Here is an update of the Reggie Lewis Center. Below is a letter released by Roxbury Community College. We will be in touch with our plans going forward as the Executive Committee makes decisions regarding our plans. We ask for your continued patience as we deal with this unprecedented pandemic. As always, our goal is to provide SAFE, meaningful, and memorable experiences for athletes across the state.
January 14, 2021
Dear Friends, We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during these challenging times.
Massachusetts is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, with key data consistently trending in the wrong direction. As of January 13th, the 7-day average positivity rate was 7.1%, with a 7-day hospitalization average of 2,282. On January 7th, Gov. Baker escalated the hospital status to Tier 4 and allowed a temporary exemption from the mandated nurse-to-patient ratios in the ICU.
While we sincerely hope that all of the measures enacted by the state and city result in a decline in COVID-19 cases, we are obligated to prepare for all scenarios. Given the current COVID-19 data, we do not foresee an improvement that would allow us to host athletic activities at the Reggie Lewis Center this spring.
We understand that this decision will be a disappointment to many; however, as a state institution, RCC must prioritize the safety and wellbeing of both our College community and the Greater Roxbury Community above all else. Given current CDC and MA DPH guidance, it simply isn’t possible to safely host athletic events that bring together athletes from across the state, multiple days each week, in a manner that keeps students, our staff, and community members safe from exposure.
We are alerting the high school track community of our decision now, so that an alternative location can be identified. If health conditions improve, we will be back in touch.
Please direct any questions about our plans to Executive Vice President Pamela Lomax at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to stay safe, and know that we look forward to hosting high school track meets when COVID-19 data improves.
Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College