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To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Date:  08/12/2022
Subject: COVID-19 Campus Update: August 12th, 2022

Good afternoon,
 
It is an exciting time at NKU as we approach the start of another fall semester. We look forward to welcoming students back to campus and into classrooms in the next two weeks.
 
I am sure everyone is aware that we have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases recently as another coronavirus variant works its way through our region. We are continually monitoring case counts and adapting our campus mitigation efforts based on what we learn.

  • We strongly recommend masking indoors on campus.
  • Individual classroom, laboratory, and studio instructors may require masks in their classes as an extension of normal classroom management practices.
  • Employees may choose to require masking in private offices. In public spaces, masks will be strongly recommended.
  • Students should be reminded to bring masks to campus with them each day.
  • We are now able to provide N95 respirators to all faculty and staff. Those will be available beginning August 22 from the Welcome Center, Student Union, and University Center information desks, Steely Library distribution desk, Norse Commons, and Campus Recreation during normal business hours.
  • We also have a large supply of disposable masks on campus. Disposable masks will be available in academic departments and other campus offices to accommodate students and campus visitors who may need one. Disposable masks are also available in the above locations.
  • All on-campus gatherings of NKU employees should continue to offer a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person.
  • If you have close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, or if you test positive, please view our online flow chart for guidance. We encourage anyone who has received a positive PCR test for COVID-19 to self-report online
  • Rapid and PCR COVID testing is available in Health, Counseling & Student Wellness, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 859-572-5650.

It is important to remember that we are much better prepared in Fall 2022 to manage the risks around COVID today than we were in 2020. The tools we have to live with this ongoing pandemic, including our knowledge of how the virus spreads and the availability of effective vaccines and antiviral medications, are improving every day. For example, a newly formulated and more effective vaccine booster is coming soon. In the meantime, we will do everything we can inside and outside of classrooms to help our students progress toward their goals.

Kind Regards,

Matt

Matt Cecil

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University
859.572.5788
cecilm3@nku.edu