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McDaniel College raises COVID-19 alert level status to yellow after recording 4 positive tests in past week

After seeing a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases among members of its campus community, McDaniel College increased its alert level status one step, to Yellow, on Monday, communicating that information through an email to students and staff and an update to its website.

McDaniel has seen four positive tests in the past week.

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The college began the school year on Yellow level and switched to Green, the lowest level, on Sept. 16. At that point, the school community had logged 10 positive tests in the month since students began returning to campus and only two in the previous nine days.

As of Monday, McDaniel has seen a total of 15 positive results — including the four in the past seven days — out of 1,868 total tests.

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The email called the move to Yellow, “a precautionary measure.”

“The college currently has four newly confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of our on campus population over the previous seven days. While this number in and of itself is not alarming, we want to call your attention to this now while we can still take the necessary precautions to avoid further spread of the virus on our campus,” reads the email, provided to the Times by McDaniel.

The email further requests members of the campus community to “step up their efforts” in following the college’s health and safety protocols. With the alert level status at Yellow, McDaniel is asking all members of its campus community to:

  • Check for any COVID-related symptoms twice per day using our Campus Clear app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or found at campusclear.com. Also, consider starting off your morning with a temperature check.
  • Minimize non-academic gatherings.
  • Continue to hold each other accountable.

In addition, “the college will be enhancing its surveillance testing efforts over the next week,” according to the email. “Our community has done a good job of following the health and safety measures in place this fall and now is the time to stay committed to the rules.”

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