COVID-19 Update: 3 cases > 0

Dear Campus Community,

We couldn’t keep our zero streak going this week, with three active COVID cases. Still better than last year, going on eight weeks in a row with five cases or fewer, but we aren’t quite out of the woods yet.

A four-minute video with Drs. Daley-Moore and Alberts gives a summary of what we’re thinking about this.

We are still finding that many of us have colds, allergies and other “crud,” so if you are having symptoms, we do encourage you to get a COVID test at one of the area providers. The campus health office has made it easier to get a rapid or PCR test without a consult, and are pharmacies continue to have easy online signups.

We also still suggest you get a flu shot while you’re out, and to consider getting vaccinated or boosted if you need to. The vaccine for ages 5-11 has now been fully approved (after the video was made), and we think that will help the community, including those of us on campus.

The vaccine incentive program is complete, and we expect those numbers to be shared soon. We hope the vaccination numbers are high enough that we can really start to imagine moving into a new phase with COVID. We’ll see how that number fits with the other data we have, case counts and vaccine counts, from campus, the county, and the region, as well as recommendations from the local, state, and federal authorities.

Thanksgiving is on the horizon, so we encourage you to plan now. Will you be indoors with a large group of unvaccinated people for a long time? How can you reduce your risk? If you get vaccinated soon, you can be fully vaccinated before you go home, so if you haven’t gotten it yet, now is a good time.


Although we aim these updates at our faculty and the campus community, 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 their COVID Blackboard page, sent directly to all Truman faculty and staff, and shared on our public web page here:

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


Active Cases
in Isolation
Week Student Fac/Staff Fall 2021 Total
Aug 24 6 2 0 525
Aug 31 21 0 8 533
Sep 7 13 1 23 548
Sep 14 9 0 33 558
Sep 21 3 0 42 567
Sep 28 1 0 46 571
Oct 5 5 0 46 571
Oct 12 3 0 51 576
Oct 19 0 0 54 579
Oct 26 0 0 54 579
Nov 2 3 0 54 579

Related Links:

Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group Videos and Emails

All COVID-19 Campus Communications

Coronavirus Updates and Resources Website