This morning I found out I am a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately returned home to begin a 14-day quarantine.
Please know that I am taking this potential exposure and my responsibility not to expose anyone else very seriously. As cases continue to rise in our community and around the country, and with major holidays looming, we must all do our part to help stop the spread of the virus. Please continue to maintain social distance, wear your masks, and consider how you can celebrate these special occasions safely.
I am deeply grateful to the contact tracers, doctors, and others on the front lines of this pandemic who are working hard to keep us all safe. Thank you, too, to all of you for your care in adhering to our health guidelines and protocols.
Finally, I am disappointed that I will miss this week’s commencement ceremonies. I appreciate the willingness of Provost John Zomchick and others to step in on my behalf, and I hope all of you who are graduating know how proud I am of you.