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COVID-19 Information

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Date:  8/26/21
Subject: NKU COVID-19 Decision Indicators

Dear Campus Community,

The COVID-19 situation in our region is once again serious. Kentucky just logged one of the worst days for cases in the entire pandemic, and all the northern Kentucky counties are the Commonwealth’s red zone. As the Delta variant fuels COVID cases in our region, we are well aware that NKU could need to pivot very quickly.

To provide transparency and benchmarks, the university has developed COVID-19 Decision Indicators that inform our mitigation decisions. Using evidence-based criteria from health officials, the indicators cover most situations and are color coded to align with the Commonwealth’s system. NKU is currently at yellow level. Please keep in mind these indicators may shift with our understanding of the variants. President Vaidya also monitors the campus and regional trends and will make decisions to keep our campus safe and healthy. The COVID-19 Preparedness Team is meeting regularly and will share NKU’s level each week in these updates. If you have questions about NKU’s COVID-19 Decisions Indicators, send them to

The best protection against COVID and the Delta variant is getting vaccinated. NKU’s Health, Counseling and Student Wellness has the FDA approved Pfizer vaccines available free of charge. Call 859-572-5650 or email for an appointment. Thanks to the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Health Services also has $25 gift cards for Amazon and Kroger for anyone who completes their vaccinations with the clinic. They have 200 gift cards to give away, so make your appointment now.

We strongly encourage everyone to share their vaccination status with the university. This confidential information will inform our COVID-19 Decision Indicators and will provide an accurate campus dashboard. When you load the information on your COVID-19 vaccine to myNKU, you also enter NKU’s vaccination incentives contest. All students, faculty and staff who share their vaccination status are eligible to win 1,000 prize drawings for $100 each, followed by a week of grand-prize drawings. We just had our first drawing of 125 winners this past Wednesday. Congratulations to those who were selected and thanks for helping us track our vaccination rates. We will randomly select winners each Wednesday for the next seven weeks. For more information, visit the vaccination contest webpage by clicking here.

Due to the uptick in COVID cases, University Events Committee will be reviewing events on campus and will inform people if any modifications need to happen. Events involving external audiences must submit an online form 10 days prior to the date in addition to the room reservation request. Gatherings that are exclusively for NKU students, faculty and staff do not require an online form or approval. Send any questions to

Please know everyone is working in the best interest of our campus community. We have navigated these waters before and have plans in place if we need to pivot. This is not new to any of us, and we know how resilient and adaptable our students, faculty and staff are. Let’s stay focused on having a great fall semester while keeping in mind that the COVID situation is once again shifting. Thanks for all you do each day for our students.

Kind Regards,