February 16, 2021

Dear Maritime College Community,

Here are the current summaries for COVID positive rates (current and 7-day rolling average):

 

7 Day Rolling Average

Change from Previous Week

NY State

3.8%

-0.7%

NY City

4.5%

-0.6%

Long Island

4.8%

-0.7%

Bronx

6.4%

-0.4%

SUNY-Wide

0.4%

0.0%

Maritime College

1.0%

-1.2%

Last week, out of 1235 surveillance tests Maritime College had 12 positive results (1.0%).  This compares to 2.2% the previous week and 0.7% two weeks before.  Eleven (11) positive tests were from students, 1 from an employee.  Currently, 36 students are in quarantine/isolation on and off-campus.  This includes students in precautionary quarantine who came in contact with and were potentially exposed to others who were infected.

We have significantly expanded the number of quarantine/isolation rooms on campus from 14 to 32 by allowing residential 1/C cadets to transition to Day Student status to reside off-campus this semester and consolidating rooms.

ALTHOUGH THE RATES ARE DOWN, WE CAN’T LET OUR GUARD DOWN.  We have 8 weeks of instruction left and are 10 weeks away from Summer Sea TermAs a community, we must continue to do all we can to protect ourselves and othersThe decreased number of positive results are an important reminder that our protocols are working: wear a face mask properly on and off-campus, social distance, frequently sanitize/wash your hands, avoid gatherings (large and small), and ensure no visitors or students other than the room’s occupants are in a dorm room.  If we do not contain the virus's spread on campus, we jeopardize the opportunity to hold our much anticipated Summer Sea Term. 

ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES MUST BE TESTED EVERY WEEK per SUNY requirements.  Please schedule your COVID-19 testing appointment here.  If you have received the COVID-19 vaccination, you must still be tested every week and continue to wear a mask, social distance and practice proper hygiene.

THIS SEMESTER, 25 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE JUDICIAL PROCESS FOR FAILURE TO ADHERE TO COVID PROTOCOLS, including not participating in weekly testing, not wearing a face mask, not social distancing, being in a dorm room other than your own, or irresponsible social behavior.   

Thank you to all those who have used the hotline to report violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols and submit concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19.  You may contact the hotline at covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or 718-409-5985.  All reports are kept confidential.  We appreciate your reports and feedback.

Continue to make smart choices on and off-campus, inside and outside the classroom.  Together, we can do this!

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

February 10, 2021

Dear Maritime College Community,

Here are the current summaries for COVID positive rates (current and 7-day rolling average):

 

Current

7 Day Rolling Average

NY State

4.0%

4.5%

NY City

4.8%

5.1%

Long Island

5.1%

5.5%

Bronx

7.6%

6.8%

SUNY-Wide

0.4%

0.4%

Last week, Maritime College had 24 positive results out of 1097 surveillance tests (2.2%).  This compares to 0.7% the previous week and 0.9% two weeks before.  Last week, all positive tests were from students.  Currently, 37 students are in quarantine/isolation (including students in precautionary quarantine who came in contact with and were potentially exposed to infected students). 

As testing has increased (100% of students and staff weekly), we have experienced a rise in the number of positive test results.  To accommodate the growing number of students who must quarantine/isolate, we need to expand the number of quarantine/isolation rooms on campus.  We are currently at capacity and have made arrangements to utilize residential dormitory rooms at another NYC SUNY campus temporarily.  We are allowing residential 1/C cadets to transition to Day Student status to reside off-campus in order to consolidate rooms and increase quarantine/isolation room capacity.

WE MUST, AS A COMMUNITY, CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF POSITIVE COVID CASES.  These increased numbers are an important reminder that we all must follow the protocols: wearing a face mask properly on campus, social distancing, sanitizing/washing your hands frequently, and avoiding gatherings (large and small).  Our contact tracing, as well as CDC studies, show that activities outside of the classroom are the biggest spreaders on a college campus.  To date, the classrooms have not been the cause of the spread.  If we do not contain the virus's spread on campus, we jeopardize the opportunity to hold our much anticipated Summer Sea Term.  If positivity rates continue to increase, stricter measures will be implemented.

ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES MUST BE TESTED EVERY WEEK per SUNY requirements. Please schedule your COVID-19 testing appointment here.  The number of testing stations has been increased from two to eight to accommodate the increased testing requirements. 

Students who do not adhere to the College protocols and requirements will be referred to the judicial process with sanctions up to and including possible suspension from the College with no refund.   This includes not participating in weekly testing, not wearing a face mask, not social distancing, being in a dorm room other than your own, or irresponsible social behavior.  Students who are suspended this semester will not have access to the campus or be permitted to participate in classes (face-to-face or remotely).  License students suspended this semester will be unable to meet the requirements for SST.

Thank you to all those who have used the hotline to report violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols and submit concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19.  You may contact the hotline at covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or 718-409-5985.  All reports are kept confidential.  We appreciate your reports and feedback.

To avoid additional and more stringent COVID measures, we need to hold ourselves and each other to a higher standard in the classroom, outside of the classroom, on-campus, and off-campus.  

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

february 1, 2021

Dear Maritime College Community,

The good news is that New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days.  Here are the current summaries for COVID positive rates (current and 7-day rolling average):

 

Current

7-Day Rolling Average

NY State

4.4%

5.2%

NY City

4.6%

5.2%

Long Island

5.5%

6.3%

Bronx

6.7%

6.8%

SUNY-Wide

2.1%

0.3%

Last week, Maritime College had 5 positive results from 677 surveillance testing (0.73 %).  Currently, 6 students are in quarantine/isolation on-campus and 12 off-campus.

While the COVID-19 positivity rate is low off campus and is less than 1% on campus for the past two weeks, it is important we all continue to strictly adhere to the COVID protocols in order to continue with face-to-face instruction on campus.

The College will curtail COVID-19 testing on Monday and Tuesday due to the snowstorm.  Additional information regarding testing rescheduling this week is forthcoming.  Please monitor your email.

As a reminder, we all need to continue to adhere to the strict protocols on proper facemask wearing, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and practicing proper hygiene.  A facemask has no effect on you or others if you remove it while talking or wear it below your nose. 

Thank you to all those who have used the hotline to report violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols and provide concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19.  You may contact the hotline at covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or 718-409-5985.  All reports are kept confidential.  We appreciate your reports and feedback.

Wear your mask (correctly), keep a positive attitude, and test negative.  We can do this together!

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

january 25, 2021

Dear Maritime College Community,

Here are the current summaries for COVID positive rates (current and 7-day rolling average):

  • NY State:  5.1%, 7-day aveg 6.0%

  • NY City:  4.9%, 7-day avg 5.7%

  • Long Island: 6.0%, 7-day avg 7.0%

  • Bronx: 7.3%, 7-day avg 7.3%

Over the past three weeks, we have brought students back to campus in a phased approach.  All students were required to complete a 7-day precautionary self-quarantine, submit a health attestation (CampusClear), and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.  This last measure was extremely important.  Over the past two weeks, we conducted 786 tests, which yielded 7 positive results (0.89%).  Not included in these numbers are the 22 positive results from off-campus student testing (which prevented their return).  Today, 23 students are under quarantine, including 7 on campus. 

Our return to campus protocols helped create a “bubble” at Martime College.  The challenge now is to maintain this bubble for the next 11 weeks of face-to-face instruction.

To successfully keep the virus off the campus, it is essential that we all follow the protocols regarding face masks, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.  A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education provided the five biggest lessons about the coronavirus on college campuses:

  1. With precautions in place, classrooms and other formal on-campus spaces are not important vectors of viral spread.  This is especially true if everyone follows the protocols.

  2. Off-campus social gatherings are the top drivers of coronavirus at colleges.  Gatherings do not necessarily have to be large – small gatherings can quickly fuel the spread.

