A Message from President Elaine C. Collins
Dear NVU Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I am writing to update you on COVID cases at NVU. We have two new students who have tested positive, one on each campus. On the Lyndon campus, the student is a commuter with close contact to a positive announced in our Wednesday update. The new positive was expected and the student has been in isolation, as have any other close contacts. On the Johnson campus, the student is residential and is now at home isolating. Four close contacts have been notified. These cases bring our total for the semester to ten positives out of 5,328 tests conducted onsite and two tests conducted at an offsite testing center.
Our own internal contact tracing is well underway. We are working with the Vermont Department of Health to isolate any close contacts to these positives. As reported Wednesday, close contacts of the previous still active positives are in isolation. We are taking any other necessary actions.
Out of an abundance of caution, we tested twice this week on both NVU campuses with the last test on Thursday, November 19. The Vermont Department of Health is in touch with anyone who needs to be notified. If you are called by their contact tracing team, please answer the call—this is to protect your health and to contain spread of the virus. You can find COVID-19 information, including travel guidance, at healthvermont.gov/covid19
I urge all members of the NVU community—faculty, staff, and students—to stay vigilant and strictly follow health guidelines:
- Wear your mask.
- Limit contact and avoid gatherings.
- Do not travel. If you do, follow travel quarantine guidelines.
- Get tested if you have been to a social gathering or exposed to COVID-19. Please consider using this online resource for testing locations and scheduling in all areas of Vermont and beyond during the break.
- Avoid large or cross-household gatherings this holiday season per Governor Scott's warning. Stay home and stay safe.
- Answer the phone when the Health Department calls and work with contact tracers.
Stay tuned for updates. Keep an eye on email and web updates at NorthernVermont.edu/ReturntoNVU.
I am so proud of the entire NVU community for getting us through to the finish line. Today nearly all of our students have left for home for the Thanksgiving break. They will finish their semester and exams remotely and will be home until we return for the spring semester. Please take care. Stay vigilant to keep the NVU community and your family and friends safe. Please keep our NVU students who have tested positive in mind.