As we move into a long holiday weekend, we remind our community of the critical importance of continuing to adhere to health and safety guidelines, both on and off campus. These guidelines include wearing face masks/coverings, practicing physical distancing and good hygiene, and limiting exposure by refraining from unsanctioned gatherings.
While our COVID-19 numbers are currently at a favorable level (see testing update below), some local colleges recently have instituted campus lockdowns and shifted to remote learning as a result of upticks in positive cases. These cases are primarily attributable to behaviors that increase the risk of exposure.
We understand that students may travel for the weekend. Please be aware that any travel outside of Massachusetts will be subject to the state travel order, which includes quarantine and testing requirements. Our expectation is that, while off campus, all will remain vigilant so that we can continue to keep our cases low and our campus safe and healthy.
As of February 10th, the College’s 7-day positivity rate through our on-campus Testing Center is at 0.17%. The majority of the College community is being tested twice per week, and testing statistics can be viewed on the testing dashboard. The dashboard is updated daily, Monday through Friday, and includes data from Emmanuel and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Fitness Center Update
The College will re-open fitness areas in the Jean Yawkey Center and the New Residence Hall for general student use on Tuesday, February 16th. Per Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, fitness centers must operate at a 40% capacity with a six (6)-foot physical distancing requirement. Given this significantly reduced capacity, the fitness centers are not open to faculty and staff at this time. The weight area in St. Joseph Hall has been designated for student-athlete training and is not open to all students. The New Residence Hall fitness space is open only to those living in the building.
Hours for the fitness areas in both the Jean Yawkey Center and New Residence Hall are as follows:
- Monday through Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To ensure the safest environment in these spaces, a number of rules and regulations will be in place, including wearing face coverings, showing a “cleared” status in CoVerified, sanitizing equipment before and after use, and distancing from other fitness center visitors.
An appointment will be required to use the fitness centers. A follow-up communication will contain a link to an appointment booking system, as well as further guidance.
Flu Vaccine Update
While the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has lifted its requirement that all college students receive a flu vaccine this winter, students may still obtain a shot through Health Services, free of charge. To set up an appointment with Health Services, students can call (617) 264-7678 during regular business hours.