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Covid Update for the Spring 2021 Semester

By: Ravyn Malvino

As we begin the spring 2021 semester, the Covid-19 pandemic is still an issue impacting Adelphi’s operations and the university community. Nicole Gaudino MS, AGNP-C, Adelphi’s director of health services, said that Covid health and safety protocols remain in place.

“This has enabled us to report a current infection rate (as of January 29) of less than one percent,” she said. “Daily health screening on the AU2GO app will continue to be required for students, faculty and staff who come to campus, and essential visitors must check in with the Department of Public Safety and Transportation.”

In addition to daily health screenings, masks must be worn at all times and social distance must be maintained. Individuals are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and are also asked to stay home if they are not feeling well. Class capacities remain reduced per state guidance and are based on individual room capacities and non-class group gatherings are limited to no more than 10 individuals, per New York state mandates.

Gaudino noted that even if you have been vaccinated, masks and social distancing are still required.

“Adelphi University will continue to conduct randomized surveillance testing of our on-campus community to help contain the spread of the virus,” said Gaudino. “All results, positive and negative, are factored into the calculation of our positivity rate, which is shared on our Covid-19 Dashboard.”

Community members selected for testing will receive an email and AU2GO alert instructing them to complete a Vault Health surveillance test for Covid-19. Individuals must comply with the instructions provided or will otherwise not be permitted to access campus.

Additionally, residential students on campus will continue to be tested every two weeks and student athletes will be tested in accordance with the testing guidelines in place at the time, as published by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the New York State Department of Health.

“To get tested voluntarily, or to use a method other than the Vault Health home-based saliva test, please consult the New York State Covid-19 Testing website for information about nearby testing locations,” said Gaudino.

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