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A COVID-19 Case Update

March 30, 2021

A Message from President Elaine C. Collins:

Dear NVU Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As COVID cases rise in our communities and across the country, I am writing to let you know we have an eighth positive at NVU. This case involves a commuter student on the Lyndon campus. The student is isolating at their current home off campus. Our internal contact tracing continues and we are working with the Vermont Department of Health on next steps. To date, we have conducted 6,321 tests on our two campuses.

NVU has done incredibly well with this pandemic and I want to thank each of you. I ask each of you—with urgency—to keep personal prevention practices at the forefront of all you do to keep yourself and the NVU community safe. As the state loosens up its regulations, I know it is tempting to think we can loosen up our individual behaviors as well. We cannot let up.

Your careful attention to health and safety protocols is more important than ever.

  • Wear your masks. You can even double up to offer more protection to yourself and others. See how here.
  • Submit your daily symptom check.
  • No cross-household visitation of any kind is allowed.
  • Visit to stay up-to-date on notices and health and safety information.
  • Students and employees who live, teach, work, or learn on campus should test weekly throughout the semester. The next testing will be Wednesday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.—in the Multi-Gym at Johnson and in the Moore Community Room (ASAC 100) at Lyndon. Please send questions related to testing to Dean of Students Jonathan Davis.

If you are contacted by the Vermont Department of Health contact tracing team at any time, please answer the call—this is to protect your health and to contain spread of the virus. You can find Vermont COVID-19 information at


– Elaine