Increasing COVID-19 Cases; What You Can Do

To Our Students:

While COVID-19 case numbers have ticked up gradually since spring break, over the past three days we have seen particularly significant growth. 

From Monday through Wednesday evening, we have confirmed 79 positive cases—72 of them among undergraduates. This figure is nearly four times last week’s student total—and in less than half the time. 

Based on the information collected, it appears that the overwhelming majority of these cases involved students living together, with a smaller proportion appearing to come from social events. To date, we still have no evidence confirming classroom transmission. 

We recognize that, for many of you, this jump in cases arrives as end-of-semester academic demands loom especially large. Please know that our deans have been notified of this development, and faculty and staff will be urged to accommodate students whose illness keeps them from being able to attend classes and/or complete assignments on time.

Meanwhile, we also wanted to reinforce earlier guidance:

  • Symptoms: Please do not go to class or other indoor activities if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and difficulty breathing. Instead, please contact University Health Services directly at 216.368.2450 or via If possible, please also take a COVID-19 test from one of the vending machines across campus.

  • Masking: You must continue to wear masks in classrooms and teaching laboratories. If you are concerned about transmission in other enclosed settings, please feel free to wear masks there as well. Regardless of which choices students make outside of classes and labs, we ask that everyone respect their decisions.

  • Booster Doses: If you are immunocompromised or otherwise eligible for a booster, you may get one at our vaccine clinic (in the Nursing Research Building at 2120 Cornell Road) or a local pharmacy. For those not yet eligible for booster doses, please note that, in general, young people are dramatically less likely to develop serious illness from COVID-19.

We will continue to monitor cases and provide updates as necessary—and wish you all a healthy and safe end of the semester.

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director, University Health and Counseling Services 

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs