COVID Special Announcements

Dear Campus Community,

With the start of ISP, we want to make you aware of some important new information regarding the College’s response to the significant rise of COVID-19 cases, both in Florida and nationally, due to the Omicron variant.

While a spike in COVID-19 cases is already occurring around the country, cases are expected to continue to rise locally throughout early January. However, unlike previous surges, this spike is expected to be relatively short in duration — perhaps no more than two to four weeks. Still, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus, reduce the accompanying misery and minimize any long-term health consequences.

First and foremost, the primary tools to ameliorate the spread of the virus are unchanged:

· Isolate – Stay at home or in on-campus quarantine if ill or you test positive.

· Vaccination – Get a booster, if you haven’t already done so. Information on local vaccination options is listed below

· Masks – Wear a mask. And indications seem to be that N95 and KN95 are most effective. Please use this if possible.

· Test – Test if you have been exposed or have symptoms. Local testing sites are listed below

The following is the College’s attempt to provide clarification regarding recent CDC guideline changes, which may be simply stated as follows if you test positive:

1. Isolate for 5 days minimum.

2. Test at Day 5 if possible.

3. If you feel better and test negative, you may return. But please keep wearing your mask!

4. If you test positive after 5 days, the highest level of precaution would be to isolate for an additional 5 days. However, at a minimum, please wear a mask for at least 5 days.

Please be aware that the CDC guidelines may shift over time, as we will need to update these guidelines as we move forward.

As we are trying to track how many cases are on campus, and want to do tracing if possible, please contact either Dr. Anne Fisher at fisher@ncf.edu or Kristie Harris at kharris@ncf.edu to let us know if you are ill or test positive for COVID. Your health information will not be shared with others, only put in an aggregate for data that we can utilize to monitor the health of our campus community.

Students

Students should complete the COVID Screener on the NCF portal should they test positive and/or develop symptoms. Student Health can then reach out to you and help you! If you are residential, it is highly likely that you will be asked to relocate for a minimum of 5 days to an isolation room, or remain off campus. However, each situation is unique and we want to make sure that we have the best options for everyone.

Living with others in the midst of a pandemic can present unique challenges. If you have questions or concerns related to living on campus or roommates, please reach out to Nicole Gelfert, Interim Assistant Dean of Students, for help and support.

Employees

If you test positive and/or have symptoms, or have other related questions or concerns, contact Kristie Harris at klharris@ncf.edu for guidance on next steps. It is vital that Human Resources stay informed so that the College can manage staffing needs. Also, if you are out on sick leave for more than 5 days, contact Lara Sladick at benefits@ncf.edu to discuss options available to you.

Points of clarification:

The 5 days is measured from the earliest time: a positive COVID-19 test or the first day of the onset of symptoms.

Symptoms of Omicron

According to the CDC, symptoms for both the Omicron and Delta variants of COVID-19 are largely similar. With the Omicron variant, the most common symptoms are cough, fatigue, runny nose, congestion, and a sore or scratchy throat. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html

Free Testing and Masks

The spike due to Omicron has made finding affordable test kits and N95 masks a challenge. Please be aware that the College has placed an order for test kits and is actively working on the provision of free self-administered test kits. We hope to announce further details next week. Likewise, the College has placed an order for N95 masks – details on the distribution of masks at no charge will be shared in the coming days..

Events and Gatherings

We are recommending that all events and gatherings with more than 10 people be held virtually through the end of ISP, on Friday, January 28, 2022. This does not apply to academic, for-credit activities or outdoor events. If your event is impractical to hold virtually, please contact Chris Kinsley at CKinsley@ncf.edu or 941-487-4444 to discuss appropriate mitigation protocols.

Local Vaccination and testing resources:

NCF COVID-19 Update and Community Testing Locations:
https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/

COVID-19 Vaccine | Sarasota County, FL:  https://www.scgov.net/government/health-and-human-services/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine

COVID Testing Sites with 25 miles of NCF Campus

: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/?zipcode=34243&medications=25f1389c-5597-47cc-9a9d-3925d60d9c21%2Ca84fb9ed-deb4-461c-b785-e17c782ef88b%2C779bfe52-0dd8-4023-a183-457eb100fccc%2C784db609-dc1f-45a5-bad6-8db02e79d44f&radius=25&appointments=false

We know that the Omicron variant presents yet another new challenge in this pandemic, but we are optimistic that as a community, we have the strength and resources to overcome. We remind you to treat each other with respect, kindness, and care. Our ability to successfully navigate this ISP and the fast-approaching Spring 2022 semester depends upon our individual and collective action.

Please know that there are abundant resources available to you as we work together to keep our community safe. Don’t hesitate to lean on the CWC, campus leadership, and your professors for some extra support over these next few weeks.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID UPDATE – January 1, 2022

Normal operations of the College will resume with the start of ISP on January 3, 2022.

    We continue to monitor the rapid increase in cases associated with the “Omicron” variant of COVID-19. In the past few days, the CDC has modified the guidance on quarantine and isolation, indicating that their data shows most transmissions happen a few days before and after COVID is detected. New College has adopted these new guidelines for students, faculty, and staff. This means if you test positive you are expected to isolate for five days and if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), followed by a 5 day mask wearing period whenever you are in the presence of someone else. Students who test positive may obtain an academic excuse if needed. Students who are residential should contact either Dr. Fisher or Nicole Gelfert to discuss their individual situation. Employees who test positive for COVID should contact Human Resources:

  Employees contact Kristie Harris at kharris@ncf.edu

  Students contact either Dr. Fisher at fisher@ncf.edu or Nicole Gelfert at ngelfert@ncf.edu

  The College will take each situation into account.

