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RIT lowers COVID-19 alert level to green

Created: May 22, 2021 08:17 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Institute of Technology lowered its COVID-19 alert level from yellow to green Friday due to a decrease in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the community. 

RIT has been considered yellow for weeks but is now back to green. Green means that the prevalence of the virus on campus and in the community is considered low.

RIT developed this alert system back in 2020 which defines levels of COVID-19 prevalence and transmission risk within our community. The color-coded system allows the university to respond quickly to a changing campus and regional health conditions.

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. 

The alert supports early recognition of potential disease spread and gives RIT the opportunity to swiftly enact mitigation efforts.

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