now, meaning we should be doing more testing.   Madison County […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 18, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, June 18, 2020. After a number of briefer updates, this one is nearly bursting with important items.  Begging your indulgence, I ask you to read them all and reward yourself at the very end with an amazing vocal performance by Dr. Kathy Bullock. Kentucky update Kentucky is […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 17, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Kentucky update Kentucky is reporting 166 new cases today and 6 new deaths.  The gradual downward trends are continuing but VERY slowly.   Madison County reports one new case today (for an overall total of 92) with no one hospitalized and 20 recovering at […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 16, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Kentucky update Kentucky is reporting 160 new cases today and 7 new deaths in two days.  The First Lady and I will be seeing our grandchildren soon, so we got tested today—both negative, but our sinuses are not pleased!

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 13, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, June 13, 2020. Kentucky update from yesterday Kentucky report from yesterday was for 221 new cases and 4 new deaths.  These numbers are consistent with Kentucky’s continuing gradual downward numbers.  I do not expect to have new statistics today or tomorrow.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 12, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, June 12, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County COVID-19 update Kentucky has not reported its daily stats yet—I will include that information in tomorrow’s update.  As of today, Madison County is up to a total of 85 cases, an increase of 12 since Monday, with just one person […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 11, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, June 11, 2020. Kentucky COVID-19 update Kentucky is reporting only 69 new cases today, but Gov. Beshear says this is due to a software problem with the federal system that states use to submit their reports.  Tomorrow’s numbers will be higher and reflect the missing cases in […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 10, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Kentucky COVID-19 update Kentucky is reporting 175 new cases today and 7 deaths.  The 7-day average of new cases continues stuck at about 210 with testing continuing to increase.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 9, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Madison County and Kentucky COVID-19 update Kentucky is reporting 245 new cases today and 5 deaths over the weekend.  The plateau is continuing in the Commonwealth.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 8, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, June 8, 2020. Madison County and Kentucky COVID-19 update Kentucky is reporting 190 new cases today and 2 deaths over the weekend, which is a nice drop in both statistics.  Madison County, on the other hand, had somewhat of a surge, reporting 10 new cases in the […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 6, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, June 6, 2020. Kentucky update Kentucky is reporting 310 new cases today and 4 deaths.  Case numbers continue to rise slowly, but are still right at 4.0% of tests conducted, meaning the increase is likely due to increased availability of testing.   The number of deaths and the […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 5, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, June 5, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County update Kentucky reported 272 new cases today and 8 new deaths.  Case numbers have risen slightly in the last week, but in a fixed ratio to the number of tests completed, suggesting that we are still on a plateau.   In […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 4, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, June 4, 2020. Kentucky update Kentucky reported 295 new cases today (another uptick) and 8 new deaths.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 3, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Some thoughts about the present situation in our country I do not recall a time when our country was facing three serious crises simultaneously.  We have the pandemic, a crisis that has been with us already for months, will likely continue for six months […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 2, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County updates Kentucky reported 155 new cases today and 3 new deaths.  Our Governor also reported encouraging efforts to investigate the death of the new victim, David McAtee, at the hands of law enforcement in Louisville.

Daily COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, June 1, 2020. Kentucky and Madison County updates Madison County reports one new case over the weekend, for a total now of 54.  The one individual hospitalized has been released.  Kentucky reported 214 new cases today and 8 new deaths in Kentucky.  Appropriately, much attention is shifting […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 30, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, May 30, 2020. Updates There is no new information regarding cases in Madison County or Kentucky.  The KY websites are not updated on the weekends.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, May 29, 2020. Madison County update Because of the Memorial Day holiday the county emergency planning group has not met since last Friday.  There have been 10 new cases reported in the county in the last week, for a total now of 53.  Three new cases were […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 28, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, May 28, 2020. An advance announcement from the Seabury Center More details will be shared later, but I wanted to let the campus community know that the Seabury Center will be re-opening up for a limited set of activities, including use of the pool and the workout […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 27, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  (I was thinking of calling this Memorial Day, too, but we should not continue indefinitely.) Kentucky update Kentucky continues to decline with 127 new cases and 6 deaths; no new cases in Madison County! Stay safe everyone, Lyle Roelofs, President

