Are two masks better than one?
Are two masks better than one?
Nazareth College

Campus Updates

Andrew Bornheimer ‘23
Andrew Bornheimer ‘23, a resident assistant, uses the Cricut machine in the Makerspace to prepare a sign for his residence hall bulletin board.

Top 15 nationally

In a new ranking, Nazareth is recognized as a top college in the nation for excellence in responding to major societal crises in 2020 — the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice — and for strong strategic planning that positions the College well for the future. Here’s to ongoing innovation in 2021!

Take the survey!

At the start of the spring semester, Nazareth College Health and Counseling offered a Rapid COVID Testing Clinic at the Golisano Training Center.  We would like to thank everyone who participated as you are helping to keep the campus safe. Please take this anonymous short survey to help us improve our services.

Reducing risk

The steps we each take, every day, to keep each other safe from COVID-19, combined with the College’s ongoing COVID-19 testing, rapid isolation, and contact tracing for people with positive cases, are helping avoid the large spikes and cases spread that some other campuses are seeing.
Based on contact tracing of cases in our campus community this semester, be aware of these specific tips to reduce risk of virus transmission:
  • Mask up even in small groups, and even while solo in communal spaces: Keep a mask on everywhere on campus in the presence of others and in shared campus spaces (such as study rooms), even if you're alone. Among the few exceptions, from the Face Coverings webpage: at home with the people you live with, and in an open outdoor area where you can maintain 15 feet of distance between you and others. Yes, that means wear a mask while playing video games with a friend (6 feet apart). Yes, in a small study group. Yes, even alone in a conference room or in a private room in the library.
  • Increase ventilation or use larger spaces: The CDC recommends opening a window and using a fan to bring in fresh air, or having fewer people in spaces that don’t have increased ventilation. Choose larger rooms to gather in (or meet a friend outdoors or virtually) whenever possible.
  • Eating together: Public health protocols call for wearing a mask when dining except when actively eating or drinking. It's safest to share a dining table only with people you live with. Otherwise, stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • A negative test or getting vaccinated for COVID aren’t exceptions. Testing is a helpful tool, but it can only provide a result for one moment in time. Vaccination is very effective at preventing serious illness for the person vaccinated, but it’s not yet known whether someone vaccinated can still spread COVID-19, nor how long immunity lasts after receiving the vaccine.

COVID 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.

Surveillance testing

Surveillance testing continues, testing a randomly selected portion of the campus each week. Check your email each Thursday to see if you’ve been chosen for testing on the following Monday/Tuesday. More details are on Surveillance Testing.
As always, anyone with symptoms or close contact with someone who tests positive follows a different protocol that starts with filling out your Nazareth online screening (if you filled it out earlier in the day, you can re-do it) and following the instructions.

6-word stories

Patience, determination, similarities, uniqueness, and connection are themes in some of the 6-word stories you shared of hopes for how we will emerge from the pandemic in 2021.
Elena Baugh

Emergence stems from patience and determination.
Elena Baugh, student

Scott J. Diange, student  
Poonam C. Dev

More in tune with each other. 
Poonam C. Dev, faculty

COVID-19 Resources

Have a question? You can send it in using the form on any of those pages.
COVID-19 resources

Question of the week

Are two masks better than one?


Good fit and mask layers can block more respiratory droplets, providing much better protection to the wearer and to others, according to a recent laboratory study by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That could be either:
  • A cloth mask with multiple layers of fabric, to improve filtration
  • Wearing two masks, specifically a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask, which also improves fit by pressing the inner mask closer to the face to reduce the amount of air that leaks around the mask edges
However, the CDC says don’t combine two medical procedure masks, because they are not designed to fit tightly and wearing two does not help to improve the fit. And certain masks, such as KN95, should not be combined with any other mask.
Nazareth continues to provide disposable masks at multiple locations on campus, and distributed more than 2,300 cloth masks in Wellness Kits to students in the fall and to new students this semester. If you are a student who didn’t receive a Wellness Kit, you can pick one up at the Shults Center Information Desk starting Monday.
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