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Health and Safety

As ever, the well-being of our students, faculty and staff is the College’s top priority. The Office of Health Services and departments throughout the College are working closely with city and state agencies to safeguard the health and safety of the entire Manhattan community during these difficult times. Specific details are outlined below. 

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Employees

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

As part of an ongoing effort to identify individuals who have COVID-19 or were recently exposed, and reduce the risk of disease transmission, the New York City Department of Health has advised that all employees and other members of the Manhattan College community will need to complete a COVID-19 test within two weeks before your return date. 

The College will require testing of all symptomatic individuals and all students, faculty or staff who are close contacts of positive test cases. Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined and may be tested if requested. Manhattan College also will deploy routine, randomized and asymptomatic testing of our essential employees and other members of our community to proactively monitor for signs of community spread on campus. 

Recommended healthcare providers to obtain testing include the New York City Department of Health, CityMD, or your personal physician. Additionally, while not mandatory, it is recommended that employees consider having the serology test for COVID-19 antibodies. Further instructions regarding this testing will be sent as part of the Workplace Safety Policy and Procedures Related to COVID-19.

Positive COVID-19 Test

In the event that an employee tests positive to COVID-19, their supervisor and HR should be notified, and the policy for sick leave and work accommodations will apply.  All sick employees must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from their first symptoms or until three days after a fever, whichever is longest. The Manhattan College Employee Assistance Program offers emotional and counseling support services.

Symptom Tracking

As part of its ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, Manhattan College has launched a web-based Daily Symptom Tracker to ensure that members of our community are symptom free. In alignment with New York State requirements, all employees who have been approved to resume on-campus work or research are required to complete the symptom tracker each day before arriving on campus or accessing campus facilities. 

Only those employees that are essential and approved by their supervisor to be on campus must complete the online symptom tracker daily. This tracker also can be accessed in the Quick Links section of the Inside Manhattan website. The College reserves the right to restrict access to campus to any employee who does not comply with this Symptom Tracker Policy or based on the responses to the online self-assessment. More detailed information about the symptom tracker will follow.

Face Coverings/Masks

All employees are required to wear face masks while working on campus. Employees are expected to wear a face covering from the time they enter the campus, arrive at their office space, and whenever leaving their work space to move around common areas (e.g. hallways, stairwells, restrooms, etc.). Employees are required to wear facial coverings while walking on campus, regardless if they are walking alone or outdoors. If an employee is working alone in an office or other work area, the employee is not required to wear their facemask. Faculty members may remove their face coverings while teaching, provided they are able to socially distance by six feet or greater and/or have an acceptable barrier between them and the class. 

Students

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements

Students must wear a face covering or mask while on campus, including but not limited to the classroom, on the Quad, and in common areas. 

Resident students do not have to wear masks when they are alone or with their suitemates in their dorm rooms.

Those with medical conditions that may prevent them from wearing a face mask will be asked to procure an approved face shield instead. Students must submit requests for a mask exemption to the Specialized Resource Center.

Additional Considerations

  • Suitemates and/or roommates are considered family units; therefore, face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room.

  • Those working in segregated spaces (e.g., cubicles with walls, private library rooms, etc.) may remove their masks when alone there.

  • Due to health concerns, student-athletes are required to remove masks while competing, training or strength conditioning.

  • While on competitive sidelines and in strength and training facilities, student-athletes must maintain proper social distancing when not wearing masks.

  • Student-athletes must wear face coverings immediately after competition and training sessions end.

Accommodations

For those with health conditions, remote learning is the primary accommodation. If students are taking a course that requires face-to-face instruction, they should be in contact with their academic adviser or the chair of their department to discuss whether they will be able to complete the course in fall 2020 remotely or if they need to defer the courses to a future semester (for example, a practicum or internship, CPR, etc.)

Students interested in requesting a COVID-19-related medical accommodation should submit their request to health.services@manhattan.edu. The request should provide all the relevant information on appropriate letterhead from a medical professional. Accommodations will be given on a case-by-case basis as the health and safety of the entire Manhattan College community will be taken into consideration.

Alternative accommodations, such as a face shield, are permitted, with an approved face mask exemption from Health Services.   

 

COVID-19 Testing

As the New York Department of Health advises testing for all New Yorkers, Manhattan College is requiring all students to be tested for COVID-19. 

