COVID-19 Protocols and Setting a Testing Baseline

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

As spring break approaches and COVID-19 case totals continue to decline, we want to update you on our plans for pandemic protocols over the next few weeks.

In short, we are cautiously optimistic, but will keep relying on information and expert guidance to drive decisions. Over the past month, those factors led us to loosen some restrictions; for example, students no longer must wear masks in residence halls, and dining halls have returned to full service. 

Many of you will not be regularly on campus March 7-11, and a good number also will be traveling widely. Given that context, we want to establish a new baseline for COVID-19’s presence on campus—and adjust our strategies from there.

Our approach to these baseline tests is as follows:

  • they are strongly recommended for all faculty, staff, and graduate and professional students;
  • they are required for all undergraduates, whether living on or off campus; and
  • all tests should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

To avoid forcing our testing lab to endure a crush of submissions in the last three days before the deadline, we ask those who are on campus next week to take and submit a COVID-19 test then. As noted in previous communications, these PCR tests can be found in vending machines across campus

For undergraduates who may prefer them, we also have included rapid tests in the north and south residential area office vending machines. Those who opt for a rapid test should notify University Health Services of the result via a secure message sent through no later than the 5 p.m. March 16 deadline

Once we have analyzed this information and other relevant developments, we will provide updates regarding adjustments to campus protocols.

As always, we appreciate your efforts to protect our campus; please enjoy a wonderful spring break. 

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs

Carolyn Gregory
Vice President for Human Resources