This dashboard provides regular updates on the current status of the health of the Saint Joseph’s College community. Please check back regularly for the lates news and information. For info about COVID-19 in our region, please visit Covid Act Now or the CDC’s County Tracker.

Latest Community Health Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

October 4th, 2021|

Back in May, when we established the College’s requirement that all non-exempt students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the possibility of booster shots was on the distant horizon. Full vaccination has meant two Pfizer or Moderna shots, or the single Johnson & Johnson shot, plus two weeks.

Now booster shots are much closer to widespread availability. Following federal and state guidelines, SJC will be incorporating them into our definition of fully vaccinated. The College will require COVID-19 boosters for campus students and all faculty and staff (excluding those who currently have approved exemptions). The requirement will be implemented on a rolling basis – as boosters become available, and as the list of recommended recipients expands.

More details about this process will follow from the PRT, the Health and Wellness Center, and SJC’s Human Resources team. Together we will establish an orderly process to ensure that our entire community continues to live and learn safely at Saint Joe’s.

If you have already received your booster, please update your full vaccination status at the Health and Wellness Center’s encrypted Google form.

Condolences

September 23rd, 2021|

The Pandemic Response Team would like to share President Dlugos’ message of condolence to one of our fellow institutions of Mercy higher education, Mount Mercy College. They lost one of their beloved students to COVID-19 this week. Please keep their community in your prayers, and let’s remain vigilant as this pandemic continues to affect all of our lives.

Dear President Olson,

It is with deep sorrow that we learned of the passing of Ashley Hudson earlier this week.

The loss of any member of the greater Mercy community affects us all; the untimely passing of one of our students brings special pain and grief.

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine community are with Ashley, her family, and all of the Mount Mercy community.

With deepest sympathy,

Jim

SJC has zero active cases of COVID-19 on campus this week.

Public Space? Masks On.

September 21st, 2021|

Hi SJC! Just a reminder that we’re still masking up in ALL public indoor spaces on campus – and that includes residence and academic building hallways. We’ve seen some slippage in these areas lately… literally. Masks seem to be sliding down noses, and even under chins. But lipguards and chinstraps won’t stop COVID. So let’s put ’em on, and pull ’em up over your mouth and nose. Thank you!

We have zero active cases on campus.

When We Will Mask

September 16th, 2021|

The Pandemic Response Team has instituted guidelines for changing public indoor mask mandates on campus, now that our initial 14-day safety window has passed. The College will be using the CDC’s County level transmission levels, along with guidance from the Maine CDC. Whenever Cumberland County transmission of COVID-19 is listed as Substantial or High, we will be requiring masks in all public indoor spaces. Once the level drops to Moderate, SJC will ensure the downward trend is consistent by waiting 7 days to lift the public indoor mask requirement.

A quick reminder that the Stone Barn is an indoor space, even with both doors open, and masks are currently required in the building. The tent in back of the Barn is an outdoor space, where masks are optional but encouraged.

There are zero active cases of COVID-19 on campus.

Reporting Current Active Cases

September 14th, 2021|

Good morning! We will be reporting the number of current active cases in our community after our PRT meetings on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Active cases will include students, faculty and staff. The number signifies both new cases and those currently in isolation for 10 days.

Currently, there are 0 active cases on campus.

Guidelines for All Visitors to Campus

September 8th, 2021|

Hello, SJC! The PRT has established guidelines for all visitors to campus.

  • Currently, visitors may not use the library or the lakefront. These spaces will be reserved for the SJC community for the time being.
  • Visitors to other public indoor spaces – such as Pearson’s, Baggot Street, and Alfond Hall – must be vaccinated or masked. The individual hosts of these visitors will be responsible for ensuring that this rule is followed at all times.
  • Spectators to all indoor sporting events on campus are required to wear masks at all times.

Currently, we have four positive cases of COVID-19 in our community. Everyone affected is currently isolating for 14 days. Close contacts are masking until they receive a negative test 3-5 days after exposure.

Happy September, SJC!

September 1st, 2021|

Campus is buzzing with activity again, just the way we like it.

One quick update today: We will not be using the anonymous COVID tip line this semester. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t want to know if you see unhealthy activity around campus. Knowledge is a critical public health tool, and we encourage everyone in our community to speak up if they see something wrong. Please call or email Campus Safety, the Health and Wellness Center, or continue emailing coronaquestions@sjcme.edu.

It’s a new year at SJC. Let’s keep each other safe!