COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending March 19, 2021

Publication Date

CASE UPDATES:

As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, Union had:
11 active case/individual in isolation (11 students, 0 faculty/staff)
75 students in quarantine
For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Dance Projection
Winter Dance Concert projection on Taylor Music Center

NEW AND NOTABLE:

  • Positive cases increase - When the dashboard refreshes this evening, you will notice an uptick in the number of student positives. Although we have strong health and safety protocols, this reminds us that COVID-19 is still present in our community and surrounding areas and of the continuing need for diligence. As we finish the term and take a shortened spring break, we want to remind you that many of the cases we’ve had on campus are a result of off-campus contacts, including visiting friends and family. Please remember that each time we leave our “bubble” and return, we run the risk of increasing exposure. Accordingly, we ask that you avoid frequenting restaurants, bars and off-campus fitness centers. We require your compliance to help us avoid another campus-wide quarantine during spring term.
  • Students who decide to leave campus for one or more nights March 18-29 MUST complete this form to share their destination and quarantine plans if required by New York State.
  • Vaccination records - As the country, the state and the College contemplate steps to reduce restrictions, it is important to understand how many members of our community are vaccinated. Beginning March 22, emocha will implement functionality allowing students and employees to report their vaccination records (first and second doses, where applicable). Once this new feature is launched, we ask all students and employees to record any previous or future COVID vaccinations. More information about how to upload your records will be shared today and you will receive an initial notification via the emocha app once the new feature is live.
  • Vaccine Eligibility for Higher Education Staff - The State Department of Health has offered an important clarification on vaccine eligibility for “essential in-person staff” at college and universities. According to DOH, staff who are working remotely because they are not vaccinated but who would begin working in-person once they have been vaccinated are eligible to be vaccinated within this category, assuming they then begin to work in-person.
  • Paid Vaccine Time - Under New York law, you may now use up to four hours of COVID vaccine paid time off per vaccine to attend your vaccination appointments. Prior to taking the time off, please speak with your supervisor/manager so they are aware of your appointment time, location and how much time off you think is needed so they can approve your time off request. Please note this law only affects future vaccine appointments and does not apply to past appointments. Employees taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, should report their time as instructed in the March 18 communication.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY:

FAQS and UNION WHERE YOU ARE:

Do you have an unanswered question? Send it to covid19@union.edu and we’ll get back to you with an answer.

KUDOS DURING COVID:


Students and faculty teamed up for a lively edition of the Winter Dance Concert that was a unique way to share their work with the community while following the College’s health and safety guidelines. Led by Dance Director Miryam Moutillet, students and faculty collaborators created 12 films that were projected outside Taylor Music Center. Watch a trailer of the performance here.

#AHEALTHYUNIONSTARTSWITHU:

Spring break is around the corner but that doesn’t mean a break from following our health and safety protocols. Don’t let your guard down now—remember three Ws:

  • Wear your mask properly
  • Watch your distance
  • Wash your hands

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