COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending May 28, 2021

Publication Date
grey kitten sitting in a tree


As of 11:59 p.m., Tuesday May 25, Union had:
3 active cases/individuals in isolation (1 student, 2 faculty/staff)
0 students in quarantine
For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.


As of May 24, 74 percent of employees and 64 percent of students have reported being fully vaccinated via emocha. For more details, see our vaccination dashboard on the COVID-19 Dashboard page.


Remaining Spring Term Testing Dates - As we approach the end of our term, we wanted to provide an update on our schedule for COVID-19 testing. Please note, testing will now be located in the Memorial Field House

  • Tuesday, June 1: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 2: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 9: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • *Thursday, June 10: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (note: this is the testing day in preparation for the Class of 2021 Commencement)
  • *Thursday, June 17: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (note: this is the testing day in preparation for the Class of 2020 Commencement)

*Please note: To accomodate NYS guidelines, all individuals who plan on working at or attending the June 13 Commencement ceremony who are not fully vaccinated must test on Thursday, June 10. Individuals working at or attending the June 20 Commencement ceremony, who are not fully vaccinated must test on Thursday, June 17.

Visitor mask guidelines - Consistent with revised CDC and NYS guidance, visitors who are fully vaccinated and are on campus for most outdoor events or visits are not required to wear masks. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks when outdoors if they are unable to maintain six feet of distance. Union College will rely upon individuals to comply with this guidance based on their own vaccination status and decision about their risk.

Additional requirements for mask use can be found in New York State guidance related to commencement, and for large gatherings. In addition, the College follows the Liberty League guidelines for athletics and has requirements during Admissions’ visits.


The seven-day positivity rate in Schenectady County is 1.3 percent.


Campus Fireworks
Monday, May 31
9 p.m (viewing areas open at 8:30 p.m.)

Viewing areas: There will be five viewing areas on the campus lawn between Reamer Center, Schaffer Library and Memorial Chapel. Capacity in each viewing area will be based on COVID-19 guidelines and viewing areas will close once capacity is reached. Please see your email for more information.


Stray cats no more - Several weeks ago, Julie Sommers from Facilities found a litter of kittens and their mom outside the President’s house. Within hours, Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving Samantha Coons, who volunteers her personal time rescuing cats, sprung into action to help save these strays. One kitten was found nesting in the Horse Chestnut tree outside of Feigenbaum Hall. Little Chestnut (duly named for its choice of its campus home) and the mom were rescued thanks to Samantha’s continued commitment. While many of us will be sad to no longer see Chestnut pop its little face out of the tree, we are pleased to know that Chestnut and the mom cat will have a safe place to live. And, in this time of COVID, who couldn’t benefit from an enjoyable cat video?


Vaccines are now widely available across the region. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do so and upload your records to emocha after each shot.

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