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.

A reminder about wearing masks on campus

Please remember that all employees, including students engaged in labor, should wear cloth masks in workplaces and common areas (e.g., hallways, conference rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, entries, and exits), and during any in-person interactions with others on campus.  Exceptions to wearing masks include working alone in an enclosed space or if wearing a mask would create a documented health concern or safety hazard.  Additionally, if you are traveling or working around campus outside and at least six feet away from others, you do not have to wear a mask.  However, employees should have a mask with them at all times in case of unanticipated contact with others.  In the continued spirit of caring for one another and our community, if you have forgotten your mask, please do not enter a building until you can return with one.

An update about Berea Bridge

Although we were optimistic about running the Berea Bridge program for 60 incoming students this summer, a decision has been made to cancel the program this year, it has become clear that it would not be possible to replicate the highly structured, high-impact experience for the students, and faculty and administrators need additional time to remain focused on preparing for the Fall Term.  We will very much look forward to Bridge returning in the summer of 2021.

An announcement from FM

Just as a reminder that while the FM team is no longer working a rotation schedule, the team does remain understaffed, particularly with the much lower level of summer student labor available than in other summers.  On a daily basis, Housekeeping staff continue to attend to the select campus areas previously designated as essential for support of student living and critical business functions (Deep Green, Danforth Hall, Bingham Hall, Woods-Penn, Alumni, Lincoln and Edwards), as well as addressing buildings and projects needed for quarantine readiness and for the Fall.  Buildings not specifically listed are not receiving daily housekeeping support for the present.  Occupants coming into those buildings during the Summer should continue to be responsible for maintaining orderliness of common areas and restrooms and removal of trash to the nearest dumpsters.  Additionally, recycling remains suspended for the foreseeable future to minimize infection risk for those involved in the sortation process.

Normal routine maintenance needs do continue to be serviced but depending on staffing and levels of priority, response times might be slower than normal.  Do please continue to enter all non-emergency work orders through the work order system at http://bc-iservicedesk.berea.edu:81/home.html  or via the Live Safe app.  For any after hour emergencies, please contact Public Safety, who will coordinate FM on-call service.

A prayer*:

I bless God every chance I get;

my lungs expand with his praise.

I live and breathe God;

if things aren’t going well,

hear this and be happy:

Join me in spreading the news;

together let’s get the word out.

God met me more than halfway,

he freed me from my anxious fears.

Look at him; give him your warmest smile.

Never hide your feelings from him.

When I was desperate, I called out,

and God got me out of a tight spot.

God’s angel sets up a circle

of protection around us while we pray.

Open your mouth and taste,

open your eyes and see—

how good God is.

Psalm 34:1-8 (The Message)  

Stay safe, Bereans,
Lyle Roelofs, President

* Offered by Chaplain Rev. LeSette Wright