A Message to Students Regarding Increasing COVID-19 Positivity Rates
March 24, 2021
We write today to remind you to remain vigilant in following our Penn Cares public health guidance. We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 positivity rates among students, putting an end to our 5-week streak of decreasing positivity rates on campus. As we approach the Passover and Easter holidays—with the highly-transmissible COVID-19 variants in our community—now is not the time to become COVID complacent. We must continue to practice the utmost vigilance in all our interpersonal interactions by washing our hands, watching our distance, wearing a mask, and socializing outside.
We have found that most new positive cases are a result of recent travel, sharing meals with friends outside of a pod or household, and student parties. Please resist the temptation to travel or attend in-person gatherings with individuals outside of your pods or household. As a reminder, the irresponsible decisions of a few may negatively impact the entire community.
As we near the end of our Spring semester, the weather is becoming warmer, and campus is continuing to open more activities for students to safely engage and socialize. If positivity rates continue to increase, we all risk losing access to these newly opened buildings and resources on campus.
Please make smart decisions during the remaining days of your Spring semester to keep the University and our surrounding communities healthy and safe. The level of future activity and engagement on campus depends on your collective actions.
Mamta Motwani Accapadi, Vice Provost for University Life
Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer