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Mark Parisi, director of counseling and health services, sent his weekly COVID-19 update to students today:

Dear Students,

We had five students and no employees test positive for COVID-19 last week, bringing our total so far this semester to 27. As a reminder, you can find this week’s tally of positive COVID-19 cases on campus by viewing our COVID-19 Dashboard. It will be updated as new cases are reported.

As the rise in COVID-19 cases continues, remember to keep practicing the safety protocols (mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing) that we have determined can bring the transmission rate down. The CDC created a video of their staff titled “I wear a mask because . . .” I encourage you to view it and reflect on how you might finish that statement.

Students have inquired about how diet and nutrition can help when it comes to fighting COVID-19. While there is no specific food or diet that can prevent becoming infected with COVID-19, we know that eating a healthy diet helps to support our immune system which in turn helps to fight diseases and infections. The World Health Organization provides some guidance regarding what should be included in a healthy diet.

Reporting positive COVID-19 results: Please remember, we are asking all students who seek off-campus COVID-19 testing and receive a POSITIVE result to email your test result to

Daily Symptoms Tracker: For those of you who have returned home for the remainder of the semester, you no longer need to complete the symptoms tracker. For those of you who are remaining on campus, we ask that you continue to complete the Symptoms Tracker form that appears on your To-Do list in the Navigate app every day.

Testing for COVID-19: If you are having COVID-19 testing done, be sure to not drink or eat anything a half hour before your testing appointment. COVID-19 testing is available through Health Services, and you should call 518.454.5244 or email if you are seeking testing.

Treatment at Health Services: For any non-urgent medical issue, students can call 518.454.5244 or email for assistance, and their cases will be triaged by our LPN or nurse practitioners. Based on the presenting concerns, the triage outcome may lead to a telehealth appointment with the nurse practitioner.

Treatment at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center: Students may be experiencing emotional distress in response to the impact of the pandemic on our daily lives in addition to simply adjusting to college life again. Please call our center at 518.454.5200 or email us at to speak with a counselor through a phone or Zoom session.

More COVID-19 information: You can find the most current COVID-19 information on the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage. You can always call the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 888.364.3065 and ask any question you have regarding COVID-19.

You can view COVID-19 data for the Capital Region (and by county) on the New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.

New York State has put out a new COVID-19 contact tracing app that you can download to your phone. This app will be used to help notify you if you have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact the College’s Health Services at 518.454.5244 or


Mark Parisi
Director of Counseling and Health Services