September 2021 COVID-19 Update

3 September 2021

Dear Ave Maria University Community,

Today marks the end of the second full week of classes. Our academic year is off to a fantastic start and the campus is brimming with activity.
In 2020-2021, Ave Maria University was one of the few universities in the country to maintain in-person instruction throughout the entire school year. This was due to the diligence of our student body, faculty, and staff, as they executed the University’s Health Safety Plan.
Over the summer, as COVID-19 cases waned, President Ice sent a video message about plans for returning to campus. Within a few weeks of that message, Florida again experienced a spike in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, prompting us to make a few improvements to our protocols, including:

  • Hiring a full-time campus nurse to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases, provide health checks on students who test positive, and help organize meal deliveries to those in isolation
  • Partnering with the Branden Clinic located in Ave Maria at 5068 Annunciation Circle (Suite 111) for free (paid for by the University) rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. A valid University ID card is all that is required

In addition, during our first week of classes, we updated and disseminated our Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19. We had this PDF appear in the Daily Bulletin, which boasts high readership and engagement. We hope it answers any lingering questions you might have about our protocols. 

As of this morning, Ave Maria University had 10 positive cases on campus. This number is extremely low in proportion to the record number of students (1,303) and our full-time nurse has visited each positive case. However, we are not resting on this number and are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our campus safe and healthy. 

As a reminder:

  • If a student is symptomatic, they should contact a medical professional, refrain from attending class or work, and self-isolate in their room
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they are expected to follow CDC guidelines for isolating in their residence until:
    • at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
    • at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication 
  • Students rooming with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 may be able to move to a room in Xavier Hall during the isolation period if a room is available. You can contact us at Space is limited. 

Please pray an Ave Maria (Hail Mary) for the health of our students, faculty, staff, and the entire AMU community.