All commuter and resi-commuter students (those living in off-campus housing) are required to be tested. Students will be required to be tested in the two weeks before the start of classes in order to be allowed to attend classes on campus. Test results should be submitted to the Health Services office through the COVID-19 test portal before August 31. 

All residential students will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing on campus on the day of their arrival. Our testing partner will be sending a team of professionals to campus to perform on-site testing in cooperation with the College. Testing will be conducted using a SARS-CoV-2 nasal swab test. Student health insurance information will be collected and billed for this testing. Residential students will be required to test on campus, even if a student submits negative COVID pre-arrival test results in the two weeks prior to return.

However, any student that already has had COVID-19 and received a test to confirm, may submit a copy of the positive viral test or positive antibody test to the COVID-19 test portal to satisfy the Manhattan College testing requirements. Please check with your insurance carrier for coverage before having a test. If you do not have health insurance coverage, you may access no-cost testing at several of these locations. 

 Resources/Testing Locations:

Showing Symptoms or Testing Positive 

Those who exhibit symptoms should contact Health Services for a “telehealth” visit that will direct them to a testing partner. Students who test positive on a surveillance screen — and those with symptoms — are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days. In addition, positive student cases will be assigned to a contract tracer to identify any College contacts who need to begin quarantine and self-monitoring. These contacts will quarantine for 14 days.

 Resident students whose families live within two hours of campus will be directed to isolate at home. Those unable to return home will be directed to an on-campus, self-isolation room set aside by Residence Life.

Commuter students will be directed to isolate at home.

 If the Manhattan College community reaches an outbreak level of positive cases — as set by Department of Health Standards — all faculty, staff and students will receive an E2 campus alert to pause all on-campus learning and activities for three to five days (until all contact tracing and quarantine directives are in place). 

Contact Tracing

 The College has created a robust on-campus contact tracing program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our community. Contact tracing is a priority. The process has proven to be a reliable way of slowing the spread of COVID-19 by identifying those who come into close contact with individuals self-identified as testing positive for the virus.

Contact tracing will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with four key steps:

  1. Every day, Health Services will report positive cases immediately to contact tracers;

  2. Contact tracers will then interview the positive patient to identify people with whom they may have been in contact during the past 48 hours, from the time they exhibited symptoms;

  3. To help prevent the spread of the virus, contact tracers will notify and interview all contacts to alert them to their risk of infection and instruct them to self-quarantine for 14 days;

  4. Contact tracers will inform individuals placed on quarantine to self-report their symptoms daily through the symptom tracker. If they develop COVID-19-like symptoms, the tracker will reflect the change, and Health Services will contact them and may recommend they get tested.

    1. If they test positive and reside on campus, they will now need to self-isolate. Therefore, they will be placed in a private room with their own bathroom. For commuter students, contact tracing will provide recommended instructions to self-isolate at home.

Guidelines for PPE

Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”)

In accordance with CDC and New York State guidelines, all members of the College community must wear face coverings/masks while on campus and when unable to properly social distance by six feet or more.

  • Masks will be provided to students and employees free of charge. Additional health and safety accommodations will be put in place for employees who are required to be on campus and/or cannot perform their work remotely; those who are “high contact,” due to the numbers of visitors and/or students they must interact with on a daily basis; and those who regularly take mass transit.
  • All students will be provided with a welcome bag containing a washable cloth face covering, hand sanitizer and COVID-19 educational and outreach materials.
  • Employees will be provided with a washable mask. 
  • Disposable masks will be readily available to students and employees in high-traffic areas on campus.
  • Employees and students may bring their own personal face coverings to campus, so long as they adhere to CDC and public health recommendations.

Employee Use of PPE

Employees are required to wear a face covering from the time they enter the campus, arrive at their office space, and whenever leaving their work space to move around common areas (e.g. hallways, stairwells, restroom, etc.). Any accommodation related to face masks MUST be applied and approved through Human Resources and the One Manhattan office. 

  • Employees who work in congregated sitting areas (i.e., open space, areas open to the public and shared offices) must wear a mask at all times.
  • Employees who work alone in a segregated office space (i.e., cubicle with walls, private offices, etc.) may remove their masks when alone in these settings.
  • Faculty members may remove their face coverings while teaching, provided they are able to socially distance by greater than six feet. 
  • When traveling to off-campus locations for official business as College representatives,  employees must abide by local and state guidelines regarding the wearing of face coverings.