  3. Residence halls can also promote spread when students gather in groups or do not practice good hygiene.  

  4. College student outbreaks can lead to infections and deaths among more vulnerable people.  It is not just about students.  It is also about vulnerable family and community members.

  5. Entry and surveillance testing are critical, thus the reason for mandatory testing.

In accordance with SUNY policy, we will increase the frequency of testing students, faculty, and staff.  Starting Monday, February 1, all students and employees are required to be tested each week. This is not optional.  Students who fail to undergo testing will be referred to the judicial process and face potential sanctions outlined in the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  If you previously tested positive or been vaccinated, please contact health services for guidance.

As members of the Maritime College community, we each hold a shared responsibility to do our part in minimizing the risk of exposing ourselves and others to COVID-19.  Let’s make every effort to stay safe, healthy and keep the virus off our campus this semester.

To report any violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your reports and feedback.

Wear your masks, keep well and let’s make it through April.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President 
 

november 23, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, out of 881 tests for COVID-19, three tested positive (0.34%).  Over the past two weeks, our Health Services conducted over 1,700 COVID tests to comply with the SUNY testing requirement for all students to be tested prior to Thanksgiving.  I appreciate those employees who were tested over the past two weeks either on or off-campus. Thanks to all who participated in testing and for keeping you, your family, friends, community, and our campus safe.

Students who fail to be tested are being referred to the judicial process and face potential sanctions as outlined in the SUNY Uniform Sanctions policy.

Maritime College has administered 4,553 tests this academic year to date and had a total of 19 positive tests (0.42%). SUNY system-wide (64 campuses) has administered over half-a-million tests with a 0.51% positive test result rate.

Just because you are now home, don’t assume that you are safe from the virus. The seven day rolling average for percent of positive infections is now at its highest point since the end of June.  The virus does not care whether you are home or with family and friends.  Follow the guidelines regarding small gatherings (less than 10 people), wear face coverings, practice good hygiene, social distance, and avoid places known to be key sources for spreading the virus: restaurants, bars, gyms, and private home gatherings. 

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 2.9% (0.0%)
  • Regional (New York City): 2.5% (+0.0%)
  • County (Bronx): 3.3%  (+0.60%)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 77,766
  • Total Positive Tests: 427
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.55% (-0.16%)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered:  842
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 2
  • Percent of On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0.34% (+0.04)
  • Total Off-Campus Tests: 39
  • Total Off-Campus Positives: 1
  • Total On and Off-Campus Tests 881
  • Total On and Off-Campus Positives: 3
  • Percent of On-and Off-Campus Positives: 0.34% (-0.02)

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Last week, four students were referred to the judicial process to face possible sanctions for violating the College's COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 44 students have been referred. 

To report any violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

November 16, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, out of 829 students tested for COVID-19, three tested positive (0.36%).   The students were quickly isolated and another five were placed in quarantine due to contact with those who tested positive.  Whether you are studying with a classmate or socializing with family and friends, protect yourself, fellow students, faculty, staff, friends and family.  Wear your facemask, social distance, practice good hygiene, and avoid large and small gatherings.

Please be reminded that SUNY requires ALL students to be tested before November 20.  Students who fail to be tested will be referred to the judicial process and face potential sanctions as outlined in the SUNY Uniform Sanctions policy.  Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of this testing.

It is equally important that you do not bring the virus to campus after Thanksgiving.  Newly reported COVID-19 cases in New York and New Jersey have nearly doubled in just the last week, reflecting a national trend.  Consequently, the governor announced new restrictions.  These are intended to slow the virus's spread from the key sources: restaurants, bars, gyms and private home gatherings.  More information on the restrictions is available here.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 2.9% (+0.90%)
  • Regional (New York City): 2.5% (+0.8%)
  • County (Bronx): 2.7%  (+0.60%)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 67,085
  • Total Positive Tests: 476
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.71% (+.18%)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 827
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0.12% (-0.50)
  • Total Off-Campus Positive Tests: 2
  • Total On and Off-Campus Positives: 3
  • Total On and Off-Campus Tests 829
  • Percent of On-and Off-Campus Positives: 0.36%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Last week, no students were referred to the judicial process to face possible sanctions for violating the College's COVID health and safety protocols (first time since the beginning of the year). 

