november 23, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, out of 881 tests for COVID-19, three tested positive (0.34%).  Over the past two weeks, our Health Services conducted over 1,700 COVID tests to comply with the SUNY testing requirement for all students to be tested prior to Thanksgiving.  I appreciate those employees who were tested over the past two weeks either on or off-campus. Thanks to all who participated in testing and for keeping you, your family, friends, community, and our campus safe.

Students who fail to be tested are being referred to the judicial process and face potential sanctions as outlined in the SUNY Uniform Sanctions policy.

Maritime College has administered 4,553 tests this academic year to date and had a total of 19 positive tests (0.42%). SUNY system-wide (64 campuses) has administered over half-a-million tests with a 0.51% positive test result rate.

Just because you are now home, don’t assume that you are safe from the virus. The seven day rolling average for percent of positive infections is now at its highest point since the end of June.  The virus does not care whether you are home or with family and friends.  Follow the guidelines regarding small gatherings (less than 10 people), wear face coverings, practice good hygiene, social distance, and avoid places known to be key sources for spreading the virus: restaurants, bars, gyms, and private home gatherings. 

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 2.9% (0.0%)
  • Regional (New York City): 2.5% (+0.0%)
  • County (Bronx): 3.3%  (+0.60%)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 77,766
  • Total Positive Tests: 427
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.55% (-0.16%)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered:  842
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 2
  • Percent of On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0.34% (+0.04)
  • Total Off-Campus Tests: 39
  • Total Off-Campus Positives: 1
  • Total On and Off-Campus Tests 881
  • Total On and Off-Campus Positives: 3
  • Percent of On-and Off-Campus Positives: 0.34% (-0.02)

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Last week, four students were referred to the judicial process to face possible sanctions for violating the College's COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 44 students have been referred. 

To report any violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

November 16, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, out of 829 students tested for COVID-19, three tested positive (0.36%).   The students were quickly isolated and another five were placed in quarantine due to contact with those who tested positive.  Whether you are studying with a classmate or socializing with family and friends, protect yourself, fellow students, faculty, staff, friends and family.  Wear your facemask, social distance, practice good hygiene, and avoid large and small gatherings.

Please be reminded that SUNY requires ALL students to be tested before November 20.  Students who fail to be tested will be referred to the judicial process and face potential sanctions as outlined in the SUNY Uniform Sanctions policy.  Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of this testing.

It is equally important that you do not bring the virus to campus after Thanksgiving.  Newly reported COVID-19 cases in New York and New Jersey have nearly doubled in just the last week, reflecting a national trend.  Consequently, the governor announced new restrictions.  These are intended to slow the virus's spread from the key sources: restaurants, bars, gyms and private home gatherings.  More information on the restrictions is available here.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 2.9% (+0.90%)
  • Regional (New York City): 2.5% (+0.8%)
  • County (Bronx): 2.7%  (+0.60%)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 67,085
  • Total Positive Tests: 476
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.71% (+.18%)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 827
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0.12% (-0.50)
  • Total Off-Campus Positive Tests: 2
  • Total On and Off-Campus Positives: 3
  • Total On and Off-Campus Tests 829
  • Percent of On-and Off-Campus Positives: 0.36%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Last week, no students were referred to the judicial process to face possible sanctions for violating the College's COVID health and safety protocols (first time since the beginning of the year). 

To report any violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

November 9, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, out of 485 students who were tested for COVID-19, three tested positive (0.62%).  

With only two weeks of classes remaining before transition to remote instruction, we must continue to strictly adhere to our health and safety protocols: properly wear your mask, social distance, practice good hygiene, and avoid large gatherings.  This is especially important since the COVID-19 positivity rates for New York State, New York City, the Bronx, and Long Island have increased over the past two weeks.  We are monitoring the situation closely to determine what additional preventative measures we should put in place.

Starting this week, we will be testing all students (residential and commuter) before the Thanksgiving break as required by SUNY administration.  Each student will receive an email from Maritime College Student Health Services with information regarding appointment scheduling and pre-testing requirements. ALL students must schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 prior to November 20.  Employees are also encouraged to schedule a test prior to departing campus.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 2.0% (+0.5)
  • Regional (New York City): 1.7 (+0.02)%
  • County (Bronx): 2.1%  (+0.03)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 53,027
  • Total Positive Tests: 278
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.53% (+29%)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 470
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 5
  • Percent of On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0.62% (-0.44)

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Over the past week, six students were referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 40 students have been referred.  All students should review the SUNY Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  The policy, issued this past September, details a list of sanctions ranging from housing suspension for no less than one calendar year to dismissal, which will leave the respondent ineligible for a refund of tuition, room, board, or fees and responsible for all amounts owed.

