Mark Parisi, director of counseling and health services, sent the following weekly Health Services update to students today (September 10, 2021):
Our COVID-19 vaccination clinic was a big success with 100 people receiving their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (now referred to as Comirnaty since receiving full FDA approval for those 16 years of age and older). For those who were not able to attend our COVID-19 vaccination clinic yesterday but would like to be vaccinated, here are the local options available.
For those who are requesting an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate, you are considered “in process” if you have requested an application or have applied for the exemption but have not received a final decision yet.
Students who are not fully vaccinated – you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of the vaccine ¬– regardless of exemption status are required to participate in mandatory testing. You will be notified each week if you need to sign up for testing the following week. If you have not provided documentation of your full vaccination status and are not seeking an exemption, you will have a hold placed on your account preventing you from registering for Spring 2022 classes until we receive that information.
Please remember to send your vaccine card and your test results to email@example.com.
COVID Dashboard: Zero students and 2 employees have reported positive COVID-19 test results this week, and so we currently have 2 cases that are considered active. As a reminder, you can find the tally of positive COVID-19 cases on campus by viewing our COVID-19 Dashboard. It will be updated as new cases are reported.
Testing for COVID-19: COVID-19 testing is available through Health Services, and you should call 518.454.5244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are seeking testing.
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 email@example.com.
Reporting possible exposure: Please remember if you have been exposed to anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 or you suspect you may have been exposed but are unsure, email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the College and discuss your particular situation so we can best advise you on how to proceed. Remember, this directive applies whether the positive case is affiliated with Saint Rose or not.
Treatment at Health Services: For any non-urgent medical issue, students can call 518.454.5244 or email email@example.com 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 or in-person appointment with the nurse practitioner. The Health Center will be open for student appointments starting Monday, August 30.
Treatment at the Counseling Center: Students may be experiencing emotional distress in response to the impact of the pandemic on their daily lives. Please call our center at 518.454.5200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can speak with a counselor through a phone session, Zoom session, or in-person session. The Counseling Center is located on the third floor of Saint Joseph Hall.
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 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 email@example.com.
Director of Counseling and Health Services