Date: January 10, 2022
Last week, during the snow storm, and with her canonical examinations looming, Nurse Julia Domenick tested hundreds of people. We are very grateful to Julia. It is truly a ministry of the moment. With the holidays, we knew reentry would generate some cases. We had been fortunate in the Fall; apart from one spouse, we had zero positive cases. Being fully vaccinated had kept us all safe. But with the omicron variant and the increasing number of breakthrough cases, we knew that those who had not been able to get the booster stood a higher chance of testing positive. Now a positive antigen result needs to be confirmed by the more reliable PCR test. We did have one case of a staff member who had turned out negative. So the results of all this testing, that I share now, have all been confirmed with PCR tests.
We had three staff members test positive (two in Facilities and one in Institutional Advancement); we had two students test positive; and we had one family test positive. This is encouraging. And once we have all had the booster then hopefully we will even safer.
It is not my intention to send out emails to the entire community about every case. And please do not reach out to Julia for the results. Instead our process will be as follows: we will inform Alexandria Health Department; we will do contact tracing and inform those who within the last three days have had close proximity with the person with COVID; and, in the case of staff, we will inform the department. And from time to time, I will give an overview in the Commentary. Finally, do please monitor yourselves closely. When you have symptoms do assume that it might be COVID and get a PCR test right away. Let us do everything we can to keep each other safe.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President