   In general, if you are sick or ill, please do not come to campus until your illness has passed. Please contact one of the above listed staff if you have more specific questions.

Sarasota Testing Information

While we are working to once again arrange on-campus testing, this is not currently available for the week of January 3rd. Information regarding local test locations is available at:

No Appointment Needed – Drive Through Test

Closest to New College (Old Dog Track) – No Appointment Needed – Drive Through Testing

*5400 Bradenton Road,

Sarasota, FL 34234

*This testing site will be closed Jan. 1 (New Years Day).

Both PCR and Rapid Tests: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

*Note: If using Apple Maps, use the address 5400 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota. If using Google Maps, use the address 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota.

Drive Up Testing – No Appointment Needed

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th Street,

Sarasota, FL 34237

*This testing site will be closed Jan. 1 (New Years Day).

Walk-Up Testing No Appointment Needed

PCR Tests Only: 7 Days a Week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot

1845 34th Street,

Sarasota, FL 34234

*This testing site will be closed Jan. 1 (New Years Day).

Both PCR and Rapid Tests: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Rapid tests are for first responders and school aged children.

Walk-Up Testing No Appointment Needed

Dallas White Park

5900 Greenwood Ave,

North Port, FL 34287

*This testing site will be closed Jan. 1 (New Years Day).

Both PCR and Rapid Tests: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Rapid tests are for first responders and school aged children.

Other Testing Options

Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Centers

CVS

Walgreens

America’s Pharmacy

Ellenton Urgent Care

New College continues to coordinate its efforts with the other campuses of the State University System and Florida Board of Governors BOG COVID Update 12 29 21 which stated on December 29th that the “pandemic is not over, and as we prepare for the spring semester, we must also remain vigilant and follow the policies and protocols that are shown to limit the impacts of the virus. The best way to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and our communities is to protect yourself, your family, and your friends every day by following the recommended precautions, including wearing masks, testing when necessary, and getting fully vaccinated, including a booster, if you are able to do so”.

  As always when the campus is closed, call Campus Police Dispatch at 941-487-4210 to report urgent problems – this number is monitored 24/7.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

  As we enter the last week of term, we can now report that thanks to the outstanding efforts of our students, staff and faculty, the College has successfully navigated the ongoing COVID-19 situation. You got vaccinated, got tested and wore masks as needed, keeping the absolute number of cases and consequences to a minimal level. You cooperated with contact tracing efforts, and maintained appropriate social protocols, allowing us to safely hold in person classes, events and meetings. Thank you.

While the future course of COVID-19 remains uncertain, I am confident that with your continued cooperation, we will successfully navigate the final stages of the pandemic.

The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Peak vs. End of Term Conditions

At peak, which was the week of September 20th, the number of students who had tested positive for COVID-19 was less than 5; and the number of employees testing positive was 5. That same week, contact tracing led us to monitor the health of over 80 students and staff.

As of Dec. 3, 2021, there are no identified cases of COVID-19 on campus. The past 4 rounds of free on-campus testing have identified no positive cases either.

While the CDC at the beginning of term had the entire State of Florida in a zone of High Risk, most of Florida, including our local area is now deemed Low Risk.

Future Expectations

College officials will continue to monitor and assess local, state and national conditions as a guide to future policy decisions. This includes the Omicron variant. As of today, no cases have been detected in Florida. Also, as of today, there is not an expectation that students or staff will need to be tested prior to returning to campus in January. Should this change, timely notification will be communicated via e-mail, and posted on our website. Please monitor the COVID-19 Update page on a weekly basis for the latest information.

Vaccination and Testing Information

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 Vaccine or booster shot, you may do so by appointment or by walk-up:

You can make an appointment for a vaccine or booster with a local provider through this website: https://www.vaccines.gov/ or for walk up vaccinations see: http://sarasota.floridahealth.gov/

NCF’s Student Health Center (located on USF-SM’s Campus), call to schedule a free booster shot, administered weekly on Wednesdays by appointment between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Call 941-487-4254 option 2 to schedule. Booster shots are free, available to students, faculty and staff as well as for significant others of a NCF community member. There are no age restrictions on obtaining the booster shot.

Florida Department of Health:

Per the FL DOH Website: Everyone Ages 18 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot to locate a clinic: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/

Appointments may be required, and specific vaccine types and brands may not be available at all sites, so review the location’s instructions (for example, you may need to schedule an appointment online

Local Free Testing locations

If you need a test for travel or employment purpose, or any other reason, here are some local options:

Drive-Thru Locations:

Sarasota Kennel Club/Old Dog Track

5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

Both PCR and Rapid Tests: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237

PCR Tests Only: 7 Days a Week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walk-Up Testing

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot

1845 34th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Both PCR and Rapid Tests: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dallas White Park

5900 Greenwood Ave, North Port, FL 34287

Both PCR and Rapid Tests: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bradenton Area Convention Center southwest parking lot

1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto.

