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 March 18.
Grant County entered the “blue” stage after a decrease in weekly COVID cases. Event occupancy at Taylor can now be increased, provided that social distancing and mask wearing are still enforced.
Provost Michael Hammond announced on March 15, that students would receive an extra day off for Easter break. “We also understand the need for a pause from our classes and routines,” Hammond wrote in an email to students. “With that in mind, we are announcing a change to the spring calendar. There will be no classes during the day on Monday, April 5.”
On March 12, new rotation groups for chapel were released. Students are now split into two groups instead of three. See the student announcements for the full schedule.
Limited overnight floor retreats as well as class field trips are now permitted.
Admissions protocols have been updated to allow prospective families into residence halls and dining options.
“Asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated more than 14 days ago, and within the last 3 months, do not need to quarantine after close contact with a suspected or known COVID-19 positive individual,” PeRT said on Feb. 12.
Taylor announced that all negative test results from Lucid Laboratories will now be emailed instantly to students and employees. Positive test results will have a 24-hour delay for Taylor communication purposes.
As of March 12, 8 students and employees were in active isolation, and 24 in active quarantine. Since Aug. 16, 2020, 448 students and 77 employees/on-campus service providers have tested positive.