COVID-19 Public Wellness Update: Powerful Tuesday, April 19, Masking at Degree Blue

Campus & Neighborhood

Pricey Students, School, Personnel and Family members:

With a lot less than 4 weeks to go in the spring semester, our campus is commencing to expertise an uptick in COVID circumstances, a pattern that is constant with what is transpiring across the country and below in Onondaga County. As we strategy the conclusion of calendar year activities, which includes last tasks and examinations, and Graduation routines, it is important that we consider reasonable motion to reduce the influence of COVID bacterial infections on tutorial outcomes and ordeals. Which is why, productive Tuesday, April 19, our campus will transition to COVID degree “Blue.”

What does this motion imply for you?

Masking amount Blue indicates an elevated amount of transmission chance on campus and stipulates the following suggestions on campus:

  • For all learners, faculty and staff members who are vaccinated and boosted:
    • Masks Demanded at all situations:
      • During educational instruction (inclusive of lecture rooms, laboratories, libraries and lecture venues) and
      • For the duration of non-tutorial functions and in specified services, as established by a public wellbeing possibility evaluation. These exceptions will be communicated right as acceptable, to consist of the installation of signage as expected.
    • Masks Strongly Encouraged:
      • When indoors on campus, and outside in the presence of many others.
    • For vaccine-exempt folks (permitted religious or professional medical exemption), or if you have not nevertheless been given a booster dose of the COVID vaccine:
      • Masks are essential at all times and in all amenities while on campus, and although outside when in the existence of others.

Why was this choice produced?

Late past 7 days the U.S. Facilities for Condition Command and Avoidance expanded its recommendation for indoor masking from Onondaga and Oswego counties, to contain an additional 8 counties across Central New York. This elevated masking advice stems from an growing amount of new COVID situations across the area, probable ensuing from subvariants of the omicron pressure of the COVID virus. These subvariants ended up to start with recognized in Onondaga County several weeks back. There is no latest proof that these subvariants bring about heightened degrees of sickness amid vaccinated men and women. Nevertheless, these subvariants do surface to be additional contagious. This is likely why we have expert an improve in new conditions and exam positivity on campus above the earlier 10 times. Provided the superior vaccination rate amid our campus group, the most new uptick of new situations on campus has not resulted in heightened stages of symptomatic illness amongst college students, workers and school. That explained, presented that New York State general public wellness legislation mandates a five-day isolation period of time for those people who test optimistic, the surge in new situations and involved course absences has more and more disrupted the educational expertise.

Community Overall health Reminders

The most effective way to shield oneself and people around you is to keep on pursuing superior community health practices, like:

  • Get tested! Absolutely free, on-need testing carries on to be obtainable to all asymptomatic pupils, school, staff and people at Kimmel Dining Corridor. To evaluation several hours of procedure, remember to go to the Stay Safe screening webpage.
  • Keep track of for symptoms: If you are encountering any COVID-like signs and symptoms, stay household. Do not report to work or show up at course. For pupils emotion sick, call (do not bodily pay a visit to) Barnes Heart Health and fitness Care at 315.443.8000. Make sure you do not stop by the Barnes Centre until finally you’ve spoken with a team member there by cellular phone. College and workers suffering from COVID-like symptoms need to continue to be household and speak to their key care medical doctor.
  • Know what to do if you examination optimistic: If you are unsure about what methods you must consider if you occur down with COVID, be sure to check out the Remain Safe and sound web page to evaluate our step-by-phase response checklists.

As we have stated from the starting, navigating COVID well being and policy concerns—on behalf of all customers of our community—requires patience and flexibility of every person in our local community. We will keep on to check present ailments and refine our rules dependent on the most up-to-date info, science and general public wellbeing direction. We appreciate your continued cooperation and ongoing determination to maintaining a safe and nutritious campus neighborhood.


J. Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation