Current Marist College COVID-19 Alert Level: GREEN
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Last updated 5/7/2021
Mandatory Pre-Arrival Testing
The first component of our testing strategy is our mandatory pre-arrival testing protocol developed by the College for the Fall 2020 semester. Prior to any travel to campus for the Spring 2021 semester, all students were required to take a PCR COVID-19 test and submit those results to Marist Health Services. Over 4,000 tests were submitted in this fashion, and over 300 positive results recorded. Only students with negative COVID-19 tests or those medically cleared by Health Services were authorized to travel to campus.
Mandatory Arrival Testing
The second component of our strategy is our mandatory arrival testing protocol. Upon arrival to campus, all students had to participate in COVID-19 PCR testing the first week on campus. This testing occurred through March 7th, 2021. The results illustrate a very low positivity rate of 0.39%. The specific data are as follows:
|Total Tests Conducted Upon Arrival||5,398|
Mandatory Testing throughout the Semester
The third component of our testing protocol is ongoing testing throughout the semester beginning on March 8th, 2021. This has two elements. The first is mandatory surveillance testing, which is required for all students, faculty, and staff who have access to campus. The total population of the campus will be tested once every two weeks through the term. This cycle- 50 % of the campus each week- is twice the threshold required by New York State mandatory pause guidance for colleges and universities (available here). The second element of our protocol is mandatory testing as directed by our medical staff. This will include testing of symptomatic individuals, close contacts of confirmed positives, as well as mandated activitybased testing (e.g. athletics). From March 8th, 2021 onward, the results of these tests and cases from external testing that the College is made aware of will be updated each weekday, and are tabulated below.
Data as of 5/7/2021
|Total Tests Conducted||20,364|
|Total Active Cases||3|
|At Home/Off Campus||1|
|On-Campus Isolation Space||2|
|Marist 7 Day Positivity Rate*||0.31%|
|Dutchess County 7 Day Positivity Rate||---|
|*7 day rolling average of the percent of Marist conducted tests that have a positive result.|