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JANUARY 27, 2022

The Rome/Floyd County area continues to experience widespread infection associated with the Omicron variant of COVID. Rates of infection are beginning to diminish in the Atlanta metro area (percent testing positive is now in the 16-26% range), but still 45-50% recently in northwest GA. We anticipate that the numbers will begin to decline in early February.
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January 19, 2022

The latest national trends for the Omicron variant are encouraging and offer hope of a reversal in coming weeks.
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January 14, 2022

The spring semester is off to a remarkably normal start despite the many complications caused by the extraordinary surge in COVID cases. This is the fourth semester in a row that has required special COVID protocols, and we are benefitting from past experiences and a better understanding of how to move forward despite this unpredictable virus.
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January 5, 2022

Please read thoroughly this week’s update so you are prepared for your testing requirements. Your cooperation is critical to a successful semester. Our comprehensive testing results this week show more than 6% of our students, faculty and staff testing positive for COVID, including those who are vaccinated.
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December 30, 2021

All students (commuter and residential) and employees must have a negative COVID test when they return to campus. We strongly encourage everyone to get a test 2-3 days before your arrival back, but we will also provide testing here on campus when you first return. 
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December 9, 2021

Media outlets are paying closing attention to the rapidly accelerating numbers of cases associated with the omicron variant of COVID. From the early reports, it appears to be significantly more contagious than the delta variant, but perhaps not as severe.
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December 1, 2021

December has arrived. Ten days from now, fall exams will be over and most students will have departed for winter break. We eagerly await the holidays -- a month to refresh ourselves and the campus before spring term commences. We are encouraged that COVID infection rates in the southeast remain low.
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NOVEMBER 17, 2021

This time next week many of us will be home with family or friends enjoying Thanksgiving festivities. It is a time for great food, warm hugs, lively conversation and laughter. However, we know that for some, holidays are hard due to separation, loneliness and challenging circumstances.
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November 11, 2021

Many thanks to everyone for your cooperation and goodwill during our transition to a mask optional policy for campus. What a pleasant surprise to see full faces again!

Some members of our community continue to wear masks because of personal or family needs and continued concern about the COVID virus. Some classes have maintained a mask requirement. These are not easy decisions; let’s support and encourage others as we strive to be healthy together.
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November 8, 2021

Locally and regionally, COVID cases continue to trend down. Therefore, beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, the college waives the general requirement to wear masks indoors. However, faculty and staff may continue to require masks in their individual classrooms or personal offices and workspaces. 
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October 28, 2021

Locally and regionally, COVID cases continue to decline markedly. We have not yet returned to the low levels of June, but we certainly seem to be headed there. Our collective diligence is paying off.
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October 13, 2021

Fall Break is this Saturday through Tuesday (Oct. 16-19), but if you are in the Rome area, there are home games this weekend for football (Sewanee) and soccer (Millsaps) as well as a cross country invitational meet. When classes resume, we will be in the 9th week of the semester, and looking forward to the remaining 5 weeks of classes.
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October 7, 2021

October has arrived, the weather is turning cooler and fall break is 10 days away. As we begin the 7th week of classes, we are delighted and relieved to see evidence that the COVID threat is beginning to wane. All of us hope that we will soon be able to relax some of our mitigation measures.
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September 30, 2021

A year ago, most campus activities were curtailed. Fall sports seasons were canceled as were all large public events and gatherings. Let's be vigilant with regard to COVID, recognizing that it is a persistent menace. What a difference a year makes!

This week we look forward to celebrating signature Berry traditions with a full range of Mountain Day activities including the Olympics, talent show, Grand March, football and volleyball games, a theatre production, and Marthapalooza. First and second year students alike will be able to experience this strange and wonderful form of homecoming, as we will celebrate with parents, friends and alumni.
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September 22, 2021

Coming in just 10 days, we look forward to a full range of Mountain Day activities this year, including the Olympics, Grand March, football and volleyball games, and Marthapalooza. As we gather to celebrate, we are mindful that Berry’s distinctive homecoming occurs in a context complicated by COVID.
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 - UPDATE

Vaccinations are the single best way to protect yourself and others from COVID. On Friday (Sept. 17) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Krannert Ballroom E we are offering both Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. 
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SEPTEMBER 08, 2021 - UPDATE

Vaccination Clinic: Friday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.at Krannert Ballroom E
We are offering both Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Please signup
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September 02, 2021 - Update

Our local region is red hot in terms of COVID cases.  Yesterday, a local teenage boy died from COVID.  This week, a Berry alum and mother with young children died. As you plan for your Labor Day weekend, whether here in Rome or perhaps at home, please double your caution when you leave campus.  When indoors in public places, please wear a mask.  Help keep our campus safe.
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August 25, 2021 - Update

It is great to see the campus full and thriving. In these last few days, hundreds have attended events ranging from BCC campfire night to an evening of Karaoke under the tent outside Sisters Theatre. Our goal remains the same: for Berry to provide as normal of an educational and campus experience as possible while staying as safe as possible in the midst of a challenging national health crisis.
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August 19, 2021 - Update

A warm welcome to our new students and a hearty welcome back to our returning students. Already this year feels fresh and invigorating. Now begins the hard work of operating as normally as possible even as the regional COVID situation continues to deteriorate.
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AUGUST 12, 2021 - UPDATE

Dr. Ken Jones, Chief Medical Officer at Floyd Medical Center and an emergency physician, recommends the following video to help explain the urgency of vaccinations for younger adults. 
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August 5, 2021 - Update

Berry will require all students, employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in indoor public spaces on campus, effective Sunday, Aug. 8.
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July 31, 2021 - Important COVID Update

Please do your part to prepare for a safe and normal fall semester by getting the vaccine. Getting the vaccine now will limit any disruption to your class, work and activities schedule after the semester starts.
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