Covid-19 Updates

Based on significant guidance from public health experts and in accordance with Governor Lamont’s ReOpen CT Advisory Committee plan, we have determined that the CSCU colleges and universities will reopen their physical campuses to residential and commuter students for fall 2020 with protocols in place.

Covid Updates
News & Updates

May 21, 2021 - COVID Update

NOTE: With the end of the semester, this update will only be issued when new federal or state guidance is released. 

  • As of May 13, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 9 million COVID tests resulting in 346,154 positive cases. To date, the state has administered over 3.6 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with 1.7 million fully vaccinated adults (16 and over) in the state.

  • The CDC has issued new guidance for those that are fully vaccinated recommending what activities they can resume When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC and the CT Department of Public Health has provided an infographic with these recommendations DPH_Covid_Rules_Vaccinated_5-20-21.indd (ct.gov)

  • CSCU has followed the CDC and state guidance since the beginning of the pandemic and will continue to do so. However, with additional CDC and state recommendations forthcoming, all CSCU institutions and system office will continue to enforce mask requirements and 6 feet of social distancing for all employees and students through the end of May.

  • From May 1-14, the community colleges confirmed that 8 positive cases were self-reported by their students who were attending classes on campus. In addition, 2 staff members who are working on campus reported positive cases of the virus.

  • During the week of May 10th, the universities tested 1,885 residential students which yielded 3 positive cases. Additional testing was done with 237 commuter students with 1 positive cases reported. This was the final week of weekly surveillance testing on campus.

May 14, 2021 - COVID Update

  • The CDC has issued new guidance for those that are fully vaccinated indicating they can resume activities without the need to wear masks or physically distance except in some instances such as public transportation. The state of Connecticut will end all business restrictions on May 19th includingrequirements for indoor masking and social distancing. For details see the infographic choosingSaferAct.pdf (cdc.gov) or full report Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | CDC

  • The Governor announced that all customer-facing state offices such as the Department of Labor, Motor Vehicles and Social Services will be fully open starting on June 1st and all state employees back at least 50% of the time by July 1st

  • As of May 13, 2021, Connecticut has administered nearly 9 million COVID tests resulting in 344,612 positive cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 8,168 COVID-associated deaths reported in Connecticut.
     
  • To date, the state has administered nearly 3.5 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with 1.6 million fully vaccinated adults (16 and over) in the state. Effective today, children ages 12 and older can receive the vaccine. 

  • During the week of May 3rd, the universities tested 3,119 residential students which yielded 5 positive cases. Additional testing was done with 481 commuter students with 3 positive cases reported. Two positive cases were reported among 114 faculty and staff tested. This week is the final week of testing on campus. Final results will be shared in next week’s update.

May 7, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of May 6, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 8.8 million COVID tests resulting in 342,282 positive cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 8131 COVID-associated deaths reported in Connecticut.

  • To date, the state has administered nearly 3.3 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Lamont administration anticipates that Connecticut will reach 70% of all adults in the state having received at least one dose by the end of this week.

  • In partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the community colleges will host vaccine days for students and employees starting May 7 through the end of the month.
  • In the month of April, the community colleges confirmed that 71 positive cases were self-reported by their students, 49 of whom were attending classes on campus. In addition, 4 faculty and 12 staff members who are working on campus reported positive cases of the virus.

  • During the week of April 26th, the universities tested 3,621 residential students which yielded 7 positive cases down from 22 positive cases the week before. Four additional residential and 7 commuter students who tested off campus self-reported positive results. Additional testing was done with 772 commuter students with 4 positive cases reported. No positive cases were reported among 190 faculty and staff tested. Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.
  • The state of Connecticut has new reopening rules changing by May 19th (scroll to see full list) Sector Rules for Reopen

April 30, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of April 28, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 8.6 million COVID tests resulting in 338,447 positive cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 8084 COVID-associated deaths reported in Connecticut.

