Hiram College

A message from Liz Okuma, Ph.D., senior vice president and dean of students

Dear campus community,

I am reaching out with an update on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and in the county. For the past few weeks, the state of Ohio has reported a steady increase in confirmed cases, breaking daily records for new cases multiple days each week. Yesterday, the state reported an alarming 6,508 new cases.

While the data shows an alarmingly rapid increase in cases, including spikes in nearby communities, the good news is that the power to reverse this trend and slow down its transmission lies within each of us. It is important that we remain vigilant, and do the right thing for the good of us all. It is very easy to become lax, particularly when we are with friends and family and our daily routines begin to feel “normal.”

We are very proud of the consistent and deliberate attention by you to abide by the Hiram 5, ensuring a safe campus for us all. Thank you to those who took advantage of the free testing yesterday in the Martin Center. As the end of the 12-week session quickly approaches, it is important that we all continue to take personal responsibility when it comes to protecting our loved ones, and anyone with whom we come in contact. We urge you not to let your guard down – wear your masks, wash your hands frequently, maintain a safe distance, monitor your symptoms, and stay away from others if you are sick. These small, simple steps — even the ones that seem inconvenient — remain critical practices.

Thank you for your continued diligence in taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy.  We commit to keeping you informed of any updates to our status during the time remaining in the 12-week session.

Liz Okuma, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & Dean of Students