To the Case Western Reserve Community:
We had hoped to finish this semester in as normal as manner as possible given COVID-19, but the test results we’ve seen since Monday demand that we act to protect your well-being.
Effective immediately, Case Western Reserve is canceling all campus social gatherings.
As of last night, the university has identified 55 cases of COVID-19—25 percent more than the total for the entirety of last week.
Follow-up contact tracing found that several of those cases involved people who had attended events on campus, as well as others involving large numbers of people affiliated with Case Western Reserve.
While a significant portion of those individuals have not been vaccinated, some are considered fully boosted—i.e., two weeks from the date of receiving that dose.
Please keep in mind that guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls for 10 full days of isolation after you begin experiencing symptoms. Anyone who becomes infected now will have to be separated from others during some part of the university’s holiday break.
We know that opportunities to gather informally with colleagues at this time of year are always popular—and even more treasured as the pandemic’s uncertainty continues. Unfortunately, these circumstances merit a more robust response.
Given ongoing changes involving COVID-19, we will update this and other 2022 pandemic protocols during the week of Jan. 3.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Vice President for Human Resources
Vice President for Student Affairs