April 19 - To the Salve Regina community: COVID-19 community level rises to medium

Dear Salve Regina community,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and are looking forward to the end of the academic year. As promised, we are writing to inform you of some trends we are seeing in relation to the pandemic on campus and within Newport County.

Currently, the COVID-19 community level for Newport County has risen to medium. At this level, the appropriate prevention measures include:

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and if there are any other precautions you should be aware of.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.

Remember, individuals may still choose to wear a mask at any time and individual faculty members may elect to require masks in their classrooms.

The number of cases on campus follows the trend we are seeing in the community. As we head into finals and Commencement season, it is important to remain diligent regarding safe behaviors and prevention.

Symptomatic Testing

Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 for evaluation and rapid PCR testing. Graduate students and employees can locate symptomatic testing sites at covid.ri.gov/testing.

Asymptomatic Testing

Free, on-demand asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students and employees is still available. Tests are offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the testing site on the side porch of Drexel Hall, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. These are PCR tests processed through Salve Regina's partnership with the Broad Institute, and results are generally available the next business day. At-home tests are still available for free in the Office of Student Affairs (Miley 118).

Please remember to inform Health Services or Human Resources should you test positive for COVID-19.

Based on current guidance and data, there is no need to return to previous mitigation measures at this time. Still, this is a time for continued vigilance to protect finals, senior week and Commencement. We will continue to monitor the data at our disposal. The dashboard is also updated regularly.