Dordt increases precautions, remains at yellow alert level

Additional active positive Covid-19 cases among students

Dordt University has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases in its student body. As of September 21, there are eight active positive Covid-19 cases among students, and 63 students are in quarantine or isolation.

“This is discouraging news, since we saw a decrease in Covid-19 cases in our student body in mid-September,” says Dr. Erik Hoekstra, president of Dordt University.

Dordt’s “Roadmap for Reopening” mitigation plan considers community infection rates as well as cases on campus. With increasing community spread in Sioux County and more Covid-19 cases among students, Dordt will remain at the yellow alert level but will heighten precautions such as limiting event attendance. The Rec Center, Campus Store, and Hulst Library will remain closed to the public.  

Hoekstra says that it is crucial for the Dordt community to adhere to social distancing practices.

“We must continue to remain vigilant about social distancing, wearing our masks, and keeping our interactions to 10-15 minutes in length,” says Hoekstra. “It is vital that we do so, in order to maintain a yellow alert level.”

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.