COVID-19 Messages

COVID-19 Messages

Updated 10/15/21

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
 
Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.

Student Vaccinations and Testing:

•    94% of students are fully vaccinated and we are at 100% compliance with the SUNY student vaccination requirement.
•    The remaining 6% have medical, religious, or temporary exemptions.
•    Number of COVID-19 screening tests this week:
Commuters: 57 Students 
Residential:  116 Students
•    3 tested positive with 1 off-campus student and 2 on-campus who are now isolating at home.
•    5 students are in quarantine with 5 off-campus and 0 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
•    Campus Housing Usage: For quarantine 0 of 53 reserved rooms are occupied and for isolation 1 of 24 bedrooms are currently used.

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:
 
•    73.8% vaccination rate for employees reporting to work on campus.
•    144 faculty/staff were tested this week.
•    5 employees tested positive.  

For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

 

Updated 10/8/21

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
 
Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.

Student Vaccinations and Testing:

  • 92.8% of students are fully vaccinated.
  • The remaining 7.2% have medical, religious, or temporary exemptions.
  • Once the temporary exemptions allowing 14 days after a final shot elapse, we will be at 100% compliance with the SUNY student vaccination requirement.
  • Number of COVID-19 screening tests this week:

Commuters: 56 Students 
Residential:  126 Students

  • 9 tested positive with 3 off-campus students and 6 on-campus who are now isolating at home.
  • 4 students are in quarantine with 4 off-campus and 0 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
  • Campus Housing Usage: For quarantine 0 of 53 reserved rooms are occupied and for isolation 0 of 24 bedrooms are currently used.

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:

  • 72.9% vaccination rate for employees reporting to work on campus.
  • 154 faculty/staff were tested this week.
  • 2 employees tested positive.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

 

Updated 10/1/21

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
 
Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.

Student Vaccinations and Testing:

  • 90.7% of students are fully vaccinated.
  • The remaining 9.3% have medical, religious, or temporary exemptions.
  • Once the temporary exemptions allowing 14 days after a final shot elapse, we will be at 100% compliance with the SUNY Student Vaccine Requirement that allows for medical and religious exemptions. 
  • Number of COVID-19 screening tests this week:

Commuters: 128 Students 
Residential:  279 Students

  • 9 tested positive with 3 off-campus students and 6 on-campus. Of those, 5 of the on-campus students are now isolating at home.
  • 5 students are in quarantine with 5 off-campus and 0 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
  • Campus Housing Capacity: For quarantine 0 of 53 reserved rooms are occupied and for isolation 5 of 24 bedrooms are currently used.

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:

  • 72.5% vaccination rate for employees reporting to work on campus.
  • 164 faculty/staff were tested this week.
  • 0 employees tested positive 

For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

 

Updated 9/24/21

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
 
Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.
 
Student Vaccinations and Testing:
 

  • Remember, all students must provide proof of vaccination to SUNY with the Student Vaccination App and if not yet verified then also file the form for a Temporary Exemption by 4 p.m. TODAY in order to continue your studies this semester!
  • 92% of all students are registered with the SUNY app as fully vaccinated.
  • Total number of COVID-19 screening tests this week:

Commuters: 149 Students 
Residential:  308 Students

  • 10 students tested positive with 5 off-campus and 5 on-campus now isolating at home. All previous isolation cases have been resolved.
  • 7 students are in quarantine with 4 off-campus and 3 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
  • Campus Housing Usage: For quarantine 5 of 53 reserved rooms are occupied and for isolation 3 of 24 bedrooms are currently used.
  • Among the un-vaccinated, many are waiting for a second shot to be considered fully vaccinated. 

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:

  • So far, 497 ASC and ACES employees have submitted proof of vaccination for a 69% vaccination rate.
  • 87 faculty/staff were tested this week.
  • 3 employees tested positive after reporting symptoms. 

For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

 

Updated 9/17/21

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update
 
Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.
 
Student Vaccinations and Testing:
 
•    Remember, all students must provide proof of vaccination to SUNY with the Student Vaccination App or complete the form for a Temporary Exemption by 4 p.m. Friday, September 24 in order to continue your studies this semester!

•    89% of all students are registered with the SUNY app as fully vaccinated.
•    Total number of COVID-19 screening tests this week:
Commuters: 176 Students 
Residential:  328 Students
•    10 students tested positive with 2 off-campus and 8 on-campus now isolating at home. All previous isolation cases have been resolved.
•    6 students are in quarantine with 3 off-campus and 3 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
•    Only 10 of our 53 available beds on campus are being used for isolation or quarantine.
•    Among the un-vaccinated, many are waiting for a second shot to be considered fully vaccinated. 
 
Employee Vaccinations and Testing:
 
•    So far, 495 ASC and ACES employees have submitted proof of vaccination for a 69% vaccination rate.
•    184 faculty/staff were tested this week.
•    3 employees tested positive after reporting symptoms. 
 
For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19

 

Updated 9/10/21

COVID-19 Weekly Campus Update

 Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.

 

Student Vaccinations and Testing: 

  • Remember, all students must provide proof of vaccination or be granted an exemption by Friday, September 24 to continue their studies this semester!
  • Total Number of COVID-19 Screening Tests This Week:

Commuters: 142 Students

Residential:  225 Students

  • Four students tested positive with 3 off-campus and 1 on-campus student now isolating at home. All previous isolation cases have been resolved.
  • Eight students are in quarantine with 7 off-campus and 1 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
  • Only 1 of our 53 available beds on campus are being used for isolation or quarantine.
  • Among the un-vaccinated, many are waiting for a second shot to be considered fully vaccinated.

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:

  • So far, 474 ASC and ACES employees have submitted proof of vaccination for a 64% vaccination rate.
  • 154 faculty/staff were tested this week.
  • One employee tested positive after reporting symptoms.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19

 

Updated 9/7/21

As previously announced, our evaluation of continuing indoor mask use by all persons including those vaccinated, would be accomplished by today.   We will continue the indoor masking requirements for all members of our community and re-evaluate each week based on current conditions and reporting. 

We continue to evaluate our local conditions along with a review of the CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated County View Map. Allegany and Erie Counties are labeled as high rates of community transmission with 61 active cases in Allegany County and 1,207 in Erie County for the Northland campus.   Local hospitals are reporting increases in COVID patients, albeit manageable. 

We have not yet reached the crest for all of our campus vaccination rates. The student deadline is September 24 to submit proof.  Our first week’s surveillance testing rates were very promising in terms of lower positivity rates than county or state averages. 

The college directive on mask use indoors continues and will remain in effect until a formal announcement removes or changes the standard.

 

Dr. Greg Sammons

Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Updated 9/6/2021

As previously announced, our evaluation of continuing indoor mask use by all persons including those vaccinated, would be accomplished by today.   We will continue the indoor masking requirements for all members of our community and re-evaluate each week based on current conditions and reporting. 

We continue to evaluate our local conditions along with a review of the CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated County View Map. Allegany and Erie Counties are labeled as high rates of community transmission with 61 active cases in Allegany County and 1,207 in Erie County for the Northland campus.   Local hospitals are reporting increases in COVID patients, albeit manageable. 

We have not yet reached the crest for all of our campus vaccination rates. The student deadline is September 24 to submit proof.  Our first week’s surveillance testing rates were very promising in terms of lower positivity rates than county or state averages. 

The college directive on mask use indoors continues and will remain in effect until a formal announcement removes or changes the standard.

Dr. Greg Sammons

Vice President for Student Affairs

 

COVID-19 Campus Update 9/3/2021
 
Information is for all students and staff since our last weekly update.
 
Student Vaccinations and Testing:
 
•    We have an 85% residential student vaccination rate.
For commuters: 75% Alfred, 58% Wellsville, and 51% Northland.
•    Total Number of COVID-19 Screening Tests This Week:
Commuters: 233 Students
Residential:  173 Students
•    Five students tested positive with 3 off-campus enrolled at Alfred/Wellsville and 2 off-campus enrolled at Northland.
•    Seven students are in quarantine with 6 off-campus and 1 on-campus after exposure to someone positive.
•    Among the un-vaccinated, many are waiting for a second shot after the 14-day period to be considered fully vaccinated. 
•    Remaining unvaccinated students are all notified of the new SUNY requirement enacted on 8/23 to be vaccinated. 

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:
 
•    So far 394 employees have submitted proof of vaccination.
•    145 faculty/staff were tested this week.
•    Four employees tested positive with 2 symptomatic and 2 discovered as part of our weekly surveillance testing. 
 
For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

August 2021

COVID-19 Campus Update 8/27/21

Information is for all students and staff returning to campus for this semester.

Student Vaccinations and Testing:

  • Student move-ins have yielded an 80% student vaccination rate thus far (after 1,102 check-ins). Among the un-vaccinated, many are waiting for a second shot or not yet through the 14-day period to be considered fully vaccinated.  This number will shift as more returning students arrive this weekend, and commuters arrive on Monday.
  • Three students tested positive with two isolating on campus and one at home.
  • Two students are in quarantine on campus after exposure to someone positive.
  • Remaining unvaccinated students are all notified of the new SUNY requirement enacted on 8/23 to be vaccinated. Any exemption requests are due Monday 8/30.

Employee Vaccinations and Testing:

  • A total of 373 employees had proof of vaccination with a steady additional stream continuing each day.
  • Two employees tested positive and are now in isolation at home.
  • All unvaccinated employees reporting to work on the Alfred campus were asked to test on 8/25.  All unvaccinated employees reporting to work on the Wellsville campus were to be tested on 8/26 or today.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness or Human Relations are in contact with the local Department of Health and partner on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/COVID19.

Updated August 24, 2021

Students, 

We understand that the new SUNY Policy requiring COVID vaccination has created much discussion.  We want to assist by providing details regarding compliance.

  • Proof of vaccination must be received through Health & Wellness Services by 4pm on Friday September 24th.   This is the last business day before automated de-registration occurs at 12:01 a.m. on Monday September 27th.  Currently vaccinated students are supplying proof of vaccination during the campus check-in process.  For others who will be vaccinated after check-in, you may contact healthandwellness@alfredstate.edu or call 607-587-4200 to coordinate verification of your vaccination records.   
  • For those limited number of students who are planning to submit an exemption request, we will need to receive the request by August 30th, our first day of classes. Those submitting exemption requests will receive a response within 5 business days (one week) of receipt. The forms for Religious Exemption and Medical Exemption are online. Completed forms and questions about exemptions can be sent to healthandwellness@alfredstate.edu.
  • Alfred State’s standard refund policies apply. Please check the standard refund schedule; for the majority of students, tuition and housing are refundable during the first week of classes and other fees are assessed from the first day of class.  Some fees are non-refundable such as the Orientation Fee, College Fee, and any pro-rated/used portion of the meal plan.  Please consult the refund schedule to understand the liabilities.  Detailed questions on financial liability can be sent to sfs@alfredstate.edu

Updated August 23, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

This morning, the FDA determined that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective and gave its full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.   As communicated previously, this development now enacts SUNY Policy requiring students at all SUNY colleges and universities to receive the vaccine unless their studies are remote/online, and they are not physically present on the campuses.  SUNY has directed a 35-day grace period for compliance.  Students must comply by Monday, September 27.  Please note that while Pfizer’s vaccine was approved, students preferring to receive Moderna or Johnson & Johnson may do so and be in compliance. 

By September 27, students must either (1) show proof they have completed a full vaccine series (even if not yet 14 days from second shot or the single shot if the student received single-dose Johnson & Johnson) or (2) submit request for an exemption based on medical or religious grounds.   Anyone not fully vaccinated must continue to comply with weekly, mandatory testing and wear masks indoors when not socially distanced, indefinitely. 

For those who would like assistance with vaccine access, we have collaborated with Alfred University on a clinic scheduled on September 1 and 2 between 12 noon - 4 p.m. (appointment required) located at the University’s Joyce & Walton Center.  If you would like to make an appointment, please call 607-587-4200 or email covid19@alfredstate.edu to schedule your vaccine. 

Today, many new students began moving in, joining our other early arrivers.  The campus is beginning to buzz with the vibrant energy of a fall semester.  We can’t wait to see you!

Updated August 18, 2021

Testing Times and locations for Faculty and Staff 8/19 and 8/20

 Unvaccinated employees reporting to work anytime for the week of August 16 are required to receive COVID-19 testing during one of the available times below.  Vaccinated employees will require periodic testing this semester at a frequency to be determined based on testing and transmission rates; vaccinated employees may elect to test weekly or more frequently than required and may be tested at a time/location listed below for this week. 

