July 22, 2020
To the CVM Community,
As you may be aware, there have been two additional positive COVID-19 cases in the College of Veterinary Medicine over the course of seven days and located in a common area. Once the college became aware last week of the second COVID-19 case, we worked with the Iowa State University Public Health Team and the Thielen Student Health Center to provide COVID-19 tests for those individuals who were deemed to have a potential contact with these positive cases. A total of 82 faculty, staff and students were tested either in the College or at Thielen and all of the results came back negative. Some contacts were tested by their local health care providers with one person reporting a positive COVID-19 result.
These results demonstrate that our policies of wearing face coverings, keeping a physical distance of at least six feet whenever possible, enhanced cleaning protocols and continuing to practice good hygiene are working to mitigate the spread of the virus.
While I know this won’t totally alleviate anxiety you may feel, I believe you can confidently come to work, knowing that your fellow Iowa Staters are doing all they can to stop the spread of COVID-19. However we must remain vigilant in this fight, now and for the foreseeable future.
Thank you again for your understanding and continued dedication to our college.
Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD
Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine