Task Force Newsletter: It’s #WorthAShot to get vaccinated
Hello, Beloiters! Many of the College’s faculty and staff are receiving the second dose of their vaccine April 9 and April 16 from Beloit Health Systems. It’s great that so many believe it’s #WorthAShot to get vaccinated to help our community move forward.
This is your weekly COVID-19 update for the Beloit community.
Alarming increases in nearby COVID-19 infection rates continue
Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in both Rock and Winnebago counties to levels last seen in February, when the post-holiday surge was beginning to ebb. Rock County recorded 20 new cases per 100,000 this past week, a 25 percent increase from the 16 cases per 100,000 recorded the week before. Winnebago County recorded 29 new cases per 100,000, up 45 percent from 20 per 100,000 last week.
Because the number of people being vaccinated continues to grow, the effective infection rate is much higher, which is a significant cause for concern. The COVID-19 Task Force continues to strongly discourage travel off campus. Remaining on campus and following all of our protective practices are the ways we keep our campus safe and healthy.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 36 percent of Wisconsin’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 23 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.
Vaccination = ‘our best shot at being together, in person, on campus’
President Scott Bierman, Provost Eric Boynton, and Dean of Students Cecil Youngblood sent a message to the community urging us all to get the vaccine when it’s our turn.
“To be a fully in-person residential campus filled with activities, sports, theater, dance, and music, we need to be vaccinated,” they write in an email message. “As the vaccine rollout continues, we encourage your full participation to give us the best shot at being together, in person, on campus. Get the vaccine. It’s how we will be able to be together, and share in the experience that makes Beloit, Beloit.”
Look for involvement from student groups, clubs, and other organizations reminding us that it’s #WorthAShot to get vaccinated.
Spectator Policy for campus events updated
The COVID-19 Task Force has updated the College’s Spectator Policy for campus events, including music performances and athletic events.
All current students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend music/theater/dance performances and athletic events, provided that all policies are followed (e.g. room capacities, social distancing, masks). Beloit College students, faculty, and staff will be asked to show their college ID for entry to the event. All spectators must abide by all campus policies (e.g., masks, social distancing). Spectators may not arrive more than 30 minutes before the start of the event, and must depart immediately following the event’s conclusion.
Events at Strong Stadium (e.g., baseball and softball games, track meets) will have separate sections for students and faculty/staff, and outside guests. Event sponsors must designate event administrators who will be responsible for ensuring spectators are following all policies and guidelines. Each Beloit College student participant is limited to two outside guests who are required to have tickets. No members of the general public will be admitted to events without a ticket and no visiting team/guest spectators are allowed.
Question of the Week
What can we do, in addition to getting vaccinated, to fight against the rise in COVID-19 cases?
The alarming increase in COVID-19 cases while vaccines expand significantly means that we cannot let our guard down. Even as some states loosen restrictions, it’s important that we continue to follow the practices that have kept our community safe throughout this entire school year. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, tells us “that it’s really quite risky to declare victory before you have the level of infection in the community to a much, much lower level.”
Photo of the Week
BSG Co-President Nayomi Anesh Neelangel thought it was #WorthAShot to get her vaccine.
The Covid-19 Task Force