Although we currently have a relatively low number of COVID-19 cases, Student Health Services and our contact tracers have been monitoring the way those cases have been linked.
Some of the cases—specifically those in Campion Hall—are connected in such a way that we need to take proactive steps to limit any additional opportunity for spread. Two of the positive cases, for example, have led directly to several other cases. We are implementing the plan we had established for this type of scenario. We are determined to stay ahead of the situation and make sure the issue is contained.
Testing and Modified CARP for Campion
Given the guidance from the Baltimore City Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health, we are enacting this plan for the residents of Campion only:
- Testing: We are testing every resident of Campion (except those who recently tested positive for COVID-19) beginning today, Feb. 12, and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 14.
- Modified CARP: Students living in Campion will move into a modified form of CARP (Campus Assessment and Restriction Period), attending classes and other events only online, having no visitors in their rooms, only enjoying grab-and-go dining, not visiting the Fitness & Aquatic Center and Library, and limiting other activities until the end of the day Monday, Feb. 15. Students will be permitted to leave the residence hall to pick up food or emergency supplies or for outdoor exercise or medical care.
We feel confident that we can address this issue quickly. If we need to extend that CARP for Campion, we are prepared to, but our local health officials feel that this plan will help us contain any further spread.
Stay Healthy, Hounds
As a reminder to all students, please be extra vigilant in following our COVID-19 protocols. These are the types of situations we all want to avoid. No student wants to be restricted in their movements around campus, but we must take these steps as a university for the health of our community.
Continue to wear your face coverings, engage in social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and limit your interactions with others. Our contact tracers are finding situations where one student has infected as many as eight people. If everyone is wearing a mask indoors and outdoors and social distancing, we can avoid this type of situation.
Especially as we head into the weekend, I encourage you to do your part to help keep our campus and our community safe and healthy.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.