Urgent Campus Update on COVID-19 Cases (4/6/22)

Dear Pomona College Community,

This week we continue to see a rise in positive COVID-19 test results among students. As of today, 57 Pomona students have tested positive over the last two days (over the same period 4 faculty/staff have tested positive). For all of last week, we had 39 students test positive (and 1 faculty/staff member). This spike in student cases is ongoing across the consortium, and we need to respond with vigilance and care.

To better protect our community, these temporary safety measures start today and will be re-evaluated as the situation unfolds:

  • Pomona student dining will shift to outdoors, with grab and go options available.
  • Cross-campus dining is suspended until further notice.
  • Masks are required for outdoor events in addition to our existing indoor mask requirement.
  • 5C parties are suspended until further notice.
  • We strongly recommend that Pomona students focus their activities outdoors with groups of 10 or fewer.

In the face of pandemic fatigue, we ask that everyone stay committed to our public health measures, including masks, testing and vaccination, to protect one another and support our academic mission.

 

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Planning and Response Group
G. Gabrielle Starr, President
Robert Gaines, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Fernando Lozano, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee
Jade Star Lackey, Associate Professor of Geology
Hans Rindisbacher, Professor of German
Kenneth Baxter Wolf, John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics
Avis Hinkson, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Robert Goldberg, VP, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
Christina Ciambriello, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Robert Robinson, AVP for Facilities and Campus Services
Alexis Reyes, Assistant Director of Sustainability and Chair of the Staff Council
Natalie Hughes, Academic Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy
Selena Lopez, Class of 2022
Nathan Tran, Class of 2023