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Coronavirus Campus Communication 3/31/2020

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: March 31, 2020
Re: Campus Communication on Coronavirus

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We wish to appreciate and acknowledge all of you for demonstrating patience, resilience, and adaptability to a new reality in the face of challenging days. We are committed to communicating with you as the Pandemic Assessment Team works to slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus.  While the current situation necessitates that most campus operations are remote, we wish to assure you that we are here for you.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has issued a Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.  The travel warning indicates that there is a global, wide-spread transmission of COVID-19 and all international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.  The CDC has also issued a domestic travel advisory for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.  The advisory urges residents of these states to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days. The advisory only underscores the “stay at home” Executive Order 107 from Governor Murphy.  In light of the CDC advisory concerning domestic travel, Human Resources sent a notice to employees, which suspends all college-related travel (domestic and international), through June 30, 2020. Always monitor guidance from the U.S. Department of State.

Reporting
As a reminder, if you are a student and have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Debra Lukacsko, Associate Director of Health Services, dlukacsk@ramapo.edu or 201-684-7536.  If you are an employee, please contact Jill Brown, Associate Director of Human Resources, jcbrown@ramapo.eduHR2020@ramapo.edu or 201-684-7507.  We ask that you come forward and talk with us, so that we can provide you with Ramapo-specific resources and guidance.

Prevention Information
Make it a point to review prevention information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a daily basis.  The guidance may change, so we encourage you to take responsibility for your health and stay informed. Below is a summary of the prevention steps, but please access the CDC site for the comprehensive information about protection.

  • Clean your hands often.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water is not available, you can use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice social distancing.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Always put distance between yourself and other people.  Social distancing (at least 6 feet of distance between others) is a mechanism to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • For students who are currently living on campus, as a reminder, the guest and visitation policy is suspended and there are to be no gatherings (Executive Order 107).
  • Stay home if you are sick (except to get medical care). Do not, under any circumstances, come to the campus if you are sick.
  • Always cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (and throw it away) or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.  Immediately wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water (or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Wear a face mask if you are sick.  If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick.  Facemasks are in short supply and should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

State of New Jersey General Resources
If you have questions about COVID-19, you may wish to call the hotline set up by the NJ Department of Public Health, 1-800-962-1253 (24/7 for medical questions) or 2-1-1 (7am to 11pm for general questions).  Or you can text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.

The State of NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

State of NJ Department of Health

Crisis Text Line:  Text “NJ” to 741741
Family Helpline (for stressed parents): 1-800-843-5437
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-7233
NJ Mental Health Cares Hotline: 1-866-202-4357
Suicide Prevention Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735

Ramapo Specific Resources
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)
Human Resources: 201-684-7498

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 had hoped to experience the brilliance of the Spring semester with you.  Who can forget Spring traditions such as dusting off the baseball/softball diamond, preparing for the Rites of Passage Students of Color Pre-Commencement Ceremony, admiring Greek Life in all its splendor for Greek Week, Take Back the Night, and the EOF Senior Luncheon, to name a few.  While the way that we transact information and celebrate each other may have changed, we have not wavered in our spirit for excellence in fulfilling our mission. We know there is no substitution for the how active our campus typically is in the spring, but we invite you to stay connected through a variety of remote activities being delivered through the departments you have grown to trust.

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