 

Wellsville Employees:  

When:  Thursday, 8/19, 2:00pm to 3:30 pm

Where:  Refinery Restaurant

HR staff available in Refinery Restaurant to accept vaccination proof 1:30pm to 3:30pm

 

Alfred Day-shift Employees: 

When:  Thursday, 8/19 and Friday 8/20 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.

Where:  Health & Wellness Office in TA Parish Hall – main entrance facing loop road

 

Alfred Night-shift Employees:

               When:  Thursday, 8/19 and Friday, 8/20 10:00p.m. to 10:15p.m.

               Where:  Health & Wellness Office in TA Parish Hall – side entrance to test trailer lot off Southgate road

HR staff are available in Office of Human Resources in Huntington Administration Building or via video call to accept vaccination proof 8a.m.-4:30p.m. daily

 

 Testing App Instructions:

Employees should begin the process of setting up a new account on the NAVICA app by following the directions below.  All employees will need an account regardless of vaccination status.  Employees will receive a connect code in an email which will be used to connect them as Alfred State employees.

  1. Download the NAVICA   app on your mobile device or go to https://mynavica.abbott.com to if you do not have a mobile device. 
  2. Agree to the terms
  3. Click create account
  4. Enter your @alfredstate.edu email address
  5. Enter the verification code that is sent to your @alfredstate.edu email
  6. Create your password
    • Save your password on your mobile device or be sure you can remember it for logging in at the test site
  7. Create your profile by entering first and last name, date of birth and mobile phone number
  8. Enter your home address
    • It is important that an accurate home address is used for state reporting purposes 
  9. Enter response for demographic information
    • the reason for use of the app which would be Employer/Employee
  10. When you have completed your account and receive a prompt to show your NAVICA ID at NAVIC-enabled test centers, you have completed the profile creation process and do not need to print the ID code or take further action until you report

Any questions on Employee COVID-19 testing can be referred to the Office of Human Resources

 

Updated August 9, 2021

As we prepare to come together as a campus and launch our fall 2021 semester, we welcome students arriving from locations spread across our beautiful state and beyond. We recognize that a safe start sets a foundation to repeat the success of last year's efforts. A point of pride for Alfred State throughout 2020-21 was a positivity rate that was consistently lower (better) than the county's overall average.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that when a county illustrated on the COVID-19 Integrated County View Map reaches community transmission rates considered “substantial” or “high,” vaccinated persons should also mask indoors when in shared settings. Allegany County has thus far maintained “low” or “moderate” rates of transmission. Approximately 61% of our community will arrive from counties currently designated as moderate or high.  

In order to give us the safest start, we will collectively (all persons regardless of vaccination status) mask indoors in all shared settings beginning Monday August 16th and until the week of September 5th. These three weeks will allow us to repopulate our campus while implementing widespread testing and act upon the results to establish a safe baseline and assimilate our community into the Allegany County data.  

Once underway into our second full week of classes (the week of September 5th), we plan to anchor directly to the CDC guidance on masking considerations for vaccinated persons. The county’s continuation of low or moderate transmission would allow vaccinated persons to remove masks indoors with greater discretion. If the campus location (county) experiences substantial or high community transmission, however, the College may notify the campus that all persons will continue or resume wearing masks indoors until the county can stabilize community transmission to low or moderate rates for a period of up to seven days.  The Northland Campus will of course be utilizing Erie County’s data from the CDC’s Integrated County View Map.

 

Dr. John Anderson

Officer in Charge

Updated August 5, 2021

 

Dear Campus Community,

To keep communication flowing and make you aware of the latest updates, each week we will send a Campus COVID Update from the Office of the President. On July 22 we shared the Fall 2021 Opening Plan. As noted in all of our planning, safety is our first priority and we will continue to adapt and evolve our response to the current conditions.

New COVID Test: We are pleased to share that the COVID-19 testing process will be transitioning to a nasal swab test which will collect a sample from the lower nasal walls of the nostril.  This new process has been well received by students over the summer and was preferred to spitting into the test tube.  Further, employees will receive rapid results rather than waiting days.  More information on the new testing process will be forthcoming.  Employees that have not provided proof of vaccination will be required to test each week and vaccinated employees will be tested periodically throughout the semester.  Please stop by HR or schedule a video chat to provide proof of vaccination if you've yet to do so.  

Employee Affirmation: Additionally, many employees have completed the required online affirmation indicating their understanding of the Revised COVID-19 Guidelines.  Employees that have not completed the affirmation should do so right away and can access the form at the link here; emailed notice of non-compliance will be sent to employees and their supervisors if not completed before August 19.  

COVID Signs: Our Facilities crew will replace COVID signs at all building entrances with one that includes our current practices. Those fully vaccinated may enter unmasked. Those not vaccinated must wear a mask indoors. To assist with social distancing, we will continue to use decals where “Ox Marks the Spot” at a 6-foot distance away.

For specific areas such as lecture halls where larger numbers of people assemble, there is a sign advising that face covers are required for everyone when social distancing is not possible.

Our healthcare facilities at T.A. Parish in Alfred and at Pioneer Student Union in Wellsville will have signs advising that masks are always required for everyone.

We are looking forward to the start of the fall semester very soon. Working together we will strive to emphasize safety precautions that benefit us all. We are PIONEER STRONG.

Dr. John Anderson

Officer In Charge

June-July 2021

Updated July 22, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome back!  Alfred State is excited to receive students for an exciting fall semester.   We know many students and their families have questions about the details surrounding our COVID-19 preparations in the post-vaccine climate.  Please review the following information carefully to best understand what to expect before arriving on campus. Full details are available online in the Fall 2021 Opening Plan. Highlights are listed below:

 

Vaccinations:

Alfred State strongly encourages vaccinations for all students. *At this time, only those choosing to participate in varsity athletics and those enrolled in the nursing major MUST be vaccinated as a requirement to participate in those activities.   The COVID-19 vaccine will not have received full FDA approval at the start of our fall 2021 semester.  The State of New York directed that the public universities mandate COVID vaccinations for students, upon the federal government's full approval of the vaccine.  Be aware that SUNY Policy will mandate vaccination if the FDA fully approves the COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. before spring 2022).  Please note that students may apply for a medical or religious exemption if that approval occurs, and that will follow existing MMR vaccine exemption protocols. 

 

Masks:

In accordance with CDC recommendations, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask or socially distance on campus unless in very dense populations with mixed vaccination status. Nothing prohibits fully vaccinated individuals from continuing the use of masks.  Individuals who are not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or who cannot show proof of vaccination  must continue to wear masks in shared, indoor spaces (e.g. all academic buildings) on campus and should, where practicable, continue to observe social distancing.  

 

Testing:

  • Fully vaccinated (with proof) students are exempt from entry and regular weekly testing. 
  • Un-vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or students who cannot show proof of vaccination will be required to be tested weekly.  The mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated or who has not shown proof of vaccination.
  • The College will conduct periodic surveillance testing, however, of all members of our community (including vaccinated persons)
  • Those who have had a positive test will not participate in surveillance testing for 90 days from the date of their positive test. Upon conclusion of the 90 days, they will be included in regular surveillance testing per the campus plan.
  • Alfred State will use a combination of antigen (rapid) and PCR testing. 

 

Academic programs:

The College is keeping many classrooms distanced at six-feet as an additional safety measure.  Un-vaccinated persons MUST wear masks indoors on campus in shared settings (including academic buildings to include classrooms, labs, studios).  Vaccinated students will be able to remove their masks unless reasonable distancing cannot be maintained.   *Students in the nursing curriculum must be vaccinated due to clinical placements.

 

Residential Living:

Vaccinations are NOT required to live in residence halls at this time (fall 2021).  While family and friends may assist during move-in, Alfred State will not allow external (non-student) guests in the halls as we start the semester but may relax this restriction as local conditions are evaluated.

 

Student Life and Athletics:

Student life will be hosting in-person events throughout the semester.  A vibrant Week of Welcome is planned for our new students!  Athletic events will be open to student spectators in accordance with event guidance form the State of New York.   *Students participating in varsity athletics (student athletes) must be vaccinated to participate.

 

Dining:

Standard seating levels in dining halls will be restored.  Eateries will be fully operational, though self-serve areas (salad bars) are still restricted in New York State.

 

Transportation:

Normal shuttle operations including shopping trips will take place.  Due to seating and the enclosed nature of buses, riders must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. 

 

We look forward to everyone's arrival as we return to the hands-on, in-person experience for which Alfred State is well known!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. John Anderson

Officer In Charge

Updated June 23, 2021

Dear faculty and staff,

New York State’s Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) has updated the masking directives for state employees. Effective immediately:

Masks – Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks and unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals do need to wear masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated/unknown vaccination status individuals may remove their mask indoors while socially distanced, seated, and eating/drinking or while working at their work station. Unvaccinated/unknown may also remove their mask outdoors unless they are in a gathering or crowded event where they are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

Updated June 4, 2021

COVID TESTING: SUNY and the Governor's Office of Employees Relations have shared notice that testing requirements may be relaxed while we are working at a reduced population this summer. Beginning June 7, 2021, fully vaccinated employees (including auxiliary workers and vendors with a regular on-campus presence) who provide proof of vaccination will have a temporary exemption from the surveillance testing until approximately Aug. 13. This temporary exemption will be approved upon the presentation of the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card showing completion of a full vaccination series (definition subject to change based on final recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC on booster shots). Mandatory weekly testing will continue to be required for any person who has a physical presence on campus and who has not been fully vaccinated, who chooses to not show proof of vaccination, or who voluntarily chooses to participate in testing despite the relaxed requirement.

PROOF OF VACCINATION: Employees who are presenting proof of vaccination are encouraged to either come physically to the Office of Human Resources or to schedule a quick video chat where you can show your card with date of the completion of the full vaccination series. The Excelsior pass is not an acceptable proof as it does not provide record of vaccination dates. A copy or image of your record will not be kept on file and electronic records will not be accepted; please do not email a copy of the card. The card must be physically seen and will be noted in the employee’s record.

SYMPTOMATIC EMPLOYEES: Diagnostic testing of all symptomatic persons, including vaccinated persons, who display COVID-related symptoms will continue.

MASK AND DISTANCING: Per the directive from GOER and SUNY, all State employees must continue to wear masks and practice six-foot social distancing in all locations, regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated students and non-state employees are able to follow CDC guidelines and the previous guidance by the Governor (allowing fully vaccinated people to not use masks).

Employees who receive exemption can return test kits to the Office of Human Resources.

Dr. Gregory Sammons
Vice President for Student Affairs

May 2021

Updated May 21, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that one employee tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of reporting.

Pool test results this week: Alfred State submitted 345 tests to SUNY Upstate through pool testing this week. All results were received and were negative.

Positive employee case: One employee tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 82 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.16 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated May 19, 2021

This morning, SUNY (and GOER) provided updated guidance on mask use.

“Given the myriad of state agency functions and locations (e.g., direct care, field work, office-based work), the Department of Health is currently reviewing and revising the May 2020 guidance on reopening state agencies to reflect changes where fully vaccinated individuals may be permitted to remove their masks and not distance from one another. “

This means state agencies are to resume previous guidance until further notice (mask up). We are sorry for ongoing lack of clarity as various state entities continue working to align their implementation of the recent and sudden CDC guidance.

Dr. Greg Sammons
VP Student Affairs

Updated May 18, 2021

Effective tomorrow (May 19), New York is adopting the latest CDC guidance on mask use. FULLY vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting (full vaccination is achieved two weeks after second shot of Moderna or Pfizer or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson). Unvaccinated persons must still wear their mask in ALL settings. Governor Cuomo asked that New Yorkers still “be respectful of those who may still feel safest wearing their mask in public and business owners who may still ask patrons to don their mask.”

The Department of Health strongly recommends masks in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown and physical distancing cannot be maintained. It is important to note that officials can request proof of vaccination status (if a person is unmasked indoors) and private businesses may still require masks by all patrons as their choice.

At this time, we will apply the honor system to indoor masking and ask all employees to adhere to the guidance adopted by New York State. Nothing herein mandates you to not wear a mask if more comfortable. If you are fully vaccinated and able to maintain physical distancing, you may opt to remove the mask indoors in settings. Please continue to carry a mask with you to be able to use when the situation changes or distancing cannot be maintained.

