Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Salve Regina has used the latest science and data, along with current guidance from public health agencies, to determine the best course of action for our campus community. As always, we seek to ensure the health and safety of our community while also preserving the quality of our on-campus experience.
Reported Cases of COVID-19
Known cases for the spring 2023 semester, updated through May 1.
- Students: 60
- Faculty: 5
- Staff: 28
- Total: 93
Vaccines and Boosters
Effective June 1, 2023, Salve Regina will not require the COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Staying up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters is strongly recommended.
At the beginning of each semester, undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to have a negative test within the 24 hours prior to their arrival on campus or to their off-campus housing. Additionally, graduate and RN-BSN students who are taking in-person classes are strongly encouraged to have a negative test within the 24 hours prior to their first class meeting.
- You are not required to report a negative result.
- If you test positive, email a photo that includes your positive result, full name and test date to firstname.lastname@example.org and remain away from campus for five days from the start of your symptoms. Health Services will contact you to discuss the specifics of your case.
COVID-19 Community Levels
The CDC's COVID-19 community levels help institutions of higher education make decisions based on their local context and unique needs.
In Newport County, the current COVID-19 community level is low. At this level, the following prevention behaviors are recommended:
- Stay up to date on vaccination, including recommended booster doses.
- Maintain ventilation improvements.
- Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a health care provider about additional prevention actions.
Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Health Services for testing. Graduate students and employees who are symptomatic should seek care and testing from their health care provider.
Faculty may require masks in their classrooms or instructional spaces, regardless of the overall campus status. All members of the University community are encouraged to respect the masking preferences of others and treat all with empathy and compassion.
Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days from the start of symptoms (or longer if their symptoms have not resolved). After leaving isolation, individuals must wear a mask for an additional five days.
If you are symptomatic and a close contact, wear a mask and test yourself immediately and again at day 5. If you test positive, the above guidance for isolation will apply. Undergraduate students who need isolation housing should contact the Office of Residence Life for assistance.