RIT develops COVID-19 alert system to identify, reduce risk

RIT develops COVID-19 alert system to identify, reduce risk Photo: RIT.

Updated: August 09, 2020 11:28 AM
Created: August 09, 2020 11:26 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Institute of Technology has developed a new alert system that defines levels of COVID-19 prevalence and transmission risk within our community. 

In a release by RITthe color-coded system allows the university to respond quickly to a changing campus and regional health conditions. The alert supports early recognition of potential disease spread and gives RIT the opportunity to swiftly enact mitigation efforts.


The alert levels are as follows:

  • Green is low risk; Virus prevalence is low
  • Yellow is low to moderate risk: Prevalence of virus is low, but indicators show potential for an increase in transmission
  • Orange is moderate risk: Prevalence of the virus has increased above baseline and indicators show rates of infection increasing
  • Red is high risk: Spike in prevalence, strained capacity of campus, and community support system. 

“We will be monitoring the indicators on a daily basis and updating the alert system as the indicators suggest we need to,” said Enid Cardinal, senior advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability.

The alert system will also provide solutions to each risk level. This includes enhancement of education, behavioral expectations like (wearing face masks, washing hands, and social distancing), gathering size restrictions, limiting face to face activities, and transition to exclusive online instruction. 

RIT says the alert system reflects Monroe County and State numbers of positive cases and hospitalizations along with information generated from RIT community. RIT will collect data from COVID-19 testing, random surveillance testing, wastewater sampling, and daily health screening. 

You can view the new alert system by click here!

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