Update from the Provost: 9/3
September 3, 2020
Dear Students and Families,
We are nearing the end of our 3rd week of classes! Our semester has been…. different than usual. However, Catawba seems to be doing well with our response to COVID-19. We appreciate everyone’s diligence and hard work in keeping to the Care About Catawba Pledge. Keep up the good work!
Travel: With the Labor Day weekend approaching, I wanted to remind you that if you travel by mass transit (plane, train, or bus), we will require that you self-quarantine for 5 days on your return. If you know you will be traveling by plane, train, or bus, please complete this form.
For advice on how to protect yourself during travel, see CDC’s website on Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Data Dashboard: Our Return to Catawba website is a great resource for information on COVID-19 and Catawba’s actions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our campus family. You can also find data on the numbers of COVID-19 cases on campus, as well as the numbers of students and employees that are in quarantine or isolation. The data dashboard will be updated daily (Monday through Friday). As you can see, our numbers are currently positive (and the good kind of “positive” at that).
The terms isolation and quarantine can be easily confused. Both involve separating individuals from other people. Isolation occurs when the individual has a confirmed case of COVID-19. On the other hand, quarantine occurs when the individual is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, has symptoms of concern and is being monitored by health professionals, or has been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Individuals in quarantine are waiting on results or are within the incubation period of the novel coronavirus.
“Go Remote” / Re-Exit Plan: We all want to keep campus open, and we are each doing our part to meet that goal. However, the College is continuously evaluating our campus conditions and the guidance of local, state, and federal agencies to determine IF we must go to remote learning. The “Go Remote”/ Re-Exit Plan has four stages of urgency: green, yellow, orange, and red. Our status in each stage is determined by factors such as numbers of students quarantined/isolated, our ability to provide services to our campus community, guidance or mandate from local or state health departments, etc. Each stage will also have different actions we will take to reduce potential spread of COVID-19 on campus. The good news is we are currently in GREEN! Let us all work together to prevent us from going to RED, which means we go remote.
View previous Updates from the Provost, discussing:
- some suggestions on how to be prepared for a safe learning experience, as well as information on the Bookstore and the Library.
- Please be sure to check our website catawba.edu/returntocatawba for all the updates on COVID-19 and our campus plan.