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Welcome to the COVID-19 Information Space. DigiPen is using this space as a central location for its most up-to-date information about our COVID-19 response, protocols, and rules. Use the side bar to navigate the space. Visit this page frequently to familiarize yourself with the information. You can always access this space on digipen.edu/covid19.

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By: Christopher Comair


Dear DigiPen Dragons,

We hope you've had a nice week thus far, especially now that team spaces have been assigned!  As we move into Phase 2, please note that some of your Phased classes are permitted to begin meeting in person.  This will be dependent on the comfort of each instructor and the students enrolled in each section. The comfort of a Phased section meeting in person is a healthy conversation that instructors and students are encouraged to have.  

Also, fortunately, the forecast is showing a respite soon from the smoky air quality for Western Washington by early Saturday.  One great resource for understanding the current smoke conditions and forecasts is the WA Smoke blog (https://wasmoke.blogspot.com/), a partnership between state, county, and federal agencies, and Indian Tribes to share information for Washington communities affected by wildfire smoke.  We hope this also means that we will be able to reactivate our outdoor events soon!

Here are the weekly COVID-19 updates.   

DigiPen’s Phases 
Week 4: Phase 2
For the coming week, we will be moving to Phase 2.  As a reminder, Phase 2 includes:  

Overall campus density 

Overall campus density is permitted to reach up to 25% 

Labs, open labs, and team space availability  

Students, staff, and faculty have full access to the DigiPen premises. Density should not exceed 50%. 

Student service departments availability 

Departments will be available for regular appointments remotely. 

Scheduled classes and labs 

A maximum of 35% of Phased sections are allowed to activate on-campus lectures and/or on-campus educational components. In-person supplemental instruction are fully available. 

Learning Resource Center and Library 

The Learning Resource Center and Library open.  

Club meetings, events, and gatherings 

Student clubs may meet in person but with safety precautions. 

Food Services 

In service and open for in-person service and limited Dragon Drop 

Shuttle services 

In service with increased sanitation 

Please find more information about our Phases by visiting: https://confluence.digipen.edu/display/COVID/Campus+Status

In the Event of a Positive COVID-19 Case 
It’s been 4 weeks since move-in and New Student Orientation, and so far, we are doing a great job with no known cases of COVID.  Currently, Washington state’s average infection rate is to have one case every 2-3 weeks in a community of our size.   
As time goes on, we may experience a positive case in our community.  In the event this happens, please don’t panic.   We will notify you swiftly and with as much relevant information as we can provide, so that you may know whether you or others have been exposed.  Please bear in mind that to protect the privacy and safety of the infected party/parties, we will not be sharing individual names of affected parties.   

Flu Shots  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths and conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19.   
In Redmond and surrounding area, most pharmacies and primary care physicians offer flu shots for low or no costs. If you’re not sure where to get a flu shot, use the Vaccine Finder (https://vaccinefinder.org/) to find a location near you.   

Current number of known COVID-19 cases on campus: 0 

Best regards,
Chris


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Christopher Pierre Comair
Chief Operating Officer
DigiPen Institute of Technology

M: +14256988418
EDU: www.digipen.edu

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