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September 21, 2020   |  Campus Communication

Suspension of Ondrak Quarantine

Following recommended federal, state and local health department guidelines, the University began surveillance testing of resident students and student-athletes at the start of the fall semester. Based on the results of the initial testing and follow-up contact tracing of positive cases, the University elected to proactively quarantine Ondrak residents on Thursday, September 17 in the hope of identifying and slowing a potential surge of COVID-19 cases on campus.

On September 17, the University conducted mandatory testing of all Ondrak residents, which resulted in identifying an additional three positive cases. Those who tested positive are doing well, and anyone in contact with them has been notified and is in quarantine.

Based on the low number of positive test results, the University is lifting the quarantine of Ondrak Hall on Monday, September 21 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Those who quarantined off campus will need to submit proof of a negative test result in order to resume normal participation in University activities.

We thank the residents of Ondrak Hall for their understanding, cooperation and patience during this process. Their actions and support have helped protect our community from the threat of COVID-19, and we applaud their efforts.

We would also like to extend a special thanks to Diana Bolker and her staff, Jen Manola and the BenUeats team as well as the Athletics department for their additional support over the last several days.

The entire University community is reminded to take the needed health and safety measures to Stop the Spread and support our Protecting our Flock initiative.

Please direct any questions to Marco Masini, Dean of Students, at mmasini@ben.edu or 630-829-6006.

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Tracking Team

 

September 17, 2020   |  Campus Communication

Ondrak Residence Hall COVID-19 Testing

Following recommended federal, state and local health department guidelines, the University has welcomed students, faculty and staff back to campus. In conjunction with the start of classes on August 31, the University has been conducting proactive surveillance testing and follow-up contact tracing. As of yesterday afternoon, we have tested a total of 276 students with three confirmed positive cases for a positivity rate of 1.1%. One of those students has already recovered, and the others are asymptomatic. 

While our positive test results remain low, contact tracing based on those positive cases now necessitates broader testing of campus residents. Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to proactively test and quarantine all Ondrak residents.   

On Thursday, September 17, staff will complete mandatory testing of all Ondrak residents, after which, those residents will be required to begin a 14-day quarantine period as outlined in the University’s return to campus plan. Ondrak residents will be allowed to complete their quarantine in University housing or return home based on their personal preference. Students who decide to quarantine at home will be responsible for getting a negative COVID-19 test result through a local testing site or their primary health care provider prior to returning to campus. 

Please direct any questions to Marco Masini, Dean of Students, at mmasini@ben.edu or 630-829-6006.

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Tracking Team