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University Issues New Guidance on Face Coverings

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The University has issued revised guidance on the use of face coverings and masks. The guidance reads as follows:

Coronavirus UpdateIn accordance with the NYS Governor’s Executive Order on face coverings, all essential employees who are working on campus in direct contact with members of the campus community or the general public must wear a face covering and/or mask. The Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The use of simple cloth face coverings will potentially slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus, and do not know it, from transmitting it to others.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining at least 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. In certain situations surgical masks or N-95 respirators may be given to essential personnel whose tasks may necessitate the use of a mask or respirator. (Note: training and fit testing is required for N-95 respirators).

Further guidance  and instructions are available in this pdf.

 

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