Notice of a Positive Case of COVID-19

Dear Members of the Sweet Briar Family,

I write to let you know that yesterday, Aug. 5, we were informed that a member of the Sweet Briar on-campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was exposed to the virus before she arrived on campus. The individual self-disclosed her status to College officials.

Our College has been following our extensive COVID-19 plan. We have reached out to people who may have been in close contact with this individual to enable necessary precautions. Close contact is defined as anyone who has been less than 6 feet away, without a mask, for 15 minutes or longer with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have not been contacted, then you have not been in close contact with this person.

Anonymity for those who test positive is important. Even if you think you know the individuals in question, I ask that you respect their privacy so they can focus completely on their health.

We ask that you remain vigilant in protecting yourselves and each other. Please wear your mask, wash your hands regularly, maintain physical distance between yourself and others. And please make yourself familiar with our re-opening plan so that you can follow the guidelines we have set out there. This plan is the result of extensive work by our community, covering the last four months.

If you are symptomatic and/or have been in close contact with a person who has COVID, testing will be available to you on campus early next week in the health center, which will be temporarily housed in Reid Pit until the new center in Memorial Chapel is complete. You may also be tested at a test center, a list of which can be found at the VDH website. Tests will be administered by health professionals.

Please download LiveSafe for symptom checking. In addition, we encourage you to download the new COVIDWISE app, which is a contact tracing mechanism from the state of Virginia.

Faculty or staff who experience symptoms of COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness, should inform the Office of Human Resources at 434-381-6478 and contact their health care provider. Students who experience symptoms should contact their resident advisor, resident coordinator or the Office of Student Life as well as their health care provider. Sweet Briar College will keep all medical information confidential and will only disclose it on a need-to-know basis.

Sweet Briar continues to follow the guidance of CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and our health partner, Centra Health. Please visit the Sweet Briar website, as well as the CDC website for more information about symptoms of COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and the community.

If you have concerns, please reach out to your supervisor or Jodi Canfield (, who is leading the College’s COVID-19 task force.

Please take care of yourselves and watch out for each other.


President Meredith Woo