Campus Risk Levels

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Triggers to a higher level generally include:

  • Number of active lab test positive cases increasing over a 7-14 day period
  • Increasing towards capacity limits for isolation and quarantine facility 
  • Increasing towards depletion of inventory and availability of supplies 
  • Decrease in stakeholder support and compliance, including campus, county and state
  • Known or unknown transmission sources. Unknown and spread out transmissions may elevate to a higher risk level.

Risk Level - Green: New Normal

What does this mean?

Underlying threat of COVID-19 remains, but virus prevalence is low.

  • Little to no increase seen in reported data
  • Minor or no concerns regarding metric categories
  • Regional trends indicate low risk levels
  • Increase in active isolation cases include known transmission and are manageable

Actions to Consider

No changes warranted

Risk Level - Blue: Intermediate Alert

What does this mean?

Trends indicate that baseline data and indicators show rates of infection potentially increasing.

  • 30 active isolation cases
  • Quarantine and isolation space is 25% full
  • Slight increase in compliance issues reported by HR and/or Student Conduct
  • 25% of supplies are depleted and/or backordered
  • Regional trends indicate slight increase in risk levels

Actions to Consider

Increasing education and messaging around face coverings, hand washing, social distancing, etc.

Review specific areas for isolated closures/reductions

Risk Level - Yellow: Elevated Alert

What does this mean?

Increase in trends, showing infection rates increasing among students and/or faculty/staff:

  • 50 active isolation cases
  • Quarantine and isolation space is 50% full
  • Moderate increase in compliance issues reported by HR and/or Student Conduct
  • 50% of supplies are depleted and/or backordered
  • Regional trends indicate moderate risk levels

Actions to Consider

Consider limiting gatherings by:

  • Increase restrictions on in-person activities (reduce to 10 people, down from 25 people)
  • Close areas where people congregate and/or where active cases are on the rise
  • Reduce co-curricular activities
  • Suspending shuttles, fitness centers, etc.

Risk Level - Orange: High Alert

What does this mean?

Increase in prevalence; regional trends increase and risk level is raised:

  • 100 active isolation cases
  • Quarantine and isolation space is 90% full
  • Significant increase in compliance issues reported by HR and/or Student Conduct
  • 75% of supplies are depleted and/or backordered
  • Increase in unknown transmission sources
  • Regional trends indicate high risk levels

Actions to Consider

Consider reducing density of campus by:

  • Classes go remote and we enact Gov. Cuomo’s two week pause
  • Make dining carry out only
  • Shutting down known transmission areas to reduce spread (I.e. specific residence hall sections)
  • Increase remote work options for staff/faculty

Risk Level - Red: Severe Alert

What does this mean?

Spike in prevalence; regional trends increase and risk level is raised, including hospital and health care capacity.

  • Spike in unknown transmission sources
  • Over 100 active isolation cases
  • Quarantine and isolation space is full
  • 90% of supplies are depleted and/or backordered
  • Regional trends indicate high risk levels

Actions to Consider

Consult with state and local dept of health and SUNY about moving campus operations fully remote.

Empty residence halls and move all classes to online format within 5-7 days of red level announcement.

Last Updated 8/28/20

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