COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending Feb. 26, 2021

Publication Date


As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, Union had:
1 active case/individual in isolation (0 students, 1 faculty/staff)
0 students in quarantine
For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Garnet Nott


The below information is provided based on information available through New York State’s vaccination site. New York state has announced that FEMA is setting up community vaccination sites in the Schenectady area and will have the capacity to vaccinate up to 1,000 individuals a day. You can learn more here. The vaccine site will be located at:

Washington Avenue Armory, 195 Washington Avenue in Albany

Appointment scheduling will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. For the first week of scheduling, appointments will be reserved specifically for New Yorkers currently eligible for vaccination living in areas with low vaccination rates in counties and boroughs. After one week, appointments at each site will then be made available to all residents of the site's host county, borough or specified target region. During the first week, vaccine eligible employees who live in the following zip codes can be vaccinated at this location: 12202, 12206, 12210, 12209, 12207, 12222, 12180, 12307, 12308, 12305, 12304

To learn if you are eligible to be vaccinated visit 'Am I Eligible'.

As we have communicated previously, anyone who travels outside of New York must follow New York State COVID-19 travel advisory guidelines. Individuals who do not follow appropriate guidance after travel will be subject to disciplinary action.

Students received information about spring break and spring term this week. Note that students are asked to remain on campus during spring break.
Employees who choose to travel outside of the area need to notify both their supervisor and the Department of Human Resources in writing as to when and where they will be traveling.

  • Employees who travel out of state for personal reasons will not be eligible for COVID sick time for any required quarantine period. If you choose to travel out of state and are not able to work remotely upon your return, you will be required to use vacation or unpaid time for the quarantine period. Such time off must be pre-approved by your supervisor.

As a reminder, many of the cases we’ve had on campus are a result of travel off campus, including visiting friends and family. We also ask that you avoid frequenting restaurants, bars and off-campus fitness centers. Please remember that each time we leave our “bubble” and return, we run the risk of increasing exposure. We require your compliance to help us avoid another campus-wide quarantine during spring term.

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Community Conversations - We have planned a series of community conversations by constituency to ensure we have planned time to share updates and address questions you may have related to COVID-19 or other important matters. Upcoming dates:

  • Parents - Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m hosted by the class deans. Zoom link
  • Staff - Tuesday, March 9 at 9 a.m. hosted by Beth Glassman and Michele Gibson. Zoom link
  • Faculty - Thursday, March 11 at 1:20 p.m. hosted by Strom Thacker. Zoom link is available on the Academic Affairs: Faculty Governance page.


The seven-day positivity rate in Schenectady County is 2.2 percent. The seven-day rate of the entire Capital Region is 1.9 percent.


What is the status of spring sports at Union? Will Union allow spring athletes to compete?
In recent days, we have been fielding questions from our community about spring sports. We have not made a decision about competition yet and will do so after our final consultation with our Liberty League colleagues. We will announce our decision on Monday, March 1.

Do you have an unanswered question? Send it to and we’ll get back to you with an answer.


Happy birthday to Union! We’re 226 years young and celebrated this milestone yesterday on Founders Day with a virtual event featuring Joanna Stern ‘06, senior personal technology journalist at the Wall Street Journal. Hundreds of community members marked the occasion by wearing their Union gear, and if you were on campus after sunset, you would have seen that even the Nott was dressed up for the occasion. Kudos to the Founders Day planning committee! Your efforts ensured that we could come together as a community and celebrate.

Have a question or need more information on something related to the College’s COVID-19 response, email