September 9 update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Throughout the fall semester, Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley is providing regular email update messages to keep students and parents informed about the efforts related to COVID-19.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Continued success in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the Elon community requires ongoing vigilance: wear your mask whenever you leave your room – indoors AND outdoors – and continue to practice the healthy habits recommended by public health professionals.

Today’s weekly COVID-19 update includes important information on the following topics:

  1. Current status
  2. COVID-19 dashboard update
  3. Upcoming cultural programs
  4. What to do if you feel ill
  5. Additional sources of information
  6. Chaplain’s reflection

Current status

  • The university’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated daily at 4:00 p.m.
  • Elon’s current COVID-19 alert level is currently at “Level 1 – New Normal.”
  • Since the September 2 email update, there have been 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed among students, faculty and staff.
  • As of yesterday afternoon, there were 69 students in quarantine or isolation, including those with confirmed positive cases as well as those who were in close contact with cases or awaiting test results.

COVID-19 dashboard update

The university continues to make enhancements to the presentation of data on the COVID-19 dashboard in response to questions and suggestions from the community. The upgrades this week include two new headers that highlight the number of new cases in the past 24 hours, estimated number of active cases, number of students in quarantine/isolation, hospitalizations, and the cumulative number of cases reported to date.

What to do if you feel ill

If you feel ill or experience COVID-19 symptoms, avoid all contact with others. Stay at home and in your room. Do not go to class, work, dining halls, etc. Guidance for students, faculty, and staff on what to do if you feel ill is on the Ready and Resilient website.

Additional sources of information

We recommend the following sources for those seeking more information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the university response:

Elon’s Ready and Resilient website:

The coronavirus website maintained jointly by several federal agencies:

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with information about the state-level response to COVID-19:

The Today at Elon website with news and information from across the university, featuring important updates and stories about Elon students, faculty, staff and alumni:

Chaplain’s reflection

University Chaplain Jan Fuller offers a weekly reflection to help us in our search for meaning during this challenging time. This week’s reflection, “Numbering Our Days” can be found here on the Truitt Center blog.

Upcoming cultural programs

Several speakers and cultural programs are coming up in the next few weeks.  Visit the Cultural Calendar online here for additional details about these events and information about how to participate:

  • Common Reading conversation with Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Wednesday, September 9, 7:30pm
  • Second City Comedy Troupe, Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • A conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, Monday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, Thursday, September 24, 5:00 p.m.
  • Douglas Brinkley guest lecture, Tuesday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.

The next weekly COVID-19 update will be sent to all students, faculty, and staff at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, unless an earlier message is warranted.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life