President Plumb Tests Positive for COVID

Dear Saint Mary’s Community, 

I’d like to extend my special thanks to our Saint Mary’s community for its efforts to keep one another well. As a Lasallian university, it’s essential that we carefully watch out for one another and support each other in every way. Our staff, faculty, and students are to be commended for masking, getting vaccinated, quarantining, and bearing with ever-changing rules as the pandemic shifts forms, and we now deal with the Omicron variant. 

With thanks in mind, I am writing to let you know that after experiencing mild cold-like symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test yesterday, and although I am fully vaccinated and boosted, it came back positive. As students were asked to get tested last week, I took it upon myself to get tested as well, and the result was negative. I’m passing this information on to you to show that the onset of COVID can happen fast. 

Except for a mild cough, I feel fine and am confident I will make a quick recovery. I attribute my mild symptoms with the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines I’ve had are indeed working. Breakthrough infections like this have tended to be mild when one is vaccinated, and I want to encourage each member of our community to get vaccinated, and make sure you have gotten the latest booster. This will keep our community safe. 

I will be following campus and county guidelines for the required isolation period and look forward to returning to my regular activities when cleared. Please remain masked indoors on campus. I hope that each of you will pay close attention to the latest news and updates on our COVID-19 resource page, including updated close contact guidance, isolation period guidelines, and information on vaccinations. 

I know that working together as a community, we will fight this pandemic together and come out stronger and more dedicated to changing lives and transforming society.

Best regards,

Richard Plumb, PhD