COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending March 5, 2021

Publication Date


As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, Union had:
3 active case/individual in isolation (3 students, 0 faculty/staff)
12 students in quarantine
For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Please note: Tableau, the software we use to display our dashboard, has been experiencing intermittent outages causing the dashboard not to load properly. We are monitoring the situation and Tableau is working to resolve the issue.

Owl at Winterfest


  • Earlier this week we announced our intention for all spring sports programs to participate in Liberty League competition beginning March 26. See the full announcement from Union Athletics here.
  • Numbers on campus and in the Schenectady area have remained low thanks to the vigilance in the Union and surrounding communities to follow health and safety protocols. Keep up the good work, Union!
  • Student Affairs staff and student clubs and organizations have found creative ways to offer in-person events this term that follow the College’s COVID health and safety guidelines, such as tubing at West Mountain Ski Resort and last weekend’s Winter Carnival. Make sure to check out one of these great 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:

Faculty - Thursday, March 11 at 1:20 p.m. hosted by Strom Thacker. Zoom link: Available on the Academic Affairs: Faculty Governance page

Staff - Next week’s Community Conversation for staff will be moved to a new date, which will be announced in a future edition of the COVID update.


The seven-day positivity rate in Schenectady County is 2.1 percent.


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


Kudos this week go to Bonnie Mortensen-Szczerba and Gwen Pulvirent. If you have not yet met the dynamic duo from Human Resources, they are the people behind the scenes working early morning and late into the night and weekends to respond when employees have a yellow badge or test COVID positive. Bonnie and Gwen reach out to our employees to answer questions about their COVID test results or help them figure out what to do when they get a yellow badge. Through Bonnie and Gwen's hard work, the Union campus is a safe place for both students and employees alike. Thank you Bonnie and Gwen for the kindness and support you show to all of our employees.


We’ve all been practicing our health and safety protocols but if you want a quick way to remember what to do, 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