New mask guidelines, contact tracing, Passport questions

 

Is this mask ok? Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the U.S., the practice of masking has evolved to become one of the simplest and most effective tools we have to prevent spread. In addition to being effective, wearing a mask demonstrates social solidarity, reminding everyone we are in this together. Guidance on what kind of masks to wear and how to wear them has also evolved. Please take a moment to review Brandeis’ new mask policy, which applies to all students, faculty, staff and any visitors on campus. Some key points:

Additionally, with new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., and transmission levels still very high in Massachusetts, some public health experts recommend upgrading from basic cloth or surgical masks to wearing double masks or masks with filters. This is not a requirement at Brandeis, but is an option each individual may want to consider employing for additional protection, especially for those working in a high-traffic environment or for those with underlying health conditions.

Must I participate in Contact Tracing? One of the most important protections we have against an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus is participation in the Brandeis Contact Tracing Program. Students, faculty or staff who receive a positive test are required to isolate to prevent spread, and our contact tracers interview these community members to help identify others who were in close contact with those who tested positive. Participation in Brandeis Contact Tracing Program is mandatory for all community members. An increasing number of community members this semester have failed to answer or return phone calls from contact tracers, and some have even been verbally abusive to these staff. Failing to answer calls or being abusive toward contact tracers are both unacceptable; failure to fully participate in this program will result in disciplinary action.

Testing questions? All questions about testing should be directed to the c19testing-group@brandeis.edu in order for your questions to be answered as quickly as possible.

Passport problems? The Campus Passport has been an incredibly effective platform, but we know that occasionally there are snags. When this happens, please be sure to click the "submit a support request" link at the bottom of the “HOME” page in the Passport. This will allow all of the technical information about your Passport situation to be immediately communicated to the Help Desk, which will expedite a resolution.