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WEEKLY COVID-19 BRIEFING 5/7/2021

May 7, 2021

Stop COVID from Changing Your Plans!

Don’t let COVID adversely impact your plans to travel home or participate in commencement!  As we move into the final weeks of the semester it is very important to consider minimizing your number of close contacts and working hard to maintain the RCI protocols in the chart below.  If you contract COVID or are identified as a close contact you may have to miss graduation, change travel plans, or stay on campus longer should you need to be quarantined or isolated in accordance with state regulations.

Play it smart and keep the plans you want to have!

Exit Testing

It is recommended that you protect your family and those you are going home to by getting a COVID-19 test within 72 hours or less of leaving campus. Exit Testing with be conducted Tuesday – Thursday of next week.  CoVerified testing slots will be open for all students starting Monday evening. Please schedule an Exit Test time that is within 72 hours of your travel plans.

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

Graduation COVID Protocols

Remember if you are participating in graduation you must have your maximum number of guest registered in advance.  You and your guest will need to observe the COVID protocols before, durning, and after the ceremonies.  To find all the information about guest registration and COVID protocols visit the Commencement Website at: https://enc.edu/commencement/

COVID Move-out Information

By now residential students should have schedule a check-out time with their RA.  If you have not done that please do so ASAP.  When it comes to physically moving out there are three simple COVID protocols to observe:

1.     All students, families, and guest must wear a fitted face mask their entire time on campus.

2.     Friends and fellow students that live on your hall can assist you carrying items out of your room and out of the building.

3.     Family and friends cannot enter the residence halls. They can assist with you with moving your items to a vehicle once the items are outside of the building.

Please note that if a family member or friend needs to access a restroom they are welcome to utilize the facilities in the Mann Student Center.

Looking forward to a smooth move-out process.  We will miss you over the summer!

Campus Status Update

As of today, we have 3 active COVID cases and a total of 22 students in quarantine or isolation (Q/I) either on-campus or at their homes off-campus.  This is a great improvement.  Let’s finish this semester strong and healthy!

Vaccinations Available!!

Manet Health’s Quincy Vaccination site (180 Old Colony, right next to Campus KinderHaus) reached out to us to let us know they have multiple openings for this MONDAY.  You can scan the QR Code below to reserve your spot. Register for you vaccination today!

Find other area testing sites and learn more about the Commonwealth’s vaccination initiatives at: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine

We encourage all ENC community members to get vaccinated if you are able!

Upload Your Vaccination Card

You can upload your vaccination card in CoVerified for a quick and easy way to let the College know that you have been vaccinated. Please do so as soon as you are fully vaccinated.  You will find the upload function under report on your CoVerified home screen.

Restricted Community Interaction (RCI) Remains in Effect

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.)

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.

Praying for a smooth and healthy transition into the summer as we bid farewell to another semester.  Thank you for all you do every day to care for one another through this difficult season.  I can’t imagine navigating this season without our great students and dedicated colleagues.  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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