From April 7 to 13, 134 students and 37 staff reported positive COVID-19 test scores, according to an April 15 Today @ Brown announcement from Executive Vice President of Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06.
“We feel like we’re seeing a continuation of what we expected … after a break (and) after people leave,” Carey told The Herald.
Individuals who report positive COVID-19 test results “generally have no or mild symptoms and we have not seen any cases of serious illness or hospitalization or any indication of widespread transfer on campus,” he wrote in the statement.
“We’re going to look at (cases) very carefully,” Carey said. “But we are not currently making any changes to campus policies or protocols.”
The rise of the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron variant, now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States, has caused cases in Rhode Island to rise in the last few weeks.
Between 9 and 15 April, there were 220.1 new cases per 100,000 people in Rhode Island – up from 199 cases per 100,000 people the previous week, according to Rhode Island Department of Health COVID-19 data tracker.
Some universities on the east coast, including Georgetown University, American University, Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universityhas reintroduced mask requirements in some environments in recent weeks following an increase in cases either on campus or in their surrounding university towns.
“We are encouraged by the fact that people use their tests and report when they are positive and isolating,” Carey said. “At this time, we do not recommend changes to our disguise policy.”
The Today @ Brown announcement also reported that 83 students are in isolation. Designated isolation housing on and off campus is being “managed well,” and the university “has no worries,” Carey said.
Last week, enrolled students from the 2026 class had the opportunity to visit the campus for A day at College Hill. Visiting students were required to follow the same masking conditions and policies on campus as current community members and “certify being vaccinated,” Carey said.