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Reminder To Stay Safe During Thanksgiving

November 13, 2020

Dear Drexel Dragon,

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for continuing to keep the safety of yourself and others at the forefront of your minds amidst rising COVID-19 cases across the country. We know many of you are experiencing pandemic fatigue, but we can all agree that saving lives and keeping our community safe is worth the risk reduction steps we need to maintain during this time. As difficult as it may be, if you can avoid traveling or in-person gatherings during Thanksgiving and winter break, please do so.

Skipping what may be your family's traditional Thanksgiving get-together is certainly difficult but is the safest choice. However, if you plan to travel for Thanksgiving, you must make a plan. You can also view CDC guidelines here. Before you go, remember to consider:

  • The prevalence of the virus in the community you're traveling to and whether attendees will take safety seriously.
  • The risk of exposing others — including how much contact you regularly have with other people and the prevalence of COVID-19 where you live.
  • Whether other attendees are immunocompromised or older than 65.
  • Limiting your contact with other people for at least 14 days before you go as any exposure may disrupt your ability to travel.
  • Local travel regulations and try to avoid travel to any states or countries that are listed as hot spots by the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

People at risk of being infected with COVID-19 should consider taking a COVID-19 test with enough time to get results before your holiday travel. If you receive a positive test result beforehand, you must not attend in-person gatherings. Please be aware that a negative test does not guarantee that you are not infected with COVID-19, you should still take all possible safety precautions. Here at Drexel, we will be offering limited COVID-19 testing for several days leading up to winter break on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, only one test per person is allowed beginning last week (the week of November 9). If a student was tested last week, they should not also sign up for testing this week. Students signing up for testing this week should only register for one slot during the week. Please note that any duplicate registrations will be cancelled in the system.

While testing provides you with important information, it does not replace the critical importance of masking, distancing, and keeping your social interactions safe. Please continue to use the Drexel Health Tracker for health screening. You can learn more about the steps the University is taking to ensure our community's safety at Drexel's Response to Coronavirus page.

If you need emotional support as you plan your Thanksgiving, or during the break, Drexel is here for you. Students can schedule a virtual appointment with a therapist by emailing counsel@drexel.edu or calling 215.895.1415.

Thank for your continued resiliency and for taking care of one another.

Sincerely,

Subir Sahu, PhD
Senior Vice President for Student Success