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Public Health Crisis in India

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Public Health Crisis in India

India’s official count of COVID-19 cases surpassed 20 million on Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially have passed 220,000. The country is currently battling a severe COVID-19 second wave. COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed, with over 350,000 new daily cases and over 3,000 daily deaths. This explosion of cases is overwhelming the nation’s public health, medical, and infrastructure capacities.

Many of our Rensselaer faculty, staff, students, and alumni have personal connections to India, and we are proud to have many faculty, staff, and students of Indian heritage. I extend my deepest empathy to all in the Rensselaer community affected by the unfolding crisis. I know many of you with family or friends in India are suffering. Please do not hesitate to access university support resources if you need help during this challenging time. 

Counseling and grief services are available for students through the Rensselaer Counseling Center. An appointment can be made by calling (518) 276-6479. Faculty, staff, and their household members in need of in-the-moment support or counseling services can contact a representative from the Rensselaer Employee Assistance Program (EAP), BHS, at (800) 327-2251; or by visiting the BHS website; or by downloading the BHS App in the App Store or Google Play.

Rensselaer community members with connections to India have been reaching out to better understand how and where we can provide needed immediate assistance. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.