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Last updated: May 7, 2021

Covid-19 Status Level: Green
Low Risk

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To ensure that our Stags remain safe and healthy throughout the spring semester, Fairfield developed and enacted a comprehensive three-step testing protocol required for all faculty, staff, and students who are returning to campus for the spring semester.

From comprehensive testing of all students, faculty, and staff prior to arrival on campus, to daily health monitoring and required weekly testing for those on campus, Fairfield’s Six Layers of Protection has provided a well-rounded framework for our community to continue to thrive. The plan also includes expert contact tracing and isolation of positive cases, and required face coverings and social distancing, ensuring best practices in keeping our campus safe.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is our priority as we continue operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, Fairfield University’s campus reopening plan has been largely successful as we have worked with State of Connecticut and Town of Fairfield Health Department officials to create and execute an effective plan to identify, contain, and limit the extent of Covid-19 infections. A critical component of our approach has been continual random and targeted testing of our student population — both on campus and off — to find and isolate Covid-19 cases in order to protect not only our students, but our town of Fairfield neighbors. These extensive testing protocols will be ongoing as the spring semester takes place.

With a total of five rapid testing machines in partnership with Abbott Laboratories, along with daily health monitoring, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine procedures, Fairfield University has exceeded state and local guidelines with proactive measures to keep our community at large safe and healthy. The University will continue to work with state and local officials on Covid-19 protocols as the semester unfolds, and all updates will be available on fairfield.edu/reopen.

Daily Test Results - 5/6/2021
  Faculty and Staff Students Total
Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive
Surveillance Testing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Diagnostic 0 0 11 0 11 0
External 0 0 30 0 30 0
TOTAL 0 0 41 0 41 0
*Surveillance testing excludes (0) "Inconclusive" tests that will be retested.

Daily Active Positive and Clear Status - 5/6/2021
  Active Positive Cases Active Positive Cases on Campus Cumulative Cleared Cleared Today
Faculty and Staff 5 0 27 0
Students 13 2 230 1
Residual Repop 0 0 14 0
TOTAL 18 2 271 1
*All Residual Repop have been cleared.

Cumulative Results - Since 2/14/2021
  Faculty and Staff Students Total
Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive
Surveillance Testing 8,950 17 35,347 99 44,297 116
Diagnostic 147 1 1,081 57 1,228 58
External 161 14 1,621 87 1,782 101
TOTAL 9,258 32 38,049 243 47,307 275

Daily Under Surveillance & Isolation and Inventory & Usage - 5/6/2021
  Occupied Rooms
  Under Surveillance
(Repop & Surveillance)
Isolation
(Repop & Surveillance)
Total Available Total Occupied
Campus 0 2 126 2
Hotel 2 0 45 2
Home/Other 11 16 -
TOTAL 13 18 171 4
*Maximum available inventory: 175; Campus = 128; Hotel = 47.

7-Day Rolling Average Active Positive Cases

7-Day Rolling Average Active Positive Covid-19 Cases graph

Active Positive Cases

Active Positive Cases


Dashboard Notes
The attached dashboard excludes repopulation testing; repopulation testing ended on 2/13/21. The data may be adjusted as final results are completed.

  • Repopulation Testing: The process began on January 21, 2021 and concluded on February 13, 2021 with nearly 13,000 tests conducted via a combination of at-home test kits supplied by Fairfield University prior to arrival to campus and follow-up on-campus tests. Overall infection rate of less than 1%.
  • Covid-19 Spring Tracking Dashboard: Fairfield’s Spring Tracking Dashboard will be released daily Monday through Friday; data will be frozen at midnight the day prior to each release.
  • Surveillance Tests: Includes 100% of the campus community per week for those who are learning or working on campus.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Includes all tests conducted on those reporting symptoms consistent with potential Covid-19 infection, and on those who have been contact traced/exposed to someone who is Covid-19 positive. Diagnostic testing is performed by Fairfield University’s Student Health Center.
  • External: Includes external tests not performed on or by Fairfield University campus.
  • Active Positive Cases: Includes all individuals that have tested positive and have not yet been “cleared” or recovered from Covid-19.
  • Active Positive Cases on Campus: Includes individuals that have tested positive and have not yet been “cleared” or recovered from Covid-19 that have remained in campus isolation housing.  Note: other positive cases may be isolating at home/away from campus.
  • Cleared: Includes individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 who are deemed no longer contagious by medical professionals and are cleared to return to the campus community.
  • Exempt: Students and employees that tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 days are exempt from testing; exempt status is maintained by the Student Health Center.
  • Isolated on Campus:  Includes individuals positive for Covid-19 who are isolating in the on-campus Isolation Center; Fairfield University has an isolation bed capacity of 128.  Note: other positive cases may be isolating at home/away from campus.
  • Under Surveillance By University: Includes individuals who have been identified through contact tracing or who have voluntarily reported they are quarantining due to possible exposure or travel. Fairfield University has a ftotal bed capacity of 175.

