I am writing to inform you that there were a few positive COVID-19 test results among our residential population. We are following our isolation and quarantine protocols, and any community members directly impacted would have been notified separately. 

We provide free, on-campus COVID-19 tests bi-weekly to our residential students to protect them from the spread of coronavirus. The uptick in positive cases is a reminder that now is not the time to let our guards down. 

This virus is still with us, so I want to take this opportunity to remind students to continue to practice the following safety precautions, especially during the spring recess:  

*Stay home if you are sick;

*Stay at least six feet away from other people;

*Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable;

*Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose;

*Get tested. All New Yorkers are encouraged to get a COVID-19 virus (diagnostic) test, whether they have symptoms or are at an increased risk. Tests are free at these sites;

* Gathering virtually or with the people you live with is still the safest choice; and

* If you do gather with people who do not live with you, activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.

Additionally, studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 or becoming seriously ill. Please consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to you.

Stopping COVID-19 requires a community response. We will get through this by working together and looking out for each other.  

By Jennifer S. Borrero, JD