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.

Questions and Answers

Vaccine

The college had been working with SUNY on providing the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but that effort has been canceled as of Tuesday, April 13, 2021 after the FDA issued a nation-wide pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Students who registered for the Johnson & Johnson clinic can keep their appointment time and get a Pfizer vaccine at the state-run vaccination site in the Alumni Field House. Questions can be directed to the COVID Response Team at CRT@oneonta.edu.

Anyone age 16 and over is eligible to schedule a vaccine at the state-run vaccination site that is being hosted in the Alumni Field House. The vaccines being distributed there are the Pfizer vaccine which require two doses spaced 21 days apart, and both doses must be administered at the same vaccination site. Students should note that if they sign up for the Pfizer vaccine on campus before the end of the semester they must return to campus to receive their second dose, which may occur after the semester has ended. Please plan accordingly. Appointments for the state-run clinic can be made on the NYS website.

Students should continue to check their email for any future announcements regarding vaccination efforts on campus.

Yes. Testing requirements remain the same even if you are fully vaccinated.

Yes. You must continue to follow all safety protocols including campus requirements for face coverings.

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.

Be sure to tell the contact tracer and/or Human Resources you are full vaccinated (14 days after your final shot) if you are asked to quarantine.

The college does not require students or employees to tell us if they have been vaccinated.

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.

Students in living in NY state but outside of NYC do not have to send the Health Center a copy of their immunization card because we already have access to all immunization records through the NYS Immunization Information System (NYSIIS). NYSIIS is a database of all immunizations in NY State (not including the 5 Boroughs of NYC)  and the Health Center has an automatic feed from NYSIIS into our electronic medical records system.

Students in NY city: NYC has its own database for immunizations and the Health does not currently have access to that system. If you live in NYC or outside of NY state, you can submit a copy of your vaccination to the Health Center by:

  • email at healthcenter@oneonta.edu;
  • fax at 607-436-2074; or
  • mail to SUNY Oneonta Health Center, Counseling, Health & Wellness Center, Oneonta NY 13820.

Information on the Vaccination Site at SUNY Oneonta can be found here

Eligible New Yorkers can schedule appointments using the state's "Am I Eligible" website or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.

Events

Updated 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 campus community. The following event capacity limits extend to students who currently live on-campus, take in-person classes, and regularly have business on campus. These guidelines do not currently extend to students who are not living in the community or taking classes in-person. In order to ensure that all students have access to a fair and equitable academic experience, classroom mode and requirements for Spring 2021 are not changing.

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 the Office of Residential Community Life sponsors and monitors. Up 10 individuals may attend any other indoor event.
  • The above capacity limits include attendees, college employees and vendors.
  • The policy that no outside guests or spectators are allowed at on-campus events remains in effect. 
Additional Requirements
  • Masks must be required for entry, throughout and after the event.
  • Social (physical) distancing must be maintained.
  • Hand sanitizer must be immediately available to all attendees.
  • Sponsoring groups must assist in cleaning high-touch spaces and equipment. Facilities staff will provide supplies, such as wipes and Virex.
  • Attendees will be directed not to share any items including but not limited to utensils or writing instruments.
  • Marketing for events should remind participants to follow public health guidelines such as wearing a face covering, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Announcements should be made at the event.
  • Communal food shall be prohibited. All food must be individually prepared and packaged by our Sodexo staff. Homemade foods are prohibited. Please contact the Catering Services to order and manage food at events.
  • When possible, different doorways should be marked as separate entrances and exits.
  • Specific to Residential Programming, only students residing in the hall planning the event will be eligible to attend. RAs or RHD are considered the responsible parties for all events, including Hall Government.
  • Groups may not host outside guests, including, but not limited to, friends from other institutions, family, alumni, and the greater Oneonta community.
  • 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 will be a limit to the number of hired personnel permitted at any one event. There is a process in place via SLATE for “vendors/performers” that must be followed.
  • A virtual component should be offered for those who cannot attend.
  •  Attendance will be taken at all physical meetings and events using Event Check-in App to assist with contract tracing. Attendance should also be taken at virtual events.

Testing

Weekly pool testing is required for all students who live on campus, attend at least one in-person class, or use campus facilities such as the library or fitness center. Throughout the semester, 30% of off-campus students living in the Oneonta area will also be required to get a pool test. If you are selected, you will receive an email notifying you that you are required to test the following week.

Employees will also participate in campus pool testing (or other required testing) in accordance with SUNY, NYS and campus guidelines and any applicable collective bargaining unit agreements. Employees not required to participate in testing are encouraged to participate.

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.

