Coronavirus Information and Status at Molloy College

Molloy College Fall 2020 Restart Plan (PDF)
 
New York State Dashboard

 

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well. Here are today's updates:

Post-Thanksgiving

The College will go fully remote beginning November 25th and will operate on a schedule similar to this past summer.  

Since the purpose of going remote as of Thanksgiving is to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will not allow studying, printing, etc. at any Molloy location. Clubs and student events will not be permitted to happen in person at any Molloy location.

If there are extenuating circumstances and a student does not have a safe space to study, etc., please contact Janine Biscari directly to make arrangements.

Please understand that:

  1. All buildings will be locked.
  2. Employees who need to work from their office will need to make an appointment and will be let into their building by a Public Safety Officer upon arrival.
  3. Any use of Molloy facilities by students for academic purposes will be possible only in situations where prior arrangements have been made by your academic program and approved by leadership. Students will be contacted directly by their program director with all pertinent information.

News from New York State

Cluster Zone Updates, Additions: During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo announced several changes to the cluster zones announced last week.

  1. Ozone Park in Queens was added to the Queens cluster yellow zone.
  2. Areas of Far Rockaway, Queens that were designated red and orange are now all designated yellow.
  3. Areas of Brooklyn that were designated orange are now designated yellow; areas designated red remain red.
  4. Broome County’s cluster remains yellow.
  5. Rockland County’s cluster remains designated red and yellow.
  6. Orange County’s cluster remains designated red and yellow. 
  7. A new cluster was identified in Steuben County and designated yellow.
  8. A new cluster was identified in Chemung County and designated orange and yellow.

Click here to see the State’s updated cluster maps. 

Click here to access a tool to check whether a specific address is within a cluster. 

Click here for details on the metrics the State is now using to designate “micro-clusters.”

In Red zones, schools and non-essential businesses must close and non-essential gatherings are prohibited, among other restrictions. In Orange zones, schools must close but most businesses (except gyms, hair salons, personal care services, and other high-risk businesses) may open and gatherings are limited to 10 people. In Yellow zones, schools and all non-essential businesses are permitted to open and gatherings are limited to 25 people. Click here for detailed guidance on the restrictions within clusters. 

Clarification from DOH on Travel Quarantine: The Department of Health provided the following clarification on this week’s travel advisory updates impacting Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania:

  1. As of October 20, 2020, neighboring states, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now meet the criteria for travel restrictions to NYS.
  2. However, due to the interconnected nature of NYS, CT, NJ, and PA – and the volume of workers that travel between states - a quarantine is not practically viable.
  3. Essential workers coming to NYS from CT, NJ, and PA do not need to submit a request for a travel exemption.
  4. No one from CT, NJ or PA has to complete the travel form.
  5. Teachers, school staff, and students from CT, NJ, and PA can go to work at/attend school in NY.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or via our email address, restart20@molloy.edu.

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you.

 

Sincerely, 

The Coronavirus Task Force

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

As a result of the long Columbus Day weekend, we are experiencing a slight uptick in the number of positive cases (7) as well as those individuals under quarantine and isolation (these numbers fluctuate often).  There have been no additional positive cases reported in the last 48 hours.  While these numbers are still relatively small, we wanted this to serve as a reminder to be vigilant in adhering to the safety protocols that have been put in place for students and employees.

Please continue to visit the NYS Dashboard for data that is reported to the State by us on a daily basis.  As a matter of clarity, please refer to the definitions, below, to help explain what you see on the dashboard:

  • Quarantine is defined as a person without symptoms who (1) has been designated as a close or proximate contact to someone known to have COVID-19; OR (2) has traveled internationally from a CDC level 2 or 3 COVID-19 related travel health notice country; OR (3) has traveled from a state impacted by the NYS Travel Advisory.
  • Isolation is defined as (1) a person who has tested positive for COVID-19; (2) a person who is suspected of having COVID-19 and awaiting test results; OR (3) a person who is ill with signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 disease with no alternative diagnosis.

We will continue to keep you up to date as the semester progresses and ask that you continue to follow safety precautions and view the NYS Dashboard daily for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 related cases.  Please know that these numbers fluctuate based on when the cases are reported to when they are no longer active.  We continue to take every precaution to ensure everyone's safety and thank you for all you continue to do to keep us safe by following the safety protocols we have put in place.

Travel Protocol Reminder and Travel Advisory Update

Also, as we approach the holidays, it is important to remember that if you are traveling outside of New York at any time, you need to complete this form.  The Department of Health has issued updated guidance on the state's travel advisory. Click here to read the full guidance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or via our email address, restart20@molloy.edu.  