  • In partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the CSUs hosted clinics or had local appointments for more than 1300 university students to get their vaccines in the last two weeks. Working with DPH, plans are underway to host vaccine days at the community colleges for students and employees starting in May.

  • During the week of April 19th, the universities tested 3,677 residential students which yielded 22 positive cases. Seven additional residential and 12 commuter students who tested off campus self-reported positive results. Additional testing was done with 922 commuter students with 5 positive cases reported. Three positive cases were reported among 181 faculty and staff tested. Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.

  • The state of Connecticut has new reopening rules on May 1 which impact businesses and organizations. All remaining restrictions will be lifted, except masks will continue to be required in all indoor public settings where social distancing is not possible on May 19thSector Rules for Reopen

  • The CDC has updated their guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

April 23, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of April 21, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 8.4 million COVID tests resulting in 333,732 positive cases.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been more than 8000 deaths reported in Connecticut.

  • To date, the state has administered over 2.8 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with 60% of adults 16 years or older getting at least a first shot.

  • In partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the CSUs hosted clinics or had local appointments for university students to get their vaccines starting this week.  Working with DPH, we look forward to hosting vaccine days at the community colleges for students and employees starting in May.  

  • During the week of April 12th, the universities tested 3,477 residential students which yielded 13 positive cases down from 28 the week before.   Seven additional residential and 17 commuter students who tested off campus self-reported positive results.  Additional testing was done with 802 commuter students with 3 positive cases reported.  Two positive cases were reported among 216 faculty and staff tested.  Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.  

April 16, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of April 15, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 8.2 million COVID tests resulting in 328,000 positive cases.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been nearly 8000 deaths reported in Connecticut.   

  • To date, the state has administered over 2.55 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with 55% of adults 16 years or older getting at least a first shot. CSCU is working with the Department of Public Health to arrange closed vaccine clinics for university students by early May and with community college students by the end of May. Governor Lamont has also asked Governors across the country to make 2nd shots available for out-of-state students who get their first shot before heading home at the end of the semester. Read Governor Lamont’s letter (pdf).

  • During the week of April 5th, the universities tested 3,779 residential students which yielded 28 positive cases down from 40 the week before.  Twelve additional residential and 21 commuter students who tested off campus self-reported positive results.  Additional testing was done with 954 commuter students with 8 positive cases reported.  Four positive cases were reported among 230 faculty and staff tested.  Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.  
  • The CDC has updated their guidance and those who are vaccinated can travel without testing or quarantine.  For those who have not been fully vaccinated, they should follow the guidance including testing before and after travel and quarantine.  

April 9, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of April 8, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 7.9 million COVID tests resulting in 319,779 positive cases.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 7940 deaths reported in Connecticut.

  • To date, the state has administered over 2.2 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with 49% of adults 16 years or older getting at least a first shot. The Governor reports that vaccine supply will exceed demand by late April.  CSCU is working with the Department of Public Health to arrange closed vaccine clinics for university students by early May and with community college students by the end of May. For more information on CT’s vaccine stages and rollout plan, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut: Main Portal.

  • During the week of March 29th, the universities tested 3,527 residential students which yielded 40 positive cases.  Seven additional residential students and 38 commuter students who tested off campus self-reported positive test results.  Additional testing was done with 986 commuter students with 10 positive cases reported.  No positive cases were reported among 213 faculty and staff tested.  Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.  

  • The CDC shared updated guidance on April 2nd for those who have been fully vaccinated indicating what is safe and not safe to do and what they know and don’t know yet about the effects of the vaccine. When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC

April 2, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of April 1, 2021, Connecticut has administered over 7.7 million COVID tests resulting in 312,468 positive cases.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 7900 deaths reported in Connecticut.   To date, the state has administered nearly 2 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with 1.3 million residents getting at least a first shot.

  • In the month of March, the community colleges confirmed that 61 positive cases were self-reported by their students, 38 of whom were attending classes on campus.  In addition, 5 faculty and 17 staff members who are working on campus reported positive cases of the virus.

