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Coronavirus Update 9-16-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We had all hoped that the vaccine would allow us to return to pre-pandemic days but, unfortunately, the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant has meant that we need to be patient a little longer. That said, and despite the need for indoor masking, life on campus is much different than it was a year ago.

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Coronavirus Update 9-9-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Beginning this week, we have reinstituted a version of our COVID dashboard. Today’s dashboard shows 50 active cases in the SHU community. This is concerning as we don’t want to have to impose further restrictions, and we certainly don’t want to revert to remote learning.

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Coronavirus Update 9-2-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We continue to have students, faculty and staff express concerns about members of the community who are either not wearing their masks indoors or are wearing them incorrectly. The graphic below illustrates the correct and incorrect ways to wear a mask.

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Coronavirus Update 8-31-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Wear a Mask Indoors! As you know, we are requiring that everyone wear a mask when indoors, except in their dorm rooms with only roommates present or alone in offices for faculty and staff. Unfortunately, we have observed a significant number of students who are not adhering to this mandate. To be compliant, you need to be wearing a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth.

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Coronavirus Update 8-27-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to say welcome to the Class of 2025 who have been moving in yesterday and today. We just have a few quick reminders for you as we get ready for the start of the fall semester.

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Coronavirus Update 8-24-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Today we want to focus on the procedures and protocols you follow if you have COVID symptoms or if you test positive for COVID. The CampusClear app can also help you with this, so please make sure that you are checking in with the app each morning before you head outside.

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Coronavirus Update 8-10-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are sharing this year’s version of the Pioneer Promise. While it remains a commitment to one another to follow protocols that will keep the community safe, it has been adapted to reflect fewer restrictions and procedures as we move toward more normalcy on campus. Just like last year, students, faculty and staff will be asked to sign the Pioneer Promise before the semester begins.

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Coronavirus Update 8-6-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

As you know, the rise of the delta variant has put a little bit of a damper on things by necessitating, for now, that everyone wears masks indoors whether vaccinated or not. We know you are disappointed—we all are. But it is a small price to pay for the health and safety of our community. Here are some things we know about COVID-19 and the delta variant.

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*CORRECTION* Coronavirus Update 8-6-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

CORRECTION: The following statement from this morning’s coronavirus message was incorrect. Upperclassmen will move in on Sunday, August 29, not August 28. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Coronavirus Update 7-30-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Message Highlights

  1. Students, faculty and staff will need to have at least one dose of the vaccine before coming back to campus. Students must upload their proof of vaccination (even if it is only a first dose) to their SPA health portal.
  2. Everyone needs to have their second injection by September 15 and will need to upload the information by that date.
  3. Students may apply for a religious or medical exemption.
  4. Unvaccinated students with an approved exemption will need to provide a negative PCR test taken within five days prior to their arrival on campus.
  5. As part of our attempt to get back to our normal routines as much as possible, we will not be offering SHU-Flex in the fall.
  6. We are watching the new CDC guidelines and working with experts and officials at the state and local levels—masking and other protocols are subject to change as the situation warrants.

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UPDATE Coronavirus Update 7-30-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

It has just been announced that the CDC is including Fairfield County as an area with substantial COVID-19 community transmission. Consequently, as of now we will be putting an indoor masking requirement in place until further notice.

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Coronavirus Update for July 23, 2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

One thing we have learned during this 18-month battle with COVID-19 is that things are constantly changing and, if we want to stay safe, we need to keep up with the latest news. We are aware of the recent rise in COVID Delta variant cases around the country, and in the state, as well as the number of our athletic and clinical partners who are now requiring the vaccine. As a result, and in consultation with state and local health officials, we have made the decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff who plan to be on campus in the fall.

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Coronavirus Update 7/9/21: Please Update Your Vaccination Information, The Coronavirus Planning Team

The University’s senior leaders and the coronavirus planning team are in the process of determining policies for the fall semester that will be based on how many in our community have been vaccinated.

