Social Distancing Protocols Enacted

March 7, 2020
Richie Hunter, Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations

Following the confirmation of two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Capital Region, we immediately enacted social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of the virus within our community. 

There are no confirmed or suspected cases on campus at this time. In an abundance of caution, the following social distancing protocols were implemented:

  • All public events with 50 or more attendees that include participation of outside individuals are cancelled.

  • All internal seminars with external speakers will be considered on a case-by-case basis with input from an occupational physician and/or the Student Health Center.

  • All Rensselaer community members are asked not to attend large external events in the local area.

These protocols will remain in place until they are rescinded by the Institute. All classes will continue on a normal schedule.

The health and safety of students and community members is the top priority of the Institute. Rensselaer will continue to work with, and follow the guidance of, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The coronavirus situation remains fluid, and public health advisories and health precautions can change with little notice. Anyone planning travel should frequently check travel advisories for their destination.

All Rensselaer community members are encouraged to check the COVID-19 Outbreak Communications website frequently for updates regarding Institute policies, protocols, and travel restrictions. 

All individuals should remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the following:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

  • Throw all used tissues directly into the trash.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing if you do not have a tissue.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds often throughout the day, especially after you cough or sneeze, and also before preparing food or eating. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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