Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

COVID weekly update - Week ending Feb. 5, 2021

Publication Date

CASE UPDATES

As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3, Union had:

14 active cases/individuals in isolation (8 students, 6 faculty/staff)
48 students in quarantine

For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Snowshoeing at the Nott

NEW and NOTABLE:

  • Off campus travel restrictions for students have eased. The College continues to strongly discourage students from leaving campus for any unnecessary reason. However, students no longer need to ask permission to leave campus provided that all health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing and hand washing, are followed.
  • With the increase in the availability of the vaccine in our community and plans for increased distribution, we recently shared information for individuals who are planning for or have had their first or second vaccines.
  • Twice weekly testing ended on Thursday, Feb. 4. All employees should return to their regular testing schedule. If you don’t know what your testing frequency is, please talk with your supervisor. The Testing Center hours are Monday - Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1-3 p.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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:

Students - Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m., hosted by Dean Fran’Cee, Dean Angrist and Matt Toy, Student Forum president.


Staff - Thursday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., hosted by Beth Glassman and Michele Gibson

SCHENECTADY COUNTY and the CAPITAL REGION:

FAQS and UNION WHERE YOU ARE:

If I already got vaccinated, do I need to keep wearing my mask and following the other health and safety protocols? And, do I need to keep getting tested on campus at the COVID-19 Testing Center?

All employees who have received the first or second dose must continue to adhere to all health and safety protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and testing.

Continue to be tested per your testing frequency. While vaccines are about 95% effective at preventing people from getting sick with COVID symptoms, there’s not enough evidence yet on whether the vaccines also prevent asymptomatic infection and transmission.

KUDOS DURING COVID:

Shoutout to Laura Munkres in Minerva programs for working with the students on a socially-distanced moonlight snowshoeing event.

#AHealthyUnionStartsWithU:

While we know that Super Bowl Sunday is normally a big day to gather with friends and family, please make sure to continue to follow health and safety protocols throughout the weekend. Check out this story in the New York Times on less risky versus more risky Super Bowl gatherings.

Have a question or need more information on something related to the College’s COVID-19 response, email covid19@union.edu