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COVID-19 Updates

The Zucker School of Medicine continues working closely with Hofstra University and Northwell Health to develop and refine protocols in compliance with federal, state, and local public health guidelines and preserve the best of the Zucker School of Medicine experience while minimizing COVID-19 risk to our entire community. We remain committed to maintaining a learning environment that supports our students emotionally and intellectually and that aligns with the Zucker School of Medicine principles. This website will continue to be a critical source of information and will be updated regularly as the circumstances surrounding Covid-19 continue to evolve.


ZSOM COVID-19 Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to define operational expectations of all faculty members, staff members, students, and visitors of the Zucker School of Medicine (ZSOM) while inside the ZSOM facility. Every person who is a member of the ZSOM community is expected to follow and enforce these guidelines. Violations may be reported to a supervisor, the Office of the Dean, the Office of Student Affairs, or via this anonymous link.

Practices will be maintained including:

  1. Every person must adhere to vaccination guidelines as set forth by Hofstra University. As of January, 2022, full vaccination includes booster for those eligible.

  2. Every person is required to wear a mask (see mask requirements below), unless alone in a room or eating in a socially distanced manner (six feet apart). Faculty members must be masked when delivering instruction whether in large or small group formats.

  3. Every person is expected to remain at least six feet apart from others whenever possible.

  4. Eating is not permitted during class sessions or group meetings; however, you may lower your mask for a brief moment to sip water or another beverage.

  5. Per our visitor guidelines, faculty and employees of Hofstra University or Northwell Health who are participating in regular curricular activities at the ZSOM are not considered to be visitors. A Northwell Health ID or Hofstra University ID should be worn in a visible place (i.e., on a neck lanyard, clipped to shirt) while in the building.

  6. Every person is expected to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizing solution. Masks are required in the restroom.

  7. Every person is expected to comply with the maximum occupancy rules. The maximum occupancy in any particular room may be limited based on the size of the room and the room layout. If room occupancy is lower than the typical maximum, the reduced maximum occupancy of each room will be noted on the door of the room.

 

Visitor Guidelines: 

Faculty members and staff members who would like to host a visitor are expected to share the ZSOM visitor protocols prior to the visitor’s arrival on campus and notify SOMFacilities@hofstra.edu with the name, date/time of arrival, room visiting and organization/institution they are representing. 

Who is a Visitor?

  • Members of Hofstra University or Northwell Health (e.g., administrators, staff, etc.) who are NOT participating in regular curricular activities at the ZSOM are considered visitors. 

  • Outside visitors of the ZSOM who are not employed by Hofstra University or Northwell health (e.g., vendors, members of the media, parents of students, etc.)

ZSOM students, staff, and core faculty are not visitors. Faculty and employees of Hofstra University or Northwell Health who are participating in regular curricular activities at the ZSOM are not considered to be visitors.

Visitor Protocols:

  • All outside visitors must be on official business with the ZSOM. The host is responsible for asking that outside visitors upload proof of vaccination using this link.
     
  • The host must email SOMFacilities@hofstra.edu and include the following:
    • First and last name of the visitor
    • Date and time of arrival
    • Room they will be visiting / where in the building they are scheduled to meet
    • Organization or institution they are representing (e.g., Hofstra University, Northwell Health, other outside organization, etc.)
       
  • Upon arrival, all visitors must enter through one of the main lobby entrances and check in at the front desk. Outside visitors are required to sign in upon arrival.

  • All visitors must comply with all ZSOM COVID-19 guidelines and procedures while in the ZSOM facility, wear an approved mask, maintain social distance whenever possible, practice good hand hygiene, and comply with maximum occupancy rules.

Mask Requirements:

Every person is required to wear a mask, unless alone in a room or eating in a socially distanced manner (six feet apart). Faculty members must be masked when delivering instruction whether in large or small group formats.

Cloth masks alone are no longer acceptable in the ZSOM building. Procedure masks, surgical masks, KN95 masks, and N95** masks are all acceptable. While the sole use of cloth masks is no longer permitted, a cloth mask may be worn on top of a procedure or surgical mask to ensure a better fit. For more information on masks, please see link: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-face-covering-faq.pdf 

**Please note that N95 masks are intended for those working in patient care settings. The ZSOM is prioritizing its supply of N95 masks for this purpose.


Booster Guidelines:

Everyone in the Hofstra/ZSOM community is required to get the COVID-19 booster shot within seven days of becoming eligible to receive it, beginning with those eligible on or before January 18, 2022. According to the CDC, you are eligible to receive a booster five months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after receiving the single-dose Janssen/J&J vaccine. For more information on boosters, refer to the CDC's booster guidelines. Boosters are widely available, and a location near you can be found at  https://www.vaccines.gov.

COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Guidelines for ZSOM Students, Faculty and Staff

 

Last Updated: 01/19/2022

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