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COVID-19 Updates and Information

This page will be updated with the latest news regarding Bennington College’s response to COVID-19.

This page was last updated: August 3, 2021 at 5:48 pm EDT

Please note that as of Friday, May 28, we will no longer be doing daily reporting of tests. If we learn of any cases, we will communicate with the community.

Number of Tests Conducted On Campus

19,198

Total Active Cases

1

New active cases**

0

Recovered

19

Historical information regarding past active cases

*On April 15, 2021 we learned about a remote employee who tested positive. This employee was last on campus in June 2020 so there is no exposure risk to the community. We are wishing them well.

*For more information about the employee case announced on March 30, please refer to the community message sent on March 30, 2021. 

*For more information about the employee case announced on February 19, please refer to the community message sent on February 19, 2021. 

*For more information on the 2 new cases, announced February 11 and 12, 2021 respectively, please refer to the community message sent on February 11 and February 12

*On January 17, 2021, we learned about an employee who tested positive. This employee's last contact with anyone on campus was on 1/12/21. There was no exposure/risk to our community. 

*On January 6, 2021, we learned about an employee who tested positive. This employee's last contact with anyone on campus was on 12/10. Per the employee's guidance received from the Department of Health, there was no exposure/risk to our community. Although symptomatic, the employee is doing well at this time. 

*On January 5, 2021, we learned about a remote employee who tested positive. This employee was last on campus in March so there is no exposure risk to the community. We are wishing them well.

*On January 4, 2021, we learned about a remote employee who tested positive. This employee was last on campus in November so there is no exposure risk to the community. They are symptom-free and in isolation. We are wishing them well.

*For more information about the positive case announced on December 30, please read the message to the community.

*For more information about the positive case announced on December 26, please read the message to the community.

*For more information about the positive case announced on December 21, please read the message to the community.

*For more information about the positive case announced on December 11, please read the message to the community.

*For more information about the positive case announced on November 30, please read President Walker's message to the community

*On November 12, The Rensselaer County Health Department in nearby Rensselaer County, NY reported a positive COVID case of a Troy Resident who is also a student at Bennington College. This was an error. The person in question is a student at Binghamton University, not Bennington. More information in our update to the community***

*Three positive cases were identified through arrival testing in late August; they were not related to each other, and all three people have since been medically cleared. All Day 7 testing results were negative. Rolling testing began on the week of 9/14.

**New active cases refers to the number of cases that are reported that day. 

Recent Communications

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How You Can Help

To address the most urgent needs of our students and to provide additional support for faculty as they begin to teach in a new way, we have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a special initiative of the Bennington Fund. The College is incurring significant new costs associated with this crisis—from expanding technological support for students and faculty to emergency travel funding for students—and this Fund will allow us to continue to assist students with unforeseen expenses, and students and faculty in the transition to remote learning.   

About the Data We Report

In order to be transparent and also protect individuals’ privacy, we will share the total cases, active cases, recovered cases, and total tests conducted on campus. We will not be confirming details about specific cases. If a student was believed to be infectious while in class, the faculty member will be told what class, but not the individual student’s name. The faculty member does not need to notify the students in the class. The contract tracing process will determine which students need to be notified. Students who test positive for COVID may choose to alert their families or emergency contact. The College will not share health information about specific students with family members unless a student is under 18, has given permission, and/or is severely ill and unable to communicate.

The state of Vermont will be conducting contact tracing and will be in touch with members of the community believed to be at higher risk of having contracted COVID from someone who later tested positive. Alison Tartaglia, Director of Student Health Promotion, is the College liaison to the Vermont Department of Health for student contact tracing. Health Services will also contact Human Resources and/or the Provost and Dean’s office, as appropriate; those offices will be in touch directly with staff or faculty, including to answer any questions specific to the work of the office.