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Coronavirus Update 6-18-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Given the current state of the virus, and the widespread availability of the vaccine, state and federal public health officials continue to strongly recommend the vaccine but are not requiring it. As a result, the University will follow suit by strongly encouraging, but not mandating, the vaccine for all on campus in the fall.

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Coronavirus Update 6-04-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are continuing our planning for a fully on-ground fall semester. Unfortunately, our student vaccination numbers for COVID-19 are much lower than we hoped. If this continues to be the case, we will need to have stricter policies than we envisioned.

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Return to 100% Capacity/Mask Protocol, Robert Hardy

In an effort to get back to some sense of normalcy and to begin the important task of preparing for the upcoming fall semester, we have decided to require all faculty and staff to return to campus 100% on-ground by July 6.

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Coronavirus Update 5-18-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

As promised, we have re-evaluated our COVID protocols based on the recently released CDC and Connecticut state guidance effective tomorrow. Beginning tomorrow, masks will no longer need to be worn on campus when outside. However, we are asking that everyone remain masked at our commencement exercises happening through this weekend, except when they are at their seats.

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Coronavirus Update 5/14/2021: Congratulations on a Great Year, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to take a moment to congratulate the entire SHU community for an outstanding year keeping us on-ground.

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Coronavirus Update 4-30-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

New CDC guidelines say that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors unless they are in a large crowd of people.

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Thinking of and Praying for the Population in India, John J. Petillo

Today I want to reach out to the Indian members of our community.

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Coronavirus Update 4-27-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Today, we just have a couple of reminders. We want to remind students and employees to please upload vaccination information to the student health portal or the through the HR questionnaire (for employees). This allows us to determine how close we are to herd immunity and will impact our decision-making regarding COVID protocols for the remainder of this semester and the fall.

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Coronavirus Update 4-23-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Today’s topic is vaccination. Our second SHU-dedicated vaccination clinic is Sunday and there are plenty of appointments available. The clinic is open to everyone in the SHU community.

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Coronavirus Update 4-20-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are pleased to share that we are now opening our dedicated vaccine clinics on Thursday and Sunday to all students, including graduate students, and to faculty and staff. These Pfizer clinics give you the opportunity to conveniently be vaccinated where you attend classes or work.

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To Our Frontline Workers, Michael Whitney Brown, Sacred Heart University Gospel Choir, and John J. Petillo

A vocal tribute to frontline workers, written by SHU Gospel Choir Director Michael Brown and sung by the gospel choir. Introduced by SHU President John Petillo.

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Coronavirus Update 4-13-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We have some good news for you. Since our COVID numbers have continued to be stable following the long Easter weekend, we are going to loosen some of our campus restrictions over these final weeks of the semester.

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Coronavirus Update 4-9-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are preparing to assist students with getting vaccinated before the end of the semester --JP's Temporarily Closed --Weekend Fun --SHU Football Watch Party is Cancelled --Active Cases.

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Coronavirus Update 4-9-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

As we prepare to assist students with getting vaccinated before the end of the semester, we once again have a brief survey for you to fill out --JP's temporarily closed --Weekend fun --Active cases.

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Coronavirus Update 4-6-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

SHU students can get vaccinated in Connecticut even if they live in another state --Please Answer the Phone if the Area Code is 720 or 949 --SHU Football Watch Party! --Today’s dashboard shows 30 active cases.

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Coronavirus Update 3-30-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Even with our shortened Holy Week, we are still requiring testing for all undergraduate students. Similarly, we want to encourage all students to sign up to get a vaccine once you become eligible on April 1.

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Coronavirus Update 3-26-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Remember to Upload Your Vaccination Information --Waiting List for SHU Mega Site for Employees --Weekend Fun --SHU Shares --Active Cases.

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Coronavirus Update 3-19-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Student Vaccination Poll --Weekend Fun --Enjoy the Event Tent in the Chapel Quad.

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Coronavirus Update 3-16-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We have good news to share for those of you who have been asking to have your parents attend your sporting events.

