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This message was sent to the Rockefeller community from the Office of the Executive Vice President on April 15, 2022 at 2:24 p.m.
Subject: COVID-19 policy updates

Dear members of the Rockefeller community,

The number of COVID-19 cases on campus has continued to increase this week, rising to a total of 56 over the past two weeks (use the link below to download a figure showing the data). This figure is 3.5 times the peak that we had during the surge of the Delta variant last summer and represents a >10-fold increase since the beginning of March.

The Research Restart Committee (RRC) met this week and discussed the following issues in consideration of University COVID-19 policies and guidelines:

  • The significant increase in positive cases on campus and throughout the city
  • The observation that positive cases on campus are increasingly associated with symptoms, and although fortunately there have not been any hospitalizations among members of our community this year, some recent cases have had significant illness
  • There are several instances in which on-campus transmission appears to be very likely
  • The increased number of positive cases has resulted in the closure of several rooms in the Child and Family Center
  • Statewide, the rate of new hospital admissions has increased close to 30% over the past three weeks

In light of these considerations, effective Monday, April 18, everyone on campus is required to wear a non-cloth face mask indoors at all times, with exceptions noted in the policy.

The RRC also advised that while indoor dining is not prohibited, social distancing must be maintained when eating or drinking in groups and dining outdoors is strongly encouraged.

This change in the face mask policy strives to maintain the ability to socialize outdoors, at lunch and at the Faculty & Student Club, while ensuring safety of the members of our community in the workplace, particularly those with underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe consequences of infection.

If you have any questions about the university’s COVID-19 policies, please send an email to

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other,


Timothy P. O’Connor, Executive Vice President

The Rockefeller University


RU COVID cases 14 day lookback April 15.pdf