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USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/26/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The COVID-19 Task Force wanted to provide an interim update to the campus this evening, as well as let you know about a change in the way we will be communicating going forward.

We have had a number of new cases arise on campus over the past several weeks, with a  positive test coming in over the weekend and additional students being placed in isolation or quarantine (statistics in the table below)  Several test results are still pending, which will likely increase our number of positive cases through the week.  These cases seem to primarily be related to small group gatherings off-campus.  There does not appear to be any transmission related to either the classroom/teaching lab setting, or research labs and offices.  

Our contact tracing team has reached out to direct contacts of those testing positive already; those individuals who had high-risk contact have been placed in quarantine and are awaiting testing.

While the case numbers on our campus remain small, given the increasing cases both nationally and locally, we continue to urge all of our community members to continue adhering to recommended protective measures (masks, distancing, hygiene) in order to prevent this spread from becoming uncontrolled on our campus. Small gatherings with those outside of your household, even among friends, can increase the risk of transmission.  

We will continue to monitor case reports over the coming weeks and will assess any need for changes in our operations on an ongoing basis.


COVID-19 Cases




New cases since 10/23/2020



Total cases since 8/28/2020




In order to assure awareness of case trends, we will be publishing a dashboard in the coming days that the USciences community can access at any time, with case information that will be updated daily.  More information on how to access this dashboard will be shared in the coming days.

We have also heard from many of you that the amount of information shared in our communications over the past weeks and months has sometimes been overwhelming.  Moving forward, we want to make sure that any information shared by the Task Force is not only timely but of significance.  Therefore, while the Task Force will continue to meet weekly, we will only send out campus communications when there is information of a critical nature to be shared.  We hope this small change may alleviate some of the stress and workload for you all.

Thank you for your ongoing support for each other and for the University,


The COVID-19 Task Force