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Presidential Update

On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order that outlined what he called “the most drastic action we can take” in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, across the State.

Specifically, the Governor announced that the State will enforce:

  • A 100% reduction in on-site workforce for non-essential businesses.
  • A ban on non-essential gatherings of individuals for any reason, and of any size.
  • Social distancing rules in essential businesses (such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and – in our case – college campuses).
  • A limit on use of public transportation to travel that is absolutely necessary, and social distancing rules of at least 6 feet during essential travel.

In addition, the Governor announced “Matilda’s Law,” which requires New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems and/or underlying illnesses to:

  • Stay at home and limit visits to immediate family or close friends.
  • Prescreen visitors by taking their temperature and checking whether they are suffering from flu-like symptoms.
  • Wear medical masks outside the home, and in the presence of any other individuals.

He enacted these measures in response to the exponential growth in cases in New York State. As of Saturday morning, the State reported 10,356 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. While there are some areas where the virus is concentrated, it is rapidly expanding across the entire State. The severity of these measures underlines the threat we are facing.

To comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, these rules will be enforced at SUNY Canton:

  • Only faculty and staff that are designated as on-campus essential will be allowed to come to campus. Exceptions include:
    • Staff who are asked to come to campus due to an emergency, for instance information technology staff in the event of a network failure.
    • Faculty and staff who are primarily working remotely, but whose job functions necessitate occasional on-campus duties. These duties should be outlined by your supervisor in your remote work plan.
    • Faculty and staff who apply to and are approved to come to campus by their area VP for an essential reason. Please complete the Campus Access Form and return to your Vice President.
  • For those individuals who must be on campus, social distancing rules will be in effect, with a ban on non-essential gatherings of individuals in all buildings and at all times.

The Governor’s number one priority, and ours, is your health and safety. I take this responsibility very seriously. For the sake of our entire community, particularly  the most vulnerable among us, I am counting on all of you to take every precaution and abide by the Governor’s mandates.