February 25, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Thank you for your continued commitment to public health – and for adapting quickly as conditions across campus evolve. As stated in this afternoon’s notice from Provost Helble, the COVID case count on Dartmouth’s campus has now reached 37 students.
In terms of the prevalence of Tuck COVID cases, we are aware of two cases currently: the case we shared yesterday and another newly identified case in the Tuck student community that the Deans’ Office was made aware of this afternoon. As always, Dartmouth Health Services will conduct any necessary contact tracing for this case. If you are contacted, we ask that you please respond promptly and follow all guidance provided.
We also ask that community members be mindful that with the spike in cases across Dartmouth’s campus, there is an increased volume of contact tracing that needs to happen. One of the most effective ways we can support contact-tracing efforts is by limiting gatherings and continuing to closely follow public health protocols.
Provost Helble’s message also touched on limiting indoor activities. What this means for us here at Tuck is that we will proceed with remote-only instruction through at least Monday. Early next week, conditions to resume in-person hybrid instruction will be evaluated using testing data. For the time being, all Tuck-sponsored co-curricular and extracurricular offerings will need to take place either outdoors or virtually. We will allow events with a “grab and go” component, but students will not be able to congregate indoors. For these grab and go events, we ask that you take the activity or the food and beverage offered back to your dorm room, reserved study space, or off-campus residence to enjoy. Slightly different from last night’s message, we now ask that you not eat in large common spaces such as Stell Hall or McLaughlin Atrium. If you have questions about an upcoming student activity or event, please reach out to the MBAPO.
Each of our actions has the ability to shape the health and wellbeing of our entire community. Every one of us at Tuck must continue to do our part. This is a moment where we can demonstrate leadership, empathy, and care for the broader Dartmouth community.
Thanks very much.
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.