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August 6, 2021 | CRT-Update

August 6, 2021
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August 6, 2021 | CRT Update

Dear RVU Family,

It is wonderful seeing students back on campus! While it is exciting to have students and employees back in the halls of RVU, we have to remember that there are still risks associated with the COVID-19 virus – especially now with the rapidly spreading Delta Variant.

Your CRT is closely monitoring the rapid spread of the Delta Variant nationwide and especially in our local markets. We are concerned regarding the rapid spread of the virus and want to ensure the ongoing safety and wellness of our community. We are also considering the latest recommendation from the CDC regarding the wearing of masks for vaccinated individuals in indoor public spaces.  For now, we will continue with our current policies regarding masks on our private campus (all fully vaccinated individuals can determine whether or not they want to wear a mask for additional protection. All non-fully vaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while on campus). We also strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while in any public spaces off campus and ask you to encourage your loved ones to do the same. Additional CDC recommended precautionary measures to ensure your safety (and those of your loved ones) can be found here.

To do your part:

    • Don’t come to campus if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID or believe you may have been exposed to someone who has it. If your unclear or have questions about symptoms or exposure, use the Attestation Form found at this link https://inet.rvu.edu/covid-form-pre-screen-form/.  A CRT medical officer will review your information and contact you directly.
    • Get tested immediately if you think you may have been exposed to or have COVID symptoms. Testing locations at each campus can be found at the following links.
    • If you have a positive test, report it immediately using the Contact Tracing Form found at https://inet.rvu.edu/contact-tracing-reporting-form/ and contact your manager or the appropriate student representative to inform them of your situation and be guided through the processes on our campuses.
    • Please encourage others in your family and circles of influence to get vaccinated.  As members of a health sciences university, we can help inform others and do our part to slow down the rapid pace of this delta variant. To find a vaccine near you, visit

Vaccines.gov - Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you.

Working together as members of a health sciences university, we ask that everyone lead by example and continue to educate and advocate for the ongoing well-being for all within our circle of influence.

Stay safe and be well.

Professionally yours,
The COVID-19 Response Team

The Dawn of a New Beginning

 It has been a long, arduous journey since we packed up our laptops and started to work remotely. We were thrust into the unknown and had to figure out how to carry out the demands of our job. But we did it and we did it well. And we did it without a reduction in our workforce which was so prevalent at other institutions during the pandemic.

 We have learned a lot over the past 15 months. We learned that we are resilient and can do whatever it takes to deliver an excellent curriculum and to serve our students, even if done in a virtual platform. We transitioned to working remotely without missing a beat. It has been a challenge both professionally and personally, but we have persevered - demonstrating that we truly epitomize and embrace our core values of innovation and excellence.

 As a community, we will take what we have learned to make RVU even stronger. And we will celebrate, as we have much to be proud of and look forward to. We will celebrate coming back to campus and be able to have face to face conversations and meetings. We will welcome our new students in person. This year also marks the 15-year anniversary of our university. And of course, as of tomorrow Dr. Forstein will officially take the reigns as our new President. An inauguration is being planned to commemorate and celebrate his presidency.

 As much of a relief it will be to move toward normal, it is important to remember that we are not completely out of the woods yet and we need to remain vigilant. The CRT will continue to meet to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of our community.

We want to thank you all for the part you played in keeping our community safe and in helping us advance to Phase Green. Due to everyone’s efforts, we didn’t have a single reported case of COVID transmitted on campus (we want to keep it that way). We appreciate your timely response to upload your proof of vaccination to get us to herd immunity.

 Please continue to reach out to any individual on the CRT or your supervisor with any questions you may have.

We are excited to begin our transition to our new normal. We hope you have a safe and relaxing 4th of July weekend and look forward to seeing smiling faces on campus soon.

 Stay safe and be well

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