Student Use of PPE

Students are required to wear a face covering while on campus and any time resident students leave their dorm rooms to move around in common areas (i.e. hallways, stairwells, restroom, etc.). Any accommodation related to face masks MUST be applied and approved through the Specialized Resource Center.

  • Suitemates and/or roommates are considered a family unit. Therefore, wearing a face covering is not required while occupying one’s own dorm room.
  • Students working in segregated spaces (i.e., cubicles with walls, private library rooms, etc.) may remove their masks when alone in these settings.
  • Due to health concerns, student-athletes will be required to remove their face masks while competing and/or strength and conditioning. While on competitive sidelines, and in the strength and conditioning facilities, student-athletes must maintain proper social distancing while not wearing a mask. Masks must be placed back on immediately after competition and training sessions have ended.

Types of PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) consists of face coverings/masks, face shields, gloves and gowns. Cloth coverings, bandanas and scarves are nonmedical grade. Students, faculty, staff and administrators will be provided with non-medical grade face coverings.

Medical grade face coverings are as follows:

  • Level 1 mask, ideal for procedures where low amounts of fluids, spray and/or aerosols are produced. 
  • Level 2 mask, ideal for procedures where moderate amounts of fluids, sprays and / or aerosols are produced.
  • Level 3 mask, ideal for procedures where heavy to moderate amounts of fluid, spray and/or aerosols are produced. Maximum filtration is N95, indicated for use when treating patients with potential airborne diseases such as coronavirus.

Healthcare workers on campus (physicians, nurse practitioners and athletic trainers) will wear medical-grade Level 3 face masks for normal patient interactions, and N95 face masks when evaluating or treating patients potentially infected with coronavirus. Health Services office workers will wear Level 3 face masks.

  • Per OSHA regulations, healthcare workers will be fit-tested for the N95 face mask.
  • Public Safety employees responding to medical distress calls will wear Level 3 face masks.
  • Healthcare workers and Public Safety employees will don full PPE (face mask, face shield, gown and gloves) when treating, evaluating and/or responding to a student or employee potentially infected with coronavirus.
  • Public Safety officers will be equipped with PPE medical emergency response kits packed with full PPE supplies for medical distress calls on campus.
  • Deans’ offices and the Counseling Center will be supplied with PPE emergency response kits packed with full PPE for crisis situations. College vehicles used to transport a potential COVID-19 positive patient will be fitted with a plexiglass partition to separate the driver from the rear passenger.

Testing

Testing Options

As part of an ongoing effort to identify individuals who have COVID-19 or were recently exposed, and reduce the risk of disease transmission, the New York City Department of Health has advised that all faculty, staff, administrators, and other members of the Manhattan College community will need to complete a COVID-19 test before returning to our campus in August, within two weeks of your return date. All students that commute or are living in off-campus housing in the neighborhoods near campus must also be tested within two weeks of the start of classes. All residential students will be required to have a COVID-19 test within their first four to seven days of arrival. 

The College will require testing of all symptomatic individuals and all students, faculty or staff who are close contacts of positive test cases. Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined and may be tested if requested. Manhattan College also will deploy routine, randomized and asymptomatic testing of our essential employees and other members of our community to proactively monitor for signs of community spread on campus. 

Testing is available at a number of locations, including:

We are still working on an agreement that will allow COVID-19 testing on campus with a testing partner. You will be invited soon to complete a Manhattan Return to Campus COVID-19 survey that will assist us in the return to campus planning. In addition, you will receive an email notification for your specific testing requirements.

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Resources

The College is developing a number of partnerships with area healthcare providers including Columbia Allen Pavilion, CityMD, Riverdale Family Practice and local pharmacies.

Health Services and Counseling Services are partners in caring for our students and provide referrals to students for services as needed. At this time, additional staffing will be added to meet the expanded healthcare needs of the College community, as follows.

  • The One Manhattan: Campus Health and Safety office will work with campus offices to organize contact tracing, training employees on policy, direct communication between departments and monitor supply chains.
  • The contact tracing team will continue to be expanded over the summer.
  • Additional health care professionals will join Health Services to provide telehealth visits to students who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to COVID-19, as well as ongoing healthcare to well and sick students. They will also assist Human Resources with COVID-19-related mandates and maintaining employee testing records.