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 26, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Kentucky update I held this update a little later than usual today so that I could provide the Kentucky update.  Today Gov. Beshear very movingly addressed Sunday’s horrible protest, which included a hanging in effigy and a blatant attempt to bully the […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 23, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10 weeks since we closed the campus! Kentucky update There were only 5 reported deaths in Kentucky, yesterday.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 22, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, May 22, 2020. Madison County update There were two new cases reported for this week in Madison County, for a total now of 43.  None are hospitalized at present; six are recovering at home and 36 are recovered.  Some other items of note for our area: The […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 21, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, May 21, 2020. Kentucky update Yesterday there were 10 reported deaths in Kentucky, so the previous day’s 20 seems to have been an outlier.  Tomorrow I will have a Madison County update, as well.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 20, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Kentucky update While testing is increasing in the state and the number of reported new cases is fairly level, yesterday there were 20 reported deaths, I believe our highest number ever, so things are still very difficult, particularly in the nursing homes and prisons.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 19, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Kentucky update The number of new cases continues to gradually decline in Kentucky, which is good news as the state is also very gradually re-opening.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, May 18, 2020. Madison County update Madison County reports 4 new cases since Friday for a total now of 41.  None is hospitalized at this point; 8, recovering at home; and 32, recovered.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 16, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, May 16, 2020. I do not have much new information for you today, but I did want to remind everyone of the salute to seniors tomorrow afternoon.  Because of that event, I am not planning on sending a separate update, but hope everyone will turn in for […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 15, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, May 15, 2020. Madison County update Madison County reports one new case, for a total now of 37.  None are hospitalized, 4 are recovering at home and 32 are considered fully recovered.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 14, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, May 14, 2020. Kentucky update The Kentucky situation is continuing to reflect gradual improvements in the number of cases and deaths.  Governor Beshear announced the first extra availability of drive-through tests for Madison County for next week.  You do have to sign up for a test.  More […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 13, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Madison County update Our county health department is reporting 1 new case today for a total of 36.  No one is hospitalized (very good news!), 7 recovering at home, 28 fully recovered, 1 deceased.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 12, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Commonwealth of Kentucky update The number of new cases continues to gradually decline with only about 100 reported by Governor Beshear yesterday.  Unfortunately, he did also report the first case of that scary juvenile syndrome in the state.  A 10-year-old is on a ventilator […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 11, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, May 11, 2020. Madison County update The County is reporting two additional cases for a total so far of 35.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 7, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, May 7, 2020. Kentucky update After the surge in cases announced Tuesday evening  Governor Beshear announced last evening that the number of new cases had returned to the current normal, around 159 and 8 more deaths, so hopefully we are back on the downward slope.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 6, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Madison County update Madison County is reporting no new cases today, for a cumulative total of 30; one remains hospitalized; 4 recovering still at home; 24 recovered.  Governor Beshear announced last evening that Kentucky had had quite a difficult day with over 600 new […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 5, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Kentucky update In his 5 pm update yesterday Gov. Beshear reported 163 new cases for a total of 5245 to date and 8 deaths for a total of 261.  It is very sad that we are continuing to lose fellow Kentuckians to the illness, […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 4, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, May 4, 2020. Madison County update Madison County is reporting two new cases today, for a total now of 29.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 3, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Sunday, May 3, 2020. Missing Commencement Today would have been the day.  Rehearsals would have been completed; families and friends would have gathered; parking would have been a mess; we’d all be watching the weather carefully and fretting that thunderstorms are possible beginning at 1:00 pm; I would […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 2, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, May 2, 2020. Kentucky update Governor Beshear is taking today off from his daily briefing; the first time in weeks.

