COVID-19 Update: Back to Zero, But “Zero is Not None”

Dear Campus Community,

Once again, we have zero reported COVID cases on campus, and a month with only three cases (one case was counted over two weeks in the chart at the bottom of this e-mail). Still, zero cases is not the same as “No COVID,” so we do ask that you continue to be thoughtful as we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

This five-minute video summaries the numbers and the news.

We also talk a bit about the extension of the mask mandate through at least the end of the semester. We were really hoping that our numbers would be good enough to relax it a bit, but the county case counts and our campus verified vaccine rates just weren’t where we hoped they would be.

Please do consider having a COVID test if you are sick, even if you’re pretty sure it isn’t COVID, and if you’re travelling home to people who are vulnerable or if or they are not vaccinated. You probably want to go soon if you want the results before you leave town, since the rapid tests are sometimes still a bit hard to come by, and the regular PCR test takes 2-3 dates to get results.

If you get your first vaccine shot this week, you can still be fully vaccinated by the end of the semester, but time is running out for that as well. COVID and Flu vaccines continue to be available around town and at various clinics and events.


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
Nov 9 1 0 56 581
Nov 16 0 0 57 582

Related Links:

Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group Videos and Emails

All COVID-19 Campus Communications

Coronavirus Updates and Resources Website