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COVID-19 news and updates

August 18, 2021

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As we prepare for the fall semester, we are reinstating this weekly COVID-19 newsletter. We’ll use this forum to share important news and updates each Wednesday as it relates to the pandemic and safety protocols on our campuses. If we don’t have any new information to share, we will skip that week.

Helpful information

Visit for the latest information. We continue to update this website on a regular basis, including the Q&As and COVID-19 tracking dashboard. You’re also encouraged to submit your own questions or email with any concerns.

Current protocols

We appreciate everyone remembering that masks are required on all our campuses when inside buildings and outside when social distancing is not possible. Please also remember to stay physically distanced (6 feet apart) and wash your hands frequently. We can hope that as transmission levels decline, we will be able to lift some of our current protocols.


As the FDA works to approve the vaccine, we know there will be many questions. We appreciate your patience, as we try to respond as quickly as possible. Remember to be kind to one another, even when others’ beliefs are different from your own. While respecting personal beliefs, Saint Mary’s will make decisions based on the health and safety of our students and in accordance with recommendations from local, state, and federal guidelines.

By staying vigilant and following protocols, we will continue to exhibit the same commitment and flexibility to support one another that we have since the beginning of the pandemic. Thank you for remaining steadfast and resilient in the coming weeks and beyond.

Ann Merchlewitz
Senior Vice President and General Counsel