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MMC’s Actions Re: COVID-19 Outbreak

The College’s emergency response team and the administration continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19. We have been and will continue to follow recommendations and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding this ever-changing outbreak. Below is a summary of actions the College has taken and what we are planning for in the weeks ahead.

Transition to remote instruction:

MMC is transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Please see here for more details.

 

What Has Been Done So Far:

To date, the College has:

  • Established a comprehensive protocol to guide our response should the virus begin to impact campus.
  • Launched a centralized webpage dedicated to information and updates about this novel coronavirus at: mmm.edu/coronavirus. This page will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.
  • Transitioned to remote instruction and remote work for students, faculty, and staff for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Sent numerous community-wide emails with information, guidance, and personal health tips (available here)
  • Issued a travel advisory and established policies related to travel in regions impacted by the virus (available here)
  • Identified and asked members of the community who may have been exposed to the virus to isolate and self-monitor for 14 days.
  • Organized two community-wide forums hosted by an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai. 
  • Our Food Services department has put the following proactive measures in place:
    • Self-serve stations have been eliminated for the time-being. Rooted and entree stations will be served by staff members wearing gloves.
    • There is hand sanitizer available at all food service locations.
    • Single use cups only will be permitted at beverage fountains. Chartwells will temporarily stop charging for cups for this purpose.
    • All beverage cooler doors/handles are wiped down and sanitized every 30 minutes.
    • All contact surfaces are wiped down and sanitized every 30 minutes.
    • Pre-shift meeting emphasis on proper hand-washing and sanitation.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations are posted in all high-traffic areas on campus.
  • The College has increased the level and frequency of overnight cleaning that takes daily in all campus buildings (including residence halls). A full deep clean with sanitization will now take place every seven days as opposed to the usual every 14. The first schedule of this deep cleaning is as follows:
    • Wednesday, March 11: Carson Hall, Nugent Hall, Faculty Center, and Martha Graham
    • Thursday, March 12: 55th Street Residence Hall common areas
    • Friday, March 13: Cooper Square Residence Hall common areas

In addition, we continue to work with our students who currently are (or had planned to be) studying abroad in the coming weeks. Per guidance from the CDC, we are recommending all of those students return to the United States.