Campus Safety Update 4/5/2021

Monday, April 5, 2021
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
During the month of March, there were 11 members of the college community who tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone who was impacted by this development has been notified and I strongly encourage anyone with flu-like symptoms to get tested.
 
I also strongly encourage everyone who qualifies to schedule vaccine appointments. While they work in somewhat different ways, all three versions of the coronavirus have demonstrated effectiveness for mobilizing the body’s immune system, and there is general agreement that the best vaccine is the first one that is available to you.  To check on your eligibility, and to schedule your vaccine please visit the Vaccine Scheduling Portal.
 
For those who are fully vaccinated, there are revised guidelines for socializing and other activities. As more people become vaccinated, restrictions across the state are starting to ease. Last week, Governor Lamont announced the easing of restrictions for businesses, social and recreational gatherings, sports, and outdoor events. However, he stressed the importance of required face coverings and masks in public.
 
The Governor’s Travel Advisory is now expired, but Connecticut residents and travelers to the state should continue to consult the Travel Advisory for Connecticut During the COVID-19 Pandemic website for updates.
 
The rate of vaccinations and easing of restrictions is great news for our Commencement, which will take place at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport at 4:00 p.m. on May 27. The Graduation Committee will provide more details and information on safety protocols for this event in the next week or so.
 
I want to stress that while things are improving, the pandemic is not over and it is critical that we all continue to engage in the behaviors that have helped to protect the community from even worse illness. Don’t let up on wearing masks, engaging in appropriate social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. If you are suffering from any symptoms associated with COVID, stay home and seek the advice and/or attention of your medical professional.
 
As always, please direct your questions and concerns about COVID-19 related issues should be directed to Dean Jill McDowell (JMcDowell@GatewayCT.edu)
 
We remain hopeful that the gradual return to normal has begun. Please be mindful that the easing of restrictions brings with it an even greater need for personal responsibility in keeping our campus and our community safe.
 
Thank you and be well. 
 
William 'Terry' Brown
Chief Executive Officer