COVID-19

As part of the reopening of SUNY campuses across New York State, schools are answering the call for transparency and public safety by providing statistics on the COVID-19 case count at each SUNY campus and community.

The following is an up-to-date dashboard that provides data on COVID-19 testing and other vital information at each of our 64 colleges and universities. Individual campuses submit data daily. The current day is populated at 4pm and the data is updated hourly. The data can be viewed on a system-wide or campus by campus level.

Summer 2021 Questions and Answers

These guidelines are subject to change based on recommendations and guidance from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and SUNY, or in the event of a community or campus outbreak.

Campus/Building Access and Events

We are excited to allow guests and visitors back to campus this summer! College community members and visitors are required to continue following the college’s most recent health and safety protocols. Please see specific guidelines for masking, distancing, testing, and vaccination below.

Hunt College Union, Red Dragon Outfitters, the Welcome Center, Morris Conference Center, and Netzer Administration will all be unlocked and open to the public during regular business hours. All other campus buildings will remain locked with card access for faculty, staff, and students who are currently living or working on campus. Residence halls will remain locked with card access for only the necessary students or employees.
 
Open building hours:

  • Hunt College Union: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Red Dragon Outfitters: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Welcome Center: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Morris Conference Center: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Netzer Administration: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Starbucks, Red Dragon Outfitters and Damascene Book Cellar will all be open to the public, with operating hours posted on the OAS website. Starbucks will be takeout only for walk-in visitors. College community members, or visitors who have been invited and pre-screened by a college host, may use the designated dining spaces in the Hunt Union Living Room. 

Faculty, staff and students may host visitors on campus and inside buildings. Guests and visitors include anyone who is not a current employee or student at the college, i.e.: family or friends invited to visit any indoor space on campus, colleagues or visitors attending an in-person meeting, visitors here for a tour of any space or facilities, etc. In-person appointments and meetings are allowed in spaces that can accommodate proper social distancing . Anyone inviting multiple guests to gather or meet together must abide by the most current event capacity limits listed below.

Students interested in bringing guests to campus must work with residence hall staff on adhering to typical campus guest policies. For contact tracing purposes, hosts must keep a physical log of guests (name, date of visit, and time). This policy extends to overnight guests. 

Guests whose visits are pre-arranged or are invited to campus property by a college community member, as well as individuals enrolled in a non-credit course on campus, will be required to complete the visitor daily health screening. The host is responsible for screening their guests for COVID-19 symptoms daily and should deny visitation if the guest indicates they have symptoms and/or have had exposure to COVID-19. Anyone planning to host visitors should contact Graig Eichler at Graig.Eichler@Oneonta.edu for more information on the visitor daily health screening.

Individuals patronizing retail locations and utilizing campus services on a short-term, walk-in basis will not have to complete the visitor daily health screening. Please note that the contact tracing protocols will still be in effect for individuals utilizing campus services.

Contractors and vendors are required to submit a COVID safety plan to the Facilities, Safety and Planning Office for review. 

The Office of Continuing Education will be offering two non-credit courses this summer. Registrants will complete a daily health screening prior to attending the course. Masks and social distancing will be required.

College community members and visitors are required to continue following the college’s most recent health and safety protocols. Please see specific guidelines for masking, distancing, testing, and vaccination below.

Admissions will increase their capacity for campus tours, information sessions, and in-person appointments. Campus tours can have a maximum of 20 participants and require masks and social distancing. Admissions has been provided card access for building tours. Information sessions can have a maximum of 50 participants with masks and social distancing required.

Prospective students and their families may require or request meetings with other offices and departments while visiting campus. Admissions is requesting for all areas to accommodate in-person meetings. If your current office space does not allow for social distancing, please let Admissions know and they will work to find an alternate location for your meetings with prospective students and families. 

Outside organizations will not be permitted to use college facilities for the summer months. The college will re-evaluate the commercial and non-commercial use of facilities for the fall semester.

Outside organizations

Outside organizations will not be permitted to use college facilities for the summer months. The college will re-evaluate the commercial and non-commercial use of facilities for the fall semester

Updated College-Organized Event Guidance

The following event capacity conditions are in place to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the members of the college community. The following event capacity limits extend to students working or living on campus over the summer, employees, and invited guests.

Event Capacity Limits
  • Up to 50 individuals may attend an outdoor event that is supervised by at least one professional staff or faculty member.
  • Up to 10 individuals may attend an outdoor event that is not supervised by any professional staff or faculty member. These events include, but aren’t limited to, off-campus gatherings, unsupervised intramural practices, and other unsupervised group meetings.
  • Up to 25 individuals may attend an indoor event that a staff or faculty member sponsors and monitors. Up 10 individuals may attend any other indoor event.
  • The above capacity limits include attendees, college employees and vendors.
Additional Requirements
  • Marketing for events should remind participants to follow the most current campus public health guidelines for employees, students, and/or guests and visitors. Announcements should be made at the event.
  • Please contact the Catering Services to order and manage food at events.
  • Groups looking to contract with outside services must ensure and provide documentation that those vendor(s) will comply with campus standards of face-coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.  There is a process in place via SLATE for “vendors/performers” that must be followed.