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

November 2, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Unfortunately, last week there was an uptick in COVID-19 cases, with 5 students testing positive out of a total 470 on-campus tests (1.06%).  Additionally, three people who took tests off campus tested positive.  Isolation, quarantine and contact tracing protocols are being followed for those who tested positive.

New York State, New York City, the Bronx, and Long Island have all shown increases in the positivity rate since last week.  We are monitoring the situation closely to determine what additional preventative measures we should put in place.  This increase serves as a clear reminder that we must strictly adhere to our health and safety protocols if we are to continue in-person instruction until the Thanksgiving break.  Properly wear your mask, social distance, practice good hygiene and avoid large gatherings.  These are actions we all need to take seriously.

Over the next few days, students will receive information regarding mandatory testing prior to departing campus for the Thanksgiving break.  As required by SUNY, ALL students (residents and commuters) MUST be tested before November 20.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 1.5% (+0.02)
  • Regional (New York City): 1.5 (+0.02)%
  • County (Bronx): 1.8%  (+0.06)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 48552
  • Total Positive Tests: 110
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.23% (-0.11)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 470
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 5
  • Percent On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 1.06% (+0.79)

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

This week, 3 students were referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 34 students have been referred.  All students should review the SUNY Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  The policy details a list of sanctions ranging from housing suspension for no less than one calendar year to dismissal, which will leave the respondent ineligible for a refund of tuition, room, board, or fees and responsible for all amounts owed.

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

october 26, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week we completed our fourth week of pooled surveillance testing in which 1646 tests have been administered with two positive test results identified (0.12%). 

I want to thank each of you who are doing your part to follow all the COVID-19 protocols: wearing facemasks, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and making smart choices/decisions on and off-campus.  Given the growing number of positive cases and hospitalizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, we must redouble our efforts and strictly adhere to our health and safety protocols if we are to continue in-person instruction until the Thanksgiving break.  Once we reach Thanksgiving, we can then transition to remote classes as a prudent and pre-emptive health and safety measure in light of current and anticipated future conditions.

Unfortunately, student adherence to safety protocols remains an issue.  There has been a recent increase in the number of students referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 31 students have been referred, 14 of whom were referred last week.  I urge students to take this matter seriously and strongly recommend all students review the SUNY Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  The policy details a list of sanctions ranging from housing suspension for no less than one calendar year to dismissal, which will leave the respondent ineligible for a refund of tuition, room, board, or fees and responsible for all amounts owed.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the  NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 42,605
  • Total Positive Tests: 146
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.34%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Day):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 370
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.27%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

October 13, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

For the second week in a row, we conducted over 400 tests, and I am again pleased to report that out of the 439 Campus administered tests, we had no positive results.  However, we received the report of a positive case from a test administered off-campus.  The student was placed in isolation and five students are under mandatory quarantine due to contact.  

The coronavirus pandemic is worsening across the country.  Thirty-three states saw their caseloads increase this week.  As we approach mid-semester, it is essential that we continue to follow all the COVID-19 protocols: wear facemasks, practice social distancing and good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and make smart choices/decisions on and off campus.  If we all do our part, I believe we can make it to the Thanksgiving break.  We will then transition to remote classes as a prudent and pre-emptive health and safety measure in light of current and anticipated future conditions.  Please refer to the notification emailed last week and posted on our COVID-19 webpage for further information.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are aware of the recently identified NYC hot spots and continue to carefully monitor metrics for these regions.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 35,689
  • Total Positive Tests: 150
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.43%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Day):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 439
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0
  • Total Off-Campus Administered Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests (On and Off Campus): 0.23%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Since the start of the academic year, 17 students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

October 5, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week was a significant moment for Maritime College as we substantially increased our testing capability with pooled surveillance testing.  I am very pleased to report that none of the 438 pooled tests or 2 PCR tests collected by Health Services returned positive.  Over the past 14 days, one positive test was confirmed from over 527 tests (0.19% positive rate) conducted. 

At this time, it is critical that we do not become complacent, but continue following all the COVID-19 protocols.  In a recent Johns Hopkins University study on mask wearing, researchers concluded that wearing a mask not only protects other people, but also the person wearing the mask.  While the success we have achieved thus far is a testament of your vigilance and compliance with the established COVID safety protocols, we must all remain diligient; wear face masks, practice social distancing and good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and make smart choices/decisions on and off campus. 

