COVID-19 Dashboard for Santa Fe

Weekly Update for the Santa Fe Campus

Updated April 22, 2021

Level Yellow: Based on an overall assessment of decreasing numbers in both the state and county, along with our weekly testing protocol and daily wellness check, the Santa Fe campus has shifted into an overall yellow alert level.

Opening Considerations: Classes will continue online or in a hybrid model. Some facilities and services will be accessible for on- and off-campus students who follow all required campus protocols. Please read through the yellow dashboard explanation below for additional operations details.

Current Trends: Over the past 14 days we have seen a steady decrease in positivity rates as well as a decrease in case counts for both the county and state. The chart below provides the current status level for each of our external factors as well as our internal factors.

Total Positive Residential Student Tests: 1

On March 10, this metric was retitled to reflect the total count of residential students who have tested positive, rather than a positivity rate.

Total Student Resident Tests: 1046

On February 4, this metric was retitled to clarify the population that it has always referenced: residential students, from whom regular test results have always been required and reported. This semester, residential student testing has increased to a weekly requirement.

What Our Color Levels Mean

Our overall campus alert level above is marked by a color; this ranges from red, for the most restrictive, to blue, which indicates the lowest alert level. Each level has different reopening and operational considerations and outcomes. See below for a summary of each color’s likely outcomes for our reopening and for operations once we are in session. See a more detailed explanation of what each campus alert level means for college operations.

State and County regulations and requirements

STATE: New Mexico has implemented a tiered red-to-turquoise reopening matrix, which allows for limited economic reopening by county. This framework assigns a color-coded risk level to each county based on the county meeting key health metrics over a two-week period: an average case incidence of 8/100,000 residents and a 5 percent positivity rate. County COVID-19 conditions are updated every two weeks at the New Mexico Department of Health’s Red to Green Network.

As of March 10, 2021, 13 counties improved to a less restrictive level and only one county remains in the highest-risk red category. For the first time since the red-to-turquoise matrix was implemented in December 2020, approximately 500,000 New Mexicans are now living under green-level restrictions, the second least restrictive tier, which allows for 50 percent maximum occupancy for indoor dining and essential retail spaces, among other activities. Find more information about economic activities by reopening tier here at the New Mexico Department of Health’s Red to Green Network.

Vaccine progress: New Mexico leads the nation with regard to the number of “shots in arms,” with 48.4 percent of the state’s residents having received their first shot and 33.1 percent having received both shots. The state’s most recent epidemiological modeling attributes New Mexico’s aggressive vaccination plan as lowering the daily COVID positive incidence by more than 60 percent.

On March 8, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that all K–12 public schools will provide in-person classes five days a week starting April 5. The state has committed to providing all educators with their first shot by the end of March in preparation for the transition back to in-person learning. Learn more about vaccine distribution progress and vaccine priority groups.

COUNTY: As of March 14, Santa Fe County has shifted to turquoise-level economic reopening for the first time since the matrix was implemented. Santa Fe County’s turquoise status allows for indoor dining at 75 percent occupancy, essential retail operations at 75 percent occupancy, increasing gathering size from 20 to 150 people, and permitting some arts and recreational facilities to reopen at 33 percent occupancy.

On March 5, Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) announced that all vaccinated teachers and staff will be required to return to in-person operations under an agreement with the teachers’ union. This includes teachers and staff who were eligible for vaccine but declined.

Santa Fe County continues to abide by the state-wide restrictions mandated by the governor, including the wearing of masks at all times indoors and outdoors when outside one’s home, practicing social distancing, limiting non-essential activities and following gathering size restrictions.

External Factors

Decision Input Level Status Trend
State Positivity Rate Green Current 14-day average state positivity rate is 2.7%.
County Positivity Rate Green Current 14-day average positivity rate is 1.9%. =
ICU / Hospital Capacity Yellow Hospital usage in the county has a slight decrease with a 14-day average of 51.7% with the state usage slightly increasing to a 14-day average of 77.8%. =
Test Turnaround Times Green Moving into the spring semester, SJC will be working with Vault to administer tests and receive results. Current turn-around-time for tests from Vault is approximately 24–48 hours. =
Testing Availability Green SJC has partnered with Vault and has obtained a sufficient supply of tests for our current need. =
Contact Tracing Efforts Green SJC has partnered with CastleBranch to conduct our contact tracing. All on-campus residents have active accounts and are completing the daily symptom log.
PPE / Cleaning Supplies Availability Green Current PPE and Cleaning supplies are sufficient with no current concerns about future purchasing ability. =
County + State Regulations Green The Governor of New Mexico has issued a county-by-county alert system with Santa Fe county currently at an alert level turquoise.

Internal Factors

On March 10, we removed the Campus Positivity Rate from our list of internal factors but will continue to report the total count of positive residential students.