PCR or Rapid Tests 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. seven days a week.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

   The last chance to get tested on campus, for this year, is on 11/30/21. As per usual, the testing will take place in front of Sudakoff from 10am until 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come and test.

Please make sure to bring your ID. Hope to see you there.

Yosef Shapiro , B.S. , M.S. , Environmental Science/Studies
Director, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Emergency Management (EM)
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-487-4449

At this time we do not have plans for an additional Booster Shot Clinic. The Florida Department of Health is no longer offering pop-up clinics.

You can get free Booster Shots at the following locations:

NCF’s Student Health Center (located on USF-SM’s Campus), call to schedule a free booster shot, administered weekly on Wednesdays by appointment between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Call 941-487-4254 option 2 to schedule. Booster shots are free, available to students, faculty and staff as well as for significant others of a NCF community member. There are no age restrictions on obtaining the booster shot.

Florida Department of Health:
per the FL DOH Website: Everyone Ages 18 and Older Can Get a Booster Shot
to locate a clinic: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/
Appointments may be required, and specific vaccine types and brands may not be available at all sites, so review the location’s instructions (for example, you may need to schedule an appointment online

You can also connect with local pharmacies to schedule a free booster shot.

NCF to Offer COVID Boosters on 11/15/21

    We are pleased to announce that NCF’s Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) and the Florida Department of Health will be hosting a COVID booster clinic on 11/15/21.

   The clinic will be located at Sudakoff and will run from 11am until 1pm. All three types of boosters; Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson will all be available. Students are the priority of this clinic. But, all are welcome and no one will be turned away. Please bring your ID and your vaccination card to the clinic.

     Don’t have your card? Not a problem. Information regarding previous vaccinations in Florida will be on record and accessible by the DOH staff.

  We hope to see you there. as we take one more step in fighting, and hopefully ending, the pandemic.

——

Yosef Shapiro , B.S. , M.S. , Environmental Science/Studies
Director, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Emergency Management (EM)
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
941-487-4449

Weekly COVID Messages

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – NOVEMBER 3, 2021

This will be the final regular weekly e-mail regarding COVID-19. Starting next week, updates will be posted on the website at :https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

While we are still technically in a “Substantial Transmission” community, we fully anticipate that Manatee County will drop from 52 cases per 100,000 to 50 cases per 100,000 in the coming days. This will then place New College firmly in the “Moderate” category, aligning with the on-campus case number of zero.

We plan to continue to observe the recommended CDC protocols for areas of High and Substantial transmission through the end of finals, December 10th. The College will continue to assess local conditions relative to COVID-19; with the COVID Response Team meeting every other week.

Thank you to everyone who took steps to stop this dreadful pandemic.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College will continue to hold regular testing times on Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Sudakoff through the remainder of the month. Testing will take place during Thanksgiving week.
The last scheduled testing will take place on November 30th.

USF continues to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation. You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.


Christie Fitz-Patrick
Associate Vice President of Administrative Affairs
941.487.4443 Office
New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – OCTOBER 27, 2021

 

The downward trend in COVID transmission continues, with the CDC dropping Sarasota County into the “Moderate” category. While Manatee is still classified as “Substantial”, the underlying case and positivity rates did both decline. The COVID Response Team continues to meet on a weekly basis, and the current consensus is that the College maintain the current CDC recommended protocols for High/Substantial transmission. Locally, 32 people voluntarily tested on campus yesterday, and all results were negative. While both Florida and national data shows an overall declining trend, county by county transmission level data continues to move both up and down on a week by week basis. Thus, in order to avoid a fluctuating “Mask On”/”Mask Off” expectation, we intend to continue current policies until we are solidly in the Moderate or lower category . Thank you for your patience and understanding as we enter what we all hope is the final phase of this pandemic. The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Ten Conditions (October 25-29)

The current number of students testing positive for COVID is zero, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is also zero. Total community members being monitored is now under 10. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Flu Shots Available
We have flu shots available at the CWC! If you are interested, please call us at 941-487-4254 option 4 and make an appointment. Students can come and get the vaccine without charge. Employees are welcome to come, but need to bring their health insurance card, as Student Health will process the insurance. No fees are required. The clinics are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Please note that flu shots and the COVID vaccine can be given safely together, so do get a flu shot even if you plan to obtain a booster when it is available.

Testing and Vaccination Information
The College will hold regular testing times next Tuesday, November 2nd, 10:00AM – 1:00PM at Sudakoff. USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation. You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine. 

Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration 941-487-4444 New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – OCTOBER 20, 2021

Good news! For the first time since the Delta variant surge, the CDC places both Manatee and Sarasota counties in the “Substantial” rather than the “High” transmission category. Let’s all keep doing our part to keep COVID case numbers on a downward trend!

