To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Interim Provost Ande Durojaiye
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team
Dear Campus Community,
There is some good news as it appears local COVID trends and cases have improved from the holiday spike, but Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties all continue to be higher than Kentucky’s COVID-19 incident rate and the country’s overall rate. Additionally, the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7) has been confirmed in the Northern Kentucky region. According to the CDC, the U.K. variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. Health experts say the best line of defense continues to be wearing facial coverings, social distancing and using proper health hygiene. We ask that you do not let your guard down during this lull and continue practicing our Norse Nine principles. In addition, university-sponsored travel remains suspended through the spring semester. Visit our COVID Travel Requirements webpage for details on NKU’s recommendations.
Kentucky also announced new vaccine guidelines that require proof of residency as the Commonwealth works to vaccinate Phase 1B. COVID-19 Vaccines are allocated based on each state’s population, and the new measure ensures Kentucky’s allocation goes to its residents and not people crossing state lines to get a shot. As NKU moves closer to vaccinating our campus community, we will clarify how this requirement impacts us. There is still no timeline for the Phase 1C roll out that includes NKU faculty and staff. However, the university continues to work with St. Elizabeth to establish a vaccination site on campus. Individuals should get the vaccine at their earliest opportunity, and we do not recommend waiting for NKU’s vaccination distribution. If you would like to receive updates on Kentucky’s vaccination schedule, complete a brief survey at vaccine.ky.gov and provide your contact information.
It is also important to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing as winter continues. Faculty and staff can take advantage of University Wellness’ offerings, including the Aetna Employee Assistance Program. NKU’s Health, Counseling and Student Wellness (HCSW) is available for students to answer questions, perform COVID 19 testing and provide emotional support. And don’t forget– Campus Recreation Center is open as a place to stay active during the winter.
We appreciate all you do for our university.