Decision Input Level Status Trend
Residential Students in Quarantine Green There are no residential students in quarantine. =
Residential Students in Isolation Green There are no residential students in isolation. =
Operational Impact of Employee Cases Green There are no essential employees in quarantine or isolation. =
Risk-Mitigation Compliance Green No issues at this time. =

Dashboard Explanations

Campus Operating Status Alert Levels
Color Definitions
Red
Decision Inputs
  • County daily positivity rates of infection at more than 7 percent rolling average for 7 days; and/or
  • State daily positivity rates of infection at more than 10 percent rolling average for 7 days; and/or
  • Significant hospital and ICU capacity concerns; and/or
  • More than 25 residential students in quarantine; and/or
  • More than 5 residential students in isolation or isolation capacity severely limited; and/or
  • Testing supplies are unavailable and/or lab-based test results taking 7+ days; and/or
  • Contact tracing efforts significantly complicated or no longer possible; and/or
  • PPE and/or required cleaning/sanitization supplies no longer available; and/or
  • County and/or state regulations at or nearing lockdown; and/or
  • Outbreak among essential employees resulting in more than 10 percent absentee rates; and/or
  • No compliance with campus risk-mitigation strategies and/or testing protocols.
Operational Considerations
  • Academics: 100 percent online classes. Consider temporary suspension of classes to allow students to leave campus.
  • Residence Life: Students in quarantine within residence halls. Consider sending residential students home.
  • Social Activities: Offered exclusively online.
  • Dining: On-campus dining closed. Meal delivery to individual student rooms.
  • Non-essential employee’s presence on campus requires cabinet-level approval.
  • Essential employees working as necessary to maintain basic campus operations.
Orange
Decision Inputs
  • County daily positivity rates of infection at less than 7 percent rolling average for 14 days; and/or
  • State daily positivity rates of infection at or around 10 percent rolling average for 14 days (not to exceed 10.5 percent over 14-day period); and/or
  • Elective surgeries canceled, hospital visitation not permitted, significant hospital and ICU capacity concerns; and/or
  • 15–25 residential students in quarantine; and/or
  • 4–5 residential students in isolation or isolation capacity limited; and/or
  • Testing supplies are limited and/or lab-based test results are taking 5–7 days; and/or
  • Contact tracing efforts are significantly complicated; and/or
  • Significant concerns about access to PPE and/or required cleaning and sanitization supplies; and/or
  • County and state regulations no longer permit social gatherings, gym operations, or athletic activities; and/or
  • County restrictions prohibit in-person dining; and/or
  • Outbreak among essential employees resulting in more than 5 percent absentee rates; and/or
  • Limited compliance with campus risk-mitigation strategies and/or testing protocols.
Operational Considerations
  • Academics: 100 percent online classes.
  • Residence Life: No visitors permitted in the residence halls; common rooms and kitchens closed. Strict social distancing rules enforced.
  • Social Activities: Gym activities no longer permitted; social activities and student club meetings offered exclusively online.
  • Dining: Dining hall open with only prepared grab-and-go meals. Coffee shop closed.
  • Non-essential employees working on campus at 25 percent capacity with special supervisor permission only in compliance with social distancing guidelines as outlined in county restrictions.
  • Essential employees working on campus at 100 percent effort.
Yellow
Decision Inputs
  • County daily positivity rates of infection at less than 5 percent rolling average for 14 days; and/or
  • State daily positivity rates of infection at or around 7 percent rolling average for 14 days (not to exceed 7.5 percent over 14-day period); and/or
  • Some elective surgeries are moving forward, some hospital visitation limitations, hospital capacity and ICU concerns are limited; and/or
  • 8–15 residential students in quarantine; and/or
  • 2–3 residential students in isolation; and/or
  • Testing supplies are available and/or lab-based test results are available within 3-5 days; and/or
  • Effective contact tracing possible; and/or
  • Limited concerns about access to PPE and/or required cleaning and sanitization supplies; and/or
  • County and state regulations allow for implementation of some social gatherings, gym operations, and athletic activities; and/or
  • County restrictions allow for 50 percent of in-person dining capacity with strict social distancing requirements; and/or
  • Limited outbreak among essential employees resulting in under 5 percent absentee rates; and/or
  • Compliance with campus risk-mitigation strategies and/or testing protocols.
Operational Considerations
The following facilities and services will become accessible to on-campus students who are protocol compliant on March 29 and to off-campus students who are protocol compliant on April 5.