Masks

Vaccinated individuals with approved proof of vaccination

Employees and summer students who are fully vaccinated and have volunteered their proof of vaccination are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors, upon submission and approval of appropriate documentation.

Unvaccinated/unknown status individuals

According to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, unvaccinated/unknown status individuals may remove their masks indoors only in the following situations:

  • while socially distanced and seated while eating/drinking
  • while socially distanced and working at their workstations

Masks are still required for unvaccinated/unknown status individuals in all other indoor settings, while with others or alone, including in common spaces, hallways, restrooms, etc.

Outdoors

  • If guests are fully vaccinated, masks are not required outdoors at any time.
  • If guests are not fully vaccinated, masks are not required if they are alone outdoors, or can maintain social distance from others while outdoors. If guests cannot maintain social distancing while outdoors, they will be required to wear a mask.

Indoors

  • At this time, masks are still required for all guests and visitors while indoors.

Testing

Regular weekly testing is required for individuals who are unvaccinated/have not volunteered their proof of vaccination. The testing center is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center. Departments doing self-collection must complete drop-offs by Mondays at 2 p.m. to University Police, Graig Eichler in Morris, Tracy Hartwell in Netzer, or at the Health and Wellness Center.

To be exempt from regular testing, fully vaccinated individuals can volunteer proof of vaccination using the process outlined above under VaccineHow do I submit my proof of vaccination?

Until proof of vaccination is on file and approved, employees will be considered unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status and must continue to test weekly.

Students taking summer classes online do not need to test as long as they do not use on-campus facilities.

Fully vaccinated individuals can volunteer proof of vaccination using the process above to be exempt from regular testing. 

Until proof of vaccination is on file and approved, employees will be considered unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status and must continue to test weekly.

Beginning in August, those who are fully vaccinated and proof of vaccination is on file, will occasionally be selected on a random basis for required surveillance pool testing to help catch any asymptomatic cases and prevent an outbreak.

No. Rapid and PCR tests are readily available at local pharmacies and clinics, often at no charge.

If you have already tested positive for COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you not be re-tested for 90 days after your positive test. If you believe you should be exempt from mandatory pool testing, please send a copy of your positive test and release from isolation letter to contact.tracing@oneonta.edu so we can update your file.

If you are on quarantine or isolation, you are exempt from mandatory weekly testing. If you are getting emails saying you are out of compliance with mandatory weekly testing, that means the college does not know you are ordered to quarantine or isolate. Please call the Health Center (607-436-3573) to inform them you have tested positive and you will be noted in our system as exempt from mandatory testing.

Off-campus, asymptomatic students can access testing on the SUNY Oneonta campus. See above for testing center location and hours.

Students who miss their mandatory weekly COVID test can remedy the situation by testing in the next pool testing day. Should a student miss any two weekly pool tests, they will be subject to judicial charges through the Office of Community Standards and will have their card access to campus turned off. 

Alternately, students can fulfill their mandatory testing requirement by obtaining a COVID test off-campus and submitting a copy of their test.

Vaccine

At this time, no. On May 10, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that, pending one vaccine gains full FDA authorization, all students must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes on SUNY campuses in the fall The college will share updates about this new requirement when they become available.

The college has also not received any information in regard to vaccine requirements for faculty and staff for the fall. If we do, we will share that as quickly as we can.

We encourage all students, faculty and staff to get a vaccine if able. The vaccine will help you enjoy a safe and active summer, and we expect that fully vaccinated individuals will have less restrictive requirements for quarantining and testing next fall. 

Consistent with guidance from SUNY and the state, and upon submission and approval of appropriate documentation, fully vaccinated individuals will be exempt from the college’s regular weekly testing starting June 21, 2021 and masking protocol starting June 22, 2021. The college does not require students or employees to tell us if they have been vaccinated at this time.

How to volunteer proof of vaccination

Employees
  • To submit proof electronically, upload a PDF from the Excelsior Pass mobile app or a photo/scan of your vaccination card to the secure COVID Vaccine Proof Employee Form.
  • ​​​Proof may also be provided by taking the original, or a true copy, of your vaccination card or Excelsior Pass .pdf to Human Resources (Netzer room 208 for state employees).

Human Resources will review all submissions within two business days and notify you of approval status. If you upload your proof by Wednesday, June 23, you do not need to test unless you hear back that your submission was not approved. Should this be the case, please reach out to the appropriate human resources office at the contact information provided in the form. 

Vaccination information will be confidential and only used by human resources for the purpose of ensuring compliance and other safety measures that differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees (quarantine guidance, etc).

Please direct any questions to Human Resources.

Summer Students

Any students working, studying or living on campus over the summer should contact their instructor or work/summer residence supervisor for guidance. Instructions on how students can provide proof of vaccination for the fall semester will be communicated at a later date.

