Please note that these policies are still being developed and are subject to change according to evolving conditions.
The following resources will have the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19:
- New York Forward
- NYC Department of Health Info about Coronavirus Disease
- CDC Info on Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC Guidance on Community Mitigation Efforts
- World Health Organization (WHO) Info about Coronavirus Disease
- How to Clean Your Phone to Help Protect Against Coronavirus
- Johns Hopkins University has set up a disease spread mapping application tracking the novel coronavirus in real-time.
MMC’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol and Schedule
MMC has adopted enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols in accordance with CDC guidance as well as state and local health departments. These protocols include consistent and regular cleaning of the entire campus with additional focus on high-traffic and/or high-risk areas. Additionally, the protocol addresses specific enhanced cleaning/disinfecting procedures, which will be employed to disinfect necessary areas if potential and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases arise on campus. The Facilities Department will maintain a log, which will indicate how each type of facility is cleaned, when, and by whom.
The cleaning teams have been specifically trained to provide cleaning services geared towards preventing the spread of COVID-19 and will be using cleaners approved by the EPA as effective for this purpose. Additionally, this procedure also integrates increased access for MMC Community members on campus to disinfecting wipes, so that shared spaces can be cleaned immediately after use.
Contingency Plans for Dealing with a Case on Campus
MMC is in the process of modifying its existing contingency plan to address the potential for cases arising on campus and/or a rise in infection in NYC. Based on our experience in the spring and updated guidance from the CDC, NYS, and state and local health departments, MMC is updating its procedures for a rapid shut down of facilities and modification of operations. These procedures include the transition to remote operations/telework as required, integration with NYC DOHMH to facilitate contact tracing for confirmed cases, targeted COVID-19 cleaning/disinfection of impacted areas, and the dissemination of emergency communications to the community.
Travel Policies and Quarantine Requirements
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that individuals traveling to New York from out of state will be required to quarantine for 14 days. The list of impacted states is changing regularly and is available for review here. Please note that the College’s policies regarding these requirements is subject to change with local and state guidance:
- Students arriving from out of state will be asked to quarantine in their rooms upon arrival. Students in quarantine should not come to campus and should not interact with other students, faculty, or staff.
- An early move-in option may be available for residential students who will need to quarantine. More information will follow from Residence Life staff.
- To the extent possible, the College will strive to assign suitemates based on which students will be required to quarantine upon arrival.
- Students, faculty, or staff who travel out of state throughout the semester are expected to monitor and follow guidelines about returning to New York.
Student, Faculty, and Staff Accommodations
Students, faculty, or staff with health or safety considerations will be able to apply for special accommodation for any of the College’s Restart policies as necessary. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services for assistance. More detail will follow from the Office of Human Resources for faculty and staff.