  • During the week of March 22nd, the universities tested 3,835 residential students which yielded 21 positive cases.  Eight additional residential students and 39 commuter students who tested off campus self-reported positive test results.  Additional testing was done with 957 commuter students with 9 positive cases reported.  Four positive cases were reported among 212 faculty and staff tested.  Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.  
  • The CDC has updated its guidance on travel for those who are fully vaccinated no longer suggesting testing or quarantine.  Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC

  • Starting April 1, the state’s vaccine rollout plan allows for those 16 and older to be vaccinated. For more information on CT’s vaccine stages and rollout plan, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut: Main Portal.  The state is working with CSCU system office to arrange closed vaccine clinics for university students by early May and with community college students by the end of May.

  • Guidance is now available from the CDC for those fully vaccinated.

March 26, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of March 24th, Connecticut has administered nearly 7.5 million COVID tests resulting in 303,511 positive cases and 7,862 deaths. Since the start of the semester, the universities account for 30,583 of those tests for residential and off campus students and 148 positive cases.

  • During the week of March 15, the universities tested 3,666 residential students which yielded 16 positive cases.  Four additional residential students who tested off campus self-reported positive test results.  Additional testing was done with 972 off-campus students with 6 positive cases reported.  Over 200 faculty and staff were tested with no positive cases.  Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.
  • This week the CDC updated guidance for operations of K-12 schools revising physical distancing recommendations to at least 3 feet between students in classrooms rather than 6 feet. CSCU schools are using this recommendation to inform our fall planning after consultation with CT’s Department of Public Health representatives while we await CDC guidance on institutions to higher education.  Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention | CDC

  • Governor Lamont announced the easing of restrictions for businesses, social and recreational gatherings, sports and outdoor events effective March 19.  However, the Governor stressed that face coverings and masks continue to be required in public including on all campuses. 

  • Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Mandates and requirements are not currently in place in Connecticut.  Travel Advisory for Connecticut During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Starting April 1, the state’s vaccine rollout plan allows for those 16 and older to be vaccinated. For more information on CT’s vaccine stages and rollout plan, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut: Main Portal.

  • Guidance is now available from the CDC for those fully vaccinated.

  • All residents have robust access to no-cost COVID-19 testing through multiple hospital, community health center and other pop-up sites. All CSCU employees are encouraged to take advantage of the state sponsored sites. Find a test site near you

March 19, 2021 - COVID Update

  • As of March 18, 2021, Connecticut has administered more than 7.27 million COVID tests resulting in 295,484 positive cases and more than 7,822 deaths. To date, the state has administered more than 1.47 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • During the week of March 8, the universities tested 3626 residential students which yielded 16 positive cases.  Five additional residential students who tested off campus self-reported positive test results.  Additional testing was done with 839 off-campus students with 13 positive cases reported.  Nearly 200 faculty and staff were tested with only 1 positive case.  Weekly testing results are available on the individual university dashboards.
  • Governor Lamont announced the easing of restrictions for businesses, social and recreational gatherings, sports and outdoor events effective today.  However, the Governor stressed that face coverings and masks continue to be required in public.

  • The Governor’s Travel Advisory expires effective today. Connecticut residents and travelers to Connecticut should follow travel-related guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Mandates and requirements are not currently in place in Connecticut.  Travel Advisory for Connecticut During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Today, the state’s vaccine rollout plan allows for those 45 and older to be vaccinated. For more information on CT’s vaccine stages and rollout plan, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut: Main Portal.

  • Guidance is now available from the CDC for those fully vaccinated.

  • All residents have robust access to no-cost COVID-19 testing through multiple hospital, community health center and other pop-up sites. All CSCU employees are encouraged to take advantage of the state sponsored sites. Find a test site near you

Covid Updates
CARES Reports

April 27, 2021 - CARES Quarterly Report

January 12, 2021 - CARES Quarterly Report

December 31, 2020 – Quarterly Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act

October 30, 2020 - Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act

July 6, 2020 - CARES Report

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). On April 9, 2020, the Department published documents related to the Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including a letter from Secretary Betsy DeVos, a form Certification and Agreement for signing and returning by institutions to access the funds, and a list of institutional allocations under 18004(a)(1).

