COVID-19 Task Force Update
March 2, 2022
Dear Cabrini community,
I hope this update finds you healthy and safe. Spring is around the corner!
I want to thank you again for your adherence to the continued on-campus mitigation efforts undertaken this semester. You have been diligent in mask wearing, handwashing, and social distancing, and our positive case numbers have decreased and remained low.
You may have seen Friday’s update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Due to overall decreasing positive COVID-19 cases and increased immunity, the CDC created COVID-19 Community Levels: “high” (orange), “medium” (yellow), and “low” (green), which are based on used hospital beds, hospital admissions, and total number of new COVID-19 cases in a particular area.
Cabrini University will continue to follow CDC guidelines, as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic. Because Delaware County is currently in a medium-risk area (CDC only recommends masks in high-risk areas), and because we have experienced this same low case count and increased immunity, effective immediately masks will not be required on campus—including indoor and outdoor spaces. CDC mask guidance remains in place for specific circumstances related to coronavirus exposure, including, quarantine and isolation situations.
We recognize that each person’s comfort level and circumstance differ, and if you choose to continue to wear your mask on campus, please know that your decision to remain masked is supported by our community.
As the COVID-19 Task Force still meets, we will continue to update you, as needed, with new information and any changes to COVID-19 Community Levels.
January 20, 2022 (Updated Campus Mask Guidance)
Dear Cabrini students, faculty, and professional staff,
Spring 2022 – Update #2
Students: As a reminder, please share this and all related communications with your parents/guardians.
Way to go, Cabrini! We had a strong response just one week after the announcement was made regarding the booster requirement. Thank you!
I’ve started filming “60-second update” videos to give you quick information. Take a look when you have a minute!
As a reminder, all students and employees need to complete the Vaccination Update form. More information about the vaccine and booster requirement, including exemptions, can be found at: https://www.cabrini.edu/covid/campus-covid-19-protocols/vaccine-requirement
- All employees who have become vaccinated since completing the previous vaccination survey, all new employees, or those who completed a booster dose should complete the “Employee Vaccination Update” form and upload your new or updated vaccination card. If you are getting your booster soon, please complete the survey immediately afterwards.
- All students who have become vaccinated since completing the previous vaccination survey, all new students, or those who completed a booster dose should complete the “Student Vaccination Update” form and upload your new or updated vaccination card. If you are getting your booster soon, please complete the survey immediately afterwards.
Our booster clinic is set for Friday, February 4, 2022, from 8-11am. Students are being given priority registration through Sunday, January 23, 2022, and we ask all employees to wait to sign up until Monday, January 24, 2022. The link for the clinic and a link for finding other vaccination locations can be found at https://www.cabrini.edu/covid. Sign up and advance paperwork is required; the paperwork will be sent to you once you are signed up. Please do not wait to use our clinic if you have the opportunity to receive your booster sooner at another location.
Masks remain a requirement for all indoor settings on campus. We’ve come to learn that the Omicron variant for COVID-19 is more easily transmissible than previous versions of COVID-19 and that upgrading your protection is an important step in keeping you and others from being infected. While N95 and KN95/94 masks provide the most protection, you may not be able to purchase them at this time. However, there are things you can do to upgrade your own masks.
- Double, or even triple, your current mask.
- If you wear a cloth mask, insert a Kleenex tissue into the filter pocket.
While it is not a requirement that you upgrade your masks, we encourage the use of these more protective masks on campus. The federal government has announced that it will supply 400 million free N95 masks through local pharmacies and community centers, beginning in February. Until then, please consider upgrading your masks as you are able.
Be Cabrinian. Be kind. Exercise self-care. Have a great week, and I’ll have another update out to you soon!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you have suggestions for future updates. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Stephen M. Rupprecht, EdD
Dean of Students
Chair, COVID-19 Task Force