Updated May 14, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that one employee tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of reporting.

Pool test results this week: Alfred State submitted 476 tests to SUNY Upstate through pool testing this week. All results were received and were negative.

Positive employee case: One employee tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Testing of on-campus students: A total of 17 residential students living on campus for the summer were tested through antigen testing and all yielded negative results. All athletes on campus have been testing regularly throughout the week for competition, as well, and all have tested negative. Additionally, all police academy cadets were tested this week through antigen testing and they all tested negative.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 86 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.42 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated May 14, 2021

Yesterday, the CDC issued new guidelines that stated vaccinated persons do not need to wear masks in most situations including indoors. State-level departments of health are now processing this guidance, including New York. Per SUNY System Administration this morning, existing mask policies remain in effect.

At this time, we are also awaiting more information from SUNY regarding the Governor’s announcement on required COVID-19 vaccinations for in-person classes in the fall. We know that this is contingent on vaccines receiving full FDA approval and policy changes. Governor Cuomo has also stated medical and religious exemptions will be permitted.

We will update the campus community as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19.

Updated May 7, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that four students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of reporting.

Pool test results this week: As of Friday, May 7, Alfred State has received 2,278 pool test results out of 2,547 tests that were sent in. Reflex testing results on positive pools yielded three positive student cases. The college is also awaiting reflex testing results for one positive student pool consisting of 12 students.

Positive student cases: One Northland student tested positive this week at an off-campus testing site.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Weekly Testing Rate: Due to some students checking out of their residence hall rooms and not being on campus for testing early this week, the actual testing rate is unable to be accurately reconciled in time for this weekly release.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.30 percent.

Students in quarantine: A total of 30 students are presently in quarantine. Additionally, one student is isolating on campus and 11 students are isolating off campus.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

April 2021

Updated April 30, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that four students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of reporting.

Pool test results this week: As of Friday, April 30, Alfred State has received 2,484 pool test results out of 2,812 tests that were sent in. Reflex testing results on positive pools yielded three positive student cases. The college is also awaiting reflex testing results for one positive student pool.

Positive student cases: One student tested positive this week at an off-campus testing site.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 84 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.23 percent.

Students in quarantine: A total of 25 students are presently in quarantine and eight students are in isolation.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated April 23, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that zero employees and seven students have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results this week: As of the morning of Friday, April 23, Alfred State has received 2,545 pool test results out of 2,845 tests that were sent in. Reflex testing results on positive pools yielded five positive student cases and zero positive employee case.

Positive employee cases: Zero employees tested positive this week. Please note a correction to last week’s report of one positive employee last week.

Positive student cases: In addition to the five positive student cases from pool testing, we had two other students test positive on antigen testing. One tested at Health and Wellness Services after presenting with symptoms and is in isolation on campus, and the other student tested at an off-campus location after having symptoms while at home and is isolating at home.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples. We are waiting on reflex results for two positive pools.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 85 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.41 percent.

Students in quarantine: A total of 32 students are in quarantine and 11 in isolation.

For any new cases, Health and Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated April 16, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that zero employees and 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results this week: A total of 2790 tests were sent to SUNY Upstate. At this time we have received results for 2494 individuals and five students were identified as testing positive for COVID-19.

Positive employee cases: Zero employees tested positive this week.

Positive student cases: Three students tested positive on antigen and two students tested positive at an off campus location.

Awaiting results: The campus is waiting for reflex results on one positive pool.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.65 percent.

Students in quarantine: A total of 111 in quarantine and 23 in isolation.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated April 9, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that four employees and 16 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of reporting.

Pool test results this week: As of the morning of Friday, April 9, Alfred State has received 1,315 pool test results out of 2,758 tests that were sent in. Reflex testing results on positive pools yielded seven positive student cases and one positive employee case.

Positive employee cases: Three employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Positive student cases: Eight students had a positive antigen test this week after reporting symptoms to Health and Wellness Services. One of these students had also tested positive through pool testing. Additionally, two other students tested positive at an off-campus testing site.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 81.2 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing, which means the overall testing rate of those who were not temporarily exempt is closer to around 85 percent.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.60 percent.

Students in quarantine: A total of 101 students are presently in quarantine.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated April 9, 2021

Alfred State community,

In a short period of approximately five weeks, our community went from advocating for better vaccine access to a position of reliable access to both vaccine, and more recently growing access to choice of type (Moderna, Pfizer, OR Johnson & Johnson). This weekend we reach an informal but important milestone: you can now know that your fellow Pioneers are now able to make choices and not experience a lack of access.

Expect to see a text message (RAVE Alert) this weekend with walk-in hours to include students, faculty, and staff for any un-filled appointments for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on campus. While SUNY asked the initial opportunity to prioritize residential students, the desire is to also maximize the percentage of vaccinated persons will allow us to offer short notice walk-ins to all members of the Alfred State community.

Even more options: pharmacies to include Alfred Pharmacy (607-587-9222) are now open to all (over 16 or 18) including participating CVS (Wayland for Pfizer) and Walgreens. Wegmans stores will now also be offering vaccines to include two types of vaccine (Moderna and J&J).
The counties and hospitals have operated their recent clinics with varying types of vaccine and continue to put out secondary calls to fill appointments.

All members of our community: please watch for a text through RAVE Alert with walk-in hours for this weekend’s campus J&J clinic if you elect to not make an appointment in advance!

SUNY says #ItsYourTurn

Today is my “fully vaccinated” day – I respect your choices, and hope you’ll join me!

Updated April 6, 2021

Dear students:

Alfred State and Alfred University are partnering with Alfred Pharmacy to offer students from both institutions the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine before they depart Alfred for the summer break. In a recent survey, approximately 50% of students indicated interest in this opportunity if we could bring it here on campus. Here are the details for this weekend’s vaccine clinics:

  • Two vaccine clinics for will be held this Saturday and Sunday (April 10 and 11) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, in the Student Leadership Center’s Small Event Space.
  • Alfred Pharmacy will oversee administration of the vaccines.
  • BRING a photo copy of your student ID or driver’s license and health insurance card (on the same sheet of paper, if possible)
  • You will NOT be charged for the vaccination
  • Please make sure you appear for your appointment on time.
  • Please encourage your roommate(s) and your friends, and let them share the health! Remember, fully vaccinated persons become exempt from many quarantine requirements including domestic travel, contacts (e.g. classroom).

Please use this link to sign up for an appointment: http://aka.alfred.edu/VaccineClinic. Appointment periods are distributed over the two days schedule in 15 minute intervals. Please only sign up for 1 appointment for yourself.

Once again, thank you for signing up for the vaccine clinics. You are protecting yourself from being quarantined because of travel or being in a classroom with a person who tests positive. More importantly, you are helping to keep our campus, our community, yourself and your loved ones, safer.

Updated April 2, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that three employees and 15 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the last round of reporting.

Pool test results this week: As of the morning of Friday, April 2, Alfred State has received 2,564 pool test results out of 2,941 tests that were sent in. Reflex testing results on positive pools yielded five positive student cases. One of these cases had tested positive via antigen testing before pool results came in and was already in isolation when the results were received.

Positive employee cases: Late last week (since the last round of reporting) one employee tested positive through pool testing and one employee tested positive after reporting symptoms. This week, one employee tested positive after reporting symptoms.

Positive student cases: Five students had a positive antigen test this week after reporting symptoms to Health and Wellness Services. Additionally, six other students tested positive at an off-campus testing site.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 86.7 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing, which means the overall testing rate of those who were not temporarily exempt is closer to around 90 percent.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.45 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

March 2021

Updated March 31, 2021

Alfred State has been notified that we must transition to the use of a new COVID saliva test collection kit due to a supply issue with the current swab tests we use. The new test kit is also a saliva collection kit; however, it follows a different collection process from the current swab collection kit. Employees will spit directly into a funneled tube, filling the tube up to an indicated line, rather than swabbing their mouths to collect the sample.

With this transition, we will move to self-testing for all employees that had formerly selected appointment-based testing as the new collection method takes more time to gather an adequate sample. Employees who test with students will continue to do so.

Beginning Monday April 5, swab tests will no longer be accepted. The new test kits will be available for pickup in Human Resources by the department designee beginning Thursday morning. Unused swab test kits must be returned to HR at the same time new test kits are picked up; the department designee should coordinate the collection of unused test kits. Updated instructions for this new process are available here; you will need to log into the portal to view this document. At this time, we have supply to provide 2 test kits for each employee; more will be available prior to the April 20 deadline.

Please contact Maria Bordeaux at bordeaml@alfredstate.edu with any questions on employee testing.

Updated March 26, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that one employee and six students have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results this week: As of 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, Alfred State has received 1,589 pool test results out of 3,149 tests that were sent in. Initial testing determined that eight pools had tested positive.

So far, the college has received reflex testing results for one out of those eight pools, which identified one positive student. Additionally, two direct contacts of this student sought out testing on their own and tested positive, as well. They are currently isolating at home.

Positive employee case: One employee tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Positive student cases: Two students had a positive antigen test this week after reporting symptoms to Health and Wellness Services. Additionally, one Northland student tested positive in Erie County after seeking out testing due to having symptoms.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 93 percent. As with previous weekly reporting, this estimate does not factor in those who were “temporarily exempt” from testing, which means the overall testing rate of those who were not temporarily exempt is closer to 100 percent.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.07 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated March 25, 2021

ATTENTION ALL Students – want the vaccine!?!

Allegany County Department of Health has asked us to spread the word to you: if you want the vaccine and are “not able to socially distance all the time on campus / in classes” they encourage you to make a vaccine appointment for the current clinics running today, tomorrow, and this weekend. They announced that they have lots of remaining appointments and that this is the “BIG chance to vaccinate Allegany County.” They have previously noted that the significant supply may not reach this level in our area again.

Make an appointment at www.alleganyco.com (Friday, Saturday and Sunday still have appointments-Friday will be closing soon) – again, these are for the county clinic (not the NYS sites)

•Here is the link for Pfizer clinics at the old Kmart building in the Riverwalk plaza on 3/25, 3/27 (both 8-4 pm), and 3/28 (8-Noon): https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=BE211E…
•Here is the link for our Moderna clinic at the old Kmart building in the Riverwalk plaza on Friday March 26th (8-4pm): https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BE23…

We are very proud that Alfred State nursing students will be helping these clinics!

Updated March 24, 2021

Allegany County received a large, special allocation this week for Pfizer vaccine and currently have over 2,000 appointment slots open and available for vaccination! Allegany County has indicated if someone is a public facing employee or interacts with the public frequently, they would be eligible. They want interested people to get an appointment. If someone is currently working remotely, but will likely return to work interacting with the public, they also may be eligible for vaccine. The Department of Health says “If someone wishes to receive the vaccine, they are likely eligible under some sort of criteria for this week and we can assist with that.” Food service work study workers and other public interacting employees/students would be eligible. The county Department of Health noted that “this is likely the last time we will have this much vaccine available so we are looking for individuals who want the vaccine…” Please see the vaccination links below and please feel free to share.

Here is the link for our Pfizer clinics on 3/25, 3/27, and 3/28.
https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=BE211E…

Here is the link for our Moderna clinic on Friday March 26.
https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BE23…

Updated March 19, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that one student has tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results this week: A total of 259 pools consisting of 3,184 individuals were tested (with results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. After one pool came back positive, reflex testing determined that one student had tested positive for COVID-19.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Weekly Testing Rate: This week, Alfred State has achieved an overall testing rate of 88.3 percent.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.07 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated March 19, 2021

The Governor has announced a new mass vaccination site at Corning Community College, with appointments currently available, on the New York State mass sites: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

County clinics can be found here:

•Allegany County: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/
•Steuben County: https://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=13959
•Livingston County: https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1234/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics

Medical and Hospital clinics can be found here:

•Oak Orchard Health: https://oakorchardhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine-clinics/
•Noyes: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/noyes/covid-vaccines.aspx

Pharmacy clinics:

•Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/immunization_index.jsp
•Alfred Pharmacy: 607-587-9222

In the last two days, area county clinics sent secondary appeals for un-filled appointments. The New York State site has maintained available appointments at multiple sites. Supply and information are now ample enough to discontinue special announcements and move future updates to the standard morning announcements. I want to share some preliminary takeaways from the vaccine survey:

•Only 3.4% of respondents reports wanting the vaccine with trouble making an appointment; if you are in this category, please feel free to reach out to me for assistance and I will help you
•About half of respondents have received or will shortly receive the vaccine
•Most faculty/staff respondents indicated a general limit of how far we are willing to travel: up to 2 hours. This data can be used to advocate for sites that stay within that range (like the new Corning site)
•Faculty/staff perceptions about whether student vaccinations should be mandatory for fall 2021 (like MMR) is currently split in a literal 50-50 opinion. This is info we can share in meetings with SUNY officials who may be deliberating their positions on policy formation
•Faculty/staff wanting the vaccine were primarily interested in first available type, followed by a preference for the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This will be shared with the County DOH to advocate for them to order or work to access more J&J vaccines moving forward

Thank you for providing information that helps us continue to advocate for you. The survey, appearing again on Announce today, remains open. Again, if any person would like assistance being connected with vaccine information, please let me know.