Test Results - 12/17/2020
  Faculty and Staff Students Total
Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive
Random Surveillance 0 0 0 0 0 0
Selected Populations 0 0 0 0 0 0
Diagnostic 0 0 0 0 0 0
External 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 0 0 0 0 0 0

Active Positives and Clear Status - 12/17/2020
  Active Positive Cases Active Positive Cases on Campus Cumulative Cleared Cleared Today
Faculty and Staff 1 0 32 0
Students 10 1 604 0
TOTAL 11 1 636 0

Cumulative Results - Since 9/1/2020
  Faculty and Staff Students Total
Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive Total Tests Positive
Random Surveillance 586 4 1,835 31 2,421 35
Selected Populations 1,853 12 9,912 177 11,765 189
Diagnostic 13 2 1,535 231 1,548 233
External 34 15 453 175 487 190
TOTAL 2,486 33 13,735 614 16,221 647

Under Surveillance & Isolation and Inventory & Usage - 12/17/20
  Occupied Rooms
  Under Surveillance Isolation Total Available Total Occupied
Conference Center 1 1 62 2
Hotel 0 0 50 0
Home/Other 22 10 -
TOTAL 23 11 112 2
*Maximum available inventory: 114; Conference Center = 64; Hotel = 50

7-Day Rolling Average Active Positive Cases

7-Day Rolling Average Active Positive Covid-19 Cases graph

Active Positive Cases

Active Positive Cases


Report Notes

  • Repopulation Testing: The process began on August 24, 2020 and concluded with 3,917 tests administered via on-campus testing and 1,563 external tests submitted to Fairfield University with a total of 6 positives.
  • Covid-19 Tracking Dashboard: Fairfield’s Tracking Dashboard will be released daily Monday through Friday; data will be frozen the day prior to each release.
  • Random Surveillance Tests: Includes purely random sample testing across the campus community.
  • Selected Population Tests: Includes a stratified sample of subpopulations selected randomly and other higher-risk groups.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Includes all tests conducted on those reporting symptoms consistent with potential Covid-19 infection, and on those who have been contact traced to someone who is Covid-19 positive. Diagnostic testing is performed by Fairfield University’s Student Health Center.
  • External: Includes external tests for in-person employees, as well as Beach students and those approved to remain on campus as of 12/1.
  • Active Positive Cases: Includes all individuals that have tested positive and have not yet been “cleared” or recovered from Covid-19.
  • Active Positive Cases on Campus: Includes individuals that have tested positive and have not yet been “cleared” or recovered from Covid-19 that have remained in campus isolation housing.
  • Cleared: Includes individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 who are deemed no longer contagious by medical professionals and are cleared to return to the campus community.
  • Isolated on Campus: Includes individuals positive for Covid-19 who are isolating in the on-campus Isolation Center. Note: other positive cases may be isolating at home/away from campus. Fairfield University has an isolation bed capacity of 64.
  • Under Surveillance By University: Includes individuals who have been identified through contact tracing or who have voluntarily reported they are quarantining on campus due to possible exposure or travel. Fairfield University has a bed capacity of 114.

Fairfield University Covid-19 Status Levels

This color-coded system enables the University to respond appropriately to changing campus health conditions and enact mitigation efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

Status Level Green: Low Risk

The University has very low levels of incidence of COVID-19 and has the capacity to test, contact trace, isolate/quarantine, and treat.

Operations are not impacted.

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Status Level Yellow: Moderately Low Risk

The University has experienced moderate number of COVID-19 cases with most from known sources.

Mitigation may include a reduction in gathering sizes, an elimination of students visiting other student’s rooms, going to “Grab & Go” dining, and reduction of capacity to some University facilities.

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Status Level Orange: Moderate Risk

Many cases, including community spread with some likely undetected cases. Some disruption in the academic operations has occurred.

Mitigation efforts may include suspending in-person learning for a period of time, reduction of residential students, initiation of a curfew, and suspension of RecPlex and Athletic activities.

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Status Level Red: High Risk

The University has experienced a significant increase in incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 which has impacted its capacity to test, conduct contact tracing, and treat. Isolation beds are nearly full. Academic operations are significantly impacted.

Mitigation, may include a reduction in residential students, remote learning for a period of time, and limited access to facilities. The Recreation complex and all Athletic activities will be suspended.

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Status Level Purple: Very High Risk

Incidence and prevalence is beyond the capacity for Fairfield University and local hospitals to safely manage. Fairfield University Senior leadership, in consultation with the Town of Fairfield Health Department and DPH, would make the decision to close the campus and pivot to remote learning.

Students who are able to safely travel home would do so and non-essential employees would work from home. The students who are in isolation would remain on campus until medically cleared and continued to be monitored by Student Health Center medical personnel. Those students who would be unable to travel due to the need for public transportation would remain on campus until safe to travel.

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