View the Report (pdf)

May 27, 2020 - CARES Report

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

View the Report (pdf)

Covid Updates
Campus Plans

Covid Updates
CSU Covid-19 Dashboards

Central Eastern Southern Western

Covid Updates
Steering Committees

CT State Universities/Charter Oak State College

CSU-COSC Fall Planning Teams & Report Templates (pdf)

Academics/Enrollment Management Steering Committee

Members:
Elsa Nunez, ECSU President; Bob Prezant, SCSU Provost; Shirley Adams, COSC Provost; Jay Murray, WCSU Enrollment Management; Christina Robinson, CCSU Enrollment Management; Jane Gates, CSCU Provost; Patty O’Neill, AAUP

Charge:
Focus on delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses, supplemental instruction, registration/admissions issues, professional development for faculty on remote teaching, schedule/catalog changes

Recommendations (pdf)

Technology Steering Committee

Members:
John Clark, WCSU President; Ed Klonoski, COSC President; George Claffey, CCSU IT Director; Dennis Reiman, SCSU IT; Joe Tolisano, CSCU CIO; Gregg Crerar, SUOAF

Charge:
Focus on identifying and addressing student, staff and faculty technology needs for both on-ground and online education and services, address technology needs of administrative employees for telework

Recommendations (pdf)

Operations/Logistics Steering Committee

Members:
Zulma Toro, CCSU President; Renee Keech ECSU Director of Facilities; Mike Moriarty, COSC CFO; Keith Epstein, CSCU VP of Facilities and Angelo Simoni, CSCU Student Services; Gregg Crerar, SUOAF

Charge:
Focus on reopening of campuses, assess readiness of facilities for on-ground education, consider options for reopening of residential halls and contingency plans for future outbreaks

Recommendations (pdf)

Student Life and Student Support Services Committee

Members:
Joe Bertolino, SCSU President; Keith Betts, WCSU VP of Student Affairs; Michelle Delaney, ECSU Dean of Students; Angelo Simoni, CSCU Student Services; Patty O’Neill, AAUP

Charge:
Focus on delivery of student services provided both by the schools and the community as well as student activities and athletics

Recommendations (pdf)

CT State Community Colleges

Fall Planning Teams & Report Templates (pdf)

Academics/Enrollment Management Steering Committee

Members:
Tom Coley, Regional President; Michelle Coach, ACC;  Duncan Harris, CCC; Tanya Millner, MCC; Mike Rooke, NCCC; Ken Klucznik, Mike Stefanowicz, Alison Buckley and Tobi Krutt, CSCU; Dennis Bogusky, AFT

Charge:
Focus on delivery of credit and non-credit courses, supplemental instruction, registration/admissions issues, professional development for faculty on remote teaching, schedule/catalog changes

Recommendations (pdf)

Technology/Operations/Logistics Steering Committee

Members:
Jim Lombella, Regional President; Rose Ellis, QVCC; Cheryl DeVonish, NCC; Steve Minkler, MXCC; Joe Danajovits and Keith Epstein, CSCU; Larry Salay, AFSCME

Charge:
Focus on identifying and addressing student, staff and faculty technology needs for both on-ground and online education and services, address technology needs of administrative employees for telework.  Identify challenges to reopening of campuses, assess readiness of facilities for on-ground education, and develop contingency plans for future outbreaks

Student Life and Student Support Services Committee

Members:
Rob Steinmetz, Regional President; Daisy Cocco DeFilipis, NVCC; Darryl Reome, TCC; Mary Ellen Jukoski, TRCC; Lesley Mara and Angelo Simoni, CSCU; Maureen Chalmers, 4Cs

Charge:
Focus on delivery of both student direct and wrap around services provided both by the schools and the community as well as student activities  

Recommendations (pdf)