No. On June 18, Governor Cuomo announced that the mass vaccination site at SUNY Oneonta would close starting Monday, June 21, in the first phase of downscaling, so the state can shift resources to communities where the vaccination rate is below the state average.

New Yorkers are encouraged to continue to utilize the Am I Eligible tool to check the availability of the vaccine and make appointments at State-run mass vaccination sites, or find other local vaccination sites on the CDC website. All open sites continue to offer walk-in vaccinations for all eligible individuals.

Quarantine and Isolation

Those who qualify, can be exempt from quarantining if they were exposed to someone who tests positive, traveled outside of NY state, or are in a positive pool.

In order to qualify for exemption from quarantine, you must agree with all the following:

  1. have received both doses of either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine or just 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine;
  2. are 2 weeks past your last dose but not more than 90 days past your 2nd dose; and
  3. not have any symptoms of COVID at the time in question.

It is advisable that fully vaccinated individuals (14 days after your final shot) take a photograph of their vaccination record so they have easy access to it in case they are contacted by a contact tracer or Human Resources and want to be exempt from quarantine in the event they are a close contact.

If you are a known close contact of someone who has tested positive or you are waiting test results, you should stay in your room or suite until you receive your negative test results in order to prevent transmitting the virus. If you live on campus, college staff will transport you to our quarantine residence hall, where you will have meals prepared and delivered by our catering staff. See resources for students who are quarantining off campus

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself in your room and follow directions provided by the Department of Health. Please cooperate with the contact tracer who calls or emails you to find out who you may have been in contact with prior to isolation. If you live on campus, college staff will transport you to our isolation residence hall, where you will have meals prepared and delivered by our catering staff. Health Center staff will be available for tele-health and in-person medical care. See resources for students who are isolating off campus

Yes. Students who can’t safely quarantine or isolate in their off-campus apartment have the option to quarantine or isolate on campus, for a fee. Meals will be delivered and there will be 24-hour staffing. Please contact Graig Eichler at graig.eichler@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2077 for more information.

When a student is placed in quarantine or isolation, their card access to campus is turned off. To have your card access restored once you are released from quarantine or isolation, please email your letter of release to contact.tracing@oneonta.edu and you will be removed from our system as a person on quarantine or isolation.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who may have come into contact with an infected person and collecting information about these contacts so as to try to contain the spread of the virus. Contact tracing is essential to protecting the health of our community and is required by the NY State Department of Health for anyone who tests positive for COVID. Please cooperate with contact tracers to the greatest extent possible. Answer calls or texts from contact tracers and set up you phone to receive voicemails. 

The college has a team of contact tracers to support students during their quarantine or isolation. However, the documentation for release from quarantine and isolation comes directly from the Department of Health so the college cannot issue release letters. 

Because students may test positive through many different testing locations, the college does not always know when a student has tested positive. Please contact the Health Center (607-436-3573) if you have tested positive through a testing center that is not associated with the college. Once the college is aware, a contact tracer can then be assigned.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 through college pool testing and have not been assigned a contact tracer, or have questions, please email contact.tracing@oneonta.edu.

Health and Wellness

The Counseling Health and Wellness Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the summer. If students are not on campus during the summer, they are encouraged to utilize their primary care and local health and wellness resources. 

We are living through an unprecedented time in history and it has caused great disturbance in most people’s lives. Being quarantined or isolated can be an added stress at an already difficult time. The SUNY Oneonta community is here to help you. If you need some basic support, please feel free to contact the professional staff member in the residence hall you moved from. They can connect you to the resources you need.

The Counseling Center is available for students.  For consultation, please call 607-436-3368.

If you are located in Otsego County and need to speak with a licensed counselor immediately, please call the 24-hour Otsego County Mobile Crisis Assessment Team at 1-844-732-6228. 

Faculty and staff can reach out to the Employee Assistance Program for referrals and resources.

The Counseling Center has created a list of online resources for learning to cope with the anxiety and stress of these trying times:

Financial Impact

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides grants for SUNY Oneonta students to pay for urgent expenses triggered by unforeseen events that threaten their ability to stay in college. If you are experiencing a hardship due to the unexpected changes connected to the Coronavirus, the student emergency fund may be able to help.

Student Emergency Grants

SUNY Oneonta will receive funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) to be disbursed in the form of emergency grants to eligible students. Eligible students will receive an email from EmergencyRelief@oneonta.edu with further information about assistance and details about the disbursement process. More information about these grants is available on the financial aid and grants webpage. Questions about relief grants should be directed to EmergencyRelief@oneonta.edu.

Daily Health Screening

The daily health screening is no longer be required for employees or students. The visitor daily health screening is still required for guests with a pre-arranged visit to campus. 

Additional Data

Otsego County Department of Health DOH Website | DOH Facebook

Intermountain COVID-19 Impact Consortium ICIC WebsiteICIC Facebook

NYS COVID-19 Tracker


Report a Concern

COVID Concern Form
This form goes to college officials.

To report a concern to the City of Oneonta, call or text 607-376-7453.

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