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April 22 - To undergraduate students: Positive cases and vaccination update

Dear Salve Regina students,

We have seen more than 30 positive cases of coronavirus among our undergraduate population in the past seven days. While those cases have been addressed and students have been appropriately isolated, we are deeply concerned about this recent uptick.

Although the semester is drawing to a close, we must remain vigilant in order to keep our community healthy despite the inconvenience and our weariness with these measures. Your continued compliance with mitigation strategies such as social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing is essential to controlling the spread of the virus. You should be following these protocols even if you are fully vaccinated or recently had the virus and are within your 90-day immunity period.

Limiting social gatherings is also critical. According to current Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines, all social gatherings are limited to 15 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. However, you should not be visiting multiple households over the course of a week or weekend. In terms of risk, attending several small gatherings is the same as attending one large gathering.

Further spread of the virus within our campus community may compel Salve Regina to take additional measures and could also affect Senior Week and Commencement activities.

Exit testing: As a reminder, the University will offer walk-in asymptomatic exit testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 26 through Thursday, April 29 in Gerety Hall, Room 103 on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to be tested before you return home in order to keep your family and your hometown community safe.

COVID-19 vaccine: Individuals ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine, and all members of the University community are strongly encouraged to schedule their vaccinations if they haven’t done so already. Vaccinations are essential to keeping everyone healthy and will position the University to deliver the fullest campus experience in the fall.

To schedule an appointment in Rhode Island, visit covid.ri.gov/vaccination. If you would like to receive your first dose in Rhode Island but are not a resident, please consult your home state’s COVID-19 vaccine website to ensure availability for your second dose. It’s important to get the second dose of the same vaccine in the required timeframe.

Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we work to flatten our latest curve.