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COVID-19 Updates



ESF is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. Please review the information on this page for the most current information and plans in place for the College, which are subject to change due to new information, guidance, and/or direction received from the State of New York and the Governor#’s Office.



COVID Alert Level: BLUE



SUNY ESF COVID-19 Dashboard

Current COVID Statistics (Since 5/13/2022)

9439

Total Tests Administered on Campus
(since 8/30/21)

6

Current Total Active Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

0

Contacts in Quarantine
 

432

Total Recovered Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

9439

Total Tests Administered on Campus
since 8/30/21

6

Current Total Active Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

0

Contacts in Quarantine
 

432

Total Recovered Cases
(students, faculty and staff)

Note: Quarantine is defined as potential exposure as determined by contact tracing. Active cases are those that have tested positive and are currently in isolation.



Latest Updates

Subject: Effective Tuesday, 4/19, Masking at Level Blue

Date: 4/18/2022

Dear Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff:

With just a few weeks left in the spring semester, our campus and the Syracuse University campus are beginning to experience an uptick in COVID cases, a trend that is consistent with what is occurring across the country and in Onondaga County. As we engage in end-of-year activities—including Earth Week, final projects and exams, and Commencement exercises—it is important that we take reasonable action to minimize the impact of COVID infections on academic outcomes and experiences. That's why, effective Tuesday, April 19, our campus will transition to COVID alert-level BLUE.

What does this mean for you?
Masking level BLUE indicates an elevated level of transmission risk on campus and stipulates the following guidelines on campus:

  • For all students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated and boosted:

    • Masks Required at all times:

      • During academic instruction (inclusive of classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and lecture venues)

      • During non-academic events and in certain facilities, as determined by a public health risk assessment. These exceptions will be communicated directly as appropriate, to include the installation of signage as required.

    • Masks Strongly Recommended:

      • When indoors on campus and outdoors in the presence of others.

  • For vaccine-exempt individuals (approved religious or medical exemption), or if you have not yet received a booster dose of the COVID vaccine:

    • Masks are required at all times and in all facilities while on campus, and while outdoors when in the presence of others.

Why was this decision made?
Late last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its recommendation for indoor masking from Onondaga and Oswego counties to include an additional eight counties across Central New York. This elevated masking recommendation stems from an increasing number of new COVID cases across the region, likely resulting from subvariants of the omicron strain of the COVID virus. These subvariants were first identified in Onondaga County several weeks ago. There is no current evidence that these subvariants cause heightened levels of illness among vaccinated individuals. However, these subvariants do appear to be more contagious. This is likely why we have experienced an increase in new cases and test positivity on campus over the past 10 days. Given the high vaccination rate among our campus community, the most recent uptick of new cases on campus has not resulted in heightened levels of symptomatic illness among students, staff and faculty. That said, given that New York State public health law mandates a five-day isolation period for those who test positive, the surge in new cases and associated class absences has increasingly disrupted the academic experience.

Public Health Reminders
The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to continue following good public health practices, including:

  • Get tested! Free, on-demand testing continues to be available to all asymptomatic students, faculty, staff, and families at Kimmel Dining Hall. To review hours of operation, please visit the Stay Safe testing webpage.

  • Monitor for symptoms: If you experience any COVID-like symptoms, stay home. Do not report to work or attend class, and do not go to the SU testing center. Students who believe they may have been exposed or who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should stay home, report their symptoms and exposure, and call Crouse Medical Practice at 315-766-1628 for medical evaluation/diagnostic COVID testing. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-like symptoms should stay home and contact their primary care provider.

  • Know what to do if you test positive: If you are uncertain about what steps you should take if you come down with COVID, please visit the Restart website to review this FAQ.

  • Need a mask? Surgical masks and KN95s are currently available in single quantities at the Moon Library circulation desk and the Help Desk in 317 Baker Lab. Bulk quantities of surgical masks are available by making a request to pvandemark@esf.edu. You can also refer to ESF's Masking FAQs here.

As we have said from the beginning, navigating COVID health and policy concerns—on behalf of all members of our community—requires patience and flexibility of everyone in our community. We will continue to monitor current conditions and refine our guidelines based on the most up-to-date data, science, and public health guidance.

We appreciate your continued cooperation and ongoing commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy campus community.

SUNY ESF COVID-19 Response Team

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