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Coronavirus Campus Communication 3/8/2020

Coronavirus Campus Communication 3/8/2020

To: Students, Faculty and Staff
Date: March 8, 2020
Re: Campus Communication on Coronavirus

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty:

We write to provide you with updates and to ask for your assistance in implementing a proactive measure to help keep our college safe.

International Travel Registry for Ramapo Students and Employees
With Spring Break (March 16-20) almost upon us, Ramapo students and employees are planning their own personal international travel. If you are traveling outside of the United States (to any country), we ask that you please complete the College’s newly established international travel registry questionnaire for any international travel between now and May 12, 2020.

By completing the questionnaire, you will enable the College to support you with the most current resources and professional advice concerning your international travel. If you are traveling to China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran, the College will require you to self-isolate, off campus, for 14 days.  Please note, that the list of these countries may be updated in concert with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following your personal international travel to China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran and your 14-day, off campus, self-isolation period, you will be required to provide Health Services with medical clearance from an infectious disease doctor before your return to campus.  The above mentioned countries have a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice. Ramapo’s off campus, self-isolation protocol follows CDC guidance about traveling to a Level 3 country. While China, South Korea, Italy and Iran are currently the only countries listed as a Level 3, any country that might move to that level would result in the student or employee engaging in the same off campus, self-isolation and clearance protocol before a return to campus.

If you do travel, always monitor guidance from the U.S. Department of State, and the CDC.  Whether you have personal international travel plans or not, please practice the prevention guidelines outlined by the CDC.

Information Regarding the State of Emergency in the State of New York
You may have learned that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently declared a State of Emergency for the State of New York. Please note that this does not impact Ramapo College at this time.

As indicated on the State of New York’s website, the declaration of a State of Emergency gives power to assist and support health providers right now including:

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation

This does not mean that colleges and universities in New York are closed or that it is unsafe to travel to New York.

The health and safety of our students and employees are our #1 priority. Please factor in current guidance from the above mentioned resources as you consider your personal 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.

We will continue to provide resource information on the Health Services website. Thank you for filling out the College’s international travel registry questionnaire. If you are traveling to an impacted country, we will contact you to provide individualized guidance. We appreciate your partnership with us in working together to help keep our campus safe.

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