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Latest COVID Guidance 

As of 7/20/21

SUNY Guidance and the Chancellor’s ‘Take a Shot’ Message
On Friday, July 9,  SUNY published a news release  focused on the full reopening of campuses and return to a ‘more traditional college experience’ this fall. In it, you’ll find links to:
 
  • Chancellor Jim Malatras’  USA Today  Network Op-Ed : SUNY students need the vaccine. Don't pass up a shot at normalcy.
  • Details on  SUNY’s 30-Day Vax Challenge  for unvaccinated students:  Don't Wait. Get Vaccinated Now Before Returning to Campus this Fall.
  • Latest SUNY COVID-19 guidance  (updated July 8): Please take a moment to review this document from SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. While it provides general guidance, it is important to note that protocols may be different depending on your affiliation with Stony Brook. If you are a Stony Brook Medicine employee, testing and screening requirements are still in effect, and mask guidance and physical distancing are also required for these employees, regardless of your vaccination status (please see detailed information below).
 
Fully Vaccinated? Let Us Know!
Stony Brook University West Campus employees, Stony Brook Southampton employees, HSC faculty and staff, School of Medicine staff, and all other employees in a non-healthcare setting:
 
  • Please log onto SOLAR to submit your vaccination status, which will allow you to take advantage of more relaxed COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated individuals outlined in the updated SUNY guidance above.  Click here for instructions.
 
SBU Resident Students COVID Vaccine Requirement
A new health policy update requires all students planning to live on campus as residential students in the Fall 2021 semester to be fully vaccinated, with limited exceptions.  Read more here.
 
If You Haven’t Already … Please Affirm You’ve Read and Will Follow GOER Guidance (see below for details)
If you are a Stony Brook University Hospital employee and haven’t already done so, please   log in to the Learning Management System (LMS) to review and affirm the document.  As stated, those who work in healthcare agencies must continue to wear PPE as prescribed by your position, and follow other guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that are specific to healthcare settings.
 
For all other Stony Brook State employees in a non-healthcare setting, you must read the document,  Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, then affirm you have read and understand your obligation to follow this guidance and its provisions.  Click here for instructions on how to access this document in SOLAR.
 
Who Needs to Test Weekly and Who Doesn’t
If you are an employee working onsite at the hospital, you are still required to participate in weekly COVID surveillance testing,  even if you have already received the COVID vaccine. Testing takes place in the Health Sciences Galleria on Level 3 Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:45 am - 3:15 pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm.
 
Stony Brook University West Campus employees, Stony Brook Southampton employees, HSC faculty and staff, School of Medicine staff, and all other employees in a non-healthcare setting: The  latest NYS and SUNY COVID-19 guidance no longer requires surveillance pooled testing every week if you are fully vaccinated and have shared your vaccination status. Most vaccinated employees will be tested approximately once a month, receiving email notification when scheduled for testing. If you are not fully vaccinated and/or have not shared your full vaccination status with us, you will still be required to test weekly.
 
Mask Guidance at Stony Brook University Hospital
When you are in the hospital,  regardless of your vaccination status, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. This includes:
 
  • All patient-care/patient-facing areas and public spaces, including the hospital lobby and all other hallways and common areas where you can encounter patients.
  • While you are in the hospital cafeteria.
o    NOTE: You may only remove your mask in the cafeteria when you are actively eating or drinking and must remain at least six feet apart from others. Drinking or eating while walking in restricted areas is prohibited.
  • When in the sitting areas of The Brook, by Jamba Juice and in Panera. Again, you are allowed to remove your mask only when actively eating or drinking and must continue to practice social distancing.
  • When you are walking from the Health Sciences Tower and entering the hospital.

NOTE: If you work in an office located in the hospital with another person, regardless of your vaccination status, you must wear a mask or remain at least six feet apart. If you are alone in your office, you do not need to be masked.

GOER Guidance

The following COVID-19 protocol guidelines are based on the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations’ (GOER’s) Revised Guidance for State Agencies and Authorities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency , released June 18. “Fully vaccinated individuals” means those who have submitted their full vaccination status to HR.   

Physical Distancing

    • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be physically distanced, indoors or out.
    • Individuals who are unvaccinated and/or whose vaccination status is unknown need to continue to maintain six feet of distance, in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

Masks

    • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks, indoors or out. 
    • Unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals need to wear masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidelines.
    • Unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals may remove their mask indoors while physically distanced, seated and/or eating/drinking, or while working at their workstation. 
    • Unvaccinated/unknown individuals may remove their mask outdoors unless they are in a gathering or crowded event where they are unable to maintain six feet of physical distancing.

Whether fully vaccinated or not, individuals will also continue to be required to wear masks in patient-facing areas, per CDC guidelines. These include:

    • All healthcare facilities, including all Stony Brook Medicine buildings, which encompass the hospitals, the Health Sciences and Basic Sciences Towers and all outpatient areas.
    • LISVH

Mask wearing will also be required at Student Health Services (SHS) and the COVID testing centers for faculty, staff and students on West Campus.

Please keep in mind that you can always choose to wear a mask, based on your comfort level or preference in any setting, even if you’re fully vaccinated. Also, we need to respect each others’ preferences for mask wearing, particularly in close settings.

Testing

    • Fully vaccinated employees (including auxiliary workers and vendors with a regular on-campus presence) may opt out from mandatory weekly testing upon submitting documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series.
    • Individuals who submit proof of being fully vaccinated will only be required to test approximately once a month. This COVID PCR surveillance testing will take place regularly, and you will be randomly assigned and notified by email. Please continue to test each week until we provide you with details on how to provide your vaccination information through SOLAR. 
    • Mandatory weekly surveillance testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shown proof of vaccination. 
    • Contractors and outside vendors should continue with the current process they follow.

  CampusClear Daily Self-Screening

    • Employees will no longer be required to self-screen before coming to their campus worksite.
    • We will, however, ask you to complete the daily CampusClear health screening app if you do not feel well or want to monitor for any symptoms before you leave to work on campus. The screening will also advise you on next steps.

Please do not come to campus if you don’t feel well, and contact the Health Information Line (HIL) at (631) 632-5000, Option #1 with any COVID-related concerns or positive test results.

Students

    • If you do not feel well or want to monitor for any symptoms before you leave your residence hall/apartment/home, complete the CampusClear health screening app.  Do not come to campus or classes if you do not feel well. 
    • All fully vaccinated residential students may opt out from mandatory twice a week (or weekly for commuter students) testing upon the submission of documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series.
    • All vaccinated students will be required to participate in free, on-campus COVID PCR surveillance testing approximately once a month. This COVID PCR surveillance testing will take place regularly, and you will be randomly assigned and notified by email. 
    • All unvaccinated residential students are required to participate in free, on-campus COVID PCR testing two times a week during the fall semester. The testing location is the Alan S. deVries Center (former GLS/HDV Center), 2nd floor. 
    • All unvaccinated commuter students are required to participate in free, on-campus COVID PCR testing once a week during the Fall semester. The testing location is the SAC Ballroom B.