To report any violations of the College's COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

November 9, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, out of 485 students who were tested for COVID-19, three tested positive (0.62%).  

With only two weeks of classes remaining before transition to remote instruction, we must continue to strictly adhere to our health and safety protocols: properly wear your mask, social distance, practice good hygiene, and avoid large gatherings.  This is especially important since the COVID-19 positivity rates for New York State, New York City, the Bronx, and Long Island have increased over the past two weeks.  We are monitoring the situation closely to determine what additional preventative measures we should put in place.

Starting this week, we will be testing all students (residential and commuter) before the Thanksgiving break as required by SUNY administration.  Each student will receive an email from Maritime College Student Health Services with information regarding appointment scheduling and pre-testing requirements. ALL students must schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19 prior to November 20.  Employees are also encouraged to schedule a test prior to departing campus.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 2.0% (+0.5)
  • Regional (New York City): 1.7 (+0.02)%
  • County (Bronx): 2.1%  (+0.03)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 53,027
  • Total Positive Tests: 278
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.53% (+29%)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 470
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 5
  • Percent of On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0.62% (-0.44)

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Over the past week, six students were referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 40 students have been referred.  All students should review the SUNY Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  The policy, issued this past September, details a list of sanctions ranging from housing suspension for no less than one calendar year to dismissal, which will leave the respondent ineligible for a refund of tuition, room, board, or fees and responsible for all amounts owed.

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

November 2, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Unfortunately, last week there was an uptick in COVID-19 cases, with 5 students testing positive out of a total 470 on-campus tests (1.06%).  Additionally, three people who took tests off campus tested positive.  Isolation, quarantine and contact tracing protocols are being followed for those who tested positive.

New York State, New York City, the Bronx, and Long Island have all shown increases in the positivity rate since last week.  We are monitoring the situation closely to determine what additional preventative measures we should put in place.  This increase serves as a clear reminder that we must strictly adhere to our health and safety protocols if we are to continue in-person instruction until the Thanksgiving break.  Properly wear your mask, social distance, practice good hygiene and avoid large gatherings.  These are actions we all need to take seriously.

Over the next few days, students will receive information regarding mandatory testing prior to departing campus for the Thanksgiving break.  As required by SUNY, ALL students (residents and commuters) MUST be tested before November 20.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)
  • NY State: 1.5% (+0.02)
  • Regional (New York City): 1.5 (+0.02)%
  • County (Bronx): 1.8%  (+0.06)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 48552
  • Total Positive Tests: 110
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.23% (-0.11)

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Days):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 470
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 5
  • Percent On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 1.06% (+0.79)

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

This week, 3 students were referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 34 students have been referred.  All students should review the SUNY Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  The policy details a list of sanctions ranging from housing suspension for no less than one calendar year to dismissal, which will leave the respondent ineligible for a refund of tuition, room, board, or fees and responsible for all amounts owed.

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President

 

october 26, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week we completed our fourth week of pooled surveillance testing in which 1646 tests have been administered with two positive test results identified (0.12%). 

I want to thank each of you who are doing your part to follow all the COVID-19 protocols: wearing facemasks, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and making smart choices/decisions on and off-campus.  Given the growing number of positive cases and hospitalizations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, we must redouble our efforts and strictly adhere to our health and safety protocols if we are to continue in-person instruction until the Thanksgiving break.  Once we reach Thanksgiving, we can then transition to remote classes as a prudent and pre-emptive health and safety measure in light of current and anticipated future conditions.

