03/12/2021

Task Force Newsletter: Spring forward, normal is coming

Hello, Beloiters! It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through our first Mod. We hope your studies and midterms are going well.

This is your weekly COVID-19 update for the Beloit community, full of encouraging news about vaccines, a return to semesters in the fall, and the Midwest Conference’s intention to return to full league competition this fall.

Let’s get to it.

Wisconsin COVID vaccine rollout continues as cases continue to decline

News reports indicate the average number of new cases in Wisconsin overall and in both Rock and Winnebago counties continues to fall. The current daily average is 7.5 cases per 100,000 in both counties. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 19 percent of Wisconsin’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 11 percent of the population has received two.

Beloit College faculty and staff in vaccination process

Count Beloit College’s faculty and staff among those in the process of being vaccinated. Beloit Health System scheduled two days of vaccinations for Beloit employees, today (3/12) and March 19. Educators became eligible for the vaccine on March 1 in Wisconsin.

CDC guidance continues to encourage everyone, not just those vaccinated, to continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures, including avoiding medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. It looks like masks will continue to be with us for a while, and COVID outbreaks are still possible if we don’t follow the guidance.

Beloiters, we’ve got this.

No more Mods next year

Another sign of a return to normal is the planned return to a traditional academic calendar. Early in the pandemic, the College created Mods to enable maximal flexibility for and minimal disruption of our educational mission. As a result of students fully embracing the Statement of Culture and Behavioral Expectations, a campus dedicated to health and safety, and promising signs for increasing vaccine availability, we are planning to return to a standard 15-week semester calendar, including fall and spring breaks, for the 2021-22 academic year.

Question of the Week

Question

When will students be eligible for the vaccine?

Answer

With the Biden Administration’s recent purchase of 100 million more doses of the vaccine, directing states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine no later than May 1, and allowing more health professionals to administer them, it’s possible that eligibility may come sooner than first thought. Students should continue to watch for guidance in their states for further information.

Photo of the Week

Campus is as colorful in spring as it is in autumn, with pink blossoms on the trees.

What says “Spring Forward” more than trees on campus in bloom?

Be well,
The COVID-19 Task Force

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