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FAQ: Parents & Families

Covid-19 Cluster

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I'm concerned about the safety of myself and family members when my student comes home from College.

You and your student can take steps in advance and while together to reduce risks. See Traveling home.


Will students be notified if someone in their residence hall tests positive?

Only students who have had close contact with an individual who tests positive will be notified by a contact tracer. Assisting contact tracers is an important strategy in combating the spread of COVID-19. 

We know that wearing a face covering is one of the most effective measures for minimizing the spread of the virus. Students should be wearing a face covering while interacting with other students who live in their residence hall. The only exception is immediate roommates or suitemates who dwell together inside one residential unit.

So, if a student’s roommate or suitemate tests positive for COVID, it is likely that the student will be notified by a contact tracer. Otherwise, the expectation is that students are not engaging with other students in a manner that would qualify as close contact. And in a positive case, it is the responsibility of the individual who has tested positive to fully disclose all instances of close contact to the contact tracer.


Can everyone get tested for COVID-19?

Nazareth encourages and supports testing for all students, faculty, and staff with COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. See the Testing webpage for the steps to follow, and for updates about surveillance testing.


How does Nazareth enforce using the screening app every day?

All students, faculty, and staff are asked to stop once a day at a self-check-in kiosk on campus. See screening & kiosks.

We continue to promote to students the importance of following all of the College’s protocols in the weekly Forward Flyers newsletters and through other outlets and efforts on campus. 

The Health and Counseling office works closely with Academic Affairs to ensure that students can confidentially disclose potential symptoms without fear of disruption to their academics.


I'm worried about my student living on campus and wondering if I should bring them home?

As Governor Cuomo observed on August 27, when he announced a new infection threshold for remote-only education, "We should anticipate clusters and that's what we're seeing. Be prepared for it, get ahead of it."

The threshold he set for a college Nazareth's size is 100 positive COVID-19 cases in a 14-day period. Nazareth updates the cases webpage each weekday.

Multiple steps are being taken to reduce COVID spread. For more: FAQ: COVID-19 Cluster

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