November 14, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Governor Lujan Grisham has re-enacted statewide public health orders, including a shelter in place directive, effective Monday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 30. Beginning Monday, all New Mexicans are instructed to shelter in place. “You should stay at home except for only the most essential trips – for health, safety and welfare,” the orders state. “This can include groceries, water, emergency medical care, a flu shot or a COVID -19 test.” The orders also included that all non-essential businesses and nonprofits must cease in-person activities, among other directives.
Only allied health and occupational programs with licensure requirements are allowed on campus during the next two weeks. All other classes are to be conducted online. Employees and students who are on campus must wear a mask at all times and follow COVID-19 best practices. Students with questions about their classes should continue working with their instructors and deans, who are working with students to ensure a smooth completion of the fall semester. I will provide an update this week on developments regarding the status of on-campus classes after Thanksgiving Break.
Thank you for all you have been doing to prevent the spread of the virus. Each one of us can make a difference in stopping the spread of this deadly, extremely contagious covid virus:
- Stay home. If you don’t have to go out, don’t.
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and your mouth.
- Wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently.
- Sanitize surfaces.
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow.
- If you must go out, socially distance a minimum of 6 feet.
- Don’t congregate with other people, especially people you don’t live with.
- Do not go to work unless you work at an essential business.
- Do not gather. If you must, do not gather in groups of more than five.
- Don’t travel for Thanksgiving.
I appreciate your continued commitment to keep yourself and others healthy and safe.
Becky Rowley, Ph.D.