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COVID-19 Information

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Date:  9/23/21
Subject: COVID-19 Update: September 23, 2021

Dear Campus Community,
The data are clear that we are seeing a significant downturn in COVID-19 cases in our region and across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

  • The transmission factor (Rt) is below 1.0 and has stayed there for nearly two weeks.
  • Cases per 100,000 in the northern three counties, which averaged more than 80 about two weeks ago, today average about 46 and continue to decline daily.
  • Our case counts on campus, while probably underreported, remain steadily at less than 5 per day.

In addition, we are seeing data suggesting vaccination rates for 18 and older in the northern region exceeding 80 percent. Taken together, the data are encouraging. You can view the downward trend in the statewide epidemic curve here:

Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, the COVID Preparedness Team recommended remaining in “red” status this week. They will review this decision again next week if the downward trend continues. Our indoor mask requirement remains in place.  Our recommendation that individuals wear masks outdoors when congregating in groups also remains in place. We also urge everyone to avoid situations where others are not adhering to these basic protocols.

There are a few other reminders today:

Our COVID-19 on-campus testing center has moved to UC 204. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily for walk-in testing.

We strongly encourage anyone who can to get vaccinated. We have vaccinations available on campus by making an appointment with NKU’s Health Services (859-572-5650). Walk-in vaccinations are available on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Student Union room 324. We have suspended our vaccine incentives until we reach 50 percent reporting rates. At that time, we will resume drawing prizes and will increase the prizes to $500. Report your vaccinated status here.

We also encourage anyone who can to get vaccinated for the flu. Health services has influenza vaccines available by appointment and will hold a flu vaccine clinic on October 7. More details will be shared soon.

It appears very likely that experts’ prediction that this current surge would wane by early October is coming true. I encourage everyone to remain vigilant, though, as continued masking and common-sense approaches to daily life can help keep those numbers declining. Once again, thank you to everyone in the campus community for how you have continued to persevere during this new phase of the COVID-19 crisis.

Kind Regards,

Matt Cecil
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University