COVID-19 Weekly Update: April 23, 2021

The College sends COVID-19 dashboard updates and a tip to students, faculty, and staff every week.
Posted on April 23rd, 2021 by

TO: The Gustavus Community

FROM: COVID-19 Response Leadership Team

SUBJECT: COVID-19 Weekly Update

DATE: April 23, 2021

The Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place on Thursday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. In addition, the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. This week, many questions from our seniors and their families focused on why we decided to have the celebration indoors.

The ceremonies will happen in the Lund Forum. This location was selected because it ensures the ceremonies will happen as planned, under COVID safety precautions, without the worry of weather-related changes or interruptions. The Forum is a large enough space to accommodate six (6) feet of physical distancing and appropriate air flow.

Due to COVID-19 public health guidance and concern about current case numbers in Minnesota, the on-campus ceremony will be open only to members of each graduating class. No on- or off-campus guests, including parents, grandparents, friends, significant others, or other Gustavus students, will be allowed at the ceremonies. Faculty representatives from each department will attend. Otherwise, only employees who are working the events may attend.

The ceremonies will be livestreamed online at the Gustavus commencement website.

As of April 22, 2021

Total Positive Cases (since August 15): 295

Current Positive Student Cases: 4
Current Positive Employee Cases: 1
Total Students in Isolation/Quarantine: 13
Students in Isolation/Quarantine On Campus: 5
Employees in Isolation/Quarantine: 3
This data set is meant to encompass the on-campus impact of COVID-19 by counting cases where a person may have been on campus while infectious. For example, students who are living at home or employees who are working remotely and not visiting campus will not be counted in these on-campus numbers. This information is also available for viewing on the College’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
As always, if you have any questions, please consult the College’s COVID-19 website and email

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