COVID-19 Dashboard and Campus Operations

COVID-19 Dashboard and Operation Status

Operational Status

  • Health and safety protocols are in place for all individuals on our campus.
  • Campus buildings are open with card-reader access only.
  • Individuals may be required to show their daily health screening badges at various locations on campus.
  • Visitors can enjoy the outdoor spaces on our campus, however access inside buildings is restricted to current students, faculty, staff and designated visitors only.
  • Admissions visitors, please review our Visit Union page before arriving on campus.

Testing Center Schedule for Winter Break
The Testing Center will have a modified schedule over winter break, which is outlined below. The dashboard will be updated when results are returned.

  • In December, the Testing Center will be open for students who are living on campus and those employees who must work on campus during the break. The Testing Center will only be open on Dec. 1, 8, and 15 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • The Testing Center will close Dec. 16.
  • The Testing Center will reopen Jan. 7.


Test results are typically returned within 24-36 hours. The dashboard will be updated between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily and will reflect final numbers from the prior day.

Definitions [UPDATED Nov. 14]
Active cases/individuals in isolation: The number of individuals actively engaged with campus who are in isolation due to having tested positive. This includes those who tested positive through a test administered on campus or a test administered by a third-party provider that has been reported to the College. Please Note: An individual will not appear in this count until they are officially notified they are in isolation. An individual should remain in this count until they are released from isolation from the Department of Health.

Quarantine: The number of students who are actively engaged with campus who are required to quarantine due to close contact with a positive individual, regardless of their quarantine location. This number reflects students placed in quarantine due to testing administered on campus and any student placed in quarantine due to having had close contact with an individual outside the Union community whose positive case has been reported. Please Note: An individual will not appear in this count until they are officially notified they are in quarantine. An individual should remain in this count until they are released from quarantine from the Department of Health.

Positive results from on-campus testing: Total number of positive test results obtained from asymptomatic screening tests administered at our Testing Center and positive results from symptomatic students tested at the Wicker Wellness Center.

Positive results from off-campus testing: Total number of positive results reported to the College from a test administered by a third-party provider. This includes only individuals who are actively engaged with campus. Students studying remotely and employees working 100 percent remotely are not included.

Total positive results returned: Refers to test results that indicate the person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This includes individuals who are actively engaged with campus who have tested positive either on campus or through a test administered by a third-party provider that has been reported to the College.

Total positive test results: Total number of cases (active plus resolved) since tracking began. This number includes on-campus positive results as well as any externally administered positive tests that have been reported to the College for students, faculty and staff who are regularly engaged with campus.

Total on-campus results returned: Total number of test results returned from on-campus testing. This includes asymptomatic screening tests administered at our Testing Center and results from symptomatic students tested at the Wicker Wellness Center.

Status of COVID cases in the Capital Region

Union College resides in Schenectady county and is bordered by Saratoga, Albany, Schoharie and Montgomery counties. If you would like to see a dashboard of COVID-19 statistics in these surrounding counties go to the NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

What happens when there is a positive case on campus?

When a member of our community tests positive for COVID-19 we will work closely with the Department of Health to follow comprehensive health and safety protocols. These protocols include contact tracing, isolation and quarantine for the individual and close contacts. In addition we will implement enhanced cleaning protocols for any space deemed necessary.

Learn more about the specific Testing, Isolation and Quarantine protocols for students, faculty and staff.

We recognize that our community will be seeking to understand the impact that the virus has on our campus. We will not notify the community of each positive case unless it substantially changes the operations of our campus. We ask that you refer to our dashboard above, which we will update with information on future positive COVID-19 cases. For general questions about the coronavirus please contact the New York State Department of Health coronavirus hotline at (888) 364-3065.

Counseling Resources

We understand that living with this pandemic can be stressful, and any case that affects a member of our community is concerning. The Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center (518) 388-6161 is available to students who are looking for support at this time. Faculty and staff can access resources through the employee assistance plan.

A Healthy Union Starts with U

Union remains committed to the health and safety of the entire campus community. Each of us has a shared responsibility to comply with the guidelines.

Masks and Face Coverings

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Students, faculty, staff and visitors must have a face covering (cloth mask, bandana or surgical mask) with them at all times and it must be worn in all interior public spaces on campus and outdoors when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Social Distancing

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Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, must be practiced. This is one of the key elements for reducing the spread of infection. Individuals should maintain 6 feet distance when in public areas and from people who aren’t members of their residence.

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Hand Hygiene

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Proper hand washing is a key element of reducing the spread of infection. Individuals are expected to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water following CDC guidelines or use hand sanitizer when unable to wash their hands. Hand sanitizer stations will be posted across campus and individuals are encouraged to use them frequently.

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We will continue to monitor federal and state guidance and update the information on this site regularly. All members of our campus community will be expected to adhere to our health and safety protocols.