Covid-19 Updates

The situation around the world and here at Cornell concerning Covid-19 is constantly changing. While we don’t know the details of what this global pandemic will mean for our lab group, what we do know is that we are a team, and we will see this through together! Please check back here updates as we have information.

Update on 8 June 2020:

The EME2Lab has been APPROVED to re-open under strict social distancing and disinfection procedures. You can find a copy of our approved Re-Opening Plan here: Goldfarb_LabReopenPlan_v2_8June2020

We continue to follow NY State and CDC guidance, as well as Cornell policies. This includes (but is not limited to):

  1. Wearing a face covering in any Cornell building. (EME2Lab members returning to lab have been supplied with cloth face masks).
  2. Disinfecting surfaces in lab before/after using lab.
  3. Checking one’s temperature 1 hr prior to coming to lab, not coming to campus if it is above 100.4°F (and in turn seeking medical advice).
  4. Washing hands frequently, and when not possible, using hand sanitizer.

An update on Monday April 6, 2020:

  1. All EME2Lab members are well and at home (most in Ithaca) working away on papers, theses and A-exam prep. The lab may be physically closed, but we’re all working together virtually!
  2. CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of high transmission: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html. Our sewing machines are humming along to help our community!
  3. Cornell shifted the spring semester – classes (all virtual now) will end on May 12. Please stay up to date with Cornell happenings via the Cornell Covid-19 page is available at: https://www.cornell.edu/coronavirus
  4. Please note that most campus activities are cancelled through July 12. This will impact our undergraduate summer students. As we know more, we’ll share more, but for now we apologize… there’s nothing we can do.
  5. While we always want to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers to explore STEM, please note that if you are a high school (or younger!) student we are unable to offer any internships this summer or in the near future. Higher schoolers: we understand that many of you are home with extra time on your hands… please don’t take it personally if we cannot answer your email requests right now, we just are simply swamped with emails!

Here is what we know as of Saturday March 14, 2020:  CovidUpdate_14Mar2020

  1. YOUR HEALTH: If you experience symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call Cornell Health (607.255.5155) immediately. Please do not come to Riley Robb until you have been cleared by one of our medical professionals. If anyone is placed on quarantine, we will adapt a “check-in” system where at least two members will be in contact with the quarantined individual (by email, text, phone, chat etc.) every day to ensure each other’s mental health and overall well-being. As needed, we will set up a delivery for the quarantine person(s) to make sure everyone has what they need. Cornell Health can be reached at: https://health.cornell.edu/about/news/2019-novel-coronavirus
  2. CDC GUIDELINES: Please follow CDC recommendations in terms of personal hygiene. Wash your hands (at least 20 seconds with soap and water!) frequently. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash. (I know we’re environmentally conscious, but this might be a case of leave the reuseble handkerchief at home and use the disposable tissue…)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
  3. LAB ACCESS: Effective 5pm on Monday March 16, lab access will be restricted to a few team members. Given all the team’s hard work over the past few weeks, we are in an amazing position to be able to write manuscripts, prepare for A-exams and finish theses/projects. Congratulations, by the way, on that amazing feat! While we still can access the lab, I know you all want to wrap-up data collection on on-going experiments, and we will do that for as long as possible. Please note that M.Eng. Students and Undergraduates must leave campus (we’ll miss you… and see you when you return!) and are, as of 5pm on Monday, not allowed in the lab/lab office.
  4. REMOTE WORK PLAN: More information will follow concerning this in next week’s update, but as a University we are moving to a remote work environment by the end of next week (March 20). It is unclear if this will mean no lab access, more limited lab access, etc. The key here is to be flexible and just go with the flow… we can’t change things so we might as well not get angry at them!
  5. CORNELL INFORMATION: Please stay up-to-date with Cornell’s latest information and policy. Some of the grad school emails have apparently been going to your spam folders.. you might want to check on that now! The Cornell Covid-19 page is available at: https://www.cornell.edu/coronavirus