Email sent to sociology class after WMU student self-reports COVID-19

Campus is nearly empty as students and non-essential staff were sent home due to COVID-19 last week. Students in the sociology of religion course last met in person on Tuesday, March 10.

On Friday, Sept. 4, WMU COVID-19 Information sent an email to the WMU community informing faculty, staff and students that they can receive two no-cost COVID-19 tests.

This decision was made after students expressed concern for only receiving one non-medically necessary no-cost test.

According to the email, WMU faculty, staff and students also receive a no-cost test if they have COVID-19 symptoms, answered "yes" to any of the questions on the daily self-monitoring survey or were directed to be tested as a close contact of an infected individual.

“It's important to understand that a COVID-19 test is a snapshot in time,” the email reads. “An asymptomatic person who tests negative for the novel coronavirus must still continue to follow all the related health and safety precautions—consistently wearing a mask, social distancing in the presence of others, frequent hand-washing and staying home when ill. Tests are most accurate five days or more after exposure to a positive person, but they do not negate the need for continued quarantine.”

The email also reminded students of the COVID-19 Case Dashboard, which can be found on the Safe Return website. This helps those stay informed on the incidence of COVID-19 in the WMU community.

“Individuals who have a confirmed case of the virus should isolate until a health care provider gives them clearance to circulate again among members of the general public,” the email reads.

The email also mentioned their appreciation for the support for the Bronco Student Pledge. According to the email, 98.9% of students have affirmed the pledge, agreeing to follow all of the WMU’s COVID-19-related health and safety requirements. Members of the President's Cabinet also have taken the pledge, according to the email.

Masks should also be worn indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, according to the email. Those that are outside and consistently beyond 6 feet from others, are permissible to remove their mask. When within 6 feet of others outside, the mask should be covering the nose and mouth.

“As we move through this atypical semester together, we should continue to extend grace and gratitude to each other," the email reads. “Successfully navigating a new life experience often takes resilience, which, in turn, helps to build resilience. That's how Broncos thrive and prosper.”

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