As you are probably aware, New York City’s COVID-19 level is currently high according to the NYC Department of Health’s Alert Level system and the CDC’s Community Level tracking.

Health officials recommend we wear a mask in indoor public settings, and people over 65 and those at high risk of severe illness should also wear a mask in crowded outdoor spaces.

As the semester comes to a close and many of you prepare to attend commencements with your loved ones and friends, we urge you to wear a mask in public indoor spaces–for your safety and that of those around you.

A reminder that the best way to avoid serious illness from COVID-19 is to stay up to date with the vaccines and boosters. If you have symptoms or were exposed, get tested to ensure you’re not spreading the virus. And if you test positive, talk to your doctor about treatment. You can find additional CUNY guidance online.

Wishing you a strong finish to the semester, good luck with final exams, and spirited congratulations to the tens of thousands of students who are graduating in the coming weeks. 

By Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, PhD