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Coronavirus Campus Communication 4/22/2022

Coronavirus Campus Communication 4/22/2022

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Date: April 22, 2022
Re: Campus Communication on Coronavirus

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The reality of living, learning, and working in pandemic times is that we can be faced with changing conditions. While the campus has stared down the pandemic, for over two years with Herculean strength, we must stay informed and empathetic.

Please take note that there has been an increase in the case rate and percent positivity in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey. I write to share current data that may help guide your health and safety decisions:

  1. On March 25th, the Pandemic Assessment Team sent a community broadcast message providing education from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new community tracker tool designed to evaluate COVID-19 spread and community levels of transmission. The tool uses data related to hospital beds in use, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Since the beginning of the community tracker tool, all counties in the State of New Jersey had a “low” community level rating. Bergen and Morris counties are now evaluated as having a “medium” COVID-19 community level.The mitigation steps for a medium community level are (a) if you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions, (b) stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, and, (c) get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Keep yourself informed about the COVID-19 cases impacting the campus. The College has published COVID-19 dashboards designed to be useful and transparent;
  3. Healthy behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are all of our collective responsibility. Some mitigation steps, to help keep the community safe from COVID-19 spread, are the following, (a) Wear a proper face covering. The College’s Face Covering stance is found here, (b) Stay home when you are sick, (c) Get boosted.

The facts I have outlined in this message may be discouraging, but your Ramapo community is here for you. Please reach out to your friends, faculty, staff, mentors, allies, and supporters so that we can all work together to reach the finish line. Best wishes to our students and colleagues as we approach final exams.

Sincerely,

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