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Stronger Together Update (July 20, 2021)

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Stronger togetherSUNY Guidance and the Chancellor’s ‘Take a Shot’ Message

On Friday, July 9, SUNY published a news release focused on the full reopening of campuses and return to a ‘more traditional college experience’ this fall. In it, you’ll find links to:

  • Chancellor Jim Malatras’ USA Today Network Op-Ed: SUNY students need the vaccine. Don’t pass up a shot at normalcy.
  • Details on SUNY’s 30-Day Vax Challenge for unvaccinated students: Don’t Wait. Get Vaccinated Now Before Returning to Campus this Fall.
  • Latest SUNY COVID-19 guidance (updated July 8): Please take a moment to review this document from SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. While it provides general guidance, it is important to note that protocols may be different depending on your affiliation with Stony Brook. If you are a Stony Brook Medicineemployee, testing and screening requirements are still in effect, and mask guidance and physical distancing are also required for these employees, regardless of your vaccination status (please see detailed information below).

Fully Vaccinated? Let Us Know!

Stony Brook University West Campus employees, Stony Brook Southampton employees, HSC faculty and staff, School of Medicine staff, and all other employees in a non-healthcare setting:

  • Please log onto SOLAR to submit your vaccination status, which will allow you to take advantage of more relaxed COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated individuals outlined in the updated SUNY guidance above. Click here for instructions.

 SBU Resident Students COVID Vaccine Requirement

A new health policy update requires all students planning to live on campus as residential students in the Fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated, with limited exceptions. Read more here.

If You Haven’t Already … Please Affirm You’ve Read and Will Follow GOER Guidance

If you are a Stony Brook University Hospital employee and haven’t already done so, please log in to the Learning Management System (LMS) to review and affirm the document. As stated, those who work in healthcare agencies must continue to wear PPE as prescribed by your position, and follow other guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that are specific to healthcare settings.

For all other Stony Brook State employees in a non-healthcare setting, you must read the document, Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, then affirm you have read and understand your obligation to follow this guidance and its provisions. Click here for instructions on how to access this document in SOLAR. 

Who Needs to Test Weekly and Who Doesn’t

If you are an employee working onsite at the hospital, you are still required to participate in weekly COVID surveillance testing, even if you have already received the COVID vaccine. Testing takes place in the Health Sciences Galleria on Level 3 Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45 am – 3:15 pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:45 am – 5:00 pm.

 Stony Brook University West Campus employees, Stony Brook Southampton employees, HSC faculty and staff, School of Medicine staff, and all other employees in a non-healthcare setting: The latest NYS and SUNY COVID-19 guidance no longer requires surveillance pooled testing every week if you are fully vaccinated and have shared your vaccination status. Most vaccinated employees will be tested approximately once a month, receiving email notification when scheduled for testing. If you are not fully vaccinated and/or have not shared your full vaccination status with us, you will still be required to test weekly.

 Mask Guidance at Stony Brook University Hospital

When you are in the hospital, regardless of your vaccination status, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. This includes:

  • All patient-care/patient-facing areas and public spaces, including the hospital lobby and all other hallways and common areas where you can encounter patients.
  • While you are in the hospital cafeteria.
    • NOTE: You may only remove your mask in the cafeteria when you are actively eating or drinking and must remain at least six feet apart from others. Drinking or eating while walking in restricted areas is prohibited.
  • When in the sitting areas of The Brook, by Jamba Juice and in Panera. Again, you are allowed to remove your mask only when actively eating or drinking and must continue to practice social distancing.
  • When you are walking from the Health Sciences Tower and entering the hospital.


NOTE: If you work in an office located in the hospital with another person, regardless of your vaccination status, you must wear a mask or remain at least six feet apart. If you are alone in your office, you do not need to be masked.

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