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Current Marist College COVID-19 Alert Level: GREEN

For information on all cases in Dutchess County, please click here.

Last updated 5/7/2021

Mandatory Pre-Arrival Testing

The first component of our testing strategy is our mandatory pre-arrival testing protocol developed by the College for the Fall 2020 semester. Prior to any travel to campus for the Spring 2021 semester, all students were required to take a PCR COVID-19 test and submit those results to Marist Health Services. Over 4,000 tests were submitted in this fashion, and over 300 positive results recorded. Only students with negative COVID-19 tests or those medically cleared by Health Services were authorized to travel to campus.

Mandatory Arrival Testing

The second component of our strategy is our mandatory arrival testing protocol. Upon arrival to campus, all students had to participate in COVID-19 PCR testing the first week on campus. This testing occurred through March 7th, 2021. The results illustrate a very low positivity rate of 0.39%. The specific data are as follows:

  Spring 2021
Total Tests Conducted Upon Arrival 5,398
Tested Positive 21
Positivity Rate 0.39%

Mandatory Testing throughout the Semester

The third component of our testing protocol is ongoing testing throughout the semester beginning on March 8th, 2021. This has two elements. The first is mandatory surveillance testing, which is required for all students, faculty, and staff who have access to campus. The total population of the campus will be tested once every two weeks through the term. This cycle- 50 % of the campus each week- is twice the threshold required by New York State mandatory pause guidance for colleges and universities (available here). The second element of our protocol is mandatory testing as directed by our medical staff. This will include testing of symptomatic individuals, close contacts of confirmed positives, as well as mandated activity­based testing (e.g. athletics). From March 8th, 2021 onward, the results of these tests and cases from external testing that the College is made aware of will be updated each weekday, and are tabulated below.

Data as of 5/7/2021

  Spring 2021
Total Tests Conducted 20,364
Total Cases 663
Employees 10
Students 653
   
Total Active Cases 3
At Home/Off Campus 1
On-Campus Isolation Space 2
   
Marist 7 Day Positivity Rate* 0.31%
Dutchess County 7 Day Positivity Rate ---
*7 day rolling average of the percent of Marist conducted tests that have a positive result.  

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Marist Testing Strategy

Marist College will utilize a multi-phase testing program to monitor COVID-19 during the Spring 2021 semester.  

Pre-arrival Testing: Prior to arrival on campus, all new and returning on-campus students were required to show proof of a molecular PCR COVID-19 test.

Arrival Testing: All on-campus students, faculty, and staff were required to attend mandatory pooled testing upon arrival to campus or during the first week of on-ground classes.

Medically Directed Testing: The College utilizes expedited PCR testing through Westchester Medical Center of symptomatic individuals and close contacts of positive cases, and any others as directed by our medical staff.

Surveillance Testing: In order to monitor community occurrence of COVID-19, the College is using pooled surveillance PCR testing through a partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical Center.  This program has been designed using Marist College expertise in the School of Science, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, and the Marist Institute of Public Opinion.
 

Definition of terms:

Isolation: Separation of COVID-19 positive individuals from the healthy population. Release from isolation is dependent upon symptoms and requires approval of a licensed health care provider.

Close contact: Close contacts are determined by a medical professional. Typically, this includes anyone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more, regardless of mask wearing.

Quarantine: Separation of individuals who are close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case from the healthy population. Quarantine also applies to individuals who have recently traveled to a restricted state. Quarantined individuals who are close contacts will be tested for COVID-19. Quarantined individuals who have traveled from a restricted area will be tested on a case-by-case basis. Quarantined individuals who test positive are required to go into isolation (see above). All quarantined individuals who test negative are still required to complete the full 14-day quarantine period. Release from quarantine is dependent on lack of symptoms and requires approval of a licensed health care provider.

Precautionary quarantine: Precautionary quarantine is an extra measure taken to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 in a congregate living situation. This refers to the temporary quarantine of individuals who have proximity to someone who is awaiting a test result of a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a threshold that says if the 14 day rolling count of COVID cases among students, faculty, and staff equal 5 percent of their population or more, they must go to remote learning for two weeks, at which time the State will reassess the situation.

Shortly thereafter, New York State began requiring colleges to report COVID-19 data in two-week periods beginning on 9/12/2020. The State publishes these data by College on a SCHOOL REPORT DASHBOARD.

Need help understanding the New York State School Report Card and the Marist COVID-19 dashboards? Click here for a guide.

Marist College COVID-19 Alert Levels

COVID-19 is a global pandemic and all Marist College community members must remain vigilant. Despite Marist College’s safety protocols, we cannot guarantee the spread of COVID on our campus will not occur. Marist, in partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health and New York State, is actively monitoring a variety of indicators to inform decision making.

Indicators used to determine alert levels include:

  • Number of cases among Marist College students
  • Quarantine/isolation capacity on campus
  • Local factors as determined by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health
  • New York State factors

    Green: Virus prevalence is low and transmission controlled.

    • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing.
    • Utilize combination of in-person/hybrid and online learning.
    • Capacity for on-campus spaces at 50% or less.
    • Campus-sponsored activities follow all NYS capacity and gathering size limit guidelines.
    • Social gatherings limited to 10 or fewer individuals.
    • Surveillance testing utilized to monitor general campus health.

    Yellow: Incidence of cases is increasing and transmission controlled.

    • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, mask wearing, hand washing.
    • Utilize combination of in-person/hybrid and online learning.
    • Capacity for public spaces at 50% or less. Marist may further reduce capacity of on-campus spaces.
    • Campus-sponsored activities follow all NYS capacity and gathering size limit guidelines
    • Campus social gatherings may be restricted beyond NYS guidelines. (Social gatherings limited to 10 or fewer individuals; gatherings should be limited to households or pods)
    • Frequency of surveillance testing may be increased for some populations.
    • Marist may enact increased restrictions targeted at areas or populations of concern.

    Orange: Incidence of cases is rapidly increasing and transmission is less controlled.

    • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing.
    • Frequency of surveillance testing may be increased for some populations.
    • Marist may enact increased restrictions targeted at areas or populations of concern.
      • Dining services may switch to take-out or grab and go only.
      • The McCann Athletic Center may be closed.
      • Extracurricular activities may be restricted.
      • Classes may revert to remote-only
    • Prohibit gatherings of any size– until transmission rates decrease.

    Red: Cases surpass NYS threshold of 5% of the population within a rolling 14-day period. For more details, click here.

    • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing.
    • Frequency of surveillance testing may be increased for some populations.
    • Prohibit gatherings of any size.
    • ENACT TWO WEEK MODIFIED QUARANTINE PROCEDURES AS PER NYS GUIDELINES.
      • Move all classes online; non-essential student activities suspended; food services converted to takeout/delivery; essential student services by appointment only.
      • In person athletic programs, extracurricular activities and non-essential activities suspended.