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Covid-19 Notification Fall 2021

Dear McDaniel Community,

The College continues to maintain a high level of response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On campus COVID-19 testing is a key component of these efforts. Through testing, we have been informed that two undergraduate members of our campus community tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in isolation.  

Please know that this was anticipated as we maintain a very small population that has yet to be fully vaccinated. Although we expect additional positive test results as we continue to test students, we are fully prepared to provide the necessary isolation and quarantine spaces as prescribed by the Carroll County Health Department.    

Be reassured that the College is working closely with the Carroll County Health Department to follow guidelines to maintain the safety and health of our campus community. Those who may have come into close contact with the students are being notified directly through our Infection Control Response Team and instructed about the need to quarantine according to our COVID-19 Protocols for Prevention, Exposure, Testing, and Isolation/Quarantine. It is up to public health authorities to determine what information is shared publicly in the interest of public health and in accordance with relevant privacy requirements.    

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines close contact as being within six feet for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period, with an individual who is presumed positive or confirmed positive with or without a face covering or mask. During quarantine, students should check their temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC has identified the following symptoms to be COVID-19 related:

  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (Call 911 if you experience this)  
  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or more  
  • Chills  
  • Repeating shaking with chills  
  • Running nose or new sinus congestion  
  • Muscle pain  
  • Headache  
  • Sore throat  
  • Fatigue  
  • New GI symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or stomach pain  
  • New loss of taste or smell  

Please be aware that the College will continue to assess each report of a COVID-19 positive case individually and utilize our Community Expectations and Health Protocols by Transmission Category found on the Return to the Hill webpage, to keep our campus community informed about our COVID-19 response.      

Return to the Hill (RTTH) Committee