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

Antigen Testing:

The College is offering antigen testing* for free to Molloy employees, by appointment only, in Public Square 050, on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 13
Wednesday, October 28
Thursday, November 12 

Please sign up herePlease print and complete the attached form, and bring it with you to your testing appointment.

*Antigen testing is a nasal swab test that provides results within 20 minutes. Antigen testing has a 16% false negative rate and a 98% accurate rate on positives.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or via our email address, restart20@molloy.edu.  

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

COVID Alert NY APP

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that the state has launched a new free app to aid with contact tracing. The app, COVID Alert NY, was developed by Google and Apple. When it is downloaded to a user's phone, the app utilizes Bluetooth technology to track the phone's proximity to the phones of other users who have downloaded the app.  If one of those people tests positive for COVID-19, the app contacts anyone who may have been in close contact. Users receive "exposure notifications" informing they may have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus and advising that they contact either their own physician or the state Department of Health. The app also provides information on quarantining and testing.

The app is free and available for both iPhone and Android. Click here for more information.  A document with additional details from the state is also attached.

Per the Governor, the app doesn't record identifying information about users.

Temperature Kiosks and COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire:

Please note:  All daily symptom questionnaires must be submitted by 10am each day you are approved to come to campus.

In addition to wearing masks and practicing social distancing, please remember that completing the COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire and getting your temperature taken at a temperature kiosk is part of a shared, community-wide effort at minimizing the spread of COVID-19.  Please do your part for our college community by completing the questionnaire every day you are coming to campus and getting your temperature taken at a kiosk every day upon arrival.  Building entrances are clearly marked and temperature kiosks are located just inside these entrances.  See map.

Resident students are reminded that they must have their temperature taken twice per day in their residence hall.

If you have trouble filling out the COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire, please ensure that you are entering the correct password.  If you need to reset your password, please go to either the employee password reset page or student password reset page.  If you still have difficulty completing the form after resetting your password, you may contact Jolanta Zuar (jzuar@molloy.edu) for assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or via our email address, restart20@molloy.edu.  

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

COVID-19 Testing

Wednesday, October 7, Baseline Health will conduct PCR Covid-19 diagnostic testing for employees and commuter students at the Molloy College Rockville Centre campus by appointment only.

  • Please use this link to make an appointment.
  • Please note that the mobile unit will be parked in front of Public Safety. 
  • This test will be processed through your insurance. While the first test for an asymptomatic individual should be fully covered, you are advised to contact your insurance carrier in advance to confirm that you will not be responsible for any fees associated with the test. It has been our experience that insurers are only covering the first surveillance test (i.e., test for asymptomatic individuals that have not had close contact with an infected person).
  • Please complete the attached forms and bring them with you to your appointment time along with a photo ID. Availability is limited so please make your appointment in advance.
      

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or via our email address, restart20@molloy.edu.  

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 24, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

Lessing's Food Service

In an effort to increase the speed of receiving your food orders, we highly recommend ordering food online via the Lessing's Café link. This online process will designate a time for you to pick up your food and is a great time saver.

COVID-19 Testing

For next week only, on Monday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 30, anyone who wishes to get a COVID-19 PCR test can have their test administered by Baseline at their Lynbrook site, which is 4 miles from our main campus.  You can register for an appointment using this link.  This location is near the Roller Hockey Rink off of Horton Avenue.

Also, we want to clarify that RVC campus PCR testing (not antibody testing), for employees working at a Molloy location and commuter students with face-to-face classes, will take place on Wednesday, October 7 and will most likely take place every Wednesday thereafter.  The link to sign up for an appointment will be sent out as soon as possible. 

Please note:

  • Tests will be billed through your insurance. While the tests should be fully covered, you are advised to contact your insurance carrier, in advance, to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test. 
  • Due to the limited supply of tests available to us each week, we will only be able to take appointments on a first come, first serve basis.   
  • All resident students will continue to be tested once per week for the remainder of the Fall semester.
     

Temperature Kiosks and COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire

In addition to wearing masks and practicing social distancing, please remember that completing the COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire and getting your temperature taken at a temperature kiosk is part of a shared, community-wide effort at minimizing the spread of COVID-19.  Please do your part for our college community by completing the questionnaire every day you are coming to campus and getting your temperature taken at a kiosk every day upon arrival.  Building entrances are clearly marked and temperature kiosks are located just inside these entrances.  See map.

