The holidays are here, and for many of us it will be a time to gather with family and friends. While we are enjoying our reunions, it is also important to continue to be vigilant about the developments surrounding COVID-19.
Get Vaccinated and Mask Up
The Omicron variant continues to spread and based on reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting vaccinated and wearing a mask are effective ways of stopping the spread of this virus. Remember, BMCC is an institution that welcomes individuals from all walks of life to learn and work in an environment that promotes equity, inclusion and diversity. We must all take the proper steps to protect ourselves and each other.
In this effort, the college hosted the NYC mobile vaccination van on Dec. 14 and 15 and is hosting the van TODAY (Dec. 16) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in front of Fiterman Hall, where everyone can get the vaccine (Pfizer or J&J) and the booster. It is a service that I encourage all of you to take advantage of, if you haven’t already.
Individuals who need a mask can also get a free mask when entering any of the BMCC buildings, by asking Public Safety officers located at each of the entrances. Wearing a mask properly (covering the nose and mouth) is one of the most effective ways of minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
Random Testing Program
Also, CUNY has started the Random Testing Program of all CUNY vaccinated individuals, which is another measure to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
If you are selected to participate in the random testing, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions. It will ask you to complete registration in Cleared4, and then produce a sample at a CUNY test site within 7 days. PLEASE NOTE: If you uploaded your proof of vaccination through CUNYfirst, you will be part of the Random Testing Pool.
There is no appointment necessary for those selected for random testing. Visit any of the 20 CUNY test site locations as a walk-in. See all CUNY test sites. The closest site to the BMCC Main Campus is located at Fiterman Hall (81 Barclay Street (Café External Entrance), NY, NY 10007).
The hours of operation are:
- Mondays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Tuesday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Wednesday, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Thursday, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
- Friday (Closed)
- Saturday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Sunday (Closed)
After you complete the test, your results should be available within 48 hours. If your result is “negative,” you will keep your access to campus. If your result is “positive,” your access will be removed, and you will be contacted by Health Services for guidance.
PLEASE NOTE: Individuals who are selected for random testing must comply – it is notoptional. If you do not submit a sample within 7 days, your access to the BMCC campus may be removed. For individuals who are non-compliant, additional steps may be taken to a disciplinary level.
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Once more, I ask everyone to remember that we should all do our part to protect each other from the COVID-19 virus. Time is critical and we must remember why it is important to get vaccinated, mask up and participate in the random testing program to keep our campus safe and healthy for everyone.
Please continue to visit the Reimagining BMCC website for updates related to the pandemic and our campus.
Get vaccinated and the booster, mask up, and remember to do your part to stop the spread of this dangerous virus.
Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College