COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending Jan. 29, 2021

Publication Date


As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, Union had:

39 active cases/individuals in isolation (32 students, 7 faculty/staff)
59 students in quarantine

For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Nott shot

An evening winter Nott shot by Stephen Nadler '21


  • Nearly two-thirds of the students who tested positive this week were already in quarantine thanks to contact tracing of other positive cases. It is critical to be forthcoming with contact tracers to help stop the spread of COVID on our campus.
  • Twice weekly testing for students and employees on a weekly testing schedule has been extended through Thursday, Feb. 4.
  • New guidelines are in place for employee testing. Please read them and speak to your supervisor if you feel that your testing schedule should be changed with the new testing recommendations. See the new employee testing guidelines here.
  • As you saw from today’s campus message, we have eased many restrictions put in place as part of the two-week campus quarantine and will begin a new “normal.” Please read the email thoroughly for specific information about what is permitted off campus and what has opened up on campus. Please note: students must still significantly limit their interactions off campus and follow all safety protocols.


Fireside treats - Saturday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., drop by any of the fire pits for s’mores and hot cocoa, hosted by Union Hospitality.

Community conversations - We have planned a series of community conversations by constituency to ensure we have planned time to share updates and address questions you may have related to COVID-19 or other important matters. Upcoming dates:

Parents - Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., hosted by the class deans.

Students - Wednesday Feb. 10 at 5 p.m., hosted by Dean Fran’Cee, Dean Angrist, Matt Toy, Student Forum President.



Why are faculty and staff listed together on the dashboard instead of being in separate categories?

Our numbers of positive faculty and staff cases have fortunately been relatively low, low enough that disaggregating between those two categories could create confidentiality issues. In every faculty or staff positive case, HR works quickly to notify individuals and close contacts to initiate the process of isolation and quarantine.

How does the College define “contact” in terms of needing testing before coming to campus?

For the purposes of testing, “contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of a person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.


While many on our campus are working harder and longer hours to help keep our campus open and safe during a global pandemic, employees in Facilities were thrown an extra curveball last weekend managing an extended power outage during frigid cold temperatures. Special thanks to Gary Thomas, James Morse, Ramiro (Mel) Pampo, Dominick Iannance, Richard Holton, James Clark, Rafael Torres, Nicole Fredette, Dave Smith, Todd Meyer, Don D'Alessandris, Robert Arket, Michael Landolfo, Michael Connelly, Marc Donovan and Loren Rucinski.


While COVID rates have dropped slightly and getting out of quarantine can seem promising, please remember to remain vigilant through these times. The effort that we put into the health and safety of our community will continue to protect those most vulnerable to the severe effects of COVID-19. Wear a mask. Keep social distancing. Wash your hands.

Have a question or need more information on something related to the College’s COVID-19 response, email