02/01/2022 - No New COVID-19 cases reported to Caltech
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To: The Campus Community
From: Jennifer Howes, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Wellness
Since our last update on January 31, no new COVID-19 cases among the Caltech community have been reported to Student Wellness Services (SWS). In addition, there are no longer any students isolating in spaces set aside in Caltech housing for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Although we do not typically send out a memo to announce a lack of positive reported cases, this is the first reporting day in more than a month in which we have had no new cases to report. While it is much too soon to let our guard down, case numbers and positivity rates for testing are trending in the right direction locally.
So far, there have been 786 reported COVID-19 cases among members of the Caltech campus community since March 2020.
While we welcome the current decline in COVID-19 cases, it is imperative that all members of our community continue to remain diligent in adhering to all preventative measures and to county and city health orders that have been implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The safety and well-being of Caltech's students, staff, and faculty is our top priority. All members of the Caltech community are expected to:
- Immediately notify SWS if you are ill, have had a positive test for COVID-19, or have been exposed to anyone with a positive test for COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are ill, have a fever, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.
- Participate in Caltech's surveillance testing program.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Wear a well-fitting surgical mask or respirator (N95, KN95, or KF94) when indoors.
More information about Caltech's response to the pandemic can be found on the Caltech Together coronavirus website. Reports of illness, testing metrics, and confirmed case counts can be found on a dedicated dashboard. Please note that JPL tracks COVID-19 cases separately and is not included in these data.