February 24, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Following the communication from Dartmouth's COVID-19 Task Force Co-Chairs this afternoon, I write to share both a reminder about our case reporting practices here at Tuck and a clarification about dining services.
The Deans' Office communicates the presence of new Tuck cases when we are made aware of new Tuck cases. We communicate the presence of these cases in order to help community members make their own personal decisions about in-person engagement. We will continue to share updates about new COVID cases within the Tuck community as warranted, just as we have throughout this academic year.
The method by which community members are notified of a direct or close exposure to a current COVID case is through contact tracing. Dartmouth Health Services provides contact tracing services for students. Axiom Medical provides contact tracing for Dartmouth employees.
This afternoon’s message stated that dining options would shift to "grab-and-go" as of dinner tonight and through Sunday. This means that Tuck Dining will be providing meals in the servery for take-out and pick-up only. Once you have gathered your food, we ask that you not eat in the PepsiCo Dining Hall, but instead take your meal to your dorm room, office, reserved study room, or to a large common space in which you can enjoy your meal at an appropriate physical distance. We want to stress that it is more important than ever that everyone continues to wear appropriate face coverings when not eating or drinking and maintains physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community’s health and safety.
Have a good evening.
Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.