Updated March 9, 2020
Rick Gatteau, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, has released a statement concerning the SUNY’s precautionary quarantine initiative and the safety of all students.
The statement reads:
As we continue to work with SUNY Central Administration to help SUNY students studying abroad in countries that have been designated by the US Department of State for Level 2 Travel Alerts and Level 3 Travel Warnings due to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in those areas, Stony Brook Southampton campus is now welcoming four additional Study Abroad students returning from South Korea.
SUNY, under the direction of the New York State Department of Health, urged all program participants in the impacted countries to return to New York. Upon return, they will begin a 14-day precautionary quarantine either at home or at a designated residence hall on one of three designated SUNY campuses. Stony Brook Southampton is currently accommodating 22 students from the study abroad program in Italy — two days into their quarantine — and welcomes four more tonight. Our campus was selected as one of the locations for the precautionary quarantine because it has the facilities, services, technology, clinical and general staffing capabilities to accommodate NYS DOH precautionary quarantine guidelines. These four students were pre-screened and had no symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. They will begin their 14-day precautionary quarantine period (as would any traveler returning from South Korea) upon arrival, as a preventative measure.
We are accommodating no more than three students per suite (each has an individual room) in residential buildings that were previously unoccupied in which there is no access permitted to enter the building, allowing for this precautionary isolation protocol. Each room contains a dedicated refrigerator and microwave. Food service will be delivered to each room following SUNY/NYS DOH guidance on food delivery procedures.
These protocols provide for no interaction with any other part of the campus. Teams from our Facilities and Services Department, the Provost’s Office, Division of Information Technology/Teaching and Learning Technology, and the Division of Student Affairs including Campus Residences, Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Student Support Team, Campus Life, Environmental Health & Safety, Transportation, and Campus Dining are all working together to ensure that these students are safely undergoing precautionary quarantine, will continue to receive academic support, and that they experience minimal personal discomfort through the course of the 14 days.
An expert team of clinicians are providing medical surveillance, including COVID-19 monitoring, as well as medical support for non COVID-19 issues, mental health and other unforeseen emergencies. As such we are strictly following the CDC and NYSDOH guidance and procedures related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff, and custodial services. Should someone actually be diagnosed while in isolation and require transportation to a local healthcare facility such as Southampton Hospital or another health care provider, our EMS transport services are equipped to provide that transport. If external medical care is not needed, students will remain self-isolated and receive comfort care, which is the standard level of care for this cohort of patients.
Our first priority is the safety, health and welfare of all students, faculty, and staff who are currently residing on the Southampton campus, as well as for members of the broader community who live and work in the local area. We are working around the clock to ensure that contact with students who will undergo precautionary quarantine on campus will be limited to telehealth providers, and clinicians who are experienced and trained to care for people who may have been exposed to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease.
If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the SUNY family, we welcome these students to our campus. We will make sure they are provided with every resource needed to make their precautionary quarantine period here at Stony Brook Southampton as comfortable as possible.
See also: University Coronavirus Information