Dear Campus Residents,
We want to make you aware of the Governor’s directive that goes into effect today that you must cover your mouth and nose when in public and when social distancing cannot be maintained. This also includes notices from the Potsdam Town Supervisor and the State of New York asking community members to wear masks and/or face coverings, such as scarves and bandanas, in public, particularly in places where social distancing is harder to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices and campus buildings.
We have several employees and Clarkson friends who have been using their volunteer time to sew masks for you and these can be picked up at Campus Safety if you do not have your own. For those who want to make their own masks, the CDC has a do-it-yourself tutorial to make them and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams also made a video tutorial.
It is critical to emphasize that washing your hands frequently and maintaining a six-foot distance from others are important to slowing the spread of the virus. The CDC guidance to use simple cloth face coverings will also help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Cloth face coverings should—
- Fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face.
- Be secured with ties or ear loops.
- Include multiple layers of fabric.
- Allow for breathing without restriction.
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change their shape
- (Try not to touch your mask after you put it on, too!)
We also are reminding community members about the travel advisory in St. Lawrence County that asks residents to refrain from all non-essential travel and to stay home, practice social distancing and follow all public health directives, including having no gatherings.