Let’s finish strong

Dear Allegheny Campus Community:

Three weeks are left in the semester! Let’s finish strong. Right now, we have nine students in isolation who tested positive for COVID-19. While eight appear to be socially related, there was no egregious behavior noted.

It continues to be a challenging time with students in isolation and quarantine, and I encourage everyone to break the stigma associated with COVID-19. Trust that those who test positive are making good choices and taking precautions. Shaming or blaming people who test positive for COVID-19 hurts us all and makes others reluctant to be completely honest about who they’ve been in contact with — and this information is critical in keeping us all healthy and safe. Fortunately, due to extensive contact tracing, we hope that all the persons who may have been exposed are now in quarantine — except, of course, those who are vaccinated! They are in class, participating in extracurriculars, and hanging out with friends.

For students who would like to be tested before leaving campus at the end of the semester, rapid antigen testing will be available at the following times:

  • Friday, May 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 12, ACHA will send an email providing instructions to schedule an appointment in one of these time slots if that is something you would like to do. If you miss these windows, you can obtain COVID-19 testing at Vernon Express Care or Med Express in Meadville.

Congratulations, seniors! We would like to welcome back seniors who are studying remotely or who graduated early to attend awards ceremonies and senior day activities. There are some limitations; please carefully read our Events Policy for Early Graduates and Seniors Studying Remotely to ensure a safe, fun experience for all.

As you think about leaving campus for the summer, prioritize the safety of your family and friends. If you are vaccinated, when you go home, please enjoy unmasked visits with small groups of other vaccinated persons. Hug them and hold them close!

For those who remain unvaccinated or partially vaccinated:

  • Quarantine for 14 days when you arrive at your destination.
  • Monitor your symptoms and stay home if you feel ill.
  • When visiting others, keep the visit short.
  • Stay outdoors, wash your hands frequently, mask up, and keep physically distanced.

We all look forward to brighter days ahead!

Dr. Morrow