Daily COVID-19 Update: May 1, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, May 1, 2020. Madison County update There are no reported new cases, so that the total number remains at 27.  Several persons have been able to leave the hospital; one remains hospitalized; five are recovering at home, and 20 have fully recovered.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 30, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, April 30, 2020. Kentucky update Yesterday Governor Beshear announced that there were 184 new cases in Kentucky and 10 more deaths.  These numbers are in line with us being on the plateau.  Another focus of his report was the plan for a gradual re-opening of businesses and […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 29, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Madison County update The County is reporting one new case in the last 24 hours, leaving us at a total of 27 with: 1 hospitalized; 8 recovering at home; 17 recovered; and the 1 deceased.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 28, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Kentucky update Last evening Governor Beshear was quite upbeat about the COVID-19 situation in the Commonwealth.  He reported the first time in several weeks that the number of new cases in the state is less than 100 and thought that we could be a […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 27, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, April 27, 2020. Madison County update There were no new cases in our county reported today.  Our total now stands at 26 thanks to a couple from the weekend.  I have been reporting that of these cases, one person was hospitalized for quite some time.  That individual […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 24, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, April 24, 2020. A Madison County COVID-19 update Madison County reports 2 new cases since Wednesday for a total now of 25.  The one person who had been hospitalized was released yesterday, so all others aside from the one person who passed away, are recovered or recovering […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 23, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, April 23, 2020. A Kentucky COVID-19 update The rate of KY infections is seeming to have plateaued, but not yet begun to decrease.  The Governor has announced a first step in re-opening, that pertaining to hospitals, which can now start to schedule elective surgeries.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 22, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, April 22, 2020. A Madison County COVID-19 update The county has recorded 2 new cases over the last two days for a total of 23 cases: 15 are recovered; 6 are recovering at home; 1 remains hospitalized; and we have had the one death reported now two […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 21, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, April 21, 2020. A Kentucky COVID-19 update Yesterday Governor Beshear announced that he would be recommending that school systems continue with NTI teaching and cancel any plans to resume at all for this academic year.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 20, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, April 20, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County Today’s update lists no new cases in the county and it has now been a week since we have had a new case.  Statewide things are still more challenging, particularly in some of the extended care facilities.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, April 16, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Kentucky As of yesterday evening, Kentucky is now at 2210 confirmed cases (still low compared to similar neighboring states on a per capita basis) and 115 deaths.  It is expected that there will be cases in the state into […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 15, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, which would have been (shudder) tax day, which has been postponed to July 15 on account of the pandemic. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County We have had no new cases in the County since Monday.  Still 21 confirmed with 10 recovered, 9 […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 14, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Kentucky Governor Beshear announced last evening that we are at about 2000 cases in the State and 100 deaths in Kentucky.  Sadly, the biggest issues right now seem to be centered on nursing homes and prisons.  Thanks to early […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 13, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, April 13, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County We have had a total of 21 cases in the county: 13 presently recovering at home; 6 fully recovered; 1 remaining hospitalized; and 1 deceased.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 9, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, April 9, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Kentucky Kentucky stands as one of the states that are affected less severely than others, including its immediate neighbors, Ohio and Tennessee.  KY has recorded about 30 cases per 100,000 residents with 73 fatalities, to date.  For Ohio, those […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 8, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County There are a couple more confirmed cases in the county for a total to date of 17; no additional deaths.

