To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Subject: COVID-19 Campus Update: October 7, 2021
I am writing today to report that because all of our COVID-19 indicators are trending sharply downward, we are moving our campus response level to “yellow,” effective immediately.
That means we will continue to require face masks indoors for all persons, vaccinated and unvaccinated. Our prior recommendation to wear masks outdoors will be removed for now. As we change our alert level to yellow, we should remain vigilant and careful. Wear a mask indoors on campus and avoid situations where others are not being safe.
A key indicator of the trend of the pandemic, Rt, the transmission factor, has declined to .87, indicating an exponential decrease in cases in our area. That data point was as high as 1.20 just a few weeks ago. All of our real-time indicators are now lower than they were when classes started in the yellow response level six weeks ago.
We have seen dwindling traffic to our on-campus testing location, so effective tomorrow (Friday, October 8), we will be closing the UC 204 testing center. Please note that anyone can still get a COVID-19 PCR test by calling Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness (859-572-5650) for an appointment. In addition, the Northern Kentucky Health Department runs a drive through testing center in Covington. You can find more information about the testing center by visiting its website. Vaccines are the best protection against becoming ill with COVID-19. The available vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious illness. Vaccines are available from NKU’s Health Services by appointment. Just call the number above. For those eligible, we also can provide the Pfizer vaccine boosters.
We are seeing encouraging signs that the worst of the surge of Delta variant cases is waning. But of course, things can evolve quickly, and we should all remain careful and ready to adapt to changing conditions. I remain proud of the way our campus community has navigated this phase of the pandemic. Thank you all for your diligence in keeping safe and for all you are doing to maintain a safe, vibrant campus.Kind Regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University