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COVID-19 Test Update | October 22, 2020

Dear campus community,

Since my report last evening on the preliminary outcomes of COVID-19 student testing event, we have received the remaining test results. I am pleased to provide you with a comprehensive look at the data we currently have available to us.

Monday, Oct. 19, Testing Event

Students tested – 701 (*All residential students were required to test, except for students who received a positive test result within the past 90 days or who are currently quarantined off campus.)

Positive results – 10

Positivity rate – 1.4%

Number of close contacts – 29

Students in quarantine or isolation – 39

Campus Snapshot

Cumulative positive student cases since 8/3/20 – 24

Percentage of total students currently in quarantine or isolation – 6%

Total students currently in quarantine or isolation – 44

Total students currently in on-campus quarantine – 20

Total students currently in on-campus isolation – 5

Although the results of the testing event do not signal a significant shift in our approach to the fall semester at this time, I am urging all students, faculty and staff to be vigilant and respectful in our practice of campus policies and procedures. As cases continue to rise in the immediate Ripon community, Fond du Lac County and the state, our ability to complete the fall semester in person and on campus depends on your continued dedication to keeping yourself, your peers and your colleagues safe.  

An area of concern continues to be the adherence of physical distancing and mask-wearing policies, particularly in the Commons. A reminder that all tables and chairs have been pre-arranged to ensure the safety of you and others. Tables and chairs should NOT be moved and masks must be worn at all times when not seated and/or eating.

Additional surveillance testing of students will be done throughout the remainder of the semester to help us to continue to monitor the COVID-19 level on campus. More information will be shared with the community in the coming days about our plan.

While our commitment must continue to the campus health pledge and Reunite Ripon plan, we should be proud of the responsibility and dedication that our students, faculty and staff have shown this fall in mitigating the public health situation. My best to each of you for a safe and healthy end to the fall semester. 


Zach Messitte

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