Nov. 29 - To the Salve Regina community: Minimize the risk of COVID-19 on campus

Dear Salve Regina community,

The pandemic isn't over. Even before the news about the omicron variant this weekend, we've watched a steady increase in cases across the state of Rhode Island and in Newport County. Our campus is not immune from these rising case rates, and over the Thanksgiving break we learned of 11 additional cases among Salve Regina students.

As we head into the final weeks of the semester, I write to ask your help in continuing to do the simple things necessary to minimize the risk of COVID-19 on our campus.  Specifically: 

  • Regardless of your vaccine status, wear a mask whenever you are indoors in the presence of others, unless you are in your own residence or in a dining hall actually eating. (As a reminder: a properly-worn mask covers both your nose and your mouth.)
  • If you have any symptoms, don't go to class or work and get tested immediately.  If you're an undergraduate student, Health Services has a new test and can tell you in about 60 minutes whether you are positive. There is no need for observation housing.
  • If you are a student and test positive outside of Salve Regina, notify Health Services at (401) 341-2904 as soon as possible. If you are an employee and test positive, contact Human Resources at (401) 341-2137. In both cases, doing so will help us contain the virus.
  • If you are unvaccinated, consider getting the shot. It will help protect you and the people around you. 
  • If you completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six (or more) months ago or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine two (or more) months ago, get a booster.

Whether it's your first vaccine or a booster shot, the Rhode Island Department of Health has a very useful website to help you find pharmacies and clinics that offer shots.

Finally, above all else, please be kind. As a community, Salve Regina has distinguished itself since the start of the pandemic with the basic care and concern we've shown for each other. That same decency, compassion and, yes, mercy will get us through the end of this semester and whatever lies ahead.

Good luck in these final few weeks of the semester!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jim Ludes
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives