COVID-19, Residence Life, Student Life

COVID-19 Update from the President

By President Dondi Costin | September 16, 2020

Today we begin our FIFTH full week of classes, and I remain encouraged by the members of our campus community committed to ensuring CSU is a safe place to live and learn this semester. Over the past week, we have seen a significant reduction in the number of cases of COVID-19 on campus, so thank you for your willingness to follow our policies—on and off campus—to ensure the safety and health of our campus community!

Our Numbers

Here are our numbers as of this morning: 

  • TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN ISOLATION: 17 
    Of these 17 students, 7 are confirmed positive. 
    Of these 17 students, 6 reside on campus, 11 reside off campus. 
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE: 58
    Of these 58 students, 22 reside on campus, 36 reside off campus. 
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN ISOLATION: 3
    Of these 3 employees, 1 is confirmed positive. 
  • TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN QUARANTINE: 4

As a reminder, ISOLATION is reserved for actively symptomatic or known positive cases, and QUARANTINE is reserved for those who have been identified as a close contact of someone who is positive or who has symptoms. People in QUARANTINE are NOT ill – we are simply watching them to ensure they do not become symptomatic.  

The goal of the University Pandemic Task Force is to make recommendations that will allow us to keep members of our campus community healthy and safe so we can keep the campus open for in-person classes. They will continue to work with different groups on campus to ensure that, in addition to student academic preparation, our students can have a meaningful campus experience. The task force has established October 2 as our next date to reassess activities on campus. Assuming the data continue to trend in the right direction on campus (and within in our community), we hope to further increase opportunities for in-person activities on campus beginning Monday, October 5.  

Keeping Campus Safe

Our ability to do this rests in part on adhering to our face mask and social distancing protocols, completing the LiveSafe application daily, and accurately reporting symptoms and positive COVID-19 tests results to the university. By working together, focusing on the directives of our #BUCSAFE pledge, and praying for the Lord’s intervention, we can finish this semester as planned.  

As a reminder, you can always reach out to the University Pandemic Task Force with questions or concerns. You can contact them directly by emailing covid19@csuniv.edu. This email address is monitored Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Any emails received after 5 p.m. on Friday will be addressed on Monday.    

Stay safe, stay focused, stay healthy, and stay faithful to the Lord and His provision as we work together to continue enjoying a healthy CSU. With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)! 


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