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August 20, 2020, 2:00 p.m. CDT

Pursuant to COVID-19 training required for all students, faculty and staff in advance of the semester, and as expected with our return to campus operations, we will and are experiencing positive COVID-19 tests. Our planning and processes remain at full operational status and we are prepared to handle these initial cases.

In particular, this week we are aware of two sororities - Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Delta Delta - whose activities and members are experiencing exposure to the virus. Consistent with our protocols as indicated in issued guidance and in consultation with the Brazos County Health District, we have initiated chapter-wide quarantine and contact tracing for those who live in the sorority houses or elsewhere and were in contact. These chapters have been responsive and are responsibly following required steps to continue operations and protect the health and safety of our campus and community at large.

As a reminder, should any member of the campus community - students, faculty or staff - receive a positive diagnosis or believe they have been exposed to a positive case, they are to complete the form on the Texas A&M University System reporting portal.

For more information, visit the central COVID-19 website on the university's home page.

Please be responsible and respectful of our commitments to one another by wearing a face covering, washing hands, staying six feet apart, staying home if sick and quarantining for 14 days if exposed. A reminder that Governor Abbott's executive order restricting gatherings to no more than 10 is in effect.