For more information on the College’s efforts, please see the restart plan website.
On-campus weekly surveillance testing
During the academic year, the College is randomly selecting 25% of the on-campus student and employee population each week for COVID-19 surveillance testing.
What happens if a member of our campus community tests positive?
Should there be a positive case on campus, we have contact tracers in place, both within the College and via the Albany County Department of Health. Students and employees will be notified if they have had close contact with a COVID-19 case.
Contact tracing will continue to be done in the event of a COVID-19 case among students or employees. Quarantine may be required as a result.
A direct contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of the positive case for 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
The contact tracer will notify direct contacts of their exposure and instruct them as to what to do. In summary:
Unvaccinated direct contacts: Must quarantine for 10 days.
Vaccinated direct contacts who aren’t experiencing COVID symptoms: Will be instructed to wear their mask and be tested 3 to 5 days after their last exposure to the positive case. If the test results are negative, they can resume normal activities but continue to monitor for symptoms.
Vaccinated direct contacts who experience COVID symptoms: Should stay home and get tested for COVID-19 immediately. If the test is negative, they should test again 3 to 5 days after their last exposure to the positive case. If the second test is negative, they can resume standard prevention measures. If the second test is positive, they must isolate for 10 days.
As our classrooms are socially distanced, having a COVID-19 positive case in a class does not mean that the entire class will be determined to be at risk. Again, we will work with the county and state departments of health to properly identify those at risk of exposure. Due to state and federal privacy laws, we will not disclose details about members of our community who test positive.
As outlined in the restart plan, we have set aside quarantine housing for students who live on-campus and employees and commuter/graduate students would be required to quarantine at home for a minimum of 10 days.