Note: All information presented in this column is sourced from the Taylor Together, Again plan. Updates are provided weekly by the Pandemic Reopening Team (PeRT). Last updated Oct. 29.
The CDC has revised the definition of close contact and it now includes a cumulative duration of 15 minutes or more over an entire 24-hour period starting from two days prior to symptoms. Since this revision, the Taylor Together Again plan has altered its definition to reflect this.
The Pandemic Reopening Team (PeRT) has released the following statement: “We experienced a slight increase in the number of positive cases this week. Diligence to wearing masks, social distancing, health checks, reporting travel, and hand washing continue to support a healthy community.”
In an email sent out to students on Oct. 28, Scott Barrett, director of residence life, encouraged students to continue to wear masks and social distance and to consider choosing a small bubble of people to interact with.
As of Oct. 29, 14 students and three employees are in active isolation after testing positive from COVID-19, 124 students and seven employees are in active quarantine
Since Aug. 16, 191 students and 25 Taylor employees have been released from isolation and quarantine.
Students with questions about COVID-19 or who think they may have symptoms should call the Taylor University COVID-19 Hotline, 765.997.861