Daily COVID-19 Update: April 12, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, April 12, 2021.

Quarantine, testing and vaccination update

Today I am pleased to announce that there are no positive tests or quarantines of any sort among either our students or our on-campus employees.  We have all been waiting for this for quite some time!  It is really great to see all zeros on a line of our dashboard.  WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!

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Daily COVID-19 Update: April 8, 2021

Update: April 9, 2021

Dear Bereans,

I am delighted to offer an update to yesterday’s quarantine report:

Quarantine, testing and vaccination update

We have one new positive antigen test case of an on-campus student, a member of one of our athletic teams.  We are awaiting confirmation via a PCR test, but in the meantime that student is in isolation.  Contact tracing has identified close contacts among teammate, of which there are five.  Those five students are in precautionary quarantine in James Hall along with one other student who is precautionary on account of approved travel.

As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have had no positive cases.  Two on-campus employees have been identified as close-contacts in the above student case and are quarantining while we wait for the PCR result.

The antigen tests give a few more false positives than do PCR tests, and the positive test reported yesterday has now been shown from the PCR result just received this morning to have been false.  So, everyone is out of isolation and quarantine!  What a great way to start the weekend.  Let’s keep our great record going!

Lyle Roelofs, President


Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Quarantine, testing and vaccination update

We have one new positive antigen test case of an on-campus student, a member of one of our athletic teams.  We are awaiting confirmation via a PCR test, but in the meantime that student is in isolation.  Contact tracing has identified close contacts among teammate, of which there are five.  Those five students are in precautionary quarantine in James Hall along with one other student who is precautionary on account of approved travel.

As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have had no positive cases.  Two on-campus employees have been identified as close-contacts in the above student case and are quarantining while we wait for the PCR result.

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Daily COVID-19 Update: April 5, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, April 5, 2021.

Quarantine, testing and vaccination update

There are no new on-campus student cases.  We have three students in precautionary quarantine in James Hall; two for travel and one symptomatic waiting on PCR test results.

As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have had neither any positive cases nor any close contacts.

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Daily COVID-19 Update: April 1, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Thursday, April 1, 2021.  Happy April Fool’s day—I hope you did not get pranked.

Quarantine, testing and vaccination update

There are no new student cases and the earlier case and close contacts have resolved.  We have only two students in pre-cautionary quarantine in James Hall owing to travel.

As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have had neither any positive cases nor any close contacts.

166 employees have begun the process of vaccination; 309 are subject to surveillance testing.

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Daily COVID-19 Update: March 30, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is a special bonus COVID-19 update for Tuesday, March 30, 2021.  I have a couple of items that some will want to learn of sooner rather than later.

Berean Collis Robinson to star in media reports this evening

WLEX-18 inquired about Berea College’s partnership with the University of Kentucky and our state government to offer vaccination to Berea College students.  Collis Robinson was interviewed for a story that will be broadcast during the 5, 6, and 7PM news programs on WLEX-18 this evening.  (Thanks, Collis!)

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Daily COVID-19 Update: March 29, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, March 29, 2021.

Quarantine, testing and vaccination update

There are no new student cases, but the one Ecovillage case remains in isolation there and the six close contacts are still quarantined in James Hall right now.  (These cases all end tomorrow.). There are also three students in pre-cautionary quarantine in James Hall owing to travel.

As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have neither any positive cases nor any close contacts.

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Daily COVID-19 Update: March 22, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, March 22, 2021.

Quarantine and testing update

Among in-person students we have a new positive test result of a student living in the Ecovillage.  Contact tracing has identified seven student close contacts.  In addition, at this point we have two pre-cautionaries in James Hall.  As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have neither any positive cases nor any close contacts.

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Daily COVID-19 Update: March 18, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Quarantine and testing update

Among in-person students at this point all precautionary quarantines from before are complete and we have two new pre-cautionaries in James Hall.  As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have neither any positive cases nor any close contacts.

Special Request for Graduating Seniors

We are looking forward to celebrating the Spring and Summer 2021 Graduates at Virtual Commencement Celebration on Sunday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Graduates, we need your help! Upload a short shout-out video to thank family, friends, faculty, labor supervisors, and others who have helped you along your academic journey. These shout-outs will be shown during the virtual ceremony to air on YouTube Live.

Upload your video (20-30 seconds) here.

We hope you will join us on May 23 to celebrate your achievements, class of 2021!

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Daily COVID-19 Update: March 15, 2021

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, March 15, 2021.

Quarantine and testing update

Among in-person students at this point we have just one in precautionary quarantine (authorized travel) in James Hall.  As to on-campus employees, the good news continues as we have neither any positive cases nor any close contacts.

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