We hope that you are having a good week and enjoyed the long weekend.
Going forward, we will report aggregate positive and recovered COVID-19 cases from our community.
We currently have 3 active cases of COVID-19 among our community and have had 23 recovered cases since the start of the semester.
We continue to follow best practices and guidance from New York City, New York State and the Centers of Disease Control: testing symptomatic individuals, with weekly surveillance testing of those with approved exemptions or who are not yet fully vaccinated. We are also doing the appropriate contact tracing, and isolating COVID-19 cases that arise within the population.
The office of Health Services is partnering with Imperial Pharmacy to deliver flu vaccines to all students today, Thursday, October 14 until 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Supplies are limited. No registration is necessary.
Faculty, administrators and staff are also welcome to attend, but are encouraged to take part in the clinic on Friday, October 22, if possible.
Imperial Pharmacy will be collecting insurance information on site. Please check with your insurance if you have pharmacy coverage. To enter the clinic, please show your green pass, Manhattan College ID and insurance card.
Employee Flu Clinic: Friday, October 22
The office of Human Resources will host a flu clinic and wellness screening on Friday, October 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Alumni Room on the first floor of O'Malley Library. Both the screening and flu shot is available at no cost to employees, spouses, and/or dependents 18 years and older who are enrolled in the Christian Brothers Services medical plan.
Employees who are not members of the Christian Brothers Services and wish to participate in either the screening and/or flu clinic can also participate by logging intoempowerhealthservices.infoand using the client code cbs to register.
It is especially critical to receive your flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the overall burden of respiratory illnesses on the healthcare system. Annual flu vaccines are one of the best ways to prevent yourself, your coworkers, and your family from getting the flu.
With sincere appreciation for all that you do,
The One Manhattan Co-Chairs
Esmilda Abreu-Hornbostel, Interim Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Tamara Britt, Vice President for Legal and External Affairs/Chief of Staff Steven Schreiner, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Since early 2020, under the leadership of our One Manhattan Team, the College has successfully navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on creating a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and greater community, through the creation and implementation of COVID protocols and policies, including surveillance testing, social distancing, and wearing masks. Your participation in these efforts has contributed to a relatively low positivity rate on campus in fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 and provided members of the College community the ability to live, learn, research and carry-out our Lasallian Catholic mission, despite the circumstances we found ourselves in.
As we move forward with plans to return to a fully in-person status in fall 2021, the College will incorporate vaccinations into our COVID-19 protocols, the next step recommended by local, state, and federal health agencies and organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). To that end, Manhattan College will require all new and returning students, faculty, administrators and staff (including employees of vendors) to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of immunization by August 2, 2021. Students participating in summer programs on campus have been previously notified of the vaccine requirement and the associated deadlines.
Again, many thanks for your patience, dedication and resilience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the fall and a return to the robust living and learning community that is the hallmark of the Manhattan College experience.