The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Nine Conditions (October 18-22)
The current number of students testing positive for COVID is zero, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is also zero.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Flu Shots Available
We have flu shots available at the CWC! If you are interested, please call us at 941-487-4254 option 4 and make an appointment. Students can come and get the vaccine without charge. Employees are welcome to come, but need to bring their health insurance card, as Student Health will process the insurance. No fees are required. The clinics are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
Please note that flu shots and the COVID vaccine can be given safely together, so do get a flu shot even if you plan to obtain a booster when it is available.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College resumes its regular testing times next Tuesday, October 26th, 10:00AM – 1:00PM at Sudakoff.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – OCTOBER 13, 2021

We are continuing to see declines in Florida and local positivity rates. Once well over 20%, the positivity rate per the CDC is as follows: Florida (5.3%); Manatee (4.3%); Sarasota (4.6%) – overall “Moderate”. On the cases per 100,000 metric, Manatee is at 120 cases per 100,000 (High) and Sarasota is at 82 per 100,000 (Substantial). Thus, the New College transmission rate, which reflects the highest rate of the two host counties is still “High”.

Across the State University System, all 12 schools are reporting that active cases and contacts are extremely low. While wearing face coverings is prevalent at New College, this recommended precaution is not being as actively practiced at several of our fellow institutions, counter to the CDC guidance.

The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Eight Conditions (October 11-15)*
The current number of students testing positive for COVID is zero, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is less than 5. Contact tracing numbers have dropped accordingly.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College will resume campus testing next week, October 19. Testing hours will run from 9:30 to 12:30; at the same Sudakoff location.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Flu Shots Available
We have flu shots available at the CWC! If you are interested, please call us at 941-487-4254 option 4 and make an appointment. Students can come and get the vaccine without charge. Employees are welcome to come, but need to bring their health insurance card, as Student Health will process the insurance. No fees are required. The clinics are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.

Please note that flu shots and the Covid vaccine can be given safely together, so do get a flu shot even if you plan to obtain a booster when it is available.

* The information presented is intended to reflect the general conditions as they exist at the mid-point of the week, based on the most current data, rather than the beginning or ending date of the week.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – OCTOBER 6, 2021

We are continuing to see declines in Florida and local positivity rates. Once well over 20%, it is now reported as follows: Florida (7.9%); Manatee (6.9%); Sarasota (6.2%). Anything above 10% is considered “High” by the CDC; the next tier is “Substantial” between 8 and 10%. While Florida is in the “Moderate” category, between 5 and 8%, based on positivity, the CDC’s second measure, cases per 100,000 would also need to drop below 50 before CDC will deem this area “Moderate”, as CDC uses the greater risk factor in determining transmission level. On this measure, Manatee is at 188 cases per 100,000 and Sarasota is at 129. Lastly, as a reminder, the current protective recommendations are for all areas with high or substantial transmission.

The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Seven Conditions (October 4-8)
The current number of students testing positive for COVID is less than 5, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is less than 5. While the positive case numbers are low, we remain at high risk. Contact tracing continues to monitor well over 90 students, faculty and staff for possible high-risk exposure.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Flu Shots Available
We have flu shots available at the CWC! If you are interested, please call us at 941-487-4254 option 4 and make an appointment. Students can come and get the vaccine without charge. Employees are welcome to come, but need to bring their health insurance card, as Student Health will process the insurance. No fees are required. The clinics are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
Please note that flu shots and the covid vaccine can be given safely together, so do get a flu shot even if you plan to obtain a booster when it is available.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College is suspending on campus testing for next week, October 11-15, due to Fall Break. Alternative free locations, with no appointment needed, are as follows:

1) Drive up only testing at The “Dog Track” 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

Both PCR and Rapid Tests are available Monday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM

2) Drive up only testing at Ed Smith Stadium 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237

PCR Tests Only – 7 Days a Week 9AM – 5PM

3) Walk up testing at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Both PCR and Rapid Tests are available Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4PM. and Saturday: 9AM – 1PM

4) Walk up testing at Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Boulevard Palmetto, FL 34221

PCR and Rapid Tests are available Daily 7AM-7PM

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

We are continuing to see declines in Florida and local positivity rates. Once well over 20%, it is now reported as follows: Florida (9.6%); Manatee (10.2%); Sarasota (10%). Anything above 10% is considered “High” by the CDC; the next tier is “Substantial” between 8 and 10%. The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Six Conditions (September 27- October 1)
The current number of students testing positive for COVID is less than 5, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is less than 5. While the positive case numbers are low, we remain at high risk. Contact tracing continues to monitor well over 60 students, faculty and staff for possible high-risk exposure.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Upcoming Town Hall September 30, 7:00PM
The next meeting will be on September 30th at 7:00 p.m. in webinar format. The Administration will take questions both before and during this informational session. Details of this meeting have been sent in a separate email. Please send your anonymous questions in advance. To submit questions, just click this link.


Flu Shots Available

We have flu shots available at the CWC! If you are interested, please call us at 941-487-4254 option 4 and make an appointment. Students can come and get the vaccine without charge. Employees are welcome to come, but need to bring their health insurance card, as Student Health will process the insurance. No fees are required. The clinics are available on Thursdays and Fridays between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
Please note that flu shots and the covid vaccine can be given safely together, so do get a flu shot even if you plan to obtain a booster when it is available.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College is offering free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesdays, between 10:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This is walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to current NCF students and employees.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.
You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.
Regards,

Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

We are continuing to see declines in the positivity rate. Once well over 20%, it is now reported as follows: Florida (12.5%); Manatee (10.7 %) Sarasota (12.8%). Anything above 10% is considered “High” by the CDC; the next tier is “Substantial” between 8 and 10%. Another source we monitor is the Sarasota Herald Tribune, which has reported steadily decreasing hospitalized cases over the last few weeks; all hopeful signs.

