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BREAKING NEWS: Webb updates COVID-19 management protocols

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Jay Pang (25’) and Aaron Yang (25’) wear masks while working with Armen Xue (25’) on an assignment, modeling a new era in COVID-19 control at Webb. Webb no longer requires mandatory isolation for cases without severe symptoms due to a decrease in the severity of COVID-19 seen in LA County. “This is a welcome change, especially for international boarders since they don’t need to look for somewhere to stay if they get COVID” Armen said. Webb used to enforce a five-day mandatory isolation period off-campus for students who test positive, which required students to find a place to stay in case of infection.

Isolation and uncertainty defined the past four years of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Families were forced to adapt, focusing on keeping each other safe while attempting to maintain their schedules. For Webb students, it meant potentially falling behind in class work, and for boarding students, relying on the kindness of hosts or emergency contacts for a place to stay. 

However, on Wednesday, January 24th 2024, Melanie Bauman, Director of Wellness, announced a pivotal change in Webb’s COVID management policy due to LA County’s updated guidance.  

“LA County has finally changed their COVID-19 guidance because hospitalization rates have dropped,” Ms. Bauman said. “COVID is moving from the deadly virus of the early pandemic to a sickness more like the flu, RSV, or common cold. This, along with high vaccination rates in the state and county and even higher vaccination rates at Webb, means that we can change health guidance for our communal living situation as well.” 

As such, the following COVID-19 community policies have shifted and will now go into effect:  

Most notably, the mandatory 5-day isolation period has been abolished. Before, students used to be forced off campus, requiring them to have a host family or home in case of infection. Boarding students now have the option to recover within the health center, in the comfort of their dorm, or even choose to go off-campus if they decide to. 

However, individuals who experience fevers or severe symptoms still must isolate themselves until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and the 10-day masking period will remain in effect.  

Close contacts to students that test positive for COVID-19 will also no longer have recommended testing, but instead will just be asking to monitor their symptoms.  

“This change will provide a lot more convenience, especially for international students who avoided COVID-19 testing out of the fear of being forced to leave campus,” Petrina Ong (‘24) said.  

As we begin to enter a period of more lenient COVID-19 policies, it is important now more than ever for students to be in tune with their own health and pay attention to their body wellness.  

As stated in the email Ms. Bauman sent to the community, “prioritize your own and each other’s health.” 

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A skilled conductor Eric Luo (‘25) adeptly orchestrates a symphony of diverse talents, weaving together creative writing, music, and culinary arts. This summer, he not only sharpened his writing skills at a Kenyon College creative writing camp but also explored African history at a Stanford summer camp. As a multi-instrumentalist, he is proficient in saxophone and is self-taught in bassoon and piano. He takes this musical passion a step further by creating compositions on digital audio workstations, such as Logic. Alongside his commitment to composing music and writing, Eric is a cooking enthusiast, dedicated to both the scientific and artistic aspects of gastronomy. Eric’s cooking skills venture beyond conventional recipes as he channels his passion toward cheese-making. Driven by his curiosity for food chemistry and biology, Eric started making cheese during the pandemic. While he loves Brie and Gorgonzola, a timeless classic mozzarella is his favorite to create. From his experimentation in culinary science to writing styles particularly in creative nonfiction essays Eric continually challenges himself. This year, he also aims to experiment in the Webb Canyon Chronicle and transition from feature articles to publishing more opinion pieces to foster change by promoting underrepresented points of view in Webb and the world at large.   Favorite Song: "Big Toe" by The Growlers
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