Campus Safety Update

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
 

From the desk of
William 'Terry' Brown, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
 
Fellow Educators,
 
Over the past two weeks, there have been seven members of the college community who have tested positive for COVID-19.
 
As of September 20, more than 87% of our students have attested to their vaccine status, with more than 70% reporting being fully or partially vaccinated, almost 17% attesting to a medical or non-medical exemption, and only 12% not attesting to their vaccine status. For employees, just over 65% of our employees attested to their vaccine status (61% reported being fully vaccinated).
 
College employees who have not filled out the mandatory Self-Attestation survey should have received an email communication from CSCU Chief Operating Officer, Josh Geballe, reminding them that they are required to submit their weekly testing results.
 
 
 
Weekly testing takes place on campus on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and can be scheduled online.
 
You may also be tested at any other campus or testing site.
 
 
 
As per the Governor's executive order, unvaccinated employees, including those with medical and religious exemptions, must continue to report weekly testing results until further notice. Further information on testing and vaccines can be found at ct.gov/coronavirus. Just type in your zip code in the appropriate box, and click “GO”. 
 
COO Geballe also warned that "Employees who do not complete the process will be subject to unpaid leave and possible separation from state service." However, at this time, all employees should report to work according to their normal schedule unless otherwise notified.
 
The State of Connecticut takes public safety very seriously, which is evidenced by our status as having the highest vaccination rate in the nation. As state employees, we owe it to our communities to take all possible measures to assure our own safety alongside the safety of those we serve - be it family, friends, or those with whom we work on a daily basis.
 
If you have not already done so, please complete the appropriate attestation form today. I understand that vaccination is not an option for some, however, non-compliance with testing, and the other safety requirements that we have in place, should not be an option for any of us.
 
For those who cannot be vaccinated, please remain diligent about being tested on a weekly basis until further notice. For those who are partially vaccinated, please continue weekly testing until you are fully vaccinated.
 
Please visit Vaccines.gov for the latest information on vaccine appointments and CDC recommendations.
 
We are also encouraging everyone to get this year’s flu shot as soon as possible. Many of the COVID mitigation measures appear to be effective for mitigating transmission of the flu. Flu vaccination rates were historically high while flu infection rates were historically low last year.
 
Please reach out to Associate Dean of Campus Operations and COVID Coordinator, Sharon Aceto at GW-COVID@gwcc.commnet.edu, if you have any questions. Updates to protocols, policies and procedures will continue to be posted on the COVID-19 information pages on the college website or the CSCU website.
 
 
Thank you,
 
William 'Terry' Brown, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer