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Weekly COVID-19 Briefing 4/12/2021

Apr 12, 2021

Campus Case Update

We apologize for the delay.  Additional positives identified on Friday resulted in attention needed elsewhere.  We continue to make progress in mitigating campus spread.  As of today, we have 7 active COVID cases and a total of 19 students in quarantine or isolation (Q/I) either on-campus or at their homes off-campus.  We had 5 new positive cases last week as opposed to 7 the week before.  See full testing results below.

Restricted Community Interaction will Remain in Effect

While cases have started to lower on campus this week, we want to remain extra vigilant as late week positive results last week indicate that there were new exposures over the Easter Holiday weekend.  We will be actively monitoring the situation through the week and keep you posted of any needed changes in restrictions.  Please plan to remain in Restricted Community Interaction (RCI) next week.

All employees and students need to observe the following requirements to help stop campus transmission:

RESTRICTED BEHAVIOR

PERMITTED ACTIVTY

Indoor eating should be restricted to personal residence space.

(Only roommates or apartment mates may dining together without social distancing in personal residences)

All campus meals are To-Go only.

(Eating is not permitted in any of the share lounge and dining areas on campus)

Personal living space visitation temporarily suspended.

(Student should not visit the private rooms of other students including rooms on the same floor or in the same building)

Limit unnecessary travel or errands.

(Student should limit their off-campus travel to work and essential errands)

 

Face covering are required everywhere on campus.

(Students may only remove their face covering when in their room alone or with their roommates with the door closed.  Employees may only remove their face coverings while only in their offices with the door closed.)

Outdoor eating is permitted with enhanced social distancing.

(Community members must allow for 12 feet of distance between themselves and others who are eating)

Limited social gatherings.

(Official campus sponsored events can occur if they are fully supervised, socially distant, outdoors, and food offered is take-away only)

Limited athletic activity.

(Official practices and competitions may proceed under enhance restrictions managed by the Athletic Staff)

Classroom and Lab Learning activity.

(Faculty and students should continue to work together to ensure social distance is being maintained)

Limited contact casual gatherings.

(Students can meet with friends outside, in lounges and common spaces as long as they are wearing their mask and maintaining social distance.  Employees should follow similar guidelines and conduct group meetings virtually whenever possible.)

Vaccinations Available to the General Public on April 19th

Starting April 19, 2021 (Patriots Day) vaccinations we be available to all people over age 16 or older residing in the Commonwealth – including college students!

You can preregister, find area testing sites and learn more about the Commonwealth’s vaccination initiatives at: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

Student’s please note that you will want to pay attention to which vaccinations you are preregistering for.  Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccinations are sequences of two injections.  You will want to be sure you are either in Massachusetts long enough to get both shots or that you have access to the second shot from the same maker (Pfizer or Moderna) in the state you will be residing in over the summer.  The Johnson and Johnson vaccination is currently the only 1 shot injection approved for use in the United States.

We encourage all member of the ENC community to get vaccinated if you are able!

Got Symptoms? Tell Health Services.

We are seeing an increased number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases in the month of March.  It is very important that you are monitoring you symptoms and reporting to Health Services when you are not feeling well.  Please call the on-duty Health Services number at (617) 745-3777 seven days a week and leave a message if you are experiencing symptoms.  Reporting symptoms does not mean you will automatically be moved to isolation – it does mean that you will receive a medical assessment to determine what if any precautions you need to take.  Please note the sooner you report symptoms the sooner we can determine what you need including expediting testing.

Testing Center Update

Please remember that the Testing Center is only open Monday-Thursday and is closed on Friday.  It is very important that you schedule and attend your testing on the day you are invited.  In order for us to get everyone through weekly surveillance testing we need students to be diligent in promptly scheduling testing appointments when invited and showing up at the scheduled time.  THANK YOU!

Remember testing is a major component of our in-person learning safety strategy – let’s sign-up and follow through!

Summary testing results are published weekly at: https://enc.edu/covid-19-information/

We will continue to communicate regularly and transparently with you as the days and semester progresses.  Thanks for Protecting the Den!

Blessings,

Jeffrey Kirksey
Vice President for Student Development and Campus Services
Emergency Response Team, Chair

23 East Elm Avenue
Quincy, MA 02170-2999
www.enc.edu
617-745-3718

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