Resident students are reminded that they must have their temperature taken twice per day in their residence hall.

If you have trouble filling out the COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire, please ensure that you are entering the correct password.  If you need to reset your password, please go to either the employee password reset page or student password reset page.  If you still have difficulty completing the form after resetting your password, you may contact Jolanta Zuar (jzuar@molloy.edu) for assistance.

COVID-19 Dashboard

This is a reminder that a higher education COVID-19 Dashboard has been developed through the New York State Department of Health.  These numbers will be reported by our Health Services Department and will be updated daily. Beginning with the 14-day period starting August 28, 2020 to September 11, 2020, whenever 100 individuals of Molloy's total on-campus population test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the location must immediately (1) transition all in-person learning to remote format(s) and (2) limit on-campus activities for a period of 14 days. A link for accessing this dashboard is now available under the Explore Section of the Coronavirus landing page on our website.

If You become Symptomatic or Someone in Your Home Tests Positive

If you become symptomatic or test positive or someone in your home tests positive, please STAY HOME and contact Health Services at 516.323.3467 or via email at studenthealthservices@molloy.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or by replying to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 22, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

COVID-19 Dashboard

A higher education COVID-19 Dashboard has been developed through the New York State Department of Health.  These numbers will be reported by our Health Services Department and will be updated daily. Beginning with the 14-day period starting August 28, 2020 to September 11, 2020, whenever 100 individuals of Molloy's total on-campus population test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the location must immediately (1) transition all in-person learning to remote format(s) and (2) limit on-campus activities for a period of 14 days. This COVID-19 Dashboard link will also be posted on our website for your convenience.

COVID-19 Testing

Beginning next week, Molloy College will offer testing by appointment for:

  1. employees working at a Molloy location and
  2. commuters with a face-to-face class, by appointment

 
Tests are free with insurance.  Please note that due to the limited supply of tests being made available to us each week, we will only be able to take appointments on a first come, first serve basis.  More information to follow.

All resident students will continue to be tested once per week for the remainder of the Fall semester.

Important Reminders

  1. If you become symptomatic or test positive or someone in your home tests positive, please STAY HOME and contact Health Services at 516.323.3467 or via email at studenthealthservices@molloy.edu.
  2. Please remember to have your temperature taken each day when you come to campus.  As a reminder, you only need to have your temperature taken once upon arrival each day.  Resident students are reminded that they must have their temperature taken twice per day.

    Building entrances are clearly marked and temperature kiosks are located just inside these entrances.  See map.
  3. If you have trouble filling out the COVID-19 Health Questionnaire, please ensure that you are entering the correct password.  If you need to reset your password, please go to either the employee password reset page or student password reset page.  If you still have difficulty completing the form after resetting your password, you may contact Jolanta Zuar (jzuar@molloy.edu) for assistance.
     

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or by replying to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 18, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

COVID-19

We currently have four known positive COVID-19 cases. This number will change as new cases and recoveries are reported.  A daily reporting dashboard is being developed through New York State that will provide up-to-date information on positive cases and the link will be posted on the website as soon as it becomes available. We will notify you when the website has been updated.

Important Reminders

  1. If you become symptomatic or test positive or someone in your home tests positive, please STAY HOME and contact Health Services at 516.323.3467 or via email at studenthealthservices@molloy.edu.
  2. Please be aware of the shuttle schedule, which is located on our website. 
  3. Please remember to have your temperature taken each day when you come to campus.  As a reminder, you only need to have your temperature taken once upon arrival each day.  Resident students are reminded that they must have their temperature taken twice per day.
    Building entrances are clearly marked and temperature kiosks are located just inside these entrances. See map.
  4. If you have trouble filling out the COVID-19 Health Questionnaire, please ensure that you are entering the correct password.  If you need to reset your password, please go to either the employee password reset page or student password reset page.  If you still have difficulty completing the form after resetting your password, you may contact Jolanta Zuar (jzuar@molloy.edu) for assistance.
  5. For your information, clinical students were tested on August 31 and all of our resident students were tested on September 11.  Beginning next week, all resident students will continue to be tested once per week for the remainder of the Fall semester.

Informational Videos

Face Coverings

Temperature Kiosks

Online Ordering Through Lessings

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or by replying to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 16, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.  Here are today's updates:

COVID-19

We currently have four known positive COVID-19 cases at Molloy. This number will change as new cases and recoveries are reported.  A daily reporting dashboard is being developed through New York State that will provide up-to-date information on positive cases and the link will be posted on the website as soon as it becomes available. We will notify you when the website has been updated.

