COVID-19 STAFF RESOURCES
COVID-19 FACULTY RESOURCES
MASSACHUSETTS ON-CAMPUS COVID 19 PROTOCOLS
(UPDATED AS OF 8/29/22)
August 29, 2022
Dear Cambridge College Community:
We are excited that return to campus for the Fall semester is less than two weeks away. As we enter a third academic year with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain steadfast in our commitment to keep you healthy, safe and informed.
As shared in the past, we are providing below our updated essential protocols and practices that everyone needs to be aware of prior to returning. The protocols are also available on the website.
Key elements of the protocols include:
If you have any questions regarding these protocols or conditions on campus for your return, please do not hesitate to contact COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE MONKEYPOX VIRUS:
Monkeypox has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 9,000 people in the USA have been diagnosed with monkeypox already, and cases have been seen in Massachusetts, including in the Boston area.
As we have done for the last two academic years, we will continue to monitor state and local data on these public health matters, look to scientific experts, and learn from other academic institutions, to help guide future decisions. Note that we are prepared to initiate more extensive protections for on-campus activities, if warranted by changes in public health conditions.
In the meantime, please note that mutual respect is a core value, so we ask that everyone avoid language or behaviors that stigmatize individuals or communities with monkeypox infections. Go to the CDC website or the MA DPH website focused on the virus, to learn more.
The COVID Response Coordination Team
Updated Fall Protocols for Massachusetts Campuses
Accessing the Campus – Staff, Faculty and Students
Parking on Campus [Boston only]
Common Area Management
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Managing COVID-Positive Reports
Anyone that comes to campus that: 1) has tested positive for COVID-19, or 2) has been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or 3) has COVID-19 symptoms will be required to abide by the following reporting protocols:
1. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus must immediately report their status to the COVID Response Coordination Team [CRC] via email at COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu
2. Individuals who had close contact with an infected individual while on campus, must immediately report this information to the COVID Response Coordination Team [CRC] via email at COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu
3. Individuals that feel ill while on campus should immediately leave and seek guidance for testing if the conditions are symptomatic of COVID
If any Cambridge College staff or faculty member receives a report about a member of our staff or student body testing positive for COVID-19, they should forward that information immediately to the COVID Response Coordination Team [CRC] via email at COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu so that appropriate action can be taken.
Managing for Monkeypox
Cambridge College is monitoring monkeypox developments in the United States and in Massachusetts, and will continue to adjust the College’s recommendations and response accordingly. We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the basic facts about monkeypox and to take steps to prevent its spread.
For more detail on the virus, symptoms, and associated care go to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website - https://www.mass.gov/monkeypox or the CDC website -https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html.
If you are exposed or diagnosed with monkeypox, please work with your healthcare provider for instructions on how to manage your health. If you have been exposed or learned of a positive diagnosis while on campus, please contact COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu immediately so appropriate action can be taken.
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Cambridge College has no Emergencies to report
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