NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- A spike in positive COVID-19 campus cases has prompted organizers of the Nov. 14 Black Lives Matter March to postpone it until the spring semester. Campus Life officials have also announced the postponement of campus events and athletic practice and a shift to online meetings for other student activities.
College official announced the campus is transitioning into a Quiet Phase in its COVID-19 Plan. The phase begins on Wednesday morning, Nov. 11. Students received a notification via email, outlining the restrictions on activities that go into effect.
"It is our goal to finish the semester strong, to slow the spread of the virus on our campus and to help protect the family members, friends and loved ones you will soon be traveling to see," wrote Student Affairs Dean Gina Vance.
The Quiet Phase seeks to limit close contacts for students, staff, and faculty for the final two weeks of class. The phase calls for students to only leave their rooms or apartments for the following:
Attending classes, labs and clinicals in-person;
Picking up food (seating will not be available in the TUB or Galbreath Dining), although full menu options will be available;
Studying in the library (please check library hours);
Exercising alone outdoors (facilities in the Field House and Old 77 are closed);
Working, including practicum experiences, internships and student teaching (if in-person is required); and
Shopping for essentials and medical needs.
On Monday, the Westminster College COVID-19 Dashboard showed 13 new positive tests in one week. More than 50 individuals have moved into quarantine. The coronavirus cases at Westminster College remain relatively low when considering the campus has recorded only 33 positive cases since July.
The increase in coronavirus cases locally mirrors the trend across Pennsylvania.