From President Paul
Thanks to everyone for getting our semester off to a good start by supporting our COVID-19 arrival testing initiative and our ongoing surveillance testing.
Our staff are following established protocols to quickly respond to any COVID-19 cases in our campus community. Meanwhile, we are closely following spikes of positive cases nearby — which are a reminder that each of us is responsible for staying focused and continuing to vigilantly use all of our tools and knowledge to best protect ourselves and each other from the virus, enable our semester to continue in person, on campus, and protect our wider community.
Let’s help each other remember our safe health practices. A negative COVID test doesn’t mean we get a break from public health practices. Regular face covering usage protects ourselves and each other, and allows us to continue enjoying our community.
Campus alert level
- Our campus alert level continues to be 2, which indicates modified operations due to case levels in the area around campus.
- Details: Campus COVID-19 Alert Levels.
Next phase of surveillance testing
By the end of last week, when our scheduled COVID-19 arrival testing wrapped up, 2,351 tests were completed on campus (students, faculty, and staff), and 10 positive cases were identified, which is a positivity rate of 0.4% — less than one half of one percent — during the January 27-February 5 phase.
- What to do: If you will be on campus for any reason during this semester, were not part of on-campus surveillance testing so far, and have not already been in contact with Health and Counseling (students call 585-389-2500, email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Human Resources (faculty/staff email COVIDHR@naz.edu), reach out right away.
As planned, we are now in a new phase, which tests a randomly selected portion of the campus each week. Surveillance testing is designed to identify people without symptoms, including pre-symptomatic individuals, to help avert potential outbreaks before they occur. (People without symptoms can be contagious.)
- What to do: Check your email each Thursday to see if you’ve been chosen for a test on campus for the following Monday/Tuesday. More details: Surveillance Testing