COVID-19 Updates

BSU is open. Non-essential employees are mostly teleworking, and classes are taking place remotely for the Winter Session.

Activating COVID-19 Response Protocols

 

November 6, 2020

The university’s ongoing COVID-19 testing this week has detected several positive cases among BSU students, activating our comprehensive contact tracing protocols to prevent spread of the virus on campus. The rate of positive cases on campus continues to be significantly lower than areas around the university.

Six positive cases have been recorded among the 801 residential students and an additional four cases among the off-campus student population. In accordance with CDC guidance, all of these students are now in isolation, and spaces where they had been on campus are being deep cleaned. All of the students are doing well.

Out of an abundance of caution, through aggressive contact tracing procedures, we have identified and separated students who had recently been in the presence of the positive cases. All of these students have tested negative with the rapid COVID-19 test and are not showing any symptoms. We will continue to retest and monitor their status over the coming days.

We want to commend our students for their cooperation in helping to identify friends who may have had even casual contact with a positive person as part of our collective effort to protect each other. This is evidence that the systems we have put in place to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 threat are working, as they should.

Our commitment is to maintain our comprehensive cleaning protocols, an aggressive testing and screening posture, and rapid response to any occurrence of the virus. The health and safety of the campus community is our top priority. 

We encourage everyone to continue to observe the safety precautions of wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. These remain the best protection against COVID-19.  As always, please direct any questions you may have through email to covid19@bowiestate.edu.