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Coronavirus Update 3-12-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We continue to have good news to share, starting with SHU football!

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Coronavirus Update 3-9-21--Parent Attendance at Sporting Events, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Desire to allow parents to attend sporting events --SHU’s vaccination site.

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Coronavirus Update 3-8-21: SHU's Vaccination Site Is Open for Appointments, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Hartford Healthcare has revised its plans to use the SHU mass vaccination site at West Campus as a targeted site. Instead it is a general site that is open to everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated.

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Coronavirus Update 3-05-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

A lot of good news to share, including some fun social activities for students over the weekend.

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CORRECTION to Today's Coronavirus Update (03-05-2021), The Coronavirus Planning Team

The good news is that there is a great deal of interest in volunteering for the MRC and working at vaccination sites. The bad news is that we inadvertently left in a subhead that indicated volunteers would be administering vaccinations. This is NOT the case.

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Coronavirus Update 2-26-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Pioneer Event Tent and Pioneer Pavilion Coming Soon! --Commencement 2021 --Commencement 2020.

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Coronavirus Update 2-23-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Students can expect to have a full SHU experience in the fall—both inside and outside the classroom. It is important to note that all our plans will continue to follow guidelines from state and national leaders and health officials and the CDC, but the current projections from all these sources indicate that we will be able to have on ground classes in the fall. We will continue to update you on this as plans progress.

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Coronavirus Update 2-19-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

There is plenty of fun to be had this weekend—and lots of sunshine expected before our next snowstorm on Monday.

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Coronavirus Update 2-16-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Today’s dashboard shows 73 active cases. There are 33 students with current active cases isolating on campus.

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Covid-19 Memorial, Sacred Heart University

Duration: 5:16:40.

COVID-19 memorial service streams live on Monday February 15, 2021 from the Chapel at Sacred Heart University. The service begins at 9 a.m. with remarks, prayers and music and is followed by the reading of the names of all who have died from COVID-19 in the state of Connecticut. Names of family submitted by members of the SHU community are also read. The service includes lighting of candles and hourly tolling of bells. The live stream was shown on monitors throughout campus. We believe it is important to put names to the lives lost, each of whom left loved ones behind.

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Memorial Service Thank You, John J. Petillo

Today was both a moving and heartbreaking day at Sacred Heart as we honored those in the state who have been lost to COVID-19, along with those connected to members of our community, by reading their names. One of the University’s core values is to recognize the worth and dignity of every human being, and that is what we did today by putting names—and in some cases, faces—to the more than 7,000 people in this state who have already succumbed to this deadly disease.

Recording of the Covid-19 Memorial Service: https://youtu.be/_u6UdISOyw0

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Coronavirus Update 2-12-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Sacred Heart will recognize the victims of COVID-19 in a memorial service on Monday.

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Join Us Virtually This Spring, Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

Welcome to our Spring 2021 season. As we all do our part to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Edgerton Center, in conjunction with the Performing Arts, will not produce performances for attendance by the general public at this time. We are excited to share some beautiful and safely produced content made available to you via livestream or broadcast.

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Coronavirus Update 2-9-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Student Activities has lined up a number of fun and informational activities for you this week --Updated Frequently Asked Questions --Campus Clear --Contact Tracing Update --Importance of Avoiding Gatherings --Vaccines for Those 65 and Older --Spring Sports.

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Coronavirus Update 1-29-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Today’s dashboard, which was updated yesterday, shows 11 active cases. We will go back to updating the dashboard Monday-Friday next week.

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Coronavirus Update 1-26-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Many of you moved back to campus yesterday and today, and the rest will be coming soon. Welcome! We are so happy to have you back, and we are looking forward to a great spring semester.

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Coronavirus Update 1-22-21, Sacred Heart University

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Coronavirus Update 1-19-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are continuing to gear up for Phase 1B of the vaccine, which will impact on-ground faculty and staff who have regular contact with students.