Tabor to move forward with inauguration in midst of COVID-19

A total of 18 COVID-19 positive cases were confirmed on the Tabor College campus as of Thursday morning, Sept. 23.

Tabor stated that they have followed their operational protocols of testing students with symptoms, isolating students who test positive, and conducting contact tracing and quarantining students who have been in contact with the positive cases. Isolated students are asked to do so at home. Those who are not able to isolate at home are required to isolate in college housing. 

The college issued a statement saying that “In preparation for Friday’s Inauguration of President David S. Janzen, the college has implemented vaccination guidelines or mandatory testing for any student participating in the dinner, ceremony, or reception. Each of these students is required to show a vaccination card or be tested the morning of the event.”

They do not appear to be requiring masks at this time even in the midst of the outbreak and will hold the gathering without the ability to properly social distance at the event.

“As has been stated numerous times this semester, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already,” Janzen said. “It protects you and is a blessing to others.”

Tabor College stated that they are in regular communication with the Marion County Health Department and will announce any significant further changes at the appropriate time. The health department is currently without an acting director since Diedre Serene’s role as director ended at the beginning of the week.

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