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COVID-19 Public Health Update: Helpful Tuesday, April 19, Masking at Level Blue

Campus & Neighborhood

Expensive Learners, Faculty, Team and Households:

With less than four months to go in the spring semester, our campus is beginning to practical experience an uptick in COVID situations, a craze that is dependable with what is developing throughout the state and here in Onondaga County. As we tactic the conclude of 12 months activities, which include final tasks and exams, and Graduation workout routines, it is important that we choose sensible motion to reduce the impression of COVID bacterial infections on academic outcomes and ordeals. That is why, helpful Tuesday, April 19, our campus will transition to COVID amount “Blue.”

What does this action imply for you?

Masking degree Blue signifies an elevated level of transmission hazard on campus and stipulates the next guidelines on campus:

  • For all pupils, school and personnel who are vaccinated and boosted:
    • Masks Necessary at all times:
      • All through academic instruction (inclusive of classrooms, laboratories, libraries and lecture venues) and
      • For the duration of non-educational occasions and in specified services, as determined by a public health and fitness threat assessment. These exceptions will be communicated right as suitable, to contain the set up of signage as essential.
    • Masks Strongly Encouraged:
      • When indoors on campus, and outdoors in the existence of other individuals.
    • For vaccine-exempt men and women (approved spiritual or healthcare exemption), or if you have not yet acquired a booster dose of the COVID vaccine:
      • Masks are demanded at all instances and in all services even though on campus, and though outside when in the presence of other individuals.

Why was this conclusion made?

Late final 7 days the U.S. Centers for Ailment Regulate and Avoidance expanded its suggestion for indoor masking from Onondaga and Oswego counties, to incorporate an additional eight counties across Central New York. This elevated masking suggestion stems from an expanding selection of new COVID situations throughout the area, probably resulting from subvariants of the omicron pressure of the COVID virus. These subvariants ended up to start with recognized in Onondaga County many months ago. There is no present-day proof that these subvariants lead to heightened levels of ailment between vaccinated men and women. However, these subvariants do appear to be more contagious. This is probable why we have expert an improve in new cases and check positivity on campus about the earlier 10 days. Specified the significant vaccination amount between our campus group, the most latest uptick of new circumstances on campus has not resulted in heightened degrees of symptomatic ailment among the learners, team and school. That reported, presented that New York State general public health legislation mandates a 5-day isolation period of time for those who take a look at optimistic, the surge in new scenarios and linked class absences has increasingly disrupted the tutorial practical experience.

Public Health and fitness Reminders

The very best way to protect your self and those people close to you is to keep on next superior public health methods, which includes:

  • Get examined! Cost-free, on-demand screening continues to be obtainable to all asymptomatic learners, college, staff members and households at Kimmel Eating Corridor. To assessment hrs of operation, please visit the Remain Risk-free testing webpage.
  • Monitor for signs: If you are dealing with any COVID-like indications, stay household. Do not report to function or attend class. For college students experience unwell, simply call (do not physically take a look at) Barnes Middle Health Care at 315.443.8000. Be sure to do not stop by the Barnes Heart right until you’ve spoken with a team member there by cellular phone. Faculty and staff members going through COVID-like indications ought to continue to be house and call their main treatment health practitioner.
  • Know what to do if you take a look at positive: If you are uncertain about what measures you really should just take if you appear down with COVID, be sure to take a look at the Stay Harmless website to critique our step-by-phase reaction checklists.

As we have reported from the beginning, navigating COVID wellbeing and coverage concerns—on behalf of all members of our community—requires persistence and flexibility of everybody in our community. We will continue to check present circumstances and refine our tips based on the most up-to-day data, science and community health and fitness direction. We recognize your continued cooperation and ongoing motivation to protecting a protected and healthy campus local community.


J. Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation