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Messages to the Community

August 25, 2021

Dear Members of the HWS Community,

As we continue to deal with the outcome of the initial cluster of COVID-19 cases, we are seeing a high prevalence of breakthrough cases in vaccinated students. Today, 14 students tested positive, 12 of whom were vaccinated. All but one of these positive cases were contacts of previous cases and are related to the initial cluster. The students who tested positive for COVID-19 today are either asymptomatic or have allergy-like symptoms.

Given the high prevalence of cases, and using the data as our guide, we have decided to implement a new testing protocol:

  • Arrival testing and testing for unvaccinated students will continue this week.
  • All unvaccinated students will continue to be tested once per week.
  • Beginning next week, all vaccinated students will be tested bi-weekly, the approach the Colleges used last year. Each student will be assigned a testing week and will be expected to visit the testing center during their assigned week. More information will go out to students later this week with details on the testing schedule.

We know this isn’t the best of news but we also know that we have successfully managed these kinds of cluster cases in the past. To effectively stop the spread of the virus will require the combined will of all of us. As we provide care for our students who have tested positive, we continue to urge everyone to please wear masks in indoor public spaces or whenever you feel it necessary to protect your own health and the health of your fellow community members.

Sincerely,

Sarah Kirk
Provost and Dean of Faculty

B.B. Barile
Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

COVID-19 Information and Data

Messages to the Community

COVID Update and Fall Break by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - October 4, 2021

Reflections and Updates from Campus by President Joyce P. Jacobsen - September 27, 2021

COVID and Homecoming & Family Weekend Updates by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - September 20, 2021

Campus Update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile and Deborah M. Drain, Director of Human Resources - September 13, 2021

Implementation of Airborne Infectious Disease Plan by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile and Deborah M. Drain, Director of Human Resources - September 9, 2021

Weekly Update to the Community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - September 6, 2021

COVID-19 Update and Vaccination Requirements by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 30, 2021

New Positive Cases Identified by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 25, 2021

Vaccinations and COVID Cases by President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 23, 2021

Community Update: First Day of Classes by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 23, 2021

COVID-19 Dashboard and Vaccination Reporting by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 16, 2021

Ontario County Transmission Rate Moved to Substantial by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 12, 2021

Update to the campus community by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 9, 2021

Ontario County Moved to Substantial Transmission by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 2, 2021

COVID-19 Safety and Management by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students B.B. Barile - August 2, 2021

Summer 2021 update by Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk and Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers - July 20, 2021

Fall 2020 Message Archive

CONTACT

General questions and comments should be directed to:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Questions regarding health issues should be directed to:

Hubbs Health Center
119 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: 315-781-3600
Appt. Phone: 315-781-4530
Fax: 315-781-3802