Pool testing for COVID-19 will be available to students and employees in the Hunt Union Ballroom A on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Testing is also available at the college’s Cooperstown facility on Mondays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Please do not participate in pool testing if you are experiencing possible COVID symptoms. If you have any of the COVID symptoms listed in the daily health screening or the pool testing registration form, you should get a PCR test instead. Pool testing is designed to survey a healthy population to make sure COVID isn’t present. If you get pool tested when you have symptoms, you may unnecessarily contaminate your 12-person pool, which means 11 of your fellow students or colleagues will need to quarantine until they are cleared through individual testing. PCR testing is available at the college's Health & Wellness Center, the WellNow Clinic on Southside and the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 400 Chestnut Street. Contact info for WellNow and Rite Aid can be found using this complete list of local testing options.

To be pool tested, students and employees must show their college ID card at the test site.

Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 cannot participate in the college’s pool testing for a 90-day period following their positive test.

Students: Weekly pool testing is required for all on-campus students except those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. The college recommends that off-campus students be tested on a regular basis, as well. The Health Center can accommodate 12 to 14 students per day for PCR testing, Monday-Friday. PCR tests are available only for symptomatic students. 

Employees: Weekly testing is required for any employees who have been present on campus property. Testing is only required for any week in which they are/were on campus. The college encourages employees who are not on campus to participate in the weekly pool testing, as well.

If you have not previously participated in the college’s pool testing, you will need to create an account at https://www.suny-covid-test.com. If you already have an account, please log in and register for each new test. To reduce wait times at the testing center, it’s best to do this ahead of time on your mobile device. If you do not have a cell phone and/or need help, you can register for your test with assistance from volunteers at the testing site.

Pool testing is free for students, staff and faculty. In the event that your pool tests positive, follow-up (reflex) tests will be conducted on each sample in the pool in order to determine which person tested positive. Upstate Medical University will attempt to bill each individual's insurance provider for the cost of their individual test.  If you do not have insurance or payment from the insurance provider cannot be collected, the college will be responsible for covering the cost of the reflex test.

Students who live on campus, students who take in-person courses, and students who regularly access campus facilities are required to be tested on a weekly basis.

Students who miss the Monday testing date will receive a reminder via e-mail. 

Students who miss both the Monday and Tuesday testing dates in any given week will receive an e-mail notification with additional information on how to seek a test through alternative means. This ensures that they can get into compliance for that week.

  • On-campus students should contact their Residence Hall Director, and off-campus students should contact the Health Center, for information on how to provide testing proof.

Failure to complete the testing for two weeks during the semester will result in the suspension of card access to campus facilities (residence halls, Milne Library, Hunt College Union, classroom buildings). Repeated offenses of not completing daily screenings or weekly testing will result in conduct charges and sanctions through the college. Sanctions may include probation, removal from the residence halls, and loss of access to campus facilities.

Off-campus, asymptomatic students can access testing in the Hunt Union Ballroom A on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The facility is open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students who test positive within 14 days before they come to campus should follow the instructions of their contact tracer and complete their period of isolation at home. Students who test positive on campus will be moved to the isolation facility on campus. Faculty who teach in-person classes must also provide that same information online. On-campus students will be able to access their on-campus courses online and will be provided with additional resources, as needed, by the college’s quarantine and isolation team.

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.

Daily Health Screening

The daily health screening can be accessed directly or through the daily email reminder.

The daily health screening is a significant part of a student’s responsibilities to the community. It is recommended for every student and required for all students who come to campus. The screening should be completed each day to ensure that a student is feeling well. It’s an important tool, along with regular testing, in ensuring that we are keeping our students and the community safe and healthy. Students receive reminders if they miss two consecutive days of filling out the daily health screening. Students who miss three consecutive days will lose access to campus facilities.

Yes. Even if you are quarantined or isolated off campus, you still need to complete your Daily Health Screening every day during your quarantine. The Daily Health Screening is recommended for every student but it is required for all students who come to campus. 

No, students who receive the red checkmark after completing their daily health screening tool are likely to have answered yes to a question would require them to seek medical attention/advice. Students seeking medical attention or advice should contact the health center for an appointment or call their personal physician.

Students who believe that they’ve received the red checkmark in error should contact their faculty, if they have an in-person class, and let them know that they made a mistake on the daily health screening resulting in a red checkmark for the day. Unfortunately, students are unable to reset their responses to the Daily Student Health Screening. The daily screening is an important tool that the college uses to aid in its goal to keep students and community safe. Symptom surveillance occurs through the Daily Student Health Screening, and increases in symptoms may trigger increased surveillance testing and other health checks. The college feels that permitting regular resets would undermine its efforts to keep students healthy, and will not be allowing for this action at this time.

Quarantine and Isolation

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 quarantining 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 Health Center has contracted with Fonemed, a 24-hour nurse line for students to access medical advice. The nurse line is available between 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. daily. Students can access the Fonemed nurse line by calling 607-436-3573. Callers will need to have their student ID numbers ready and be prompted to press a specific number to be transferred to the nurse line.