Updated March 17, 2021

Attached is the actual registration link for the ACDOH COVID vaccine clinic this Friday. You can register right away. While open now, the link will open to the general public at 5:00 p.m. Take advantage of this special access! The Vaccine Clinic will be held at the old Kmart in the Riverwalk Plaza in Wellsville from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. this Friday, March 19th.

https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BD99…

Another opportunity to those with pre-existing conditions (or over 60). Noyes will be offering a COVID-19 First dose vaccine clinic tomorrow, March 18th from 10:45am -4pm. To Register, go to noyes.urmc.edu under the vaccine tab at the top of the website, or click on the following link:
https://apps2.health.ny.gov/.../appl.../cdmspr/2/counties...

Essential workers must bring proof of employment through an eligible agency. This could be an employee ID badge, an appointment or essential status letter, or an active pay stub showing employment through an eligible agency.

Finally, we want to better understand your experiences and perspective on vaccine access and needs. Please complete this voluntary and confidential survey:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DEVHmGVDMk6ybrc7qg6…

Updated March 16, 2021

Beginning tomorrow, March 17, vaccine eligibility will expand again to include additional public and not-for-profit employees. The available appointments today (supply) will see increased demand from the expanded population. As an eligible member of the faculty/staff, please consider making an appointment today – even if you later make a more convenient appointment and cancel the original.

Opportunities:

The Steuben County Public Health Department is holding two first-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinics for eligible residents age 18 and older.

Thursday, March 18 at the Haverling High School gym in Bath
Friday, March 19 at the Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary School gym in Canisteo
To attend either clinic, participants must pre-register for an appointment time using the links found on Public Health’s COVID-19 page.

Oak Orchard Health (including the location in Hornell) was just named a federal site: https://oakorchardhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine-clinics/.

The New York State mass sites are where to go for the NYS-managed centers have appointments and to book an appointment for one of their slots: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. As of this writing, the following are showing available slots.

Again, consider making an appointment and then shopping for a better one (don’t forget to cancel the original if you do)

SUNY Albany (Pfizer) Albany, NY Appointments Available
Rochester Dome Arena (Pfizer) Henrietta, NY Appointments Available
SUNY Binghamton (Pfizer) Johnson City, NY Appointments Available
Plattsburgh International Airport -Connecticut Building (Pfizer) Plattsburgh, NY Appointments Available
SUNY Potsdam Field House (Pfizer)Potsdam, NY Appointments Available
State Fair Expo Center: NYS Fairgrounds - 8:00am - 7:00pm (Pfizer) Syracuse, NY Appointments Available
SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Wildcat Field House (Pfizer) Utica, NY Appointments Available
Westchester County Center (Pfizer) White Plains, NY Appointments Available

Allegany County Department of Health will again launch their site tomorrow for a Friday clinic in Wellsville. Their site now also has a list to be added to their standby list for leftover doses.

Allegany County: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavir=+=us/covid-19-vaccine-information/ - this is currently the Moderna vaccine and they issue a new link each Wednesday at 5.

Livingston County will open up their first-dose clinc on their page on Thursday (for Friday in Mt Morris): https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1234/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics

Please get vaccinated!

Updated March 12, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware there were three positive results this week with one employee and two students.

Pool test results this week: A total of 269 pools consisting of 3,246 tests were administered (with results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. Two pools came back positive, with one student and one employee. We tested 95 percent of our possible campus population this week, for an all-time high.

Health & Wellness result: One additional student had a positive antigen test after reporting symptoms to H&W.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.07 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated March 10, 2021

Faculty and Staff,

Exciting news: today, Chancellor Malatras announced the immediate expansion of vaccine eligibility to all in-person, essential staff at the college. He said “Because of our unified message and non-stop advocacy from the System Administration team, individual campus leadership, our partners from the SUNY community—including the strong push by UUP, PEF, CSEA, and others—our highest risk SUNY faculty, staff, and students are eligible to receive the vaccine as increased federal supply has been made available to New York State’s COVID-19 Vaccination program. From the onset of the vaccine distribution program in December, we ensured that faculty and students working or learning in health care settings were eligible in the early phases of distribution, and last week we were able to clarify that all staff who provide regular residence life programming to students are vaccine-eligible as in-person instructors.” The guidance can be found here and the expansion is found on page 10. Please note that the website has not caught up to the expansion as of this writing. In checking with SUNY, they recommended staff check the box “in-person college instructor” as this will be the field that is updated.

The New York State mass sites are where to go for the NYS-managed centers and to book an appointment for one of their slots: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ - there are appointments at multiple sites available.

•Allegany County just released this week’s link that is LIVE now for vaccine appointments: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BD1E…
•Note the location change to the former K-Mart location in Wellsville.

Also, Allegany County will take names of those employees who would like to be placed on a standby list for Friday’s clinic to ensure they use all doses (if unable to secure regular appointment through the link). If you cannot secure an appointment this afternoon on a county or state site and would like to be added to the standby list for Friday’s clinic in Wellsville, please send a message to Linda Acomb at AcombLC@alfredstate.edu with your name, number, email.

Also beginning today, those older than 60 can be vaccinated (from 65) at retail pharmacies. Retail pharmacies are only allowed to vaccinate those over 60 and now, today, P-12 teachers. Newly eligible college essential faculty/staff should therefore use the aforementioned county and state clinics to sign up.

Updated March 9, 2021

Faculty and Staff,

Beginning tomorrow, March 10th, those older than 60 can be vaccinated (from 65). Beginning next Wednesday March 17th, other government workers and essential workers can be vaccinated. We anticipate this being inclusive of many or most of our remaining faculty/staff. Also importantly, the vaccine distribution sites are now expanded to remove the confusion over which sites vaccinate whom. Only pharmacies will have any restrictions and they will vaccinate those over 60 and teachers. Today’s news release is here

The New York State mass sites are where to go for the NYS-managed centers and to book an appointment for one of their slots: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is s a one-dose regimen and appointments at locations such as the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse are operating late-night or overnight hours. While not close by, this would be a one-time drive.

County clinics are seeing more and more doses as supply becomes stronger. Please consider adding the county sites as favorites to your browser or in your social media feed to be notified real-time of their releases on last-minute clinics and leftover or stand-by doses:

•Allegany County: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavir=+=us/covid-19-vaccine-information/ - this is currently the Moderna vaccine and they issue a new link each Wednesday at 5. Leftover or extra doses are released on Thursday and Friday up the moment of the clinic
•Steuben County: https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=13959 – there may be spots open for TODAY’s clinic
•Livingston County: https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1234/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics - this is currently the Moderna vaccine

Updated March 5, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that one pool at the Northland campus has tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results this week: A total of 241 pools consisting of 3,040 individuals were tested (with results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. One pool from the Northland campus came back positive, and the college is currently awaiting results on reflex testing to determine the positive case/cases from that pool.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.13 percent.

For any new cases, Health and Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated March 4, 2021

The New York State mass sites are expanding availability and the counties are receiving increasingly more doses: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

•The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose regimen and appointments at locations such as the State Fairgrounds are operating late-night or overnight hours. The NYS site shows available appointments right now at the fairgrounds and note, this would be a one-time drive
•The state has opened a new location at the JCC Olean campus for residents of Allegany, Cattaraugus: https://www.wellsvilledaily.com/story/news/2021/03/03/mass-covid-19-vac…
•Livingston County to the north has clinic and vaccine info (to include standby appointments) on their site here: https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1234/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics - this is currently the Moderna vaccine
•The state has opened a new location at the GCC in Batavia for the J&J vaccine: https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/genesee-county/batavia/gcc-to-host…
•There is still no update on the planned POD for AU.

New: SUNY and NYS has determined that any staff who provide regular residence life programming to students and who live on site in student housing facilities at SUNY campuses are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination through the NYS vaccination program under the phase 1b definition of “in-person college faculty and instructors”. SUNY has clarified this includes paraprofessional employees as long as the living arrangement is “live-on.” I have confirmed with the Allegany County Department of Health that they will honor a letter from the campus confirming the role of the staff member as proof of eligibility.

Updated March 3, 2021

The registration link for the Allegany County vaccine clinic on Friday, March 5, 2021 will be live today at 5:00 p.m. (Wednesday March 3, 2021).There are limited doses available, so slots will fill up fast. However, please note that Friday's clinic will again be held at Genesee Valley Central School from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; this indicates the total doses allocated to the county are higher again this week.

Per the ACDOH, people will be turned away at the clinic if they are not part of the eligibility list. Please bring an insurance card, ID, and proof of eligibility . Teaching staff should also bring proof/documentation that they are teaching in-person. Register first, then sign the online New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.

*NOTE* The registration link changes weekly, so use the link below to register:

Allegany County: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/

Other updates: There is still no update on the planned POD for AU. The state is now receiving the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be used at the fairgrounds site during overnight hours (10 p.m.-6 a.m.); please see the mass vaccination site for more details.

February 2021

Updated Feb. 26, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that three individuals (two students and one employee) have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. 

Late pool testing results: A total of 57 pools consisting of 683 individuals were tested late last week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. After one pool came back positive, reflex testing determined that one student from the Northland campus had tested positive for COVID-19.

Pool test results this week: A total of 236 pools consisting of 2,964 individuals were tested (with 228 pool results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. One pool came back positive, and the college is currently awaiting results on reflex testing to determine the positive case/cases from that pool. The college is also currently awaiting results of eight pools that were sent to SUNY Upstate for testing.

Positive employee cases: One employee tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Positive student cases: One student tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

Rolling 14-day average: SUNY maintains a Case Tracker to provide a SUNY-wide dashboard of institutions' statuses with regards to testing and positivity. As of today, Alfred State's 14-day rolling average is 0.22 percent.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Feb. 25, 2021

Minutes ago at 12:30 p.m., Livingston County just released appointments for eligible 1A, 1B, and co-morbidity groups for a clinic tomorrow:

https://www.livingstoncounty.us/1234/COVID-19-Vaccine-Clinics?fbclid=Iw…

Updated Feb. 24, 2021

Faculty and Staff,

Allegany County has received doses for this week’s vaccination clinic and the registration link will be live at 5:00 p.m. today! Like previous weeks, there are limited doses available, and slots will fill up incredibly fast. Please note that Friday's clinic will be held at Genesee Valley Central School from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. People will be turned away at the clinic if they are not part of the state’s eligibility list. If you receive a slot, please bring insurance card, legal identification, and proof of eligibility. Per the county, teaching faculty should also bring proof/documentation that they are teaching in-person. The county recommends registering first, then signing the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.

*NOTE* The registration link changes weekly, so the link below is needed to register:

Allegany County: https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.a…

The New York State vaccination site is open for people with certain pre-existing medical conditions to also register, in addition to those in the existing 1A and 1B categories. New appointments may be added so consider revisiting the New York State mass vaccination sites more than once: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. Alfred University has not received any doses as of this AM. Once we learn any details about their POD, they will be shared. Retail pharmacies, continue to serve the 65+ community at this time. If you are 65+, please reach out to your closest participating retail pharmacy to schedule a vaccination. The national supply is set to increase with production increases by both Moderna and Pfizer. ;The Johnson & Johnson-produced vaccine is potentially set for approval by the FDA as soon as this weekend.

Updated Feb. 24, 2021

Hello Students!

There are a few COVID-19 issues that we want to share with you.

