November 4, 2020

Dear faculty, staff, students and families:

This afternoon, the Baird Health & Counseling Center was notified that a “positive" case has been identified as part of this week’s round of pooled COVID-19 testing.

The college is requiring that all 46 individuals within the referenced pool quarantine until individual testing produces a negative result. Individual PCR Nasal Pharangeanl testing will be done for those within the referenced pool (Thursday) on campus from 8:30-9:30 a.m. by New London Hospital.

The college made the decision to shift to pooled testing in September based on the results of individual testing administered as part of the move-in process, as well as the low incidence of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the surrounding area. Randomly selected pooled testing will continue this semester.

It is important for all members of the Colby-Sawyer community to continue to follow college policies regarding COVID-19, including requirements on physical distancing and the proper use of face masks.

The college encourages those who are interested to monitor its Campus Testing Results webpage, which is updated regularly. Please direct any questions or concerns to pspear@colby-sawyer.edu