COVID-19 Updates

ZERO COVID cases this week; winter break voluntary testing dates set

Publication Date

Dear Union College Community:

As we enter the final weeks of the fall term, we continue to see very good results from our weekly COVID-19 testing. This week’s testing revealed no positive results out of approximately 2,600 tests conducted. The testing dashboard will be updated with full results early this evening.

In order to shorten the wait during peak testing times, we made further adjustments this week that allowed us to open more lines. We are deeply appreciative of those employees who continue to volunteer their time to staff the testing center each week.

As a reminder, weekly testing is mandatory for the final two weeks of the fall term. Students who fail to test twice from the Oct. 19-20 testing period through the end of the fall term will be subject to suspension.

As mentioned last week, senior staff – with input from our COVID-19 advisory group and our outside health consultant – continues to finalize details around COVID-19 precautions for the winter break and the start of winter term. We expect to announce those plans the week of Nov. 15.

For those who will be on campus the week of Thanksgiving, testing will be made available on Monday, Nov. 22, during the usual testing hours. Testing is not mandatory for that week, but those on campus are encouraged to test.

We also will be offering testing on Tuesdays for the remainder of the break on the following dates: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. Testing is not required but is encouraged.

As always, thanks to everyone in the community for your adherence to our health and safety protocols.

Sincerely,

Michele Angrist
Interim Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Fran’Cee Brown-McClure
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Tye Deines
Chief Human Resources Officer

Scott Jones
Vice President for Administration and Finance