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average):

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%). We are aware of the recently identified NYC hot spots and continue to carefully monitor metrics for this region.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Sep 20 – Oct 3)
  • Total Tests: 57,676
  • Total Positive Tests: 270
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.47%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (14 days Sep 20 – Oct 3):
  • Total Campus Tests Administered: 527
  • Total Campus COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.19%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

With the ramp-up from 50 tests to over 400 tests in a single week,  we understand there were some challenges with scheduling.  We have made adjustments and hope this will improve the flow and reduce wait times.  Thank you for your patience and suggestions on how to improve the testing process.

Since the start of the academic year, 17 students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
            

September 28, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

We are starting our fourth week of on-campus instruction.  While we have maintained a strong track record thus far (see metrics below), we must continue to be VIGILANT and adhere to our strict protocols.  EVERYONE needs to wear a mask whenever they are outside their dorm room or office, practice social distancing whenever possible, and not attend any social gatherings where social distancing and wearing of face-coverings is not taking place.  Reckless and irresponsible behavior of just one person puts us all at risk.  We all need to be part of a collective effort to keep the campus SAFE.  Let’s all make SMART decisions and keep the virus off our campus.

Here are summaries of COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average):

Note:  All stats remain below NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Sept 13-26)
  • Total Tests: 48,436
  • Total Positive Tests: 222
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.5%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (14 days Sept 13 - 26):
  • Total Campus Tests Administered: 157
  • Total Campus COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.6%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

As announced last week, pooled surveillance testing will begin this week.  Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory for all students and UUP and CSEA employees.  Students who decline to participate will not be allowed access to any community area (classrooms, labs, Mess Deck) or permitted to attend any on-campus classes or activities.  Employees who decline will be referred to the Office of Human Resource Services.

Since the start of the academic year, nine students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

september 21, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

In an effort to keep you informed about the current COVID-19 status on and around our campus, here are summaries of COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)

  • NY State: 0.9%

  • Regional (New York City): 1.0%

  • County (Bronx): 0.7%

Note:  All stats remain below NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (14 days Sept 6 - 19):

  • Total Campus Tests Administered: 126

  • Total Positives for Campus: 1

  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.7%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100).  The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

While our numbers are favorable, this is no time to become complacent.  We must continue to adhere to our strict protocols.  EVERYONE needs to wear a mask whenever they are outside their dorm room or office, practice social distancing whenever possible, and avoid large gatherings where social distancing and wearing of face-coverings is not taking place.  We all need to be part of a collective effort to keep the campus SAFE.  Let’s all make SMART decisions.

Since the start of the academic year, seven students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  To date, we have received many concerns and useful suggestions.  We appreciate your feedback.

As a reminder, participation in surveillance testing is mandatory.  Students who decline to participate will not be allowed access to any community area (classrooms, labs, Mess Deck) or permitted to attend any on-campus classes or activities. 

Also, we recently updated our Restart Plan for on-campus operations to include:

  • Updated health screening protocols for students, employees, and visitors and processes to be followed if a student or employee tests positive (Appendix A, Section 1)

  • Updated information regarding internal and external dashboards and metrics (Appendix A, Section 2)

  • Maritime College COVID safety email and hotline (Appendix A, Section 3)

  • A new appendix, which includes our COVID-19 testing plan. (Appendix H)

Wear a mask, be safe, and be smart.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

September 14, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

In an effort to keep you informed about the current COVID-19 status on and around our campus, here are summaries of COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent Positive (7-day rolling average)

Note:  All stats remain below NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker for period 1 August to 11 September

  • Total Campus Administered Tests: 263

  • Total Positives from Campus: 5

  • Percent Positives: 1.90%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100).  The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

Last week four students were referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  EVERYONE needs to wear a mask whenever they are outside their dorm room or office, practice social distancing whenever possible, and avoid large gatherings where social distancing and wearing of face-coverings is not taking place.  EVERYONE needs to be part of a collective effort to keep the campus SAFE.  Let’s all make SMART decisions.

As a reminder, participation in surveillance testing is mandatory.  Students who decline to participate will not be allowed access to any community area (classrooms, labs, Mess Deck) or permitted to attend any on-campus classes or activities. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  To date, we have received many concerns and useful suggestions.  We appreciate your feedback.

Wear a mask, be safe, and be smart.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President