Interim President Michael A. Bernstein has released a message concerning COV-19 incidence at the University. The message reads as follows:
We have confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 at Stony Brook University. As Governor Cuomo has indicated in his daily press conferences, we will see, across New York State, a steady rise in the incidence of COVID-19 as testing increases. We are following guidelines from the New York Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the thorough disinfecting of any compromised spaces.
As our campuses practice social distancing, adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order to allow the maximum number of employees to work remotely, and as students vacate our dormitories, we continue to be diligent with rigorous cleaning protocols and prevention efforts. I know I speak for us all when I express profound gratitude to the teams who work tirelessly to keep our campuses clean and safe.
For everyone remaining on our campuses, I urge you to maintain good hand hygiene and social distance. If you feel ill, contact appropriate medical authorities and stay in your residence.
We encourage our University community to continue to follow these guidelines on prevention protocols to interrupt the spread of respiratory diseases.
I know the news I share here is disturbing and worrisome. We face growing challenges, to be sure. Our collaboration and cooperation together will make all the difference in securing the best possible outcomes in slowing the COVID-19 pandemic and in best serving the needs of those affected.
As circumstances warrant, I will keep you informed of important developments and share significant information. I thank you for your understanding and, most of all, for your courage.