COVID-19 Updates

Latest data related to COVID-19 conditions on campus and in the larger community

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We are reaching out today to share the latest data related to COVID-19 conditions on campus and in the larger community.

As you know, all students, faculty and staff are once again expected to be tested for COVID-19 each week until further notice, unless they have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 90 days. Results from this week’s testing revealed extremely low levels of COVID-19 among our students and only moderately higher levels among faculty and staff. The latest testing information can be found on our COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated each evening.

This is good news and is a testament both to our standing as a virtually fully vaccinated and boosted community and the continued diligence of many in our community in following health practices such as indoor mask-wearing. Additionally, we continue to be heartened by the absence of serious illness associated with COVID-19 among members of our community.

Unfortunately, the news is not as positive in the broader Schenectady community. According to the CDC’s community level metric, which is updated each Thursday evening, Schenectady County has moved into the “high” category for COVID-19 levels, from “medium” last week and “low” for the previous several weeks.

The community level metric takes into account not only the number of cases in a given county, but new hospital admissions related to COVID-19 and the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. All three metrics have been on the increase in Schenectady County, and much of New York, in recent weeks.

We will be discussing this information, and more, with our COVID-19 advisory group next Monday. Any changes to our health protocols will be shared following that meeting. As a reminder, everyone is encouraged to wear masks indoors while around others, although it remains an individual choice whether to do so.

Testing center volunteers needed

Our testing regimen remains a fully volunteer endeavor and we need all community members to help us out, particularly as we move back to more regular testing. We continue to be deeply appreciative of all those who have volunteered previously to ensure that our community has regular access to COVID-19 testing, but we still have a need for volunteers to staff the COVID-19 testing center each week.

Increasingly, the burden for staffing the testing center is falling on a small group of individuals. We encourage supervisors to provide flexibility to their staff members who would like to volunteer. Any employee who wishes to help can sign up here.

These continue to be challenging times. We appreciate everyone’s commitment and understanding as we navigate this stage of the pandemic.

Sincerely,

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

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