COVID-19 Resources

Campus COVID-19 Alert Levels

Current operating level: See the gold box on our COVID-19 Resources homepage.

  • Nazareth's pandemic response planning team closely monitors campus COVID-19 case trends and severity, testing capacity, quarantine/isolation space, and essential service capabilities.
  • The team also monitors data in our region, including COVID-19 cases, trends, and hospital usage; testing capacity; contact tracing; availability of personal protective equipment; trends among comparable colleges; and child care availability.
  • That data, along with state and local public health protocols, help determine the College's operational level and protocols.

Level 1: Normal COVID-19 Campus Operations

(Limited number of cases on campus with controlled transmission.)

Classroom: In-person and virtual classes

On-campus gatherings with appropriate social distancing: Indoor and outdoor events/activities of up to 50 attendees. Religious services are at 33% capacity.

Off-campus gatherings with appropriate social distancing: Off-campus home gatherings limited to twice the number of people who live in your home, if gathering indoors. If gathering outdoors, limit the size to triple the home’s occupancy.

Visitors: Approved visitors are welcomed to campus.

Fitness facilities: Fitness centers and gymnasiums are open at 33% capacity.

Dining: Dine-in/takeout. Dine-in is at 50% capacity with up to 6 chairs per table.

Offices: Faculty/staff offices are at 50% capacity.


Level 2: Heightened Awareness

(Smaller event size limits because conditions suggest there may be potential for increased exposure/cases.)

Potential Triggers:  

  • Emergence of positive cases on campus or in the Rochester area.
  • Increase in close contacts that are required to quarantine.

Classroom: In-person and virtual classes

On-campus gatherings with appropriate social distancing: Indoor and outdoor events/activities of up to 25 attendees. Religious services are at 33% capacity.

Off-campus gatherings with appropriate social distancing: Off-campus home gatherings limited to twice the number of people who live in your home, if gathering indoors. If gathering outdoors, limit the size to triple the home’s occupancy.

Visitors: Approved visitors are welcomed to campus.

Fitness facilities: Fitness centers and gymnasiums are open at 33% capacity.

Dining: Dine-in/takeout; dine-in at 50% capacity with up to 4 chairs per table.

Offices: Faculty/staff offices in person at 50%.


Level 3: Localized Restricted Movement

(Modified operations due to multiple cases reported on campus, within a group, or in the area around campus.)

Potential Triggers:  

  • Cluster outbreak on campus or within a campus group
  • COVID-19 levels in the wider community

Classroom: In-person and virtual classes

On-campus gatherings with appropriate social distancing: Indoor and outdoor events/activities up to 10 attendees. Religious services are at 25% capacity. Meetings take place virtually.

Off-campus gatherings with appropriate social distancing: No gatherings with students you don’t live with

Visitors: No visitors in residence halls or dining commons

Fitness Facilities: Fitness centers and gymnasiums are open for 10 people at a time

Dining: Dine-in/takeout. Dine-in at 25% capacity with up to 4 chairs per table

Offices: Faculty/staff offices in person at 50%


Level 4: Severely Restricted Campus Operations

(The College will temporarily restrict operations campus-wide in an effort to limit Community spread.)

Potential Triggers:  

  • A significant number of positive cases which result in limited isolation/quarantine spaces
  • A few random, seemingly unconnected cases
  • Inability to effectively deliver health services due to overwhelming positive cases

Classroom: Classes are held virtually until further notice. Off campus placements continue to be in-person depending on location. Residence halls remain open.

On-campus gatherings: No in-person gatherings

Off-campus gatherings: No gatherings with students you don’t live with

Visitors: No visitors on campus

Fitness facilities: Fitness centers and gymnasiums are closed

Dining: Takeout/delivery only

Offices: Faculty/staff offices in person at 25%


Level 5: Fully Remote 

(The College will suspend normal operations campus wide.)

Potential Triggers:  

  • Signs of elevated health risks from COVID-19
  • Severe illness or hospitalization due to COVID-19
  • Limited local hospital (ICU) capacity
  • Severely limited staffing results in decreased ability to deliver essential services

Classroom: Classes are held virtually. Residence halls close within 7 days.

On-campus gatherings: No in-person gatherings

Off-campus gatherings: No gatherings with students you don’t live with

Visitors: No visitors on campus

Fitness facilities: Fitness centers and gymnasiums are closed

Dining: Takeout/delivery. Dining facilities close within 7 days

Offices: Faculty/staff offices are staffed at essential staff levels; all other faculty/staff work remotely.

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