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 7, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, April 7, 2020. An announcement from HR A reminder to all staff and students, this Friday is Good Friday, which is a holiday on the College calendar.  There will not be any classes or work scheduled with the exception of a few essential personnel.  Please take that […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 6, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, April 6, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County We had one more additional case over the weekend in the county for a total to date of 14.  Two remain hospitalized, eight are recovering at home, three are recovered and one, as noted previously, unfortunately, passed […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 3, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, April 3, 2020. The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County We now have 12 confirmed cases in the County, and, sadly, we have also had our first death.  No further information has been made available by the family.  Of the 12, two are hospitalized and others are […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 2, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, April 2, 2020. Something to share from Aaron Beale for Student Crafts Yesterday, Deloris Reed of Student Crafts was contacted by an alumna named Dixie Shugars (I mean the name is good enough to share on its own!).  Ms. Shugars (originally from Casey County, now living in […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: April 1, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, April 1, 2020. An announcement from Madison County Public Health We have 4 new cases in the county for a total of 12 now, 5 hospitalized and 7 recovering at home.  Further information is never provided.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, March 31, 2020. An announcement from the Labor Program March 31st of this year would have been the 99th year of holding Labor Day celebrations at Berea College. Unfortunately, our plans had to be canceled due to the pandemic. And while we cannot physically celebrate together, the Labor […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 30, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, March 30, 2020. First, a message of thanks… Many Americans have continued to work and to serve throughout this crisis, even though doing so exposes them to greater risk.  We need to thanks all of these folks from the bottom of our hearts, the people on the […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 28, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, March 28, 2020. First, a little humor… Many churches are holding their services virtually at this point, following the guidance, in Kentucky at least, of our Governor.   This is a good thing, of course, but streaming platforms have many features, which can trip up the unwary as happened […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, March 27, 2020. “Thy Chimes Will Ring for Me Each Day” Following the urging of Governor Beshear, the Phelps Stokes Chapel chimes will ring at 10:00 am each day.  Many thanks to Dr. Javier Clavere for dealing with the necessary programming.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, March 26, 2020. An announcement from the Finance Office The refund checks many of you were awaiting were processed yesterday.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 25, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  Lots of announcements today as we continue to adjust to new guidance coming in. An announcement from the NCAA First year women’s basketball play Aaliyah Hampton has been named the NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR by D3Hoops.  This is an amazing honor for Aaliyah, […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Social distancing Yesterday I mentioned my appreciation for Governor Beshear, and he said something in his daily press briefing yesterday that seemed worth passing along, “Social distancing does not mean social isolation.”  His point, of course, being that isolation is not good for any […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 23, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Monday, March 23, 2020. Announcement from College Square In response to the Governor’s order from yesterday, we will be closing all retail operations, including the Loghouse, the College Store and Printing Services.  The latter will continue to serve College needs.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 22, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Sunday, March 22, 2020. COVID-19 local status We have been notified of no additional cases in Madison County, beyond the one mentioned in the Update to the Daily Update yesterday.  That individual is hospitalized at Baptist Health in Richmond and has been there since Thursday.  No word on […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 21, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Saturday, March 21, 2020 Beginning with a general, still positive, announcement: Provost Strong-Leek and I have been taking turns participating in the daily briefing of Madison County’s Emergency Management team, convened by our Judge Executive, Reagan Taylor.  We are happy to report that there are to this point no […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Friday, March 20… I want to start with some very good news! We received the following announcement from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation this morning.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Thursday, March 19. An announcement from the Campus Christian Center College Chaplains will continue to offer daily spiritual support through our CCC Facebook page.  Please join us for: A written prayer each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning on CCC Facebook. Tuesday Chapel Meditation via YouTube Thursday Interfaith Moment via […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 18, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Wednesday, March 18.  Again, there is quite a lot to report. Announcement from the CDL Our Governor has mandated that day care centers in Kentucky close no later than this Friday.  CDL Director Amanda Messer has decided to close at the end of the day on Friday.  She […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

Dear Bereans, This is the update for Tuesday, March 17. From the Campus Christian Center Please find attached some guidance for caring for yourself and others in troubled times. Before they left campus last week, many members of the graduating class of 2020 gathered for the traditional class photo on the steps of Union College Church.  […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 16, 2020

Dear Bereans, Here are some updates from the AC for Monday, March 16. The AC asks all those who are participating in non-essential gatherings on campus of any size to discontinue effective immediately.  Organizers of such activities are encouraged to explore virtual, non-in-person options.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 15, 2020

I am happy to report that the move-out process was completed in an effective and orderly fashion on Saturday.  Kudos to the Student Life staff and labor students who worked so hard to make this complex operation work so smoothly.  I am especially appreciative of all the students who managed their own personal moves, having […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 13, 2020

Dear Bereans, Here are some updates concerning our ongoing COVID-19 response. I have attached coping advice from the World Health Organization for dealing with the anxiety and stress of the COVID-19 epidemic.  Thanks to Jill Gurtatowski for passing this along. Announcement from the CDL: In order to adjust for the loss of a large fraction of their […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 12, 2020

Dear Bereans, Here are some COVID-19 updates for Thursday, March 12th. We are fortunate to have “microbe expertise” on our faculty, in the person of Dr. Dawn Anderson.  Read her blurb offering some more information about the specifics of the novel coronavirus.

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 11, 2020

Dear Bereans, I am planning on sending a daily update on the COVID-19 situation and decisions we are making as we respond to the changing situation.  I’ll be aiming for the early afternoon each day until there’s nothing more to add. First, we are preparing a FAQ website.  Look for a link on the College […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 10, 2020

Last updated Apr. 16, 2020 at 2:01 p.m. Dear Bereans, This morning, the Administrative Committee reached a decision in response to the COVID-19 challenges that will have significant implications for each and every member of the community. Concluding, after careful analysis, that it will not be possible to adequately assure student and employee safety in […]

Daily COVID-19 Update: March 9, 2020

Dear Bereans, Some faculty and students have expressed concern and have suggested curtailing some campus activities including classes and labor.  Unfortunately, given the close proximity in which we work, learn and live, curtailing just classes and labor will not offer meaningful protection from the potential spread of infection in our community.