Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Today is the 30-day mark before the final day of class for Fall semester — and while there are plenty of reasons to celebrate, we still have much work to do and we still have a responsibility toward each other to make sure we complete this semester successfully and in good health as a community and a college.

We currently have 16 active cases (15 students and one employee) of COVID-19, with 94 in quarantine due to having been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. You can monitor Marietta College’s daily numbers through our site — www.marietta.edu/covid-19-cases-reporting. Our two registered nurses in the Center for Health and Wellness are checking on our students in quarantine on campus and taking them outdoors for some light exercise and fresh air while wearing protective gear when the weather allows. Please remember that our quarantine students will always continue to have access to medical and mental health care.

Locally, Washington County is seeing 4.5 new cases per day and the Ohio Department of Health reports that there have been four COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Washington County since October 1st. I strongly encourage everyone to follow the Marietta College Cocktail — wear your masks, wash your hands, always maintain a safe distance, and monitor for symptoms — regardless of if you are on campus or off.

As you know, we have the Medical Division of the Ohio National Guard on campus today to conduct free COVID-19 testing for any student or employee of the College. They will be on campus from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. The medical staff have graciously agreed to offer testing 15 minutes before the start of the clinic and 20 to 30 minutes after for students and employees who had obligations during the two-hour scheduled clinic. You can pre-register for testing here:

The Ohio National Guard will return to offer testing solely to our students and employees on November 4th in the DBRC and will conduct testing to everyone in the greater Marietta-area on October 28th and November 11th in the Physician Assistant Studies parking lot. This testing is offered to us for free.

Students who choose to use the grab-and-go lunch option in Rickey can eat that food in Bartlett 362 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please remember that this room is not for socializing and is not the place to go when you want to take off your masks. It is the only space in Rickey designated for eating.

Lastly, I want our students to know that we plan to return Spring semester for in-person learning. If you are coming back in the Spring, you do not need to move out of your residence hall after Fall semester. Leave the items that you do not need over Winter Break, but make sure you complete the check list that the Office of Community Living emailed to you last week (clean out your refrigerator, take out trash, move items off the floor, etc.). Students who do not have permission to live on campus during the Winter Break will not have access to their rooms until the start of Spring semester.

It is going to be a warm day today and tomorrow, so be sure to spend some time outside to enjoy our beautiful campus. Remember to take care of yourself: eat right, get plenty of sleep, exercise and take a little time to do things that you enjoy. Thank you for all that you do to make the Marietta College community thrive!

Bring Forth A Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management