UVM to continue existing COVID testing protocols

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,University of Vermont This email was sent to all UVM students at 1:42 p.m. and shared with faculty and staff at 1:48 on September 16. The university will continue its existing testing protocols. Dear students,Yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s press conference to thank Vermonters for being a model of how to reopen an economy and our schools in a “safe and prudent way.” This high praise would not have been possible without the care that our UVM community has taken to commit to the health and safety of our entire community by signing the Green and Gold Promise, using face coverings, honoring our social distancing requirements, and complying with testing and health screening. I realize how challenging this is, especially for you our students. The university and our state owe you our thanks.Throughout this challenging time, the university has been guided by science and commonsense; both have served us well. We are now moving to a time where science is telling us we need to be even more diligent in our efforts to maintain the positive outcomes we have enjoyed to this point. We know that our expectations for your behavior can lead to fatigue and a tendency to let your guard down. The weather is changing and as the colder air moves in the tendency is to ‘hunker down’ inside, where social distancing is harder to maintain. And, the flu season is right around the corner.As you know, our COVID testing protocol(link is external) was designed based on advice from our own public health and infectious disease experts. I asked our experts to review the data from the first month of testing and offer their best guidance about the future. Based on their counsel, we will continue existing protocols:  All students who are not entirely remote are required to continue to receive PCR testing(link is external) every seven days. This requirement will remain in place until November 1, at which time we will revisit the results to date with our medical expert panel again. In addition, our medical experts strongly urge our students, faculty and staff to get this year’s flu vaccine. Flu vaccines will be available to students at the testing center.Dr. Fauci warned us to not be complacent, particularly as the weather begins to change. Our own UVM experts have reinforced that message. Let’s stay diligent in following the Green and Gold Promise(link is external), bundle up and enjoy the beautiful outside even as the weather changes, and don’t forget to get your flu vaccine. Let’s continue to provide a positive example to the rest of the nation, and keep UVM Strong.Commending you for your cooperation, and with thanks,Suresh____________________Suresh Garimella PresidentUniversity of Vermontlast_img read more

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL, BY MOST REV PHILIP BOYCE

first_imgChristmas Message 2010by Most Rev Philip Boyce, OCDBishop of Raphoe A prayer to Him on whom our hopes depend“Come let us adore Him.” The very songs we sing at Christmas time invite us to prayer and adoration. Our children look in wonderment at the crib. We are all urged to kneel and say a prayer. And indeed at this year’s Christmas, we feel more than ever the need to say a prayer and ask for help.Our country and our people are passing through a most challenging time. A financial crisis has brought much hardship. Many fear the prospect of losing their job. Many cannot get employment. Families struggle to make ends meet, pay debts, put food on the table and get their children educated. Emigration is once again a reality for many younger people. It is easy to be demoralised and anxious.“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. On this truth all our hopes for the future depend” (cf. Blessed John Henry Newman). Now is the time for hope and solidarity. Rather than simply criticise and lay blame, let us do something positive to help. Irish people have always shown a positive spirit of resilience and generosity in the face of repeated disasters and challenges. Now is the time to help a neighbour and to be generous with the little we have. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul needs our help more than ever.In the God who made himself a Child for us, we all feel loved and welcomed. We discover that our life is precious in His eyes. Since God’s incarnate Son himself was carried in Mary’s womb and became a child, it follows that the life of every child is precious from the first moment of its conception in its mother’s womb. For each one is a masterpiece of God’s making.Again the Nativity scene impresses on our minds the horror of any abuse against children, be it verbal, emotional or sexual. Let us always protect and safeguard our children, for “in heaven their angels always behold the face of the Father who is in heaven” (cf. Mt. 18:11).The mystery we celebrate at Christmas invites us to prayer. It really means that God has come near us. He raises our dignity as human beings, and makes us all brothers and sisters. Before this mystery, we kneel and wonder. In order to pray we do not need much worldly comfort. There was not much of it in the cave at Bethlehem. But, in all circumstances, prayer gives us peace and serenity and hope, in the midst of difficulties.The Bishops of Ireland have asked for certain days of prayer to be held so as to obtain grace and strength for everyone in these difficult times of national crisis. The first one of these days of prayer, is Sunday, 2nd January, 2011, on which you are asked to say a special prayer for our country and its people. May you all experience some of the Lord’s peace of heart, serenity and joy and nearness to God in the days of Christmas.A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL, BY MOST REV PHILIP BOYCE was last modified: December 25th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more