  1. Vacations: If you have plans of going on vacation, particularly out of state. Traveling on vacation and out of state that may include a quarantine order upon return is NOT a valid reason to miss class. The faculty will not accept vacation with post-trip quarantine as a valid reason so please work with faculty on any absences.
  2. Testing: the College will honor special arrangements for alternate testing times IF the college cancels in-person classes (as was the case last Tuesday). However, if a class gets cancelled or moved remote but the College is open, the original testing time holds. For students who choose not to participate, failing to test will result in judicial action through the office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Getting tested each week is an important part of SUNY’s requirement for 100% weekly testing.
  3. Guest registrations: finally, as we are continuing to keep our cases down, we are pleased to make residential guest registration easier (and quicker!) The link below will give you access the new guest registration link. Simply click on the link on any device you have registered with the school and you should be able to add your guest’s email, input the date you wish to have them over, and mark if you would like for them to be overnight or not. The system will then automatically email your roommate for them to give approval and once they click yes or no, your guest will be registered in the system. This new system allows for guest registration to happen more efficiently as Residential Services staff will not have to verify the information and update sheets manually. Any last minute get togethers or study sessions will be approved in a much quicker timeframe base (as little as 5 minutes if your roommate is prepared and on their email)! Some quick reminders:
  • Guests need to be on campus (residential) students otherwise the system will deny your guest.
  • Roommate approval is still needed before any guests can enter the building; if you are a roommate and have a guest in your room that you did not approve, please contact building staff by calling your RA number posted by the RA Office and on the main door for your building.
  • Guest Registration should happen no more than two days in advance and if you are wanting your guest to come over after midnight on a certain day, you should register them for the following day.
  • The link for guest registration is here: https://restrackr.acesalfred.com/

Updated Feb. 19, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that eight individuals (five students and three employees) have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: A total of 205 pools consisting of 2,443 individuals were tested (with results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. After four pools came back positive, reflex testing determined that four students and one employee from those pools had tested positive for COVID-19.

Positive employee cases: Two employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Positive student cases: One student tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Feb. 18, 2021

Due to the national impact of inclement weather, most regional county-based vaccine locations did not receive their anticipated doses this week. This included Allegany County and neighboring counties. This delay did not disrupt those scheduled to receive their second doses tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 19.

Allegany County indicated they may be operating a larger POD next week when the supply chain catches up following the widespread delays. Please watch for the link at 5 p.m. next Wednesday. Allegany County vaccination information: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/

The New York State site is open for people with certain pre-existing medical conditions to also register, in addition to those in the existing 1A and 1B categories. There are state-operated vaccination centers as close as Rochester’s Dome Arena (in Henrietta). Over the last several weeks, Potsdam seems to have the most consistent availability and recently celebrated vaccinating their 15,000 person. When reviewing the state-operated sites, personal willingness to travel may impact access and timing. New York State mass vaccination sites info (check often): https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

New York State and FEMA have announced four additional FEMA and State-partnered sites; of note are one in Rochester (at the former Kodak Hawkeye parking lot on St. Paul St) and one in Buffalo (at the Delavan Grider Community Center). Each will reportedly be able to vaccinate up to 1,000 people per day. These sites are reportedly going to initially focus on socially vulnerable communities very close to those locations. You can read more here: https://www.alleganyco.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ and this development is worth following closely because the significant amount of doses (1,000 per day) may represent additional opportunities very soon as the geographical allowances expand.

Alfred University has received formal approval to be a local POD and we believe the first 100 doses will be earmarked for those with preexisting conditions and occur next week. The POD will be open to the community for sign-ups similar to the county POD. Once we have details and a hyperlink, they will be shared.

Retail pharmacies such as Alfred Pharmacy, Walgreens in Wellsville, Tops in Bath and Dansville, Quinlan’s in Wayland, continue to serve the 65+ community at this time. If you are 65+, please reach out to your closest participating retail pharmacy to schedule a vaccination. The pharmacies are not allowed to vaccinate anyone under 65 and last week when the rollout included those with co-morbidities, some pharmacies initially allowed sign-ups but were later forced to cancel those appointments as they violated the pharmacy’s age-based rules/agreements with the state.

Area hospitals are occasionally receiving limited doses aimed at those in Phase 1A (healthcare) but have sporadically opened up “standby” queues for leftover doses for persons in 1B. We do not learn of these in a timely manner but they can be found at the hospital website as pop-ups on their vaccine information page/banner.

We remain committed to sharing the latest information to connect people in our community with the vaccine. The various sites and their differing rules (on groups targeted) can cause confusion, and we are hopeful the communications can help sort out where to focus energy for you and your family.

Updated Feb. 12, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that 15 individuals (all of whom are students) have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: A total of 228 pools consisting of 2,758 individuals were tested (with results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty, and staff. After 13 pools came back positive, reflex testing determined that 11 students from those pools had tested positive for COVID-19.

Positive student cases: Four students tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Feb. 5, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that eight individuals (two employees and six students) have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: A total of 214 pools consisting of 2,582 individuals were tested (with results received) this week. The pools consisted of a combination of students, faculty and staff. After six pools came back positive, reflex testing determined that one employee and five students from those pools had tested positive for COVID-19.

Positive employee cases: One employee tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Positive student case: One student tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Awaiting results: The cases above represent processed samples, and the college has collected additional samples for the remainder of the campus population that will have results by early next week.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

January 2021

Updated January 29, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that four employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: Fifteen pools consisting of 186 individuals were tested this week. Eleven pools consisted of all students residing on campus at the time of testing and four pools consisted of faculty and staff working on campus. All of the pools came back negative.

Positive employee cases: Four employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated January 28 2021

Chancellor Malatras announced this week that all SUNY campuses will increase the frequency of SUNY’s mandatory COVID testing. Beginning February 1, all employees, including ACES and student senate, who report in person to campus to conduct some or all of their work obligations will be required to participate in surveillance testing and must take part every week. Employees who are 100% remote are not required to be tested. Employees who do not wish to take part in the pooled testing must submit proof of a negative test result to Human Resources each week, and will be responsible for scheduling and paying the cost associated with their own tests. The off campus test must be dated no earlier than the Monday and no later than the Thursday of the test week.

Employees will be permitted to self-administer the SUNY Upstate Surveillance pool test or elect to continue with appointment-based testing. Employees who self-administer will be provided test supplies and instructions with FAQ’s. Self-administered tests will be dropped in the locked drop box on the Alfred campus by Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. which will be under video surveillance. The drop box location is being finalized and is expected to be a drive-through drop off.

Appointment-based testing will continue to be available and will be offered on Monday and Tuesday of each week in the Huntington Administration building during regular business hours; night shift employees will report to an alternative location. Employees who prefer appointment based testing will need to schedule a standing appointment using the BANNERWEB system. Once capacity has been determined a link for scheduling will be shared.

All employees in the School of Applied Technology, Nursing and Allied Health will automatically be scheduled for appointment-based testing with their students. Coaches will also be automatically scheduled for appointment-based testing with students on their team. All other employees should complete the survey by 4 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 29.

One designated employee from each department will pick up the test supplies on Monday, Feb. 1 in the office of Human Resources. Employees will be able to change their election to self-administer or schedule an appointment by notifying the Office of Human Resources.

Employees in a positive pool will be notified to work from home if their position allows and their supervisor agrees, or to report to work following extra precaution until the individual swabs are tested to determine which employees are positive. With the increase to weekly test results for everyone, the need to take immediate actions on positive pools is diminished as individual reflex results will be known each and every week. Employees will not be contacted if their pool is negative.

Preliminary data suggests in-person instruction has not been a vector of the spread. As the semester progresses, SUNY will revisit the 100 percent weekly testing requirement depending on the positivity rate in the state and regions throughout the course of the semester.

We understand testing can be time consuming and inconvenient, so we hope the self-administered testing option helps to simplify the experience for our employees. This is new to everyone, so we ask that you please be patient as we work towards compliance and fine-tune the process.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources. Your hard work and cooperation to keep everyone safe is noticed and appreciated.

Updated January 22, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that five individuals (four employees and one student) have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: Eight pools consisting of 93 individuals (89 students and four faculty and staff) were tested this week. After two pools came back positive, reflex testing determined that one employee and one student from those pools had tested positive for COVID-19.

Positive employee cases: Three employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.
For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated January 15, 2021
This notice is to make the ASC community aware that six employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: Five pools consisting of 64 individuals were tested this week. One pool consisted of all students residing on campus at the time of testing and four pools consisted of faculty and staff working on campus. After three faculty and staff pools came back positive, reflex testing determined that three employees from those pools had tested positive for COVID-19.

Positive employee cases: Three employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.
For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated January 12, 2021

Faculty and staff,

We are aware that many people are encountering issues on the state links and clarity on access to the vaccine. Overnight, the state has partially adjusted the pre-screening links as found online. Yesterday, we learned that the current vaccine agreement with the retail pharmacies does not allow them to vaccinate anyone under 75, regardless of phase. All vaccination locations are prioritizing people in Phase 1A and those over 75.

Based on the legal restriction for retail pharmacies, Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) is currently the primary agency that will coordinate to assist employees. Yesterday, the ACDOH released a statement that all current clinics are full. ACDOH promised to release new links for future clinics when they receive additional vaccine from the New York COVID-19 Vaccination Program. They have asked us to wait for the links and asked people to refrain from calling or attempting to show up. They have stated they will not be returning calls due to volume.

If you or a family member are over 75 years of age, here are the closest participating retail pharmacies (to Alfred) that may be able to assist:

  • Alfred Pharmacy: 877-744-8823
  • Tops Pharmacy in Dansville: 585-335-2270
  • Quinlan's Pharmacy in Wayland: 585-728-2250
  • Tops Pharmacy in Bath: 607-776-1282
  • Tops Pharmacy in Olean: 716-373-1105

We have offered to host a vaccination site for the ACDOH to include logistical and staff support. We will continue to seek vaccination access on behalf of our eligible employees.

Updated January 11, 2021

Faculty and Staff,

Beginning today, the Governor has authorized the vaccination of those in Phase 1B. For SUNY, this includes faculty who teach in-person, SUNY Police, healthcare staff, and people over 75.

On behalf of our employees, we have reached out to the area hospitals and inquired about availability. Phase 1B is a larger group than those in 1A and people should expect this rollout to take longer- potentially several weeks.

We are advising those eligible in this phase to complete the information at the following link: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine

The pre-administration vaccine form will ensure your eligibility is recorded and supply the closest provider. Please understand that your recommended location may or may not have the vaccine and the supplies come in quickly and without much advance notice. Many sites use an online appointment calendar to book as the vaccine must be given to multiple people when a package is opened.
For people who do not qualify under 1B, please be patient as the State Department of Health works to efficiently roll out the vaccine to our fellow New Yorkers as quickly as possible.

The college has inquired about hosting a clinic and if that becomes a possibility, we will communicate it as soon as possible. You can learn more about the status of the COVID-19 vaccine program here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Updated January 8, 2021

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that seven employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Pool test results: Five pools consisting of 64 individuals were tested this week. One pool consisted of all students residing on campus at the time of testing and four pools consisted of faculty and staff working on campus. After one faculty and staff pool came back positive, reflex testing determined that one employee from that pool had tested positive for COVID-19. Positive employee cases: Six employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

December 2020

Updated December 31, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. They were tested after reporting symptoms.

There are no pool tests this week.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19

Updated December 24, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Both of them were tested after reporting symptoms.

There are no pool tests this week.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID

Updated December 11, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware that four employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday, Dec. 4, and that the results of our most recent round of pool testing all came back negative.

Pool test results: Six pools consisting of 79 individuals were tested this week, and SUNY Upstate Medical has reported that all of the pools were negative. Two pools consisted of all students residing on campus at the time of testing and four pools consisted of faculty and staff working on campus.

Positive employee cases: Four employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

November 2020

Updated November 20, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of the results of our mandatory exit testing and the positive impact of our changes since shifting to a yellow alert level on campus.

Pool test results: This week, our teams pool tested over 2700 people providing COVID-19 results for the complete campus student population. We identified 14 positive pools out of 230 pools submitted for analysis.

Two positive pools from the Northland campus in Buffalo identified two student cases. Ten of the positive pools from Alfred discovered 9 on-campus students and 4 off-campus students. The last two remaining pools have not yet completed reflex testing and individuals will be contacted directly to begin any needed isolation and contact tracing.

Positive employee cases: Four employees tested positive this week after reporting symptoms.

Student cases: In addition to students identified through pool testing, Health & Wellness reports 7 on-campus students and 11 off-campus students tested positive after reporting symptoms.

