Important COVID-19 Update From the President

September 17, 2020 |

Dear Cedarville Community,

We are one-third of the way through the race that is the fall semester of 2020. I am writing to provide an important update and appeal for your vigilance to ensure we successfully complete the remaining two-thirds of this race. With COVID-19, every day matters, and we are at a critical juncture that requires our serious attention.

We began classes on August 17, 2020. Throughout the first four weeks of the semester, together, we kept our lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases very low. Yesterday, September 16, however, the number of active cases more than doubled from four to nine, with five students isolating on campus and four, off campus. As of this morning, we are at 11 active cases.

While that number of cases may still seem low, we are also observing a concerning increase in the number of students who have presented with symptoms and are awaiting test results. Further, we are seeing a significant increase in the number of students in quarantine. These are leading indicators that suggest we will see additional positive diagnoses in the coming days.

This situation remains manageable only if we take action now! To slow the spread, we must work together and strictly adhere to the basic Caring Well. Staying Well. practices that allowed us to navigate the first four weeks successfully:

  • Wear Your Mask: We must wear our masks at all times when inside or when physical distancing cannot be maintained outside.
  • Practice Physical Distancing: Inside and outside, while eating and while studying, maintain 6-foot distance from those around you. This includes at tables inside of buildings while studying.
  • Wash Your Hands: Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Assess Your Health: Take your temperature daily; if sick, self-isolate and seek medical care.
  • Sanitize Your Spaces: Clean the spaces you use regularly (office, classroom, residence hall room).
  • Avoid All Unnecessary Travel: Be careful where you go off campus, and be wise with your interactions with others. We must all take personal responsibility not to bring COVID-19 back to campus.

At this point in the semester, it is easy to let our guard down given the progress we have made. Yet, the increase in positive cases, students with symptoms, and students in quarantine stands as a stark warning. Now is the time for all of us to take personal responsibility and act accordingly to ensure we complete the semester on campus without interruption.

I am asking for your help. I need your help. And I have every confidence that together, along with the help of the Lord, we can do this.

  • Students, we need each of you to take this threat seriously and encourage your friends to do the same.
  • Faculty, please make announcements in each of your classes encouraging students to remain vigilant.
  • RDs and RAs, remind students in the residence halls of the importance of following protocols for their protection and the safety of others.
  • Staff, please remind students of the importance of continuing to Care Well.

Let’s run this race together so as to win and finish strong. Pray with me for our students who have confirmed cases and are currently ill or recovering. Pray for those in quarantine who may be discouraged, lonely, or anxious. Pray for our staff who are caring for students and continually seeking to improve the services we are providing to those in isolation and quarantine.

I am praying for all of you and am thankful to serve the Lord with you, even as we confront the challenges of COVID-19 together. May God grant us mercy, peace, and good health as we strive together for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.

In Christ,

Thomas White

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  • Concerned parent says:

    Are most of the new cases coming from the same 1-2 dorms ? If so have you thought of testing everyone in that dorm and/or isolation of students in the affected dorm to prevent spreadIng of the virus. We are praying daily.

    • Sarah says:

      Thank you for your comment. We are conducting contract tracing and students who come within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes within 48 hours of the first symptoms are being quarantined. We appreciate your prayers.