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 is now recovered and has been able to go home. We have had just the one death in the county, to date.
An update from the Administrative Committee
One question we are hearing fairly frequently is when there will be a decision regarding how the fall semester will be conducted.
I have been on various presidential discussions, and, based on those samples, most schools have not yet been able to decide on how they will approach the fall semester. This is not surprising given all the unknowns we are still presented with, ranging from what our state governments will allow, to the availability of testing, to the course of the pandemic over the next several months as a number of states have decided to begin to ‘re-open’, probably prematurely.
It has also been clear from the conversations with other presidents that most residential liberal arts schools would strongly prefer to be able to open for instruction on campus in the fall, and there is a lot of discussion around how the on-campus experience can be constructed/adjusted to maintain as much social distancing as possible. Some have said that our campuses may feel more like they did decades ago, because of restrictions that might be put in place. (For current students this will be unfamiliar territory, but for those Bereans who were in this college or another more than a couple of decades ago, it might feel like déjà vu all over again.)
The AC discussed these questions this week, and we have agreed that we should make our decisions for the fall no later than July 1st. Earlier than that would clearly be much better for everyone, and if enough clarity can be attained sooner than that, we will certainly try to move more quickly.
An announcement from the U. S. Census (by way of Judith Weckman)
Below is the first paragraph of a longer message with several attachments, which Judith can share with anyone who is interested. As our Governor has been reminding us each evening, filling out the census forms is a requirement for all citizens, and it is a good idea, because it determines our share of federal resources. If you haven’t done it yet, please get it done. It took me under 5 minutes. Madison County is at 60%, a little better than the state overall, but still lots of room for improvement.
So far, 56.2% of Kentucky households have responded to the 2020 Census! While our state as a whole is doing slightly better than the national average, we still have several counties with low response — especially in eastern Kentucky. With 2020 Census Field Operations not scheduled to resume until after June 1st, we need your help continuing to encourage folks to take 10 minutes to complete their census online, by phone, or by mail.
We are starting week seven since closing the campus. We will get through this, together!
Lyle Roelofs, President