Alert level: We previously elevated the campus alert level to yellow as a precaution due to increased COVID activity among our community and county. While the rolling average in the county and western NY region remain a concern, our campus' positivity rate has dramatically improved and the 7-day rolling average reported on the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker is only 1.11%. Due to both our dramatic improvement in positivity rate and the fact that our mass testing has identified all positive cases and moved the impacted individuals to quarantine and isolation protocols, we are now able to return to alert level GREEN effective tonight at midnight.

Wastewater testing: Samples from 15 collection sites covered 1,665 students. Testing found NO quantifiable signals in ANY building. Trace signals were found in Burdick, MacKenzie West, Main Gate A, Shults, Getman, MacKenzie H Tower, MacKenzie East, and MacKenzie Commons. Experts at Quadrant Biosciences advise us that trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated November 17, 2020

Local Departments of Health report a surge in COVID-19 cases in the area. While Alfred State College’s positivity rate has not surged to that same level, the college is taking additional precautions to assist the surrounding community.

ASC has chosen to shift classes and labs to a fully remote format effective Monday, Nov. 23. At that time, faculty will be permitted to teach synchronous classes at the same time as currently scheduled but through remote delivery. They are not required to come to campus for the remote instruction

Also effective the same day, all food services will be takeout/to-go and there will be no more in-person dining. Students can elect to move out any time after their Friday classes and after they have received their negative COVID-19 test result. 

There are three important reasons for the change:

  1. On Nov. 14, the Allegany County Department of Health released a bulletin to all media sources that indicates a surge in county cases and a 14-day rolling average of 5 percent and a seven-day rolling average of 6.4 percent. The county is preparing residents for a state color zone designation as a hot spot. The Department of Health is asking the public and residents to help.
  2. Alfred State can best provide students an option to leave campus in the closest possible proximity to their negative test result before traveling to their home and family.
  3. Also, ASC can reduce campus density to allow its campus case numbers to decline.

Students are not required to leave Friday. With only three class days next week, students can opt to take next week’s classes remotely (Monday through Wednesday) while still staying on campus (in the residence halls). Students are encouraged to take advantage of the option to leave this weekend after receiving a negative test result.

Updated November 14, 2020

We have additional information regarding positive cases for this week. The number of positive students for the week has gone up by two. These numbers include all reflex testing results.

Remember, ALL students will be tested for COVID-19 in this coming week. SUNY wants all students to know their status prior to being released for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Our case information for this week is fully updated below:

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This notice is to make the ASC community aware of 27 positive COVID-19 test results this week. While we have shared additional information during the course of the week, this is the weekly summary of all case activity.

Positive employee case: In response to a positive pool test of employees last week, after further testing one employee was found to be positive this week.

Student cases: Health and Wellness Services had 20 off-campus students and 6 on-campus students who had reason to suspect COVID-19 and were found to be positive.

Yellow alert: Our operating plan previously included a period of limited student activity prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. On Wednesday we activated those yellow alert precautions earlier in response to increased COVID activity in the area. The 7-day rolling average for Western New York is a positivity rate of nearly 5 percent. Currently the SUNY Dashboard reports ASC has a 7-day average positivity rate of 2.52 percent. The governor has also implemented more restrictions on activity statewide related to gyms, bars, and restaurants.

Pool testing: This week’s pool tests returned 5 positive pools. The results from automatic reflex testing of individual samples within each positive pool are complete and those numbers are included above.

A total of 67 pools that covered 802 individuals were completed this week. This includes 20 Wellsville pools, 8 Nursing pools, 7 fac/staff pools, 1 pool of Greek students, and 31 residential pools that were selected based on wastewater results last week.< /p>

Wastewater testing: Wastewater samples from 15 collection sites covered 1,665 students. Trace signals were found in Braddon (west end), MacKenzie North, Shults, and MacKenzie East. Experts at Quadrant Biosciences advise us that trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

Due to antigen tests over the last two days, the college fully expected to see quantifiable signals, and did receive those results in the following five buildings:

  • Getman
  • Burdick
  • Peet (east end)
  • MacKenzie apartment and H tower
  • Main Gate A

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated November 12, 2020

Dear Students,

Because of COVID-19, this has been a difficult time, not only in colleges and universities, but in daily life. To reopen our campuses to in-person instruction and services during a pandemic required adapting, and we fully recognize that this semester for many of you required some adjustments, most notably on the mode of instruction. As the semester begins to wind down, please know that we are committed and working tirelessly to ensure that your health and safety remains our top priority.

COVID-19 in many ways requires us to be more vigilant and self-aware, but also simultaneously remain focused enough to achieve our academic and career aspirations. And to that end, I need your help.

We want to hear from you, so we developed a survey so we can get your feedback and improve. Given you’re busy with coursework, we’ve designed the survey (https://suny.edu/survey/take/satisfactionandplans) to be completed in less than 5 minutes. We want to understand what your experience is like this semester. We also want to know what plans and concerns you have for the spring semester 2021.

Our goal in this regard is clear, and unequivocal - your voice matters.

Sincerely,

Jim Malatras
Chancellor

Updated November 11, 2020

Alfred State moves to Alert Level Yellow and asks community to take precautions after 10 more cases

As we enter the final two weeks of in-person instruction for the fall semester, the College is announcing a shift to Alert Level Yellow (Elevated Risks) and implementing commensurate precautions in order to control the noticed growth in COVID-19 infections. Alfred State is implementing these additional precautions as the Governor recognizes the need for more stringent steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The following changes take effect:

  1.  All Greek Life activity is suspended for the final two weeks (no gatherings, visitation, activity) effective immediately
  2.  All practices will cease for the remaining two weeks effective immediately
  3.  No guests allowed in other residence halls effective immediately
  4.  All other non-essential student activities/gatherings/events are limited to 10 people, effective immediately
  5.  Campus visitation is suspended (admissions) effective tomorrow at 4pm (until post-Thanksgiving)
  6.  Dining operations remain open but with seating limited to 2 for the rest of this week; a decision on shifting to take-out only for next week will be made no later than Friday
  7.  Expanded testing: we submitted an expanded 68 pools (816 samples) and collected 15 wastewater samples covering approximately 1650 people. Both sets of results are expected within the next 24 hours. Beginning Monday (11/16), we will begin mass testing our community

The surrounding areas are experiencing upticks in case numbers and Alfred State is not immune. Alfred State's 14-day testing rate (rolling average) is 1.81%. Over the last week, we have seen increases in our case totals and the daily number of positive cases are continuing to point up as we move through this week. Yesterday, Alfred State had 4 positive student cases and received a positive result from a staff member tested late last week. Today, Health & Wellness has identified 10 cases with a strong connection to Greek Life. While our rolling average is still within the parameters of “green,” we notice the immediate increase and are escalating to “yellow” to help curb the rate of transmission and slow spread. < /p>

This afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the following statewide actions to curb the spread of COVID-19, that take effect on Friday at 10 p.m.

  • Bars and restaurants (with liquor licenses) must close at 10 p.m.
  • To slow the spread, statewide limits on all indoor gatherings at private residences is 10 people.
  • Gyms must also close at 10 p.m.

 It is imperative that we act responsibly and take additional precautions. You can do this by being more diligent about avoiding unnecessary gatherings, wearing your mask, using appropriate hand sanitation, and observing physical distancing.

Updated November 7, 2020

We have additional information regarding positive cases for this week. Updates include one additional student positive in the off-campus cluster that was identified. From the reflex testing of the four positive pools, one new on-campus student and one off-campus student positive to report. The third positive pool revealed duplicate information for a previously identified positive student. The fourth positive pool found no signs of COVID in the individual employee samples. SUNY Upstate is going to run the reflex test on those 12 individuals again out of an abundance of caution.

Our case information for this week is fully updated below:

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This notice is to make the ASC community aware of 21 positive COVID-19 test results this week. This includes 2 employees who reported symptoms and received positive results.

Off-campus cluster identified: This week we have confined a cluster of 10 positive students connected to one apartment in the village. These students are in isolation and food is delivered to their residence.

Please remember that you should encourage everyone within your family unit to carefully follow precautions so that your home environment may remain safe. The number of COVID cases in the region is on the rise so distance, masks, limited crowds, and hand-washing are your best defense.

Additional student cases: Three on-campus students reported symptoms this week to H&WS and tested positive. Four students who started quarantine last week were now found to be positive this week. Three of them have moved to on-campus isolation and the other chose to isolate at home. For all positive cases, contact tracing is underway and all have begun their period of isolation.

Pool testing: This week’s pool tests returned 4 positive pools .One on-campus student and one off-campus student were identified as positive through reflex testing of individual samples. The third positive pool is a duplicate of a positive student previously identified. The fourth positive pool found no evidence of COVID in the individual samples of these 12 employees. Out of an abundance of caution, SUNY Upstate is once again going to run tests on those same 12 individuals.

A total of 57 pools that covered 684 individuals were completed this week. This includes 12 pools from Wellsville, 8 faculty/staff pools, 9 nursing pools, and 28 Res Life pools that included a concentration of students from the Townhouses, Shults, and R/C Halls.

Wastewater testing: Trace signals were found at Braddon, Burdick, and Main Gate A this week. Wastewater samples from 15 collection sites covered 1,665 students. In response to discovery of a trace signal, we will once again concentrate pool testing on these residents in the week ahead. Experts at Quadrant Biosciences advise us that these trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated November 5, 2020

Campus Community,

With tremendous support from the dozens of Reopening Task Force Members, we have completed our plans for student departures for Fall. SUNY has evaluated our updates and approved all for implementation. As you know, we must constantly evaluate and adapt as conditions warrant. Details are available now online on the fall reopen plan page:

Fall Closing Plan (PDF)
I would like to draw attention to these highlights:

The final week of in-person activity (Nov 19-25) will have limited activities and no guests in residence halls
Beginning November 16th, all students will be tested before departure; you will receive a communication with your day and time; failure to comply could result in a loss of housing for spring or other sanction
Students that need to request special housing for the break can apply here

Thanks to all who helped in developing these detailed plans and we continue to be extremely grateful for the sense of community and cooperation among all students, faculty, and staff to follow precautions and work to keep our campus safe.

Dr. Gregory Sammons
Vice President for Student Affairs

October 2020

Updated October 30, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of eight positive COVID-19 test results this week. This includes three staff members who reported symptoms and received positive results.

Regarding this week’s five student positives, one off-campus student was identified from pool testing. The others include three on-campus students and one off-campus student who all reported symptoms and then tested positive. Contact tracing is underway and all have begun their period of isolation.

The region has seen an uptick in positive cases lately but we are very fortunate at ASC that our positivity rate remains under 1 percent at this time and about half of the state average. Good work Pioneers for following precautions and taking the contact tracing and quarantine seriously to stop the spread.

Pool Testing: This week’s pool tests returned one positive pool and that case was identified as an off-campus student through reflex testing.

A total of 54 pools that covered 648 individuals were completed this week. This includes 11 pools from the Wellsville Campus, 10 were Nursing students and faculty, 8 faculty/staff pools, 4 athletic pools, and the remainder were Residential Life pools focused on locations from wastewater results last week.

Wastewater Testing: Trace signals were found at Shults and R/C Halls this week. Wastewater samples covered more than 1,500 students. In response to discovery of a trace signal, we will once again concentrate pool testing on these residents in the week ahead. Experts at Quadrant Biosciences advise us that these trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated October 24, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of four positive COVID-19 test results. This includes one on-campus student, two off-campus students, and one ASC employee. Contact tracing is underway and all four have begun their period of isolation.

Two cases were discovered through pool testing and the other two were through individual tests taken after students reported symptoms to Health & Wellness.

Pool Testing: This week’s pool tests returned two positive pools. Through reflex testing one student and one ASC employee were identified as positive.

A total of 65 pools that covered 781 individuals were completed this week. This includes 14 pools of Wellsville students/employees, 5 athlete pools, 7 Alfred employee pools, 9 pools of nursing students/faculty, 6 pools of Northland students/employees, 24 pools of additional residence hall students with a concentration on buildings that had earlier trace signals in wastewater testing.

Wastewater Testing: Trace signals were found at Main Gate A again this week. Wastewater samples covered more than 1,500 students with only one trace result at MGA. In response to discovery of a trace signal, we will once again concentrate pool testing on these residents in the week ahead. Experts at Quadrant Biosciences advise us that these trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated October 17, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of three positive COVID-19 test results for on-campus students who have begun their isolation. They were discovered due to our intensive efforts to contact trace.