Important Reminders

  1. If you are scheduled to be on campus and are no longer coming, please notify Molly Ballerstein at mballerstein@molloy.edu so that the schedule can be adjusted.
  2. You MUST have your temperature read at a temperature kiosk every day you are on campus.  Resident students must have their temperatures read twice daily.
  3. If you have a Molloy ID card and your name is appearing as "stranger" when you approach a kiosk or the kiosk is logging you as a name other than your own, please contact Joe Kuczyk at jkuczyk@molloy.edu

Informational Videos

Face Coverings

Temperature Kiosks

Online Ordering Through Lessings

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or by replying to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 13, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Community,

Health Services has been notified that a resident student has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • To respect the privacy of the individual, they will remain anonymous. The individual did not attend a face to face class at any Molloy location.
  • The affected student has been brought to an isolation space on campus.
  • All spaces in which the student was present in the halls have been disinfected. 
  • The Department of Health will notify anyone who may have been exposed to the individual who tested positive, and give further instructions for required next steps.
  • Molloy has separate dedicated space in the residence halls for on-campus students to complete isolation periods, meeting all public health guidelines.

We are taking all necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community, in keeping with federal and state regulations. Together, we can ensure the Fall 2020 semester is safe and successful.

Please, do your part by wearing a face covering in all public spaces, social distancing, frequently washing your hands and tracking your symptoms daily.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or by replying to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 10, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Community,

We hope you are all doing well.   

COVID-19 Testing 

All resident students were required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to their move-in date. We are speaking with another testing company regarding regular and systematic testing for residents for the remainder of the semester, and we hope to finalize that in the near future.  

Currently, Molloy has two positive cases, both students, who were tested prior to the beginning of the Fall semester.  They are currently under quarantine.  We will be providing information to our community regarding the number of COVID-19 infections via a dashboard that is being developed to keep everyone informed and up-to-date regarding possible cases.  

Temperature Kiosks/Symptom Questionnaire 

As you may recall, the College has installed temperature kiosks in all buildings on the Rockville Centre campus, 30 Hempstead, and the Suffolk Center. Everyone who has a face-to-face class or is approved to work at a Molloy location, including students, faculty and staff, must go to a kiosk upon arrival each day to have their temperature read.  Additionally, everyone going to a Molloy location MUST complete the daily COVID-19 symptom questionnaire at www.molloy.edu/cq prior to arrival on campus. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or by replying to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 3, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Employees,

We hope everyone is well. 

Here is today's update:

Safety Precautions and Protocols

Safety precautions and protocols have been put in place for our protection and are included in the attached document, which will also be posted on the website. 

Revised Campus Map

Please refer to the campus map for marked entrances and exits to all buildings at the Rockville Centre location. Entrances have a thermometer icon and temperature kiosks are right inside each of these entrances. 

Covid Safety Precautions and Protocols (PDF)

Map of Campus Building Entrances and Temperature Kiosks (PDF)

Please continue to check our website, the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 pages, and the CDC to find the most up to date information and news regarding the coronavirus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or reply to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

September 2, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Molloy Employees,

We hope everyone is well.  We are looking forward to welcoming our students when classes begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

As we begin the Fall 2020 semester, everyone in the Molloy community is expected to share responsibility for helping to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Employees are empowered to be responsible for the health and well-being of their colleagues and our community. 

Maintaining a clean desk and work environment is imperative to aid in the cleaning and disinfecting measures the College is undertaking as part of our plan to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This communication will outline how workspaces should be maintained going forward. 

At the end of every day, the College expects all employees to take the time to clean and disinfect their desk. Please complete the attached form to order wipes or hand sanitizer for your office.

Regular office cleaning by the College custodial staff will continue as before with trash removal, dusting, and vacuuming on a regular basis. Custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect common areas, hallways, etc. and will also be utilizing electrostatic disinfectant foggers every night on commonly touched surfaces.

Best Practices Checklist

Please follow the guidance, below, compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and manufacturers to safely and properly clean and disinfect your desk area.

Please continue to check our website, the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 pages, and the CDC to find the most up to date information and news regarding the coronavirus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janine Biscari at (516) 323-3457 or reply to this email. 

Our goal continues to be keeping our community safe and informed. Stay connected. Stay calm. Be well. Know we are here for you. 

Sincerely,  

The Coronavirus Task Force

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