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Upstate Announcements for August 10, 2020

MASKS: Masks are required at all times, including while waiting in line to enter any Upstate building, while waiting to be screened, while standing in line to receive a new loop mask for the day, and when walking from the garages into Upstate buildings. Wearing the ear-loop mask provided upon entry all day long is required, except when in a private space without anyone else present. Maintain a physical distance of six feet from others at all times, as much as possible. Ear loop masks are required, even in situations where six feet can be maintained. 



School supplies and backpacks needed

Backpacks for pre-K through fifth grade students are needed for Mary Nelson’s Back to School event. To arrange a drop off to Mary Nelson’s home by Aug. 14, text or call 315-380-9088. 



Work-related travel message 

As a follow up to the recent Upstate Announcement (dated July 29, 2020) regarding staff personal out of state travel regarding the New York state travel advisory https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory, only emergent in or out of state work-related travel should be considered. This applies to both New York state and Research Foundation staff. 

Non-emergent work-related travel (domestic and international) should not be scheduled or permitted until further notice. 

If you are considering emergent work-related travel needs, the following restrictions are in place for employees traveling for work:

—No travel to restricted states listed on the New York state travel advisory web site. This site is updated on an on-going basis so please check this link often: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

—No international travel.

—No travel to a conference with more than 50 people in attendance and will first need to verify that the state will allow someone from New York state to enter. Some states have individually put a ban from New York state residents coming into the state or may require a quarantine period.

Please note that under the New York state travel advisory, if an employee is ordered or directed to travel to a state on the restricted list, and upon return is unable to telecommute for 14 days (required period of quarantine), they will be allowed to stay home with no charge to accruals. If they are deemed essential, they must test within 24 hours of returning to New York and can then return to the workplace (provided they are asymptomatic) and follow all necessary precautions.



Covid visitor policy has been updated

COV V-08 Visitor Restriction During Prevalence of COVID-19 has been revised to reflect referring to AMION for clinical officer/director on call for visitation exceptions at Upstate Community Hospital, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Adult Inpatient services at Upstate University Hospital. This change impacts only the visitation exceptions beyond the continued routine visitation referred to in the policy from 2 to 6 p.m. for non-covid patients in the inpatient setting. Visitor processes for EDs, ORs/Peri Op, Procedural areas, Acute Rehab, Upstate Cancer Center, Family Birth and Ambulatory services remains as previous with approval for visitors through those divisions and leadership on those units.



COVID-19 vaccine study seeks volunteers

Upstate’s Institute for Global Health seeks healthy volunteers aged 18 to 85 to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Parking and compensation will be included. For information, email trials@upstate.edu or call 315-464-9869. 



Professional Development and Learning course information available online

Due to COVID-19, Professional Development and Learning currently offers limited availability of open enrollment classes. Some topics are offered virtually or in condensed or blended formats. Sessions can be found at www.upstate.edu/pdl under the Training Classes and Registration tab. For more information, email PDL@upstate.edu



New York State Deferred Compensation pre-retirement Webinar is Aug. 12

The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan will host an educational pre-retirement webinar Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. The webinar is open to any New York state employee interested in pre-retirement information. For details, visit https://www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php under announcements and events.



Blood drive is Aug. 12

Upstate will host a Red Cross blood drive Aug. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. Upstate staff and students are welcome to make an appointment online at: www.upstate.edu/blood. Individuals unable to keep an appointment should email brucek@upstate.edu. Precautions will be taken to protect donors.  



Community Garden events are Aug. 12 and 13

Creating an Herb Garden will be held Aug. 12 at noon in the garden in front of the Campus Activities Building. Drying and Freezing Herbs for Healthy Flavor will be held Aug. 13 at noon at the garden. 



Webinar on decreasing risk of Alzheimer’s disease is Aug. 17 and 18

Healthy Living for Your Body and Brain, a two-part webinar on how to decrease risk of Alzheimer’s disease, will be offered Aug. 17 and 18 at noon. For more, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m1e7a7bec295f0c601a08a8d8d7a7d285



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Virtual Journal Club is Aug. 20

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Virtual Journal Club will discuss excerpts of How to Be an Antiracist, written by Ibram X. Kendi. Professor Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD, will lead the talk. For information and a Zoom invitation, email Andrea at musolina@upstate.edu



Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds are Sept. 11, 18, 25

Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds will be held Sept. 11, 18 and 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Up to 20 individuals will be permitted in Classroom A/B. Rounds will be available via WebEx. To attend virtually, evaluation forms are required to be returned by day’s end to sellersb@upstate.eduto receive credit. If attending in person, individuals must sign the sign-in sheet to receive credit. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule is as follows: 

Sept. 11: Travis Hobart, MD, MPH—Lead Toxicity Prevention and Management

Sept. 18: Zachary Vredenburgh, MD—Non-Operative Treatment of Common Sports Injuries

Sept. 25: Daryll Dykes, MD—Topic forthcoming