Recommendations for High-Risk Individuals
In coordination with Federal, state, and local authorities and health care providers, Bard remains in a preventative status where the emphasis is on precautionary measures to minimize potential exposure among at-risk populations. With that in mind, we are sharing updated recommendations from the CDC regarding higher risk individuals. The well-being of students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority, and our strategy is being guided by the best advice applicable to our location here in Dutchess County. Faculty, staff, and students who are at higher risk should follow the guidelines below.
If public health officials determine there is a reason to move from prevention to mitigation, or advise us to take any other action, we will immediately provide further guidance on the next steps in our ongoing contingency planning. In the meantime, we will continue to share clear, consistent, and accurate information.
We are in the midst of the regular flu season. The best way to limit transmission of the flu also applies to COVID-19.
- Get a flu shot
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (for a minimum of 20 seconds)
- Cover your face using a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Limit the amount you touch your face
- Avoid contact or proximity with anyone who is ill
- If you are ill, stay home and contact Health Services to discuss next steps
Coordinating College Response
Public health officials have recommended that we identify dedicated housing where students can be comfortable if we need to quarantine anyone with a suspected case. We have identified suitable housing and are now moving some students to create separate, dedicated housing in case quarantine is needed. Other colleges in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere are taking similar measures.
The College’s staff is prepared to help students with food delivery and are organizing online activities to help students remain connected. Health Services staff have protocols for checking in with students who are ill. Faculty are developing plans to minimize disruptions in classes. All campus offices have response plans to help the community in the case that we need to mobilize.
Volunteering: Needs and Opportunities
Collaboration is one of our community’s greatest strengths. Many people have inquired with the Center for Civic Engagement and offered to help both the Bard community and our surrounding neighbors. CCE is in conversation with many area nonprofits, schools, and government organizations about their needs and how we can coordinate efforts. As we all consider ways to support each other, please complete this brief form regarding community needs and opportunities to help.