The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Five Conditions (September 20-24)

The current number of students testing positive for COVID is less than 5, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is 5. While the positive case numbers are low, we remain at high risk. Contact tracing continues to monitor well over 80 students, faculty and staff for possible high-risk exposure.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Upcoming Town Hall September 30, 7:00PM

On September 21, at 3:00PM, the first information session to address COVID safety precautions was held. Led by President Okker, over 50 participants asked a variety of exceptionally good questions. The meeting can be viewed here:

The next meeting will be on September 30th at 7:00 p.m. in webinar format. The Administration will take questions both before and during this informational session. Details of this meeting will be sent in a separate email. Please send your anonymous questions in advance. To submit questions, just click this link.

Fall Break

Fall Break for students is October 11 through 15. At this point, the College is not planning to require testing prior to return for any students who leave campus for Fall Break. However, any students who wish to get tested will find our Tuesday on campus testing a very convenient option.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College is offering free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesdays, between 10:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This is walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to current NCF students and employees.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Regards,


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

We are aware that last week, a series of major changes to federal policies surrounding COVID-19 was announced. The specifics of these policies have not been published, and are thus still pending, in terms of any impact to the College’s response. We will absolutely keep the New College community aware of developments.

The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs continues to be posted at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Please keep in mind that while conditions locally are showing a modest improvement, COVID-19 numbers are still high, and are likely to be so for the rest of the Fall term. Let’s keep doing what we can – it is making a difference.

Week Four Conditions (September 13-17)

The current number of students testing positive for COVID is less than 5, with no students in campus quarantine. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is less than 5. While the positive case numbers are low, we remain at high risk. Contact tracing is currently monitoring over 60 students, faculty and staff for possible high risk exposure.

The percentage of students and employees reporting full vaccination remains relatively static at around 86% for students and 80% for staff, based on voluntarily submitted data. The majority of students, faculty and staff members have provided proof of vaccination. If you are vaccinated and haven’t yet provided that documentation, you are encouraged to do so. Knowing whether or not you have been vaccinated is extremely helpful to our contact tracing group, as vaccinated employees who are asymptomatic are not required to isolate.

Students need to submit this information to wellness@ncf.edu and employees should submit the information to lsladick@ncf.edu.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

Upcoming Town Hall September 21, 3:00PM

On September 21, at 3:00PM, we have scheduled the first of two planned information sessions to address any questions you may have regarding COVID safety precautions. The second session date and time will be announced next week. Town Hall Meeting Link A panel of Senior University Administrators will be available to take your questions, moderated by our new VP for Student Affairs, Marjorie Thomas.

The meeting will be in webinar format, and we will take questions both before and during this informational session. Please send your anonymous questions in advance. To submit questions, just click this link.

Fall Break

Fall Break for students is October 11 through 15. At this point, the College is not planning to require re-testing prior to return for any students who leave campus for Fall Break. However, any students who wish to get tested will find our Tuesday on campus testing a very convenient option.

Student Incentive Program

The Student Incentive Vaccination Program drawing is taking place this week. Winners are scheduled to be announced on Friday.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College is offering free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesdays, between 10:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This is walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to current NCF students and employees.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Take Care of New and You is our new slogan. Thanks to everyone, especially our students, for not only meeting but exceeding the mask wearing and vaccination expectations. You are doing your part to not allow this horrible scourge to spread on the New College campus. Please feel free to add the new logo, found at the bottom of this email to your signature block – no permission needed. The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs can be found at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

We will soon be scheduling a Town Hall to further communicate COVID-19 policies and take your questions. Stay tuned for more information! and special thanks to NCSA President Sofia Lombardi for technical assistance with this communication.

Week Three Conditions (September 6-10)

The current number of students testing positive for COVID is less than 5. The current number of employees testing positive for COVID is less than 5. The percentage of students reporting full vaccination vs. test only submission is 86%, based on 580 submissions. We can report for employees that the percentage vaccinated vs negative submitters is 79%, based on 308 submissions. We still have a significant number of students, faculty and staff members who have not provided either a negative COVID-19 Test or proof of vaccination. Students need to submit this information to wellness@ncf.edu and employees should submit the information to lsladick@ncf.edu.

Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941) 487-0033 or email wellness@ncf.edu.

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The College is offering free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesdays, between 10:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This is walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to current NCF students and employees.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines. Clinics are held Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Salad Bar

We are working with our partners at Metz to safely bring back the Salad Bar in the coming days. Hand-sanitizer and gloves will be available for your use.

Use of Official Email Lists, Especially Relating to COVID-19 Messages

For all employees, please be aware that the use of the official student, staff and faculty lists are for official College business only. As we strive to provide accurate, timely information on COVID-19, any messages that relate to COVID-19 must be vetted prior to posting. This is an attempt to reduce the amount of potentially erroneous information on this topic. This very update is extensively vetted, and yet we have had some errors. Please, please, I am more than glad to review anything that you feel is critical to the campus community. And if it is urgent, it can even be sent outside of the weekly update.

Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance &Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID-19 Weekly Update

The College’s fall term is off to a good start. Thank you all for providing your vaccination information and continuing to wear masks around campus. Please be mindful, and continue to follow the latest CDC guidance, if traveling for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. As a reminder, there will be no classes, and all offices will be closed on September 6th for Labor Day. Hamilton Dining Hall will be open for Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Dinner 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Boar’s Head Deli will be closed for Labor Day and will resume services on Tuesday. The latest official information on COVID-19 and FAQs can be found at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Week Two Conditions (August 22-28)

The current number of students and employees testing positive for COVID is less than 5.

The percentage of students reporting full vaccination vs. test only submission is 86%, based on 578 submissions. We can report for employees that the percent vaccinated vs negative submitters is 78%, based on 300 submissions. We still have a significant number of students, faculty and staff members who have not provided either a negative COVID-19 Test or proof of vaccination. Students need to submit this information to wellness@ncf.edu and employees to lsladick@ncf.edu.

For employees experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact Dr. Anne Fisher at (941)487-0033 or email fisher@ncf.edu.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College is offering free COVID-19 Testing on site on Tuesdays, between 10:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This is walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to current NCF students and employees.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813)974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at (941)487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

This week was marked by the official start of classes on Monday. As stated earlier, we will be releasing COVID-19 information each Wednesday. First, a note of explanation. Each week, we will report the combined number of students who are either COVID positive or quarantining due to high risk exposure. If the number is zero, we will report 0. If 5 or less, we will report this as “Under 1%”. We will report the actual number for 6 or more. The latest official information on COVID-19 may be found at https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

For employees, we will report numbers on a similar basis, but include those employees who are staying away and caring for COVID-19 positive family members. We feel this reporting method provides the best assessment of the current situation for New College, based on our past experience in managing the pandemic to date given our unique circumstances.

With the Sarasota County transmission rate remaining high at over 20%, everyone is expected to wear a mask when indoors and in outdoor crowded spaces.

Week One Conditions (August 23-28)

Using the methodology outlined above, the current number of students directly impacted by COVID is Under 1%; and the employee number is 13.

The percentage of students reporting full vaccination vs. test only submission is 87%, based on 574 submissions. We can report for employees that the percent vaccinated vs negative submitters is 72 %, based on 241 submissions.

While our experience throughout the pandemic has been relatively benign compared to many, it is critical we are vigilant both on, and especially off campus. Most of our cases have come from off campus exposure, so please be mindful of your off-campus interactions.

Testing and Vaccination Information

The College will offer free COVID-19 Testing on site on Tuesday, August 31, between 9:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This will be walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to students and staff.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813) 974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at 941-487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Ham Center Updates

Dining at Ham is busier than ever. Please be aware that the tent located outside Ham will be up through September 30th, and is a great option for taking a meal to go and getting away from the crowd. While the Styrofoam containers are free and convenient, the reusable “To Go” plastic containers are an affordable ($10) and environmentally friendly option.


Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

With the first day of classes starting next week, we will be providing regular updates on the College’s ongoing COVID-19 planning and response. These messages will go out every Wednesday, and more often as needed. For the latest official information on the College’s response to the rapidly evolving situation, please go to https://www.ncf.edu/covid-19/.

Expectations for Week One (August 23-28)

Everyone is expected to wear a mask when indoors and in outdoor crowded spaces. This is especially important in classrooms and labs, where proximity and the length of contact time can lead to isolation recommendations, even for vaccinated individuals.

At this point, we have asked a small number of positive students not to come to campus yet, and a handful of employees are off campus for COVID, or COVID related, such as caring for ill family members. Currently, the number of vaccinated students is (450) and employees is (178), based on self-reported, voluntary data. Data on the College’s positivity rate does not exist, however, we know that the State of Florida rate is approximately 20%, and that is also the rate in our surrounding counties.

Students and staff should quickly report any positive test for COVID-19 to the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) by calling 941-487-0033. Contact tracing will be conducted, and is being headed up by Dr. Anne Fisher.

Human Resources Guidance for Employees

The Office of Human Resources is fully operational with normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you need an appointment, please contact Taylor Parker at tparker@ncf.edu or at 941-487-4758.

Meanwhile, if you have not yet submitted a current negative test result or vaccination card, please do so not later than Monday, August 23, 2021. Remember, when you submit your card, you will receive 4 hours of Special Pandemic Leave time.

If you have HR related questions specific to COVID-19 issues, including issues related to CDC guidance for reasonable accommodations under the ADA, please contact Kristie Harris, Interim Assistant VP of Human Resources, at klharris@ncf.edu.

Regards, 

Mr. Chris Kinsley, VP for Finance & Administration
941-487-4444
New College of Florida

COVID Communication Notification Protocols

Updated 8/18/21

Pursuant to the Sarasota County Health Officials and USF Student Health Services the following protocols are in place:

For Employees
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must contact both Human Resources and their Supervisor immediately. If a positive test is received, regardless of vaccination status, you will need to isolate and not return to work until medically cleared and cleared by Human Resources.  If vaccinated, the employee may return to work as long as they are asymptomatic and are cleared by a negative COVID-19 test. 

Emergency Manager Yosef Shapiro will notify all appropriate offices, including at a minimum: Facilities, Campus Police and Information Technology. Human Resources will also notify the office impacted, and appropriate President’s Cabinet-level officer. The Emergency Manager will initiate contact tracing, starting with the impacted employee.

