COVID-19 Updates

A message from President David Harris regarding new COVID-19 cases

Publication Date

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we shared in our Nov. 3 communication, COVID-19 infection rates have been rising around the world, across the United States, and in the Capital Region. This past week, we have seen our highest seven-day case count of the term. Since November 7, 4 students and 4 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and there are currently 45 students in quarantine. This is a clear reminder that our rigorous testing does not prevent us from contracting COVID-19 on campus or in the broader community. It does allow us to identify who has been infected, and quarantine close contacts. Testing allows us to reduce the spread, not prevent all spread or health consequences.

As we head into the final days of the term, we need everyone to be even more vigilant about following all health and safety protocols and avoiding any unnecessary gatherings.

  • Wear a mask when indoors and when less than 6 feet from others outdoors.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing. Please note that Governor Cuomo has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people in private residences.
  • Clean your phone and other commonly touched surfaces.

  • Complete your daily health screening on the emocha app:
    • Residential students, students living off-campus and commuter students must complete the daily health screening 7 days a week
    • Remote students do not have access to the in-person campus community and therefore do not need to complete the daily screening.
    • Employees must complete the daily screening each day prior to arrival on campus.
    • If you have any symptoms, please stay at home and take the following action: 

      • Students: call Health Services at (518) 388-6120 to schedule an appointment 

      • Employees: contact your primary health care provider

What we do today, tonight, and for the rest of the term will determine our ability to complete this term on campus. Even more importantly, it will affect your health and the health of all of the friends and family with whom you will come into contact over the next few weeks.

We have had such tremendous success this term. Let’s all do our part to finish strong.

Thank you and be well,

David R. Harris
Union College