CAMPUS FACILITIES AND CAMPUS LIFE
  • The Dining Hall and Coffee Shop will be open at 25 percent capacity. Grab-and-go options will continue and self-service stations remain closed.
  • The Student Activities Center is open by appointment for limited activities. Contact maryanne.burke(at)sjc.edu for details on scheduling your appointment.
  • The Outdoor Program is open for rentals. Contact maryanne.burke(at)sjc.edu for details.
  • The Library will be open by appointment to all registered students in the late afternoon and evenings.
    • Reservations must be made 18 hours in advance; information on the reservation system will be provided shortly.
    • There will be separate entrances and exits.
    • All students will check in with their student ID at the circulation desk where they will be directed to their reserved study space.
    • All study spaces will be equipped with HEPA filters and fans.
    • Book stacks will remain closed and librarians will continue to fulfill book requests in Meem 101.
    • Masks will be required at all times while inside the library.
    • No food or drink will be allowed.
  • The Bookstore will provide curbside pickups for all students, regardless of residential status; free shipping will continue for all registered students.
  • Social activities and student club meetings will continue primarily online with some physically distanced outdoor activities.
  • Non-essential offices such as the Offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Business, Student Life, and OPPD will be open for in-person appointments part-time by March 29. Please contact the respective department to make an appointment. These offices are following capacity limits of 50 percent.
  • Essential offices such as Buildings and Grounds, Food Service, Senior Residents, Public Safety, and the Mailroom continue to work on campus at 100 percent effort.
ACADEMICS
  • Select classrooms will be identified as study spaces that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A sign-in system will be located at the reserved classroom study spaces.  More information will be shared by Friday, March 26.
  • For those not already engaged in in-person classes, classes will continue online or in a hybrid mode. Lab and math tutors will have discretion to begin offering limited in-person practica and hybrid classes. Music tutors may offer some in-person screening or listening sessions, likely in the Great Hall or Junior or Senior Common rooms. Your math and lab tutors will share more information on such opportunities by Friday, April 2.
  • The Assistant Dean and Writing Archon will share information on specific hours of in-person availability of academic and writing assistants after break.
  • Tutors and students will be permitted to hold some in-person meetings for formal and informal persons. Examples include seminar orals, advising and study groups. Permission will be granted subject to the individual discretion of tutors and the strict adherence to all public health protocols.
  • More academic updates can be found on our academic updates page.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE
  • Off-campus students may not access the on-campus residences.
  • On-campus students may now visit other students who are in their own neighborhood, with capacity not to exceed two visitors per room. Neighborhoods are distinct collections of clustered buildings. Three neighborhoods are the Suites and Apartments; Lowers; and Winiarski.
  • Common rooms, kitchens, and the Cave will remain closed.
  • Residential Hall capacity will remain at 25–30 percent occupancy.
Green
Decision Inputs
  • County daily positivity rates of infection at less than 3 percent rolling average for 14 days; and/or
  • State daily positivity rates of infection at or around 3 percent rolling average for 14 days (not to exceed 3.5 percent over 14-day period); and/or
  • Elective surgeries are moving forward, hospital restrictions on visitors have been removed, and there are no hospital capacity or ICU concerns; and/or
  • 7 or fewer residential students in quarantine; and/or
  • 2 or fewer residential students in isolation; and/or
  • Testing supplies are readily available and/or lab-based test results are available within 1–3 days; and/or
  • Effective contact tracing possible; and/or
  • No concerns about access to PPE and/or required cleaning and sanitization supplies; and/or
  • County and state regulations allow for implementation of social gatherings, gyms, and athletic activities without overly restrictive limitations; and/or
  • County restrictions allow for 75 percent of in-person dining capacity with limited social distancing requirements; and/or
  • Limited outbreak among essential employees resulting in under 3 percent absentee rates; and/or
  • Strong compliance with campus risk-mitigation strategies and testing protocols.
Operational Considerations
  • Academics: Hybrid or fully in-person classes. Social distancing guidelines as outlined in county restrictions.
  • Residence Life: Loosening of restrictions on hall access and visitors; common rooms and kitchens reopened.
  • Social Activities: Gym activities may resume, adhering to the physical distancing capacity of the space; limited in-person social activities and student club meetings; increased outdoor social activities.
  • Dining: Dining hall and coffee shop open with limited seating and social distancing requirements in place.
  • Non-essential employees working on campus at 75 percent capacity in compliance with social distancing guidelines as outlined in county restrictions.
  • Essential employees working on campus at 100 percent effort.
Blue
  • Physical distancing ceases
  • Mask wearing is limited to when a person is sick
  • Continue to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • No restrictions on social gatherings
  • Return to 100 percent capacity on served dining

Data

We use data from a number of sources for our internal and external indicators, including official information from the New Mexico Department of Health, results from our testing provider and internal measurements.

Overall alert levels are determined by careful weighing of all internal and external inputs, the recent trends of key indicators and regional, statewide and national data.