With COVID-19 outbreaks on campus, Butler Ballet dancers can be forced to quarantine and miss key performances.
Butler’s first-year residence hall was placed under a mandatory quarantine to determine whether there was community spread of COVID-19.
Butler protocol institutes a 10 day quarantine with three days of testing throughout
The first-year residential hall has been put under a mandatory lockdown as the result of a burst of positive tests. Students will receive tests beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 20.
“The most knowledgeable professionals are saying it’s safe and they’re people too. They’re not looking for demise, they want to have a cure, just like the rest of us,” Cottingim said. “If they say it’s like, healthy and not dangerous, I’ll believe them.”
By testing asymptomatic students every three weeks, Butler aims to gather more information with which to combat the virus.
Pharmacy students were able to use their classroom skills for good by volunteering to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in hospitals and clinics. With their immunization certification, several students helped St. Vincent Hospital vaccinate up to 400 people a day.
“It is honestly our best chance [of] getting back to normal life, which is I know what all college students really want,” Hudson said.
Butler University makes improvements to surveillance testing, the quarantine time period, contact tracing staff and daily health check for the spring 2021 semester.
Ultimately, no one can predict what the next couple months may hold, especially with the current rising cases across Indiana. However, Rockwood emphasized that as winter nears, there are a few key steps students should take to maximize their health and the health of those on campus.