President's Message: September 17, 2021

Dear Florida Tech community,

According to CDC data, the U.S. recently surpassed 40 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. More than 4 million of these cases were logged during the past few weeks. We know that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have generally increased throughout much of the country since the beginning of summer. To blame is the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant and low vaccination coverage in many communities.

Reports indicate that the U.S. has witnessed a 30% increase in average daily cases and nearly triple the average daily deaths over the past month, according to analysis of CDC data. Most of the people being hospitalized with and dying from the virus are unvaccinated.

What does this mean for us? We must be aware of the facts and the steps we can take to remain healthy. Vigilance is key.

This week, we know of eight new cases of COVID-19 among students, with seven isolating off campus and one isolating on campus. There are two cases reported among staff and no faculty cases. We wish all a speedy recovery.

We cannot neglect other health concerns, too—we must be mindful of flu season on the horizon. Florida Tech is planning a flu shot drive for all students, faculty, and staff in early October. Please watch for additional details.

Thank you for following the protocols. Wear face coverings where required, sanitize your hands frequently and monitor your personal health for signs of illness. Log how you are feeling on the #CampusClear app every day.

Sincerely,

T. Dwayne McCay, Ph.D.
President & CEO