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4/16/2021 - COVID Operations: Brief Update on COVID in the Community
Dear MassArt Community,
As we head into the weekend, there is just one topic that I would like to address: the current state of COVID in our community. I’d like to bring your attention to the COVID-19 Campus Dashboard for a snapshot of MassArt’s COVID-related data.
For the past two weeks, in the MassArt community we have seen a significant increase in people who have COVID-19, and the city and state have also seen a significant increase. Public health experts state that this is very likely due to the new B.1.1.7 variant, which originated in the U.K. and is now circulating in more than half of the states in the U.S., including Massachusetts.
Here’s why this is especially important to our campus population:
Data indicates that this new B.1.1.7 variant is more contagious, meaning it’s easier for the virus to pass from one person to another. This is a major reason why COVID-19 numbers are increasing in many states.
We are also seeing that people are having more severe symptoms from COVID-19 infection. The highest number of cases right now are in 20-29 year olds, followed by 30-39 year olds. Even in these younger age groups, people have been getting sicker.
I do not share this information to alarm or scare anyone, but it is important to recognize that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. We all have to keep up the good work to keep everyone safe and finish the rest of the semester healthy.
What you can do:
Get vaccinated - on Monday April 19th, everyone over the age of 16 is eligible!
Keep wearing a mask (1 is good, 2 is the best)
Physically distance at least 6 feet from others
Avoid seeing anyone outside of your household/social bubble and avoid large crowds
Continue testing at your usual frequency
Stay home if you are feeling sick
Wash your hands & use hand sanitizer often
Our MassArt community has an incredible track record of following COVID protocols and keeping each other safe - please keep it up, we’re in the home stretch!
Madison K. Rivard, MPH, NREMT (she/her)
Director of COVID-19 Operations
Mask * Wash * Distance * Test * Trace
4/2/2021 - COVID Operations Update: Vaccine Info, Shorter Tues/Thurs Testing Hours, CoVerified Update