SFU Stays Vigilant as COVID Case Numbers Rise


Saint Francis continues to work to ensure precautionary measures are taken by all students, faculty and staff as COVID-19 cases have risen at the University and across the nation in recent weeks.

A “Pandemic Team” was established by University President Father Malachi Van Tassell earlier this year during the crisis and he is pleased with this team’s performance.

“Mr. Don Miles and Mrs. Mandy Lasinsky and the Pandemic Team have worked hard for months to help us maintain a healthy, safe, on-campus, face-to-face learning experience this fall,” said Father Malachi.

Along with the mask mandate and enforcement of social distancing, SFU’s administration has constantly reminded the campus community that students who feel ill should report symptoms to Student Health.

For the week of Nov. 1-7, SFU has reported:

  • 45 total positive cases since the start of the fall semester;
  • 34 total recovered faculty, staff and students;
  • 90 students quarantining on and off campus without positive tests results;
  • 31 students in isolation on and off campus

“SFU is doing a good job trying to keep the school safe,” said sophomore Ava Dettore.

Students who are in isolation on and off campus are provided their food through delivery and are attending their classes virtually.

“The University’s quarantine system is working,” said Van Tassell. “I remain grateful for our healthcare partner, UPMC, whose team has provided invaluable guidance as we navigate day-to-day life in a pandemic.”

For updates on the case count on campus, and more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.francis.edu/Symptoms-and-Case-Tracking/.