VP of student affairs Hoffmann Harding, VP of campus safety Seamon: Surveillance Testing Update

Author: John Slott

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Campus aerial looking southeast (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dear Notre Dame undergraduate, graduate, and professional students,

We write today with an update on COVID-19 cases and student surveillance testing.

Notre Dame’s 7-day moving average of positive cases is now 15.7 cases per day -- more than twice the rate of a month ago. At this time, there is also widespread community transmission across St. Joseph County along with an increased number of active cases, putting pressure on area hospitals.

In addition to following health and safety protocols and limiting informal student gatherings to 10 or less, surveillance testing is a critical component of the University’s ability to address COVID-19. Surveillance testing helps us identify asymptomatic cases and prevent further transmission within our community. As you know, showing up for surveillance testing is mandatory when you are selected.

Given the importance of compliance with surveillance testing, any students who fail to report next week when called for testing will be unable to attend the Saturday, November 7th football game against Clemson. Next Friday, November 6th, the COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU) will notify the Murnane Family Ticket Office of those students who did not report when called, and their tickets will be deactivated.

Please know that students will also be scheduled for “exit” testing before the end of the semester. Further details will be provided next week. Students with permanent addresses in states or countries with mandatory testing requirements and students with accommodations through Sara Bea Accessibility Services will still receive priority for exit testing appointments. Exit testing is very important for protecting the family and friends with whom you will be spending the holidays, as well as your home communities more broadly. It is part of our shared commitment to care for one another.

Students who are selected for surveillance and exit testing will receive notification by both text and email. You are only exempt from testing if you have already tested positive within the last three months, are in quarantine when you receive the notification, or are tested as a student-athlete.

Thank you for your cooperation with this effort. Surveillance testing is simple and only takes a few minutes, and is a critical way for us to keep our campus healthy. Please know of our continued prayers for our campus community and your well-being and safety in these last few weeks of the semester.

In Notre Dame,

Erin Hoffmann Harding
Vice President for Student Affairs

Mike Seamon
Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations