April 14: Arcadia COVID Indicators And Response Levels

By Daniel DiPrinzio | April 15, 2022

During the pandemic, Arcadia University has implemented varying restrictions and recommendations designed to protect our community. Early on we published a tiered system indicating which actions would likely be taken when certain benchmarks were reached in the pandemic. With new variants of the disease, the development of vaccines, and increased scientific understanding of how COVID is transmitted, that system is now outdated.

To make it easier for our community to understand and follow the University’s mitigation efforts, the COVID Care Team has developed a new system of COVID response levels. The table below details how changes in the level of disease spread and its impact on health care resources could lead to changes in our mitigation strategies.

In the table below, we mean by “case” a person who has tested positive for COVID. Campus data is collected by Student Health Services. For our community data, we rely on the CDC Community Level designations, which are a “measure of the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems.”

This new set of levels was developed to help us protect campus public health; decisions on academic or other kinds of programming will be made separately. 

The COVID Care Team monitors the data on COVID and its effects on the community closely. Please visit our COVID Dashboard for live statistics on the campus situation. 

Please note that COVID restrictions may be instituted in certain higher-risk settings like off-campus internships and large events that may be different than those suggested by these guidelines . Be sure to check the details of any event or location you plan to attend. 

Data Sources:

COVID Response Levels

To move to one of these levels, at least 1/2 of the community indicators or the campus indicators on the image must be met.