For Students
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must contact the Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) immediately.  If on campus, CWC will make all determinations as to the appropriate response for the student. If a positive test is received, regardless of vaccination status, you will need to isolate and not return until medically cleared to do so.  If vaccinated, the student may return as long as they are asymptomatic and are cleared by a negative COVID-19 test.  CWC will initiate notification to Emergency Manager, Yosef Shapiro, who in turn will notify impacted areas and divisions. With the student’s permission, the CWC will also notify the Provost’s Office, if the student is unable to attend class in person. 

fall 2021 reopening plan

 

Updated 7/28/21

Letter from VP for Finance & Administration Chris Kinsley

 

Students,

We are excited to welcome you to campus next month! To help us provide high-quality classes, student services and extracurricular activities in a healthy environment, we strongly recommend that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus.

This message is being consistently sounded across the entire State University System of Florida (Fall 2021 Letter to Students from Presidents of Florida SUS Universities.)

Before coming to campus, please submit a negative COVID-19 test result to wellness@ncf.edu The negative test result should be dated within 14 days of the date you will arrive on campus. For example, if your move in date is August 15, the test date should be between August 1 and August 14. If you are already fully vaccinated (i.e. your final shot was two weeks ago or more before your move-in), you have the option to submit a copy of your vaccination record in lieu of the mandatory test, also to wellness@ncf.edu . 

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain off campus and contact the Wellness Center at 941-487-4254 (option 2) for further guidance as to when you can come on campus. Please do not come to campus until you are cleared to do so.

Since the onset of the pandemic, our successes on campus have been a result of our commitment to the health and well-being of our community by taking recommended safety precautions. Being vaccinated is your greatest protection from COVID-19, and you are likely to avoid disruptions in your semester if you are exposed to COVID-19.

We wish you all a healthy and productive start to the fall term. New College is ready for your return!

Updated 7/27/21

The presidents of all of the Florida SUS universities strongly recommend that all students get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible:

Fall 2021 Letter to Students from Presidents of Florida SUS Universities

General Information

Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  guidelines, we expect everyone to wear masks indoors, no matter your vaccination status. We encourage everyone to be mindful that this is a time of adjustment and to be considerate and respectful of others’ personal space. Further, we ask everyone to be patient as we gradually transition campus physical spaces to accommodate pre-pandemic capacities. 

Yes. Physical distancing will be relaxed, although mask wearing is expected in indoor venues. 

Given recently released guidance from the CDC and the State University System, New College expects students, faculty, staff and guests on campus to wear masks in indoor venues. 

NCF offers a variety of mental health services and resources. Our NCF Employee Assistance Program offers confidential 24/7 access to support for employees at no cost. To access online services, visit www.espyr.com and request the log-in information or contact Espyr by calling 800-869-0276.

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) is available to all registered students for individual and/or group counseling.  Students should call 941-487-43254 option 1 for appointments, which are available in person and through telehealth. More information may be found at https://www.ncf.edu/cwc/

Please email yshapiro@ncf.edu, Director of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)/ Emergency Management (EM) for additional questions not answered here.

Information for Students, Families and Employees

Students do need to be cleared for return to campus. They can do this by submitting a copy of their COVID vaccine card or a recent negative COVID test to the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC). NCF strongly recommends that people who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a person who is positive to stay home and contact their healthcare provider or Student Health Services. Further, Student Health Services may quarantine anyone who tests positive or is symptomatic. 

We strongly recommend that NCF faculty, staff, and students be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. 

NCF is allowing on-campus events for College priorities, such as pre-Orientation. Effective August 1, the College anticipates transitioning spaces back to pre-pandemic capacities, and relaxing social distancing for indoor events and gatherings. But, we expect everyone to wear masks at indoor venues. There are no current restrictions for outdoor events. 

A very limited number of online courses will be available, but most classes will be in person, and not available online.

The following procedures have been implemented based on CDC Guidance
updated 6/15/21 and which can be found at
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-buildingfacility.html. In summary, we require that the building (or portion of a larger facility) be closed off for three days if the employee was actively working in the building at the time COVID-19 was first detected. Otherwise, the building or
portion of the building will be closed off for three days, less the time the employee has not been in the building. If the employee has not been on campus
for more than three days, there is no facility impact.
While we have the ability to bring back online mission critical facilities between
24 and 72 hours after COVID-19 detection, based on CDC guidance, we generally
try to follow the 72-hour rule as stated previously.

The CDC does not recommend fogging as a primary method of surface disinfection, and notes there are safety risks to consider. The CDC states, “In most cases, fogging, fumigation, and wide-area or electrostatic spraying are not recommended as primary methods of surface disinfection and have several safety risks to consider, unless specified as a method of application on the
product label.”
The College is able to fog as a secondary measure as deemed necessary in limited
applications.

While a faculty or staff member with an office cannot compel a student to wear a mask, they can absolutely remind the visitor of the expectation that all wear a mask. If the visitor choses not to wear a mask, the faculty or staff member is within their rights to ask the visitor to leave, and find a suitable mutually agreeable alternative venue, including a virtual meeting. Unresolved issues in this area should be referred to management for appropriate resolution.

No. While faculty members can remind students of the expectation, this cannot be compelled. The person not wearing a mask may be not wearing a mask based on medical advice. Likewise, while students may remind each other and the faculty about the mask expectation in a non-disruptive manner, everyone, masked or nor, should be treated with respect.