Pool Testing: This week’s results found one positive student but that case had already been identified in previous days. A total of 54 pools that covered 647 individuals were completed this week. This includes 14 pools from Wellsville, 8 faculty/staff pools, 6 athlete pools, 4 nursing pools, 21 pools from residence halls indicated last week by wastewater testing, and 1 pool including a fraternity and some students who requested that they be tested.

Wastewater Testing: Trace signals were found at Main Gate A and MacKenzie North this week. This matches with ongoing testing and tracing of cases where students in these dorms are already identified and they were removed as isolation is now underway. This week’s wastewater samples covered 1,500 students with only trace indications from the two dorms. In response to discovery of a trace signal, residents will participate in our next round of pool tests. Experts at Quadrant Biosciences advise us that these trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Oct. 8, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of two positive COVID-19 test results from students who reported symptoms to Health and Wellness staff. Also listed below are details from this week’s pool testing that found no new positives. And finally, wastewater testing that found trace evidence that will result in residents participating in next week’s pool tests.

Two Positives from Self-Initiated Tests: Our Health & Wellness Center now collects both nasal swabs for PCR or rapid-result antigen tests for persons who report symptoms. From this, two additional cases (one PCR, one antigen) are identified as positive and they have begun their isolation period on-campus.

No New Positives from Pool Testing Today: A total of 55 pools that covered 660 individuals were completed for this week. 12 pools taken from Peet Hall residents did result in one positive case that was earlier reported. The additional 43 pools taken on Monday and Tuesday at first indicated a need to further test samples from one pool. Upon further examination, the individual samples from each of those 12 people found all of them to be negative for COVID-19.

Wastewater Testing Results This Week: In week two of wastewater testing at residence halls, SUNY Upstate Medical reports trace signals from Main Gate A and R/C Hall. Based on their guidance, the signal detected does not warrant quarantine. Instead, these residents will be included in our next round of pool testing to see if anyone is actually positive. Facility crews collect samples from multiple locations over a 24-hour period from Monday morning until Tuesday. This week’s wastewater samples covered 950 students with only trace indications from the two dorms. The medical guidance is that these trace signals do not warrant stronger action at this time and may not yield a positive case.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Oct. 7, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of three positive test results for COVID-19 today. We also are announcing limitations on the length of some in-person classes and restrictions for athletic activities.

Three Positive Cases: Three on-campus students received positive results today from nasal swab PCR tests that were taken after students reported symptoms to Health and Wellness staff. All three are beginning their isolation period.

Classes Limited to 55 Minutes: Effective Thursday, October 8 through October 22, faculty are required to restrict lecture courses to 55 minutes of face-to-face instruction. The remaining time should be addressed through online instruction. Clinical, studios, laboratories and the School of Applied Technology trades programs will continue as scheduled.

Limitations on Athletic Activities: Effective immediately: we will suspend all swimming and pool activity for 2 weeks and will review at that time before resuming. For all other teams: no practices may last over one hour and no activities with physical contact for the next 2 weeks.

For any new cases, Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Oct. 5, 2020

After detecting trace evidence of the coronavirus in wastewater at Peet Hall, one student tested positive for COVID-19. The majority of Peet residents were tested Friday evening through saliva samples and were subsequently cleared of quarantine after receiving negative results and if they had no contact with a positive person. This afternoon, saliva samples were collected from the small number of remaining Peet residents who were not present Friday evening. They are under quarantine-like restrictions until receiving their results. We will report any further positive results if detected.

Our precautionary quarantine of Peet Hall this weekend was not mandated by the department of health. It was an additional precaution taken by ASC and an opportunity to test more students to locate and isolate any positive cases. When called upon, students must participate in COVID-19 testing or they risk facing suspension from school. Student Conduct has suspended students for not following our protocols. ASC and SUNY take this seriously and there are consequences for not helping to protect the campus.

Thanks to the increased testing capacity by SUNY Upstate Medical, we are aggressively testing more people. Please understand that finding and isolating cases is a tremendous tool for stopping the spread. Every time we notify the campus of an additional positive individual and their subsequent isolation, that means less chance for the virus to spread.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Oct. 2, 2020

Today we received news regarding multiple forms of COVID-19 testing. Our first wastewater test results from residence halls discovered trace evidence of the coronavirus at Peet Hall and Burdick Hall.

PEET HALL: We have activated a quarantine of Peet. This evening we are testing all students in Peet to identify who may be positive. Any Peet residents who are off campus for the weekend will need to contact the COVID 19 Coordinator at 607-587-4052. Residential Services and Health and Wellness staff are making contact directly with all of those involved to confirm proper information is shared and to be available for questions.

This weekend, we are making all dining operations takeout only. Based on medical advice regarding quarantine management from wastewater testing, we are following recommendations that Peet residents may briefly leave the dorm to select food at CDH and then directly return to the residence hall.

BURDICK HALL: A wastewater sample from Burdick did identify trace amounts of COVID 19; however, this indicator correlates with an existing positive student test result, explaining the wastewater results and requiring no further action for Burdick Hall residents.

Also today, SUNY Upstate Medical provided updated information that identified three students who are positive. One is a repeat diagnosis from an earlier PCR test where the student is already in isolation. The other two positives are on-campus students who are now beginning isolation.

And one last COVID result from today: An employee of Alfred’s auxiliary services ACES reported they have a positive test result. This employee has been working remotely and had no contact on campus. The SUNY Dashboard will not report this result since it is not a SUNY employee, but ASC wants to share such information to remain fully transparent and to mitigate rumors or speculation.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. The ASC online dashboard is available at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19. Our COVID hotline email account will be monitored for questions throughout the weekend: covid19@alfredstate.edu.

September 2020

Updated Sept. 30, 2020

Dear Pioneers,

We have made it six weeks into our fall semester and we applaud you for adapting to the changes and doing your part to keep our campus healthy and safe. Our COVID-19 rates have been very low thanks to our community’s commitment to our plan and the three core actions of physical distancing, mask use, and intentional focus on hygiene/cleaning. Be proud!

As we’ve communicated before, we have safety expectations and a code of conduct addendum that works to protect us from violations that could compromise our campus’ rates of infection and thereby threaten your full semester. We have expanded our testing to include weekly residential building wastewater and have increased our pool testing amounts to over 700 people per week.

This week, Chancellor Malatras announced Uniform Sanctions for persons found in violation of COVID-19 codes. These take effect Thursday, October 1st and ensure that the handling of these cases are consistent across SUNY. Without a doubt and because of the serious health implications, these sanctions are significant and can be found here. The College’s Student Code of Conduct has been updated to reflect and reinforce these requirements as well as clarify some of the College’s existing expectation.

The sanctions set minimum sanctions for violations related to COVID-19 safety protocols, including potential suspension from campus housing for at least one year, suspension from classes for at least one year, or permanent dismissal from the college. It is important that you read the policy and code so that you are fully informed of expectations and consequences of the decisions you make.

Please continue to do your part to protect our community and to protect our semester.

Sincerely,

Skip

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Updated Sept. 30, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of a positive test result for COVID-19 today. In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email for positive results. < /p>

We notified you yesterday that this student was awaiting PCR test results from this week’s news of positive cases related to one off-campus residence. Contact tracing has been extremely valuable to identify students who were quickly removed from further contact on campus. The student with today’s positive rest result will complete their isolation period off campus.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations.

Updated Sept. 29, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of two additional positive test results for COVID-19 today, Sept. 29. In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email for positive results.

Earlier today we announced a positive test result for an off-campus student. Through contact tracing efforts by our staff, a related student is now identified as positive through a PCR test. These students had contact in the same off-campus residence and both are completing isolation away from the college. An additional student related to this off-campus residence has been tested but their result will not be available until Wednesday. Any positive results are immediately shared.

Today’s third positive result is from an on-campus student who reported symptoms and took a PCR test. This individual is now in isolation on campus.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations.

Updated Sept. 29, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of a positive test result for COVID-19 today, Sept. 29. In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email.

An individual PCR test conducted on Monday Sept. 28 returned a positive result today. The student resides off campus and will complete isolation away from the college.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and is partnering on contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations.

Updated Sept. 28, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of a positive test result for COVID-19. In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email.

An individual PCR test from Friday 9/25 returned a positive result today. The student is off campus and will complete isolation away from the college.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the local Department of Health and will work with DOH to manage contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations.

Updated Sept. 25, 2020

Dear faculty and staff,

Recently, UUP, CSEA, and PEF have entered into agreements with SUNY to conduct free, mandatory COVID-19 testing of employees at SUNY’s State-Operated Colleges, Universities, and Hospitals. As testing abilities have evolved and our campus testing response has increased, it is important that our cohort-based pool testing expand to include more faculty and staff as a proportion of our testing population. The agreed upon expectation for testing with SUNY and CSEA, PEF, and UUP unions includes employee testing “no less frequent than testing that occurs for the student population.” While volunteers will still be allowed access to testing by contacting Human Resources, employees need to be prepared in the coming weeks to test as various cohorts are identified and contacted with a location, date, and time.

The pool testing will screen 12 people in one test. The test uses swabs of saliva rather than those that are inserted in the nose. Employees will administer the tests themselves, swabbing their mouths for 10 – 15 seconds each, and providing the saliva sample to medical personnel. Samples are combined into one pool which is tested for COVID-19. Pool results are expected in 24-36 hours. A negative test means that all 12 people in the group are presumed negative at the time of the test. A positive test would mean that every person in that group would need to be individually tested.

Beginning with the pool testing that will take place the week of September 28, employees will be notified via email if they have been selected to participate in the pool testing. Employees who are selected, will receive advanced notice of the appointment time and location along with added instruction on how to register and what precautions to take on test day. Timely attendance is crucial to the effectiveness and efficiency of our pool testing.

There is no direct cost to the employee for being pool tested by Alfred State. Release time without charge to accruals is granted for submitting pool testing. Should a pool test result in an employee being positive, any additional medical costs associated with follow up appointments or treatment would be the employees personal responsibility just as with any other illness or virus exposure. < /p>

Maria Bordeaux
Interim Associate Director
Office of Human Resources

Updated Sept. 25, 2020

An update on this week’s pool testing:

Individual testing determined one student is positive for COVID-19 related to the pool results that we announced yesterday. The remaining 11 students who were part of the same pool are now released from quarantine and the positive student is moved into isolation. Contact tracing is underway for the positive student in coordination with the Allegany County Department of Health.

SUNY Upstate Medical has now completed analysis of all 61 pools covering 732 individuals who were tested this week and found everyone else to be negative. The latest data can be found on our dashboard at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19.

Updated Sept. 24, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of a positive pool test result on campus for COVID-19. In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email.

As this is a pool test, all individuals in the pool (12 people) have been contacted and precautionary quarantine procedures are being applied.

A positive pool result automatically triggers ASC to immediately test each individual to confirm who may in fact be positive and who is negative within the pool.

A total of 61 pools covering 732 individuals were tested this week and the available results are back from 30 of those pools; only one pool came back with a positive result.

Health & Wellness Services is in contact with the Allegany County Department of Health and once the individual tests are received, will work with ACDOH to manage contact tracing requirements. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations.

Updated September 18, 2020

SUNY Upstate Medical reports that this week’s 372 samples from ASC all are confirmed NEGATIVE in our latest pool testing. Details are below.

Some students have expressed hesitation in participating in pool tests. It is a non-evasive procedure based on a small sample of your saliva. Alfred State covers the costs for pool testing. When you are contacted, please remember that it is the duty of every one of us to take all COVID-19 precautions and testing seriously for your personal health and the safety of others.

This video shows how easy it is to participate in the saliva-based pool testing.

Watch COVID-19 Testing Video

ASC COVID-19 Dashboard

Pool Testing Information Update:

Samples were collected from 372 people on campus through Tuesday, September 15.

SUNY Upstate Medical determined all pool tests (samples) are NEGATIVE.

Pool Testing Participants:

This week's 31 pools consisted of 1 fraternity and sorority, a mix of faculty and staff across campus as well as Nursing students, 12 pools collected at the Wellsville campus consisting of 10 Wellsville cohorts, 4 pools collected at the Northland facility, and a few pools consisting of athletes.

Actions in Case of a Positive Pool Result:

If a pool of 12 people returns positive (virus present), the individuals represented in that pool will be immediately tested individually to confirm who was positive. Until those individual results are returned, those persons in the positive pool result must begin self-quarantine until cleared by a negative individual COVID-19 test.

