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Coronavirus Campus Communication 3/25/2020

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: March 25, 2020
Re: Campus Communication on Coronavirus

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We are writing to communicate that the College has been informed of three additional positive cases of COVID-19 involving members of our community.  In total, this brings the number of positive cases, which we are aware of, to five.  The individuals were last on campus March 9, March 13, and March 14, 2020, respectively.  The individuals are self-isolated, off campus and we wish them a speedy recovery. Public health officials will make contact with those who may have had close contact with these individuals.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Debra Lukacsko, Associate Director of Health Services, at dlukacsk@ramapo.edu or 201-684-7536, so that we can provide you with Ramapo-specific resources and guidance.

Future Communications Regarding Positive COVID-19 Results
Given increased testing capabilities in the State of New Jersey and the community spread of COVID-19, it is likely that we will learn, with some frequency, of more positive cases. Instead of sending email broadcasts for each positive case, future notifications about positive cases within our community will be posted on the College’s COVID-19 website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now issued a Level 3 Travel Health Warning – “Avoid Nonessential Travel” for a multitude of countries.  We encourage you to stay informed about your international travel, as you may be guided to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return to the U.S. and practice social distancing.  Please check the CDC website to stay abreast of these evolving guidelines. Further, if you are returning from a Level 3 Travel Health Warning country, you will be required to present the College with medical clearance from your physician or a community based medical provider (even if you are symptom free) before you can return to campus. If you do travel, always monitor guidance from the U.S. Department of State. Please factor in current guidance from the above mentioned resources as you consider your travel plans. While we encourage you to stay informed about your international travel plans, we also want you to stay current on any domestic travel plans – especially travel to areas of the United States where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Prevention Information
There are action steps you can take to prevent and avoid being exposed to the virus.

According to the CDC, you should:

  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with sick people;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Stay home if you are sick;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw away the tissue;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe;
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory disease, including COVID-19;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. (Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used if water is not available.

If you have questions about COVID-19, you may wish to call the hotline set up by the NJ Department of Public Health, 1-800-222-1222.

Here are more ways to reach us, if you have Ramapo Specific questions:

Health Services: 201-684-7536
General Questions: 201-684-7265 or communications@ramapo.edu
Roukema Center for International Education: 201-684-7533
Counseling Services: 201-684-7522 (business hours), 201-684-6666 (non-business hours)

We will continue to provide resource information on the Health Services website.  The situation is constantly changing, so please bookmark this website and continue to keep yourself informed of the COVID-19 positive cases we learn of impacting Ramapo College. We all have a responsibility to keep our campus and communities safe, so please practice social distancing (stay within 6 feet of others), heed the prevention information, and adhere to Governor Murphy’s “stay at home” Executive Order 107.  While we are facing growing challenges, the Pandemic Assessment Team follows professional guidance and meets on a daily basis to assess the world around us while making recommendations to help the College slow the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during these most unprecedented times and we remain committed to updating you as the situation evolves.

Sincerely,

Melissa Van Der Wall
Dean of Students
Pandemic Assessment Team, chair

Debra Lukacsko, MSN, BA, RN, APN, C
Associate Director of Health Services
Pandemic Assessment Team, member