By Lauren Raziano, Asst. Sports Editor/Web Editor
A One Manhattan email to the Manhattan College Community on Feb. 4 announced that surveillance testing will now be resumed for the 2022 spring semester.
The new protocols are different from the previous semester, when students were not required to test periodically.
“Now that we have completed the pre-arrival testing, surveillance testing will resume on Monday, Feb. 7. Employees and students who have not tested positive within the preceding 90 days will be required to test periodically,” the email stated. “If you receive a notice asking you to be tested, you will have seven (7) days to submit a PCR test before you receive an orange pass.”
For those who need a COVID-19 test or are experiencing symptoms, testing is available on campus in Smith Auditorium.
“COVID-19 testing will be available for surveillance testing, exempt employees and students, and anyone who would like to be tested in Smith Auditorium on the following dates over the next week,” the email stated.
Those individuals with exemptions to the vaccine requirement must still test every 7 days, as previously protocols indicated.
Pete McHugh, director of media relations & strategic communications, clarified the new protocols of the spring 2022 semester.
“All employees and students regardless of vaccination status will have to submit a test within the designated time period,” McHugh wrote.
The email disclosed that there are still 24 active COVID-19 cases among the community, and encouraged students to get the booster to increase safety on campus.
The One Manhattan update also included a link to an article posted by NBC News to incentivize Manhattan Community members to get the vaccine and the booster.
“A recent study shows that individuals who are vaccinated, especially those who have received a booster, are far more likely to avoid severe illness, hospitalization and death after being infected with COVID-19,” the email stated.
The NBC News article, titled “COVID hospitalizations amid omicron 23 times higher among unvaccinated than those who got boosters: report” states “Unvaccinated adults also had COVID-19 case rates 3.6 times higher.”
To further encourage Manhattan College community members to get the vaccine, they reminded individuals that they would not have to complete a standard quarantine if they identified as a close contact.
“Please consider receiving a booster vaccine, if you have not done so already, to protect yourself from those outcomes,” the email wrote. “Those individuals who have received a booster vaccine will NOT be required to complete a quarantine, as required by New York State, if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.”
The update to quarantine and isolation procedures began on Monday, Jan. 31, when the College implemented the latest guidance from the CDC, New York State and New York City, as the Quadrangle previously reported. The college now requires any student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 to isolate for five days.
Furthermore, if the individual then tests negative on a rapid test, they can have a modified return to campus for an additional five days, where they can attend classes and have access to grab and go meals from dining facilities.
Testing will be available this week in Smith Auditorium Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a registration link available in the email.
The Quadrangle will continue to provide updates that come from the OneManhattan team. For any further questions contact OneManhattan at email@example.com.