#StaySafeCarthage update: COVID-19 case update and on-going dashboard
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
We are writing to let you know that a member of the Carthage community has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
This community member took all the appropriate steps and was able to catch this quickly by using the provided self-monitoring tools. They were able to identify symptoms early, they reported their symptoms through the self-monitoring tool, and then they self-isolated appropriately and quickly.
This individual self-reported the positive test result to the College, and this positive result has been confirmed. The community member has been isolated, and anyone who has been in close contact with this individual has been identified and contacted by the Kenosha Health Department. Those individuals will quarantine per the College’s protocols and public health guidelines. As a community we are grateful that this individual followed the protocol appropriately, and as such we were able to respond quickly and effectively.
While this is the first case on campus, it likely won’t be the last. Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly all summer to ensure the entire Carthage community remains safe as we return to campus. This first case serves as a reminder that we need to remain vigilant in those efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We wanted to make you aware of the first reported case, but have developed other means for ongoing communication of cases that will arise throughout the fall term. As such, a COVID-19 dashboard has been created that will list important monitoring variables. This dashboard will be updated Monday morning for the week prior and can be found here: www.carthage.edu/dashboard. Because the positive case was confirmed today, it will be visible on the dashboard at the next update. Should there be activity outside of the norm, we will make sure to send out a full community notice.
We are grateful for your continuing help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and your personal attention in practicing these routine preventive measures recommended by the CDC, which include:
- Monitoring symptoms daily through the online app.
- Wearing masks as directed in all indoor spaces and outdoors where distancing is not possible.
- Limiting contact with others.
- Physical distancing.
- Hand hygiene.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices.
This first report is a federally required safety notification to comply with the Clery Act. The institution is not required to communicate each individual case, but we will continue to inform you regularly about the general state of health across campus as well as update the dashboard.
Thank you for your participation and attention to following the new guidelines. Together we can get through this semester successfully.