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February 19, 2021: An Update on COVID Cases

A Message from President Elaine C. Collins:

Dear NVU Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing to let you know we have a fifth positive COVID-19 case. This case involves a commuter student on the Lyndon campus. This case was fully expected since it is directly connected to a positive case we reported earlier in the week. The student has been isolating at home since the related case was suspected. We have completed our own internal contact tracing and are working with the Vermont Department of Health on any next steps should they arrive. As of yesterday, we have conducted 2,950 tests.

Students and employees who live, teach, work, or learn on campus should test weekly throughout the semester. The next testing will be Sunday, February 21 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.

Thank you for staying vigilant! You are all doing a great job in keeping our numbers low. As COVID-19 variants become more likely, this careful attention to health and safety protocols will become even more important.

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

Please join me in keeping the health of our NVU students in mind.


– Elaine