Unfortunately, student adherence to safety protocols remains an issue.  There has been a recent increase in the number of students referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  To date, 31 students have been referred, 14 of whom were referred last week.  I urge students to take this matter seriously and strongly recommend all students review the SUNY Policy on Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations.  The policy details a list of sanctions ranging from housing suspension for no less than one calendar year to dismissal, which will leave the respondent ineligible for a refund of tuition, room, board, or fees and responsible for all amounts owed.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are monitoring the  NY State and NYC hot spots.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 42,605
  • Total Positive Tests: 146
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.34%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Day):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 370
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.27%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your reports and feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

October 13, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

For the second week in a row, we conducted over 400 tests, and I am again pleased to report that out of the 439 Campus administered tests, we had no positive results.  However, we received the report of a positive case from a test administered off-campus.  The student was placed in isolation and five students are under mandatory quarantine due to contact.  

The coronavirus pandemic is worsening across the country.  Thirty-three states saw their caseloads increase this week.  As we approach mid-semester, it is essential that we continue to follow all the COVID-19 protocols: wear facemasks, practice social distancing and good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and make smart choices/decisions on and off campus.  If we all do our part, I believe we can make it to the Thanksgiving break.  We will then transition to remote classes as a prudent and pre-emptive health and safety measure in light of current and anticipated future conditions.  Please refer to the notification emailed last week and posted on our COVID-19 webpage for further information.

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).  We are aware of the recently identified NYC hot spots and continue to carefully monitor metrics for these regions.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Rolling 7 Days)
  • Total Tests: 35,689
  • Total Positive Tests: 150
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.43%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (Rolling 7 Day):
  • Total On-Campus Tests Administered: 439
  • Total On-Campus Administered COVID Positive Tests: 0
  • Total Off-Campus Administered Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests (On and Off Campus): 0.23%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

Since the start of the academic year, 17 students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

October 5, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Dear Campus Community,

Last week was a significant moment for Maritime College as we substantially increased our testing capability with pooled surveillance testing.  I am very pleased to report that none of the 438 pooled tests or 2 PCR tests collected by Health Services returned positive.  Over the past 14 days, one positive test was confirmed from over 527 tests (0.19% positive rate) conducted. 

At this time, it is critical that we do not become complacent, but continue following all the COVID-19 protocols.  In a recent Johns Hopkins University study on mask wearing, researchers concluded that wearing a mask not only protects other people, but also the person wearing the mask.  While the success we have achieved thus far is a testament of your vigilance and compliance with the established COVID safety protocols, we must all remain diligient; wear face masks, practice social distancing and good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and make smart choices/decisions on and off campus. 

Here are summaries of the COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average):

Note:  All stats remain below the NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%). We are aware of the recently identified NYC hot spots and continue to carefully monitor metrics for this region.

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Sep 20 – Oct 3)
  • Total Tests: 57,676
  • Total Positive Tests: 270
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.47%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (14 days Sep 20 – Oct 3):
  • Total Campus Tests Administered: 527
  • Total Campus COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.19%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

With the ramp-up from 50 tests to over 400 tests in a single week,  we understand there were some challenges with scheduling.  We have made adjustments and hope this will improve the flow and reduce wait times.  Thank you for your patience and suggestions on how to improve the testing process.

Since the start of the academic year, 17 students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions, and appreciate your feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
            

September 28, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

We are starting our fourth week of on-campus instruction.  While we have maintained a strong track record thus far (see metrics below), we must continue to be VIGILANT and adhere to our strict protocols.  EVERYONE needs to wear a mask whenever they are outside their dorm room or office, practice social distancing whenever possible, and not attend any social gatherings where social distancing and wearing of face-coverings is not taking place.  Reckless and irresponsible behavior of just one person puts us all at risk.  We all need to be part of a collective effort to keep the campus SAFE.  Let’s all make SMART decisions and keep the virus off our campus.

Here are summaries of COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average):

Note:  All stats remain below NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).

