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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

September 4, 2020

Dear CBU Community:


Congratulations on making it through another week of our "new normal."  I've heard from a number of you that classes are starting to get harder for our students and faculty are starting to have lots of homework to grade, but you're also sharing that you're enjoying being back on campus and in our shared Lasallian community.  Thank you for adhering to the behaviors and guidelines outlined in The CBU Compact, including social distancing, mask wearing, and enhanced hygiene practices.  I urge you to be diligent in your daily efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by protecting yourselves and each other in these ways.  This will be especially critical over this holiday weekend as it is often tempting to be lax while enjoying your well-deserved vacation.  Yet, we know that we must continue to practice safety at all times, and I trust that the CBU community will do so out of respect for our shared enterprise of learning and serving others. 

This message continues our weekly commitment to share the latest COVID-19 activity at Christian Brothers University.  You will now find updated dashboard information below as well as on our website: www.cbu.edu/coronavirus.  

Again, let me close by thanking you for your thoughtful and careful attention to our COVID-19 safety practices and your continued support of each other as we navigate this time together.


Together and by association,

Jack Shannon
President of Christian Brothers University


CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY
COVID-19 UPDATE: September 4


Read more about the following areas by clicking on the links below.

Prevention and Screening Activities: Quarantine and Self-Isolation Guidelines and Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Dashboard

The CBU Compact

  
International Students:

In accordance with CDC-issued protocols, any international student recently arriving in the United States is required to self-quarantine for 14 days. CBU currently has  32 international students who have arrived in this country since August 7 and, thus, must comply with this requirement. To date, 27 students have completed the process of completing quarantine at off-campus locations. All of those students thus far have remained both fever-free and asymptomatic since beginning their 14-day quarantine period. The following chart summarizes the status of all quarantine-subject international students.

STATUS NUMBER
Completed Quarantine 27
Still in Quarantine 5
Awaiting Arrival in United States 0


Pre-Semester Testing Activity and Results:

Prior to the reopening of the CBU residence halls and the start of any Fall 2020 semester classes, 11 students self-reported to the University that they were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or had prolonged close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID. All of these students were tested for COVID by off-campus medical service providers, with 7 of the test results being positive. All 11 students completed the CDC-prescribed isolation or quarantine before they were permitted to be present on campus. 
 

Fall Semester Testing Activity and Results:

The CBU Health Services Center coordinates and collaborates with officials from the Shelby County Department of Health, the Tennessee Department of Health, Poplar Healthcare, and Methodist Le Bonheur to provide for an array of COVID testing, diagnostic, and tracking-and-tracing services for the CBU community. 

Summary Reporting: The following chart summarizes all COVID testing activities (done both on and off campus) since the reopening of the CBU residence halls and the start of any Fall 2020 semester classes: 

FALL 2020 SEMESTER NUMBER OF TESTS/CASES
Number of Tests Performed* 61
Number of Positive Results** 11
Number of Negative Results 35
Pending Results/Other Outcomes*** 15

* Number includes both symptomatic and randomized testing done since August 17, 2020. 

** Of these confirmed cases, 9 were commuter students and 2 were resident students. The commuter students are completing the CDC-prescribed isolation period and requirements at home. Of the latter group, one individual was only on campus for move-in day and has not returned since this time, completing the CDC-prescribed isolation period and requirements off campus, and one is completing the CDC isolation period and requirements at home. 

*** Two students elected not to reveal their test results to the University and, as such, are restricted to taking only online courses for the Fall 2020 semester. 


Weekly Reporting: The following charts present a weekly reporting of the number and status of COVID testing activities (done by both on and off campus) since the reopening of the CBU residence halls and the start of any Fall 2020 semester classes: 

AUG 17, 2020 – AUG 23, 2020 NUMBER OF TESTS/CASES
Number of Tests Performed* 18
Number of Positive Results** 8
Number of Negative Results 8
Pending Results/Other Outcomes*** 2

*  All tests performed were students. Future test results will also include faculty and staff.

** Of these confirmed cases, 7 were commuter students and 1 was a resident student. The former students are completing the CDC-prescribed isolation period and requirements at home. The latter individual was only on campus for move-in day and has not returned since while completing the CDC-prescribed isolation period and requirements.

*** Two students elected not to reveal their test results to the University and, as such, are restricted to taking only online courses for the Fall 2020 semester.

 

AUG 24, 2020 – AUG 28, 2020 NUMBER OF TESTS/CASES
Number of Tests Performed* 4
Number of Positive Results** 1
Number of Negative Results 0
Pending Results/Other Outcomes** 3

*  All tests performed were students. Future test results will also include faculty and staff.

** The confirmed case was a commuter student, who is completing the CDC-prescribed isolation period and requirements at home.

 

AUG 31, 2020 – SEPT 4, 2020 NUMBER OF TESTS/CASES
Number of Tests Performed* 21
Number of Positive Results 0
Number of Negative Results 11
Pending Results/Other Outcomes 10


*  Number includes both symptomatic and randomized testing, and it encompasses tests performed on both students and employees. 


Isolation/Quarantine Activity and Status:

The following charts summarize the number and status of isolation and quarantine situations since the reopening of the CBU residence halls and the start of any Fall 2020 semester classes:

COVID RESTRICTED STATUS In Process Completed
Isolation  5  6
Quarantine* 10 42

* Quarantine figures include international students recently arriving in the United States as well as CBU community members required to quarantine because of close, sustained and unmasked contact with a COVID-diagnosed person.