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Submissions from 2022

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Coronavirus Update 1-21-22, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Students who are unvaccinated and those who have been randomly selected will need to register for testing next week.

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Coronavirus Update 1-20-22, The Coronavirus Planning Team

There has been some confusion about the process if you test positive through a test not administered by the University. The graphic below explains the process.

We have partnered with our public health program to facilitate COVID-related communications.

Sacred Heart University is becoming a JED Campus.

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Coronavirus Update 1-13-2022, The Coronavirus Planning Team

As you know, we have been extremely successful keeping the community safe and the number of COVID cases low. This has been a result of vaccinations, testing and your diligence with masking and other safety protocols. Because the omicron variant is so highly transmissible, it presents some different challenges than we have previously faced, but nothing that we can’t handle.

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Coronavirus Update 1-6-22, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Updated CDC Guidelines for Quarantining and Isolating

The CDC recently updated its guidelines for quarantining and isolating. We delayed implementing the new guidelines, because we expected the CDC to release more specific guidance for institutions of higher education. After consulting with state and local health officials, we have decided to move forward with the new guidelines. When the CDC does release guidelines for higher education, we will review them and may update our protocols accordingly. We are sharing some highlights of the new guidelines below, but the guidance is constantly changing, and you can find the most up-to-the-minute decisions on the CDC website.

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Coronavirus Update 1-4-22, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are continuing to review new guidance from the CDC and the transmission of omicron in the state and in the University community. We will have more information for you later this week.

Submissions from 2021

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Coronavirus Update 12-30-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

What to Do If You Test Positive During Break -- Masking -- Social Distancing -- Stay Home if You Feel Sick -- Testing for Employees -- Booster Clinics -- Study and Travel Abroad.

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

As we prepare for what appears to be a challenging January, we want to remind you of the need to receive a booster shot before your return to campus after the Christmas break if you are eligible or no later than March 1.

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Coronavirus Update 12-9-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to thank you all again for your commitment to the Pioneer Promise this semester. That commitment on the part of the entire community helped us keep the number of positive cases very low and avoid the kind of big spikes that some of our neighboring colleges and universities experienced.

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Links to Weekend Booster Clinics (12/11 and 12/12), The Coronavirus Planning Team

These clinics will be expanded to 200 slots. The link will stop working when the clinic is full.

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

By now, we are sure you have heard about the omicron variant of the coronavirus. It originated in South Africa or Europe, and the first U.S. case has been identified in California.

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Coronavirus Update 11-16-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to take a moment to thank you and congratulate you for the attention you have paid to the Pioneer Promise this semester. As a result, our COVID numbers have been low (as of today we have one active case in our community) and we have been able to gather and hold many events that we missed out on last year.

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Coronavirus Update 11-9-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Pre-holiday Testing: We are offering the opportunity to be tested for those who want to ensure they are negative before traveling home.

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Coronavirus Update 10-27-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

There is new guidance from the CDC regarding the time frame in which vaccinated people should be tested if they were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

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

We hope you are as excited about Family Weekend as we are. The forecast is calling for crisp fall weather that will be perfect for the activities planned. We are pleased to tell you that we will be relaxing our rule about family members in the residence halls for Family Weekend.

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Coronavirus Update 10-13-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to share that—in conjunction with Hartford HealthCare—we will be offering a clinic for Pfizer booster shots for those who received the Pfizer vaccine.

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Coronavirus Update 10-7-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

As of today, we continue to have low COVID numbers (three cases currently) in the SHU community. This is encouraging.

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Coronavirus Update 9-23-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

As of today, we have 22 COVID cases in the SHU community. This is great news, and we have YOU to thank—in particular, our students. We want to thank you for all you have done to keep yourselves and others safe.

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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 8-20-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Thanks to all of you who joined our town hall meeting for students and parents last night. We hope your questions were answered. Because of the impending storm (see below), we have moved the faculty and staff town hall to Tuesday at 3:30.

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Coronavirus Update 8-17-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are looking forward to meeting with you in the coming days to answer your questions about protocols for fall.

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Coronavirus Update 8-13-21, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We continue to prepare for your arrival with great excitement for the year ahead. Today is the deadline for uploading proof of your first vaccine (or single vaccine if you received Johnson & Johnson) or your request for a medical or religious exemption.

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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 5/11/2021: Raffle Winners Announced, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Yesterday, Dr. Petillo drew the names for the winners of our first vaccination raffle.

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Coronavirus Update 5/7/2021: Additional Raffle Added, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Undergraduates who have had two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will need to load their vaccination cards to their student health portal over this weekend to be eligible.

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Coronavirus Update 5-4-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to remind you to upload your vaccination card once you have been fully vaccinated.

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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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Coronavirus Update 4-16-2021, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We heard you when you told us through our recent survey that you wanted to be vaccinated on campus. We have worked with the state to receive a supply of the vaccines dedicated to undergraduate students.

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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.

YouTube Video (7:35)

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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

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.