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Rep. Courtney Visits U.S. Coast Guard Academy for Update on Campus Safety Measures Amid COVID-19

September 14, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Last week, Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) visited the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) to meet with USCGA Superintendent Rear Admiral William G. Kelly, as well as with academy faculty and cadets, to discuss key initiatives underway on campus this fall, and for an update on efforts to keep staff and students safe amid COVID-19.

 

“Under the leadership of Rear Admiral Kelly, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the health and safety of their cadets and faculty,” said Congressman Courtney. “This year’s fall semester is going to be one like no other, and the Coast Guard Academy has embraced the change—they’ve been flexible with their programming, they’re tightly enforcing public health safety measures, and they’ve ramped up a highly efficient method of regular, campus-wide testing that has garnered national recognition for their campus clinic. I’m grateful to Rear Admiral Kelly for hosting us for a small group tour last week.”

 

During last Wednesday’s visit, Courtney was given a tour of the academy’s new in-house COVID-19 testing lab. The re-outfitted lab is responsible for the testing of all leadership, faculty, and cadets on campus. During the meeting, Medical Director Captain Eason Simon received notification that their clinic had been selected by the U.S. Coast Guard as “Clinic of the Year” for its outstanding performance.

In addition to meeting with staff at the campus clinic, Rep. Courtney also met with cadets for updates on several campus health and safety issues. Courtney heard directly from leadership of the Cadets Against Sexual Assault (CASA) about efforts underway on campus to combat harassment and assault and to improve the protections for students who report such instances. Courtney also met with members of the Equity Task Force to discuss their ongoing efforts to improve inclusion and diversity on campus, and the recruitment and retention rate of cadets and faculty of color.

For full resolution photos, please contact Rep. Courtney’s office.

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