February 10, 2022
To the Pace Community:
We will lower the COVID-19 alert level from Orange to Yellow on all three campuses, effective today at 10:00 a.m.
 
As a result of our shift to Yellow, we will be easing some of our previously implemented Omicron-related safety protocols. The following measures will be in effect:

  • Residence Hall Guest Policy: Residential students will once again be permitted to invite other Pace students—both residential and commuter—to their rooms/suites. At this time, outside visitors will not be permitted in our residence halls. This new guest policy will go into effect on Friday, February 11.   
  • Events: Pace-sponsored events, student activities, and other gatherings may take place (indoors or outdoors) with an indoor target capacity of 75% or less. All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings while indoors.
  • Masks: All individuals on campus—regardless of vaccination status—must wear appropriate, high-quality masks while indoors; especially in classrooms, shared offices, and elevators. There have been no documented cases of classroom transmission at Pace, where we have required vaccines and masks are worn in the classroom. Outdoor mask usage will now be optional.

We’ve been fortunate that the positivity rate in the Pace Community has remained low since we have returned for the Spring 2022 semester. COVID-19 case rates related to the Omicron variant are decreasing significantly in our region, and we are optimistic that this trend will continue here and across the country. The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor our community’s COVID-19 risk and case rates, and we anticipate a move to Green in the coming weeks, if present trends continue. In early March, we will provide further updates on COVID-19 protocols, like masking and testing around our spring breaks.

As the Omicron variant spread lessens, we all must continue our efforts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Here are a few reminders as we move through the semester: 

  • Get boosted when eligible. New reports are showing that boosters for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are likely offering good protection against the Omicron variant. If you are able and eligible, please schedule your booster as soon as possible. Upload your booster documentation; be sure to include your booster date and immunization documentation.  
  • Please note: If you uploaded your booster documentation to the patient portal prior to Pace’s January announcement with specific instructions about recording your booster, you must login to the Patient Portal and add your booster date to the “COVID-19 Boosters” section in the Immunization Form to become compliant.
  • Participate in Community Testing if you are selected to participate in on-campus testing to help identify and contain cases on campus. You will be notified via Pace email if you have been selected.
  • Isolate yourself and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Pay attention to how you are feeling and stay home if you are not feeling 100%. Do not come to campus if you are symptomatic, instead make arrangements to get tested at a location near you
  • Wash and sanitize your hands. Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water and take advantage of hand sanitizers made widely available on campus. 
  • Be ready to pivot. We need to be prepared to implement safety measures should case rates elevate or new variants of concern emerge.
  
Stay tuned to your Pace email for more information about the Spring 2022 semester and updates related to COVID-19. For more information, please visit our Return to Campus website or email covidcoordinator@pace.edu.
Sincerely,
Brian Anderson, MPH, CSP
Executive Director, Emergency Management
and Environmental Health and Safety 
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