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Thursday, March 12, 2020

It is with sadness that I report we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the campus. This is the first confirmed case in Alexandria. The student had been feeling unwell since Monday and then went into self-quarantine. I spoke to her last night. She reports that she is much improved. I am hopeful that her personal journey with COVID-19 is coming to an end.

I announced last night that the campus is closed. We will ask for a deep clean of the campus. Classes will continue on-line. Membership of the Episcopal High School gym has been suspended. 1823 is closed. The Butterfly House and Library are both closed. We will discourage gathering in large numbers. We need to fight this virus by not giving it an opportunity to spread.

Much of the work of the seminary can continue to happen remotely. This should happen. Meanwhile in this Lenten season we pause. We recognize that we are all interconnected. We recognize our need to serve each other. We pray for each other; and, as everything seems so out of control, we offer our anxiety to God and we pray for that "peace that the world cannot give" - the peace of God to settle in our hearts and minds.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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