Self-Initiated or Individual COVID-19 Tests:

There were NO new positive test results this week following individuals tested at the Health Center (PCR Tests).

Monitoring Campus-Wide Health:

Alfred State will use Governor Cuomo’s College Metrics, announced on August 27, to guide any future decisions regarding changes to classroom operations or instruction delivery if health conditions warrant taking action.

Forms of Health Monitoring at ASC:

COVID Health Screenings – Upon arrival for the semester
Daily Health Checks – On my.AlfredState.edu or download “Power Apps”
Weekly Pool Testing – Evaluated by SUNY Upstate Medical
Wastewater Testing – Weekly evaluation of residence halls
COVID Care Packs – Items include face covers and a digital thermometer for everyone
Self-Initiated or Provider-Ordered Tests – Students, faculty, or staff complete an individual COVID-19 test (including at Health Center)
Updated September 11, 2020

Thanks to recent advancements by SUNY Upstate Medical, we will be able to greatly increase testing of students, faculty, and staff. We will be adding:

Pool testing by saliva for 720 people per week
That’s up from 168 per week earlier
New wastewater testing of residence halls
When you are contacted to participate in pool testing, please respond immediately by registering online at www.suny-covid-test.com and then arriving at your appointed screening location and at the scheduled time with a photo ID and your smart phone. We hope you will be eager to participate and do your part to help protect the health and safety of us all.

This video shows how easy it is to participate in the saliva-based pool testing.

Watch COVID-19 Testing Video

Health & Wellness is coordinating the pool tests and utilizing faculty and employee volunteers to help staff the collection process. Each week we will announce the pool test results. If there is a positive pool, then ASC has authorized SUNY Upstate Medical to perform “reflex tests” meaning that we want to test individual samples immediately to determine an individual’s positive status for notification and to begin contact tracing in coordination with the Allegany County Department of Health.

Wastewater testing:

ASC will be one of the first SUNY colleges to participate in SUNY Upstate Medical’s new capability to test wastewater from our residence halls to look for any signs of COVID-19. We will be collecting 24 hours of samples from each residence hall weekly. If there is an indication of COVID-19, further testing of all residents in that building will begin.

Reliability of saliva-based pool testing:

The method is based on the now well-established finding that SARS-CoV-2 virus can be present at detectable levels in the saliva of subjects, whether they have active symptoms or not. The test uses a method of detection called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) that is optimized for maximum sensitivity in stabilized human saliva.

The specific saliva testing method used will detect the presence of as few as 5 copies of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a single PCR test more than 95% of the time. If more than 5 copies are present, the test is 100% sensitive. The test is also 100% specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and will not report a false positive result due to any other known viruses, such as those that cause the common cold or influenza.

The test is based in part on protocols developed and validated by the Pasteur Institute in France and registered with the World Health Organization. Those methods were adapted and modified for use with saliva and pooled saliva by the clinical research teams at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences.

We hope you will welcome these new testing capabilities. It is only with everyone’s cooperation and participation that we can build an even stronger campus community during this crisis.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, President

Updated September 11, 2020

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of a COVID-19 positive test result for a residential student who notified Health & Wellness of symptoms and took a PCR test.

No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. Anyone with a positive test result must practice isolation to prevent the spread.

In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email such as this regarding a positive test result and compile all information on our website www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19. .ASC is in active contact with the Allegany County Department of Health regarding contact tracing.

Updated September 10, 2020

SUNY Upstate Medical reports that this week’s 168 samples from ASC all are confirmed NEGATIVE in our latest pool testing. Details are below.

Our one on campus student in isolation and a commuter student in isolation off campus have both completed their isolation period and their cases are now listed as resolved. The ASC COVID-19 Dashboard is based on all data since August 1 in order to align with the SUNY COVID19 Dashboard that was launched on Sunday. Our dashboard also includes a new video showing the various coronavirus precautions we are taking around campus.

Watch Video of ASC Campus Precautions

Beginning next week we will be testing a much larger number of students, faculty, and staff each week. We’ll be releasing more information regarding that soon and I thank you in advance for your cooperation to participate in testing for the good health and protection of others.

Congratulations on another week of NEGATIVE results from our pool testing!

Dr. Skip Sullivan, President

Pool Testing Information:

Samples were collected from 168 people on campus Tuesday, September 8.

SUNY Upstate Medical determined all pool tests (samples) are NEGATIVE.

Pool Testing Participants:

This week's 14 pools consisted of 1 club sport, 1 fraternity, 1 sorority, 4 pools of students living in the Mackenzie complex, Main Gate A & B and the Town Houses, 4 pools of Nursing students/faculty, nice mix of Burdick Hall residents and commuters, as well as 3 pools consisting of athletes.

Actions in Case of a Positive Pool Result:

If a pool of 12 people returns positive (virus present), the individuals represented in that pool will be immediately tested individually to confirm who was positive. Until those individual results are returned, those persons in the positive pool result must begin self-quarantine until cleared by a negative individual COVID-19 test.

Self-Initiated or Individual COVID-19 Tests:

There were NO new positive test results this week following individuals tested at the Health Center (PCR Tests).

Monitoring Campus-Wide Health:

Alfred State will use Governor Cuomo’s College Metrics, announced on August 27th, to guide any future decisions regarding changes to classroom operations or instruction delivery if health conditions warrant taking action.

Forms of Health Monitoring at ASC:

COVID Health Screenings – Upon arrival for the semester
Weekly Pool Testing – Evaluated by SUNY Upstate Medical
Daily Health Checks – On my.AlfredState.edu or download “Power Apps”
COVID Care Packs – Items include face covers and a digital thermometer for everyone
Self-Initiated or Provider-ordered Tests – Students, faculty, or staff complete an individual COVID-19 test (including at Health Center)
Updated September 3, 2020

SUNY Upstate Medical reports that this week’s 168 samples from ASC all are confirmed NEGATIVE in our latest pool testing. Details are below.

With two weeks of data now available. we have launched a new COVID-19 Dashboard at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19 Based on the new Campus Alert Levels as described on the dashboard, our campus is at the GREEN “New Normal” Alert Level.

It takes everyone working together to keep our campus safe. We have already placed one student on interim suspension and another was removed from campus housing due to infractions. We will continue to be aggressive by enforcing our COVID-19 precautions including the use of face covers and proper social distancing. You’ve seen how large numbers of students have been suspended at other SUNY campuses. Keep up the good work so we don’t have to do the same.

Congratulations on another week of NEGATIVE results from our pool testing!

Dr. Skip Sullivan, President

Pool Testing Information:

Samples were collected from 168 people on campus Tuesday, September 1.

SUNY Upstate Medical determined all pool tests (samples) are NEGATIVE.

Pool Testing Participants:

This week’s pool included student athletes living across all residence halls, nursing students, a fraternity, a sorority, and a number of commuters.

Actions in Case of a Positive Pool Result:

If a pool of 12 people returns positive (virus present), the individuals represented in that pool will be immediately tested individually to confirm who was positive. Until those individual results are returned, those persons in the positive pool result must begin self-quarantine until cleared by a negative individual COVID-19 test.

Self-Initiated or Individual COVID-19 Tests:

There were NO new positive test results this week following individuals tested at the Health Center (PCR Tests).

Monitoring Campus-Wide Health:

Alfred State will use Governor Cuomo’s College Metrics, announced on August 27th, to guide any future decisions regarding changes to classroom operations or instruction delivery if health conditions warrant taking action.

Forms of Health Monitoring at ASC:

COVID Health Screenings – Upon arrival for the semester
Weekly Pool Testing – Evaluated by SUNY Upstate Medical
Daily Health Checks – On my.AlfredState.edu or download “Power Apps”
COVID Care Packs – Items include face covers and a digital thermometer for everyone
Self-Initiated or Provider-ordered Tests – Students, faculty, or staff complete an individual COVID-19 test (including at Health Center)

August 2020

Updated August 28, 2020

Pool Testing Information:

Samples were collected from 168 people on campus August 25.
SUNY Upstate Medical determined all pool tests are NEGATIVE.
Pool Testing Participants:

This week’s pool included residential students from all buildings, commuters, nursing students, student athletes, members of the Greek community, and faculty/staff members.

Actions in Case of a Positive Pool Result:

If a pool of 12 people shows signs of positivity, ASC will double-back to test those individuals to confirm a positive case. Those included in a positive pool result must begin self-quarantine until cleared by a negative individual COVID-19 test,

Self-Initiated Positive Test this Week:

On Friday, August 28, Alfred State had its first positive on-campus case of COVID-19 following a student contacting the Health Center and obtaining a test at that facility. The campus acted quickly using isolation protocols and actively communicating with the Allegany County Department of Health for the purposes of contact tracing. The campus community was immediately notified by Special Announce and website statistics were updated.

Campus Positivity Rate:

The total testing data from this week indicates a campus community positivity rate below one percent at approximately 0.6%.

Monitoring Campus-Wide Health:

Alfred State will use Governor Cuomo’s College Metrics announced on August 27 to guide any future decisions regarding changes to classroom operations or instruction delivery if health conditions warrant taking action.

Forms of Health Monitoring at ASC:

COVID Health Screenings – Upon arrival for the semester
Weekly Pool Testing – Evaluated by SUNY Upstate Medical
Daily Health Checks – On my.AlfredState.edu or download “Power Apps”
COVID Care Packs – Items include face covers and a digital thermometer for everyone
Self-Initiated Tests – Students, faculty, or staff complete an individual COVID-19 test
Updated August 28, 2020

Report of Positive Test On Campus

This notice is to make the ASC community aware of a COVID-19 positive test result for a student who has recently been on campus. No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19 in order to comply with health privacy regulations. Anyone with a positive test result must practice isolation to prevent the spread. ASC is in active contact with the Allegany County Department of Health regarding contact tracing.

In accordance with the Clery Act, we will make an emergency notification by email such as this and compile all information on employees at www.AlfredState.edu/COVID-19/cases and regarding students at www.AlfredState.edu/COVID-19/student-cases.

Updated August 25, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

All of our fall classes have now officially begun. We are off to a great start. Kristin and I want to congratulate faculty and staff on this tremendous beginning of fall. The public announcement below also congratulates our staff on how well we did completing our spring semester.

Dr. Skip Sullivan,

President

Alfred State applauds faculty as in-person classes resume

Alfred State College (ASC) faculty members are back on campus and teaching in person for the first time since early March. They are to be congratulated for successfully guiding students through remote learning with more students at the end of the spring semester in good academic standing than in the previous year.

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “We certainly are glad to have our faculty back on campus, teaching inside of the classrooms and labs, after our swift conversion to a virtual setting in March. Our faculty did an excellent job of adapting to online teaching this past spring. We commend their efforts, as well as their dedication to instructing and guiding the next generation of professionals. There are many examples of how their commitment to our students and our college is incredible and we are extremely delighted to welcome them back to campus.”

As evidence of the exceptional instruction faculty provided after the switch to teaching online, the number of students in good academic standing for the spring 2020 semester actually increased from last spring.

For the Alfred campus, 2,351 students were in good academic standing for the spring 2020 semester, compared to 2,303 in the spring of 2019. On the Wellsville campus, 741 students were in good academic standing for spring 2020, compared to 677 in the spring of 2019.

“These increases are emblematic of the ‘can-do’ attitude that our students, faculty, and staff have here at Alfred State,” Sullivan said. “When faced with challenges, we roll up our sleeves, get to work, and get the job done. I am proud of all our employees for both meeting the challenges that COVID-19 has presented and rising above them.”

Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo said, “During the spring semester, faculty continued to meet with the students virtually at the regular class times. We truly believe that the structure and social interaction afforded by synchronous instruction positively impacted student outcomes.”
One of the biggest COVID-related challenges Alfred State has prepared for in reopening its campuses is how to safely and successfully conduct in-person instruction and to deliver the college’s promise of hands-on learning. To accomplish this, the college has implemented a number of solutions, including installing plastic partitions at lecterns, requiring social distancing of 6 feet and the wearing of face covers while in class and in all non-residential buildings on campus. The college is also adding technology to assist with a combined document camera and web camera to allow internet streaming of instruction as needed to serve students who may be in a precautionary quarantine.

“Wile the instructional environment has changed in our labs and classrooms, we have no doubt that our faculty will once again rise to the challