Dear NSCC Community:

As you may have heard in the news, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are tracking an outbreak of Monkeypox virus, which has been declared a public health emergency in the United States.  

According to the CDC, Monkeypox is a rare, viral disease that can be transmitted primarily skin-to-skin and direct contact with a potential isolation period of up to a month for infected individuals. I encourage all faculty, staff, and students to make themselves aware of the guidelines available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Both websites offer robust resources providing detailed information on prevention, signs and symptoms, how it is spread, treatment, and available vaccines. 

NSCC is committed to creating a community where all members feel welcomed, valued and safe. I want the NSCC community to know that the college’s leadership team (in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges) is carefully monitoring this evolving outbreak and will engage in statewide coordinating meetings if that becomes necessary. 

If you come in direct, skin-to-skin contact with a person who contracted Monkeypox or if you develop Monkeypox symptoms, CDC recommends contacting your medical provider. In the meantime, we ask for all positive cases to be reported.  


-- President William Heineman


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