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May 12, 2022

Dear Loyola community,

In our area, we are currently experiencing a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases. We are closely monitoring data in multiple communities. After similar observed increases in many Northeast states, we urge you to be cautious and thoughtful about your decisions this week so we can finish the semester strong.

When making careful decisions this week as you prepare for Commencement and/or make plans to travel, consider your own risk and how exposure to the virus right now could impact you and those around you. Even if it is unlikely that you will get terribly sick, you don’t want to have to cancel plans or risk spreading the virus to others.

Masking remains optional. We highly recommend voluntary masking at end-of-the-year events and any time you’re around large groups indoors, or crowds, particularly if you have or will be around anyone with a weakened immune system, or if you are unvaccinated or not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccines. Remember that N95 and KN95 masks provide the strongest protection.

If you are sick or have any symptoms, you should wear a mask if you must be around others and should be physically distanced to help protect people near you. Cover your coughs and sneezes. We strongly urge you to reconsider attending public events or using public transportation if you have any symptoms.  

Report illness and recent exposure to Loyola Public Health at covid@loyno.edu. We recommend testing if you have any symptoms, or if you have known or suspected close contact. You should get tested at least 5 days after exposure, or immediately after an onset of symptoms. If you test negative and symptoms persist, you should test again. If you will be on campus this summer, please continue to follow our protocols for symptoms, testing, and quarantine/isolation.

Finally, we strongly urge you to get your COVID-19 vaccine booster. Booster shots are necessary to restore protection against COVID-19 variants like BA.2. Follow the guidance from the CDC to determine when you are eligible for booster shots.

Please contact covid@loyno.edu with any COVID-related questions.

Take good care,

Alicia A. Bourque, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs 

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