April 5, 2021
Dear Members of the Hobart and William Smith Community,
During the past week, the Colleges administered 912 COVID-19 tests of which four were positive, a .4% positivity rate. Four students are in isolation, and 3 people are considered to have recovered since last week. Through contact tracing, we have identified 14 students who may have been exposed to COVID, and those students are in quarantine at this time.
Our cases on campus remain low, but there are increases happening regionally and nationally. Many epidemiologists and health care officials are warning of a spike that may add to the spread of the pandemic. In the coming weeks, it is critical that we all follow public health guidance regarding social distancing and the use of face coverings, and that we continue to limit social gatherings. For now, as we monitor guidance from the CDC and the State, those who are fully vaccinated must also abide by these guidelines.
Positive news arrived last week when New York State announced that those 16 years of age and older can begin to schedule appointments for vaccinations beginning tomorrow, Tuesday April 6. With this new expansion of eligibility, all students, faculty and staff now have access to the vaccine. New York State has a website for appointments at major regional sites. Ontario County’s Public Health website aggregates other local options for appointments. If students need transportation to a vaccine site, please go to Campus Safety to obtain a taxi voucher. We are still hoping to run a vaccine clinic on campus this month and will notify the community immediately if we are able to do so, but please do not hold off on scheduling an appointment; you can cancel your appointment elsewhere if we are able to do so.
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Vice President for Campus Life