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 in intensive care.

News regarding a Berea student

I regret to inform you that another Berea student has tested positive.  This student left campus in mid-March and has not been back or even in the State since then, so there is no danger to the community.  The case was diagnosed just yesterday and seems quite serious, although the student has not been hospitalized.  Your thoughts and prayers will be welcome.

A request for mask cooperation from Sodexo and the Administration

As was shared yesterday with the campus community, as part of the phased reopening of business in the Commonwealth, mandatory guidelines have been issued by the governor’s office.  Among these guidelines include wearing of cloth masks unless masking would create a serious health or safety hazard or when working alone in an enclosed space.   If you have such any such concern, you will need to inform your supervisor, who will work with Human Resources for a solution.  For student workers, your supervisor will work with Human Resources and the Labor Office.

As a residential college, where students live and work in close proximity with one another and staff, students will be expected to wear masks whenever they are: (i) outside of their residences, (ii) at work, (iii) in the Alumni Building, or (iv) elsewhere, when within six feet of other persons.  For mask issues involving students outside of their workplaces, contact the Student Life office.

It has been reported to us that today many students came to Dining Services to pick up lunch wearing masks.  That does not meet the standard of compliance that we need to achieve, so, beginning with dinner this evening for students, Dining Services will not be able to provide service to students or employees coming to pick up their meals unless masked.  All employees and students on campus should keep a mask with them at all times so as to be prepared in the event of unanticipated contact with others.  Members of the Residence Life Staff will be in Alumni this evening to remind students of this requirement and to provide a mask in case a student may have lost the one they were already provided.

These steps, in following the guidelines from the Governor’s Office, are necessary for all of us as Bereans and Kentuckians to assure we limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus for the benefit of all.  Your cooperation is expected and appreciated.

We’ll get through this, we’ll get through this together,

Lyle Roelofs, President