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Coming Back Safe and Strong Update (Oct. 12, 2020)

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Testing for Employees — Latest News
As we continue to work to protect the health, safety and well-being of our employees, students, patients and residents, new employee testing is starting, as you may have heard. When selected, you’ll receive the schedule and details about the testing, which currently will be offered 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

Coning Back Safe and StrongNew FAQs Address Commuter Student Testing
How does it work? How long do I wait for results? What if I test positive? New pooled saliva testing for commuter students has raised questions, which we’ve been happy to answer — on the Student FAQs — COVID-10 Testing page of our Coming Back Safe and Strong website

Phase Five Is Just Around the Corner
November 30 marks the start of our final phase of Return to Work. In addition, the extension of the State’s Pilot Telecommuting Program to 1/1/21 provides the framework for continuing remote work arrangements, including staggered days/hours, taking into consideration operational needs, while supporting social distancing.

October 13 Deadline for Telecommuting Exemptions/Alternative Work Assignments
As a reminder, the deadline for faculty and staff who wish to be exempted from working on campus — including those who want to renew the exemption they requested in the fall — is Tuesday, October 13. See this message for details.

Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot!
Our next CVS influenza vaccine clinic will be Wednesday, October 21, 1 pm to 3 pm in the SAC auditorium on West Campus. This is open for all students and employees. Students can also schedule their flu shot with Student Health Services by calling 631-632-6740.

COVID Tracing: There’s an App for That
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new mobile contact tracing app, the use of which is voluntary and anonymous. COVID Alert NY will notify you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app then encourages users to contact their physician or the State Health Department hotline (1-833-227-5045) to get more information about quarantining and testing. Find out more here.

From D.C. to SBU … Dr. Deborah Birx Visits Campus
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx toured our campus, spoke with leadership, recognized our successes and shared her safety messages during a recent visit to Stony Brook University. See what she and President Maurie McInnis had to say here. And check out a few examples of how news reporters covered her visit: Newsday, the New York Post and the Times Beacon Record.

Students: Protect yOUR Health — Join This Great Campaign!
Virtual workshops! Health Hero awards! Social media contests and the chance to have your voice heard! Students, if you haven’t yet, there’s still time (through Thanksgiving) to join the Center for Prevention and Outreach’s Protect yOUR Health campaign. Find out more here and see the videos, poems, artwork and even a song students have submitted so far.

Hear How Students Have Helped Keep Our Campus Open
If you didn’t get a chance to see it live, you can still tune in to our latest Beyond the Expected podcast — Coming Back Safe and Strong: Students Step Up! Take a listen here.

Traveling Out-of-State?
While the list of restricted states continues to change, there are currently 35 states and U.S. territories on the list. You can find the most updated information on the NYSDOH COVID-19 Travel Advisory.

Help Keep Us All Safe

●      Wash your hands or use sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.

●      Try to always maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from other people.

●      Wear a mask.

●      Cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

●      Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your workplace every day.

●      Try to avoid using other people’s phones, desks, offices, tools and equipment

●      Stay home if you’re sick.

Have an Idea? Need an Answer?
Visit our continuously updated return to the workplace FAQs on our Coming Back Safe and Strong website, or send your questions to comingback@stonybrook.edu.

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