Mercy College COVID-19 Dashboard
Updated as of October 23, 2020
Mercy College remains committed to communicating transparently with all community members about the health and safety of the College community, while at the same time protecting the privacy of affected individuals.
As outlined in the College’s Reopening Plan, Mercy has undertaken a comprehensive approach to reopening guided by the most up-to-date science. Among the many measures being taken are requiring face coverings and daily self-screenings of personal health on all campuses and creating the conditions for six-foot distancing in classrooms, common areas, and offices. Additionally, individuals who have experienced recent signs or symptoms of COVID-19, who have been in recent close contact with others with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or who have recently returned from states or regions with NYS travel advisories are restricted from visiting campus. In the event of a College community member reporting a positive COVID-19 test, the College will follow contact tracing and quarantine protocols as directed by local and state health authorities. Additionally, a dozen Mercy staffers have been trained to supplement those efforts and to reach out to any affected community members out of an abundance of caution.
Despite these precautions, we anticipate that there may be cases of COVID-19 in our community during the fall term. We will regularly update this dashboard as we learn of any positive, laboratory-verified test results from faculty, staff, students, visitors, or vendors reported to the College’s Director of Health and Wellness. The dashboard includes only those who have been on a Mercy campus recently. It does not include any cases among individuals studying or working entirely remotely or those who may not have been on campus for weeks.
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Reflects new cases identified after Aug. 28 NYS guidance
New York State recently released COVID-19 report cards for all institutions of higher education and K-12 schools across the state. Those report cards can be viewed here.
Mercy’s Emergency Management Team continues to monitor a variety of metrics including Mavericks Safe app self-screening responses, the number of community members in required quarantine or isolation, and the number of contacts being monitored by Mercy’s contact tracers. The EMT is also monitoring key inputs about the surrounding communities using dashboards updated daily by New York State with rates of new infections, hospital capacity, and other important indicators.
Process for Scaling Back On Campus Operations
Mercy has developed a process to guide timely decision-making in the event that community health conditions require scaling back on-campus operations. The below factors will be considered in order to determine whether actions are necessary.
Factors that would cause action
- Order from state or local health department
- Significant number of cases with no known source identified via contact tracing
- Significant increase in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among people who have been on campus recently
- Significant increase in positive test rate in larger community
- Significant increase in Community Members in Quarantine/Infection
Actions to scale back on-campus operations
- Shifting more classes to a fully remote modality
- Activity and event cancellations
- Restricting access to dining facilities
- Reducing room occupancy limits
- Reducing the number of employees working on campus
- Short- or long-term closure of communal spaces, buildings, or residence halls
- Requiring COVID-19 testing for groups of students or employees