COVID-19 Update, 4/21/2021, Vaccines help contain cases; planning for summer

Dear Truman Community,

We have seven active cases right now. Of course, we had none last week, but because many of these cases are related, and because we know that vaccine rates are high on campus and increasing, we’re still fairly hopeful that we won’t see a huge breakout again. Certainly, our chart shows that since the vaccines have been available, the numbers have stayed relatively low.

Our six-and-a-half minute video walks through the numbers, talk about how students might plan for going home as the semester ends, and what else we know.

We still await new guidance from the CDC to help determine what fall on campus might look like, but getting as many of us vaccinated as we can will help us return to normal. We still worry about the new variants and whether we might need boosters in a year or two. Still, recent reports show that the vaccine is even better at reducing transmission than the thought, making herd immunity a real possibility, which could allow a relatively normal fall semester. So, if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do consider getting one.


Locations for where to get a vaccine are on the student Blackboard COVID portal, and also posted here:

Although we aim these e-mails and videos at Truman faculty and staff, please do share this information or the video with students in your classes, with parents, and elsewhere. This information is shared with all students via Blackboard page, sent directly to all Truman faculty and staff, and shared on our public web page:

If you have questions or topics you’d like to know more about, please contact us at:

-Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group
Nancy Daley-Moore, PhD, Health Science
Christine Harker, PhD, English
Scott Alberts, PhD, Statistics

Faculty Senate Working Group - chart April 21_2021