Eat well, stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Take your temperature if you feel feverish. Continue to manage any ongoing health concerns as well as following the directions of your medical provider in terms of how to monitor and treat symptoms of the virus. Continue your medications and do not change your treatment plan without consulting with your provider

Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19 

Look for emergency warning signs of COVID-19.* If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. 

Questions? Contact the Health Center at 607-436-3573. The Health Center provides services by tele-health or in-person. 

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 to do tele-counseling for students Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Same-day appointments are available. To set up an appointment, 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. 

The Counseling Center will be providing Coping Circles for students in quarantine and isolation to connect with their peers and learn stress management and coping strategies. This will be facilitated by a licensed counselor and will be provided several times a week as student participation permits. Contact the Counseling Center for a schedule of the upcoming Coping Circle meetings.

  • Self-Guided Relaxation Exercises: The Counseling Center has recorded a variety of mindfulness and relaxation exercises to support students. We have a collection of short (under 4 minutes) relaxation exercises that can be used at the beginning of a class, club meeting, or individual meeting to help a student relax and concentrate better during class.  Access the exercises.
  • Do You Mind?: Mindfulness Sessions with Rebecca Harrington and Bharath Ramkumar
    Mindfulness Techniques can improve mental and physical health. These regular sessions are an opportunity to experience mindfulness practice for yourself, whether you are a beginner or a regular practitioner. Mondays and Fridays at 11am on Microsoft Teams.  A full listing of dates is available on CORQ
  • The Daily Break Series: These short, 15-minute programs will be offered daily.  Offerings include guided meditation, stretching, poetry, musical performances and the pets of SUNY Oneonta. Take a break and give your brain a boost. All events will be listed on CORQ

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

No, these costs cannot be adjusted. Housing and dining costs are set on a semester basis, not a weekly or daily basis.

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.

HEERF II Student Emergency Grants

SUNY Oneonta will receive funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to be disbursed in the form of emergency grants to eligible students, prioritized for undergraduate and graduate students with an Expected Family Contribution from their FAFSA that is within the Pell Grant-eligible range. Funds may be used for any component of an eligible student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. Eligible students will receive an email from EmergencyRelief@oneonta.edu with further information about HEERF II assistance and details about the disbursement process. More information about these grants is available on the HEERF II webpage. Questions about HEERF II grants should be directed to EmergencyRelief@oneonta.edu.

Pre-Screening Requirements

The return-to-campus checklist can be accessed directly, or through emails from the college.

Students living on campus, students taking M2M (mask to mask, in-person) courses, and students who plan on using campus facilities are required to provide negative test results from a test taken within seven days of moving back to campus and the community. Students who tested positive within 90 days of their planned move-in date can upload their positive test results in order to satisfy the pre-screening test requirement.

Students who test positive within 14 days of coming to campus should follow the instructions of their contact tracer and complete their period of isolation at home.

Students can upload their test results via the return-to-campus checklist. Students who test positive in the 90 days prior to their return to campus can also upload a copy of their positive test results. Students should ask the testing facility for a paper copy of the results, take a photograph or scan the paper copy, and upload the results when prompted to do while accessing the checklist. 

Test results should have the student’s full name and date of birth, the name and address of the lab or medical agency that performed the test, and the date the test was performed.  If you are printing results from a MyChart or your physician’s electronic medical records portal, please follow the link to “print your results.” At this point, you can screenshot the version of the results that will have all the necessary information. 

The NY State Department of Health website has a list of all COVID Testing sites in the state that is searchable by zip code or city

There is a company that provides saliva testing by mail for a cost but the cost can be submitted to a student’s health insurance for reimbursement

A commercially available product for rapid testing at home is due in pharmacies in NY State shortly for approximately $30. Students and parents should contact their local pharmacy about availability.

Students who are not experiencing symptoms will be able to use campus pool testing upon their return to campus. New, at-home testing options are in development and will be available to the public over the next month. 

Students who are unable to find testing options at home will be able to use campus pool testing to satisfy their pre-screening requirements.

Residential students who use campus pool testing to satisfy the pre-screening requirement will be required to quarantine in a designated residence hall with their belongings until they receive their negative results. This process often takes more than 48 hours.

  • Residential students who choose this option will not be able to move their belongings into their permanent residence prior to testing and quarantining. 
  • Those with a positive follow-up test result will be moved, along with their belongings, to an isolation residence hall. 

Off-campus students who use pool testing will be expected to self-quarantine at their residence until they receive their negative results. Those with positive results will be expected to isolate in accordance with Department of Health guidelines.

Yes, rapid tests satisfy the pre-screening requirements. The majority of antigen tests are considered rapid tests.

No, only rapid tests (antigen) or PCR/molecular tests will be accepted.

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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