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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

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 4-9-2021, 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 4-6-2021, 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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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.

Submissions from 2020

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Coronavirus Update 12-15-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want to share our plan for our return for the spring semester. This plan builds on our successes from the fall semester and incorporates lessons learned.

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Spring Update: Dear Faculty, Rupendra Paliwal

A message is forthcoming from the Coronavirus Planning Team regarding the plans for our return for the spring semester. We are planning a phased-in move-in process that will heavily emphasize mandatory testing.

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Message from Dr. Petillo 12/11/20, The Coronavirus Planning Team and John J. Petillo

Well, it certainly has been an unusual year. They say that every cloud has a silver lining. The silver lining for me in all that we have fought through this semester is YOU. This year has reinforced in a big way what I already knew about you—you care about others and SHU’s mission and values; you are resilient and adaptable; you are creative and find new ways to overcome challenges; you are hard-working and determined in the face of adversity; you are Pioneers in every sense of the word. And, when I say YOU, I am talking about every single student, faculty and staff member.

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Coronavirus Update 12-04-2020, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We are in the process of finalizing the plans for your return for spring and will share them with you before Christmas. As always, plans may change based on guidance from the state or the CDC and the prevalence of the virus locally and statewide.

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Coronavirus Update 12-01-2020, The Coronavirus Planning Team

We want you to enjoy the holiday season, but we also want you to be safe and healthy, so we ask that you keep traveling to a minimum and that you continue to follow the Pioneer Promise while away from campus.

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Coronavirus Update 11-17-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Quarantine Lifted on Bergoglio and Seton --Active Cases --Governor Asks That All Students Be Tested Before Leaving Campus for Home.

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Coronavirus Update 11-13-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Active Cases --Rollovers for Meal Plans --Updated Exit Guidance for College Students from the Department of Health.

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Coronavirus Update 11-11-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Today’s dashboard shows us with 212 active cases up four from yesterday and a seven-day moving average of 25.4 up from 23.9 yesterday. Our alert status remains at red.

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Join Us For Our Upcoming Virtual Events!, Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

Choral Program Presents Christmas at the Movies --Dance Company Presents deSTRUCT/URE.

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Coronavirus Update 11-9-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Testing --Active Cases --Traveling Home.

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Coronavirus Update 11-7-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Everything went very well today both with the exit testing and with parents coming to pick up students who are choosing to finish up the semester from home.

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Coronavirus Update 11-6-2020, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Since we communicated with you yesterday, we have a total of 34 new positive COVID-19 cases—25 on campus and nine off campus. We are also still receiving results from this week’s random asymptomatic testing. Because of this continued spike, we are moving our alert status to red. This decision was made after careful deliberations and discussion with state and local health officials about how best to contain the virus.

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Coronavirus Update 11-5-2020, The Coronavirus Planning Team

Since we communicated with you on Tuesday, we have had a total of 35 new COVID-19 cases—29 of which are on campus. This is, unfortunately, in line with spikes in cases both regionally and nationally and at other area universities. Part of the reason is that people everywhere are letting their guard down.

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Take Care of One Another, John J. Petillo

We are living in anxious times: A pandemic. Financial crisis. Racial, social and political divisions. And, now election uncertainties on a national level. The collective impact of all these stressors impacts each one of us.

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Coronavirus Update 11-3-20, The Coronavirus Planning Team

With a rise in COVID cases around the state, Connecticut’s governor has rolled back many of the state regulations from Phase 3 to Phase 2. This does not have a tremendous impact on the University, because we did not move to Phase 3 in many areas.