  1. SUNY-Wide Metrics (Sept 13-26)
  • Total Tests: 48,436
  • Total Positive Tests: 222
  • Percent of Positive Tests: 0.5%

The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (14 days Sept 13 - 26):
  • Total Campus Tests Administered: 157
  • Total Campus COVID Positive Tests: 1
  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.6%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100). 

As announced last week, pooled surveillance testing will begin this week.  Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory for all students and UUP and CSEA employees.  Students who decline to participate will not be allowed access to any community area (classrooms, labs, Mess Deck) or permitted to attend any on-campus classes or activities.  Employees who decline will be referred to the Office of Human Resource Services.

Since the start of the academic year, nine students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  We continue to receive many concerns and useful suggestions and appreciate your feedback.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

september 21, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

In an effort to keep you informed about the current COVID-19 status on and around our campus, here are summaries of COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent of COVID Positive Tests (7-day rolling average)

  • NY State: 0.9%

  • Regional (New York City): 1.0%

  • County (Bronx): 0.7%

Note:  All stats remain below NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker (14 days Sept 6 - 19):

  • Total Campus Tests Administered: 126

  • Total Positives for Campus: 1

  • Percent of COVID Positive Tests: 0.7%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100).  The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

While our numbers are favorable, this is no time to become complacent.  We must continue to adhere to our strict protocols.  EVERYONE needs to wear a mask whenever they are outside their dorm room or office, practice social distancing whenever possible, and avoid large gatherings where social distancing and wearing of face-coverings is not taking place.  We all need to be part of a collective effort to keep the campus SAFE.  Let’s all make SMART decisions.

Since the start of the academic year, seven students have been referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  To date, we have received many concerns and useful suggestions.  We appreciate your feedback.

As a reminder, participation in surveillance testing is mandatory.  Students who decline to participate will not be allowed access to any community area (classrooms, labs, Mess Deck) or permitted to attend any on-campus classes or activities. 

Also, we recently updated our Restart Plan for on-campus operations to include:

  • Updated health screening protocols for students, employees, and visitors and processes to be followed if a student or employee tests positive (Appendix A, Section 1)

  • Updated information regarding internal and external dashboards and metrics (Appendix A, Section 2)

  • Maritime College COVID safety email and hotline (Appendix A, Section 3)

  • A new appendix, which includes our COVID-19 testing plan. (Appendix H)

Wear a mask, be safe, and be smart.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President
 

September 14, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Update

In an effort to keep you informed about the current COVID-19 status on and around our campus, here are summaries of COVID-19 Dashboards with links that provide additional details:

  1. External Metrics- Percent Positive (7-day rolling average)

Note:  All stats remain below NYS Department of Health guidance for educational institutions to open (<5%).

  1. Internal Campus COVID-19 Case Tracker for period 1 August to 11 September

  • Total Campus Administered Tests: 263

  • Total Positives from Campus: 5

  • Percent Positives: 1.90%

Note: Numbers are below SUNY guidelines for changing to remote instruction (100).  The SUNY COVID Case Tracker dashboard offers more information.

Last week four students were referred to the Student Affairs Judicial Process to face possible sanctions for violating the College’s COVID health and safety protocols.  EVERYONE needs to wear a mask whenever they are outside their dorm room or office, practice social distancing whenever possible, and avoid large gatherings where social distancing and wearing of face-coverings is not taking place.  EVERYONE needs to be part of a collective effort to keep the campus SAFE.  Let’s all make SMART decisions.

As a reminder, participation in surveillance testing is mandatory.  Students who decline to participate will not be allowed access to any community area (classrooms, labs, Mess Deck) or permitted to attend any on-campus classes or activities. 

To report any violations of the College’s COVID health and safety protocols, or if you have concerns/suggestions regarding COVID-19, please email covidsafety@sunymaritime.edu or call the hotline (718-409-5985).  To date, we have received many concerns and useful suggestions.  We appreciate your feedback.

Wear a mask, be safe, and be smart.

RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
President