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COVID-19 Cases Update

DEPARTMENT(S): 
March 25, 2020

Dear WPI Community,

I am writing to inform you that the first two cases of COVID-19 within our community were confirmed last evening and today. These cases are unrelated to each other. I can report that these two members of the WPI community are recovering in self-isolation in their respective homes. It’s been more than 15 days since either person was on campus, so any danger to others in our community is extremely low. Out of an abundance of caution, however, WPI’s office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is deep cleaning where these individuals last spent time on campus. We will not share further details out of respect for the privacy of these community members.

You may recall that last week we asked those who had recently been tested for COVID-19—or anyone who had physical contact with a person being tested—to inform WPI Health Services. We ask that you please continue to use this form, in order to ensure that we take proper precautions.

Since WPI is now operating nearly entirely remotely, our campus community should feel assured that we are doing all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus. However, it’s important to be prepared for the number of cases in Massachusetts and the United States to grow, and that means we must all continue to do our part in helping to mitigate this situation and protect ourselves and others wherever we are.

For information regarding COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and guidelines on self-isolation, we ask that the community follow the guidance and direction of local, state, national and international health agencies. Public health officials manage whether and how to reach out to those who may have had contact.

We commit to informing you on a regular basis about future cases in our community. Thank you all for your support as we work to manage this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Regina Roberto MSN APRN BC
Director WPI Health and Wellness Services