April 26 - To the Salve Regina community: COVID-19 safe behaviors and prevention

Dear Salve Regina community,

Last week, we notified you that Newport County's COVID-19 community level had risen to medium. While the level remains the same, we are seeing an uptick in cases on campus. These cases may be attributed to friend groups and social gatherings, common with the end of the semester.

We want all students to be able to complete their exams and enjoy the start of their summer without interruption. We want our seniors to be free from restrictions during Senior Week events and for all of our graduates to enjoy traditional Commencement ceremonies. We do not want to end the academic year by returning to a mask mandate as other colleges and universities have done.

Please remain diligent regarding safe behaviors and prevention.

  • We strongly encourage you to wear a mask when inside in the presence of others. Faculty members may elect to require masks in their classrooms.
  • To-go options are still available in the dining halls.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.

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 available through Thursday, April 28. 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.

Free at-home antigen tests are still available in the Office of Student Affairs (Miley 118) and will be throughout Senior Week and Commencement.

Students are reminded to inform Health Services should they test positive for COVID-19. Employees should inform Human Resources if they test positive.

Thank you for helping to keep our beloved Salve Regina community as safe and healthy as possible.