COVID Health Screening Form

Feeling under the weather? Check out the new COVID Health Screening form located on the NCF Portal. Log into the portal with your NCF username and password. Once logged in, you will see the tile below added to your portal dashboard. Click on the tile and the form will guide you from there! This form is not required, but provides an option for you to receive assistance if you are experiencing symptoms. Or, for those who prefer, you can call 941-487-0033 to receive assistance.

NCF will offer free COVID-19 Testing on site on Tuesdays, starting on August 31, between 10:00AM – 1:00PM outside of Sudakoff. This will be walk-up testing and will be offered at no cost to students and staff. Please make sure to bring your ID with you.

USF is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly, offering the Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines, Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:30PM at the USF Student Engagement Suite located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34243. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (813) 974-2331. We will provide transportation to the USF clinic upon request. Please call the Counseling and Wellness Center at 941-487-4254 if you need transportation.

You must bring your State ID or visa to receive a vaccination. For any two-dose vaccine, your second appointment will be scheduled for you following your first dose. A brief observation period will be required after receiving the vaccine.

Students should submit this information to:
wellness@ncf.edu.

Employees should submit this information to:
lsladick@ncf.edu.

Generally, no. If you are fortunate enough to recover, you do not need to get tested again for three months. In fact, you should not get tested again within the 3-month window post-recovery, because you may still have detectable RNA after the risk of transmission has passed.

However, this does not apply in the following cases:

-if the test is to confirm the initial diagnosis of COVID-19.
– if you develop new symptoms.
– if you are otherwise advised by your health care professional.

Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home. If you are a student, please fill out the NCF Covid Health Screening Form that can be found on the NCF portal. Employees should reach out to Anne Fisher at 941-487-0033 either via call or text.

People with symptoms can get a rapid test, then follow it with a PCR. (For students, if they fill out the Covid Health Screening Form, Student Health will reach out and provide testing within 24 hours in most situations.) If the rapid test is negative, no need to isolate, but caution is advised in interacting with others until the PCR results are received. If the PCR is also negative, then the person need not isolate or be further evaluated.

If anyone tests positive for COVID, they must isolate for 10 days from the date of the test collection or their first symptom, whichever is first. They are then released on the 11th day if the symptoms have resolved. No further testing is done.

For students and employees: if they are exposed but fully vaccinated, they can come to class or work if they are asymptomatic. However, they should watch their health carefully and if they are experiencing symptoms they should immediately isolate, getting a test ASAP. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must quarantine for 7 days with a PCR test on Day 5. If that PCR is negative, they are released on Day 7. No test, then they are released on Day 11. If symptoms start, the person must immediately isolate until evaluated.
When tracing this virus, people on campus will be contacted if they had a high-risk exposure to someone who tested positive. Contacts of contacts are not notified. Please note we do the best we can with this, and will either email or call if your phone is available. Do watch your email however, as this may be the only way we can contact you.

High risk exposures are defined as being within 6 feet of a positive case for more than 15 minutes aggregate over 24 hours. The timeframe is 48 hours prior to the person testing positive or having symptoms. Longer timeframes for exposure, such as the week before, are not investigated.

Covid symptoms:
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

No, a “medical absence” does not mean or equal COVID. The College will use its contact tracing protocols to inform anyone potentially exposed to high risk contact in any setting of potential exposure. No one should attempt “ad hoc” contact tracing. Untrained tracers without specific protected health information (Date of exposure; vax status; date of infection; etc.) may well do more harm than good.

Monoclonal antibody therapy can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death in high-risk patients who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. Patients whose doctor has advised against vaccination may wish to consult their health care provider as to whether this therapy is advisable. However, for most people, vaccination remains the best preventative measure. The closest location is at the Manatee Memorial Hospital Complex. Located at 206 2nd St E, Bradenton, FL, 34207. More information may be found by clicking the link below:

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/monoclonal-antibody-therapy/mab-locator/

Yes. It is safe to receive both the flu shot and the covid-19 vaccine at the same time. The flu shot doesn’t protect people against getting infected with COVID-19 and getting vaccinated for COVID-19 doesn’t protect people against getting the flu. For more information, please visit: 

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/9-17-flu-shots-and-covid-19/.

If you are sick, it would best not come to work or class. Given the current pandemic conditions, it is important that we all do our part not to pass on the common contagious diseases, such as flu, colds, bronchitis, etc. given the strain COVID has placed on our health care system. Unless you are certain your illness is both 1) non-contagious and 2) leaves you capable of performing effectively, the College has sick policies in place for both students as well as faculty and staff that are designed to protect both the individual and the community.

For more information on COVID vs Flu vs Allergies, follow the link below: 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/covid-19-cold-flu-and-allergies-differences/art-20503981

Alternative free locations, with no appointment needed, are as follows:

1) Drive up only testing at The “Dog Track” 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

Both PCR and Rapid Tests are available Monday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM

2) Drive up only testing at Ed Smith Stadium 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237

PCR Tests Only – 7 Days a Week 9AM – 5PM

3) Walk up testing at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Both PCR and Rapid Tests are available Monday – Friday: 9AM – 4PM. and Saturday: 9AM – 1PM

4) Walk up testing at Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Boulevard Palmetto, FL 34221

PCR and Rapid Tests are available Daily 7AM-7PM