COVID-19 Update: Cases Up; Omicron is Coming

Dear Campus Community,

We have four active student cases and two active faculty/staff cases, including several carry-overs from last week. Given the increasing numbers in Adair County and our Thanksgiving travel, we’d expect that numbers may increase as the semester ends. With finals coming up, we recommend returning to a level where you wear masks not just on-campus, but going out to the store or other public places. Even if you have a mild (or even asymptomatic) case, no one wants to be quarantined or isolated during finals week if they can help it.

This week, you have probably also seen the discussion of omicron in the news. It’s too early to know much, and there’s no reason to panic right now. Still, we should all keep an eye on it as scientists start to learn more. All signs are that current vaccines do substantially work against the new variant, so those who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet should maybe reconsider given this new outbreak. The other layers of “Swiss Cheese” are still effective against the new variant: masking, distance, hand-washing. We remind you that masks are only effective if they cover both the nose and mouth, and maybe it’s a good time to invest in some better masks that work well, stay in place and are comfortable.

We also discussed the idea that you might want to be tested for COVID before you leave for the long winter holiday. Testing is pretty easy at local pharmacies (Walgreens, Hy-Vee, Walmart, and more), and results usually take a couple of days to find out. But, especially if you’ll be spending the holiday with those who might be vulnerable, testing negative might make you worry a bit less.

This seven minute video discusses the week’s numbers and news, including omicron:


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
Nov 23 1 1 57 582
Nov 30 4 2 57 582

Related Links:

Faculty Senate COVID-19 Working Group Videos and Emails

All COVID-19 Campus Communications

Coronavirus Updates and Resources Website