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Together We Will Remain Healthy at Thomas More (january 12, 2021)

Dear Thomas More Community,

I would like to welcome everyone to the start of the spring semester. As I did in the fall, every Monday I will provide an update on our Covid-related numbers. I would encourage you to review our Covid-19 dashboard for the weekly results. The most current dashboard should be posted by day’s end tomorrow as we are still finalizing results from our gateway testing. I would also encourage you to read through Healthy at Thomas More for our policies and procedures for the spring semester. If you are new to the Thomas More community, welcome and please make certain that you wear your mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. We all have a responsibility to keep one another and the entire community safe.

In preparation for the start of the spring semester, the University implemented a gateway Covid testing policy to ensure the health and safety of our community. Gateway testing was required for all resident students and student-athletes for the spring semester. The Covid Response Team screened over 600 students and identified 22 students who tested positive after December 27 and were prevented from participating in on-campus activities. By identifying those students who were positive prior to the start of the spring semester, the University took a proactive approach to mitigate the spread of the disease within our community.

Any resident student or student-athletes who has yet to provide the University with a Covid test is not permitted to reside on-campus or participate in athletics. Working with Gravity Diagnostics, the University will continue to conduct screening for the remaining students in the coming days if they are unable to provide a test result.

As of this morning, we have 25 positive Covid cases. The 25 positive cases place the University in the Low Threshold Alert. As a result of travel plans and screening results, the University has placed 60 individuals in quarantine or isolation. Of the 60 individuals, 46 are students, and 14 are in quarantine/isolation on-campus. Again, these results place the University in the Low Threshold Alert.

We are closely monitoring county numbers in Ohio and Kentucky as these numbers are on the rise as a result of the holidays. The Covid Response Team (CRT) meets twice weekly and will make any recommendations to my office and Cabinet for consideration. I encourage you to check your email and the University website on a regular basis for additional information.

Thank you for your continued attention to the safety and well-being of our community; please continue to do your part in keeping yourself, your family, and our community healthy and safe.

Best,

President Chillo