What You Need to Know, When You Need to Know It
One of the most important things you can do to keep us all safe and strong this semester is to continue to follow our safety protocols. In addition to the steps we always include at the bottom of this newsletter, please remember to complete required COVID-19 testing as follows:
Beginning Monday, February 15, the New York State Department of Health is expanding Phase 1b to include certain medical conditions for individuals between the ages of 16 to 64 for COVID-19 vaccination. This includes people who are pregnant and those with chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary disease. View the full list of these conditions here. If you fall into this expanded criteria, your healthcare provider can direct you on how to obtain the necessary documentation you need to verify your eligibility. As a reminder, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has the sole authority to allocate the State’s vaccine supply to points of distribution (PODs) across the State, and supply is extremely limited. Currently, Stony Brook does not independently have access to the vaccine.
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- Washing your hands or using sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.
- Maintaing a physical distance of at least six feet from other people.
- Wearing a mask at all times, including in classrooms, conference rooms and other spaces, even when six feet social distancing exists.
- Covering coughs and sneezes and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in your workplace every day.
- Not using other people’s phones, desks, offices, tools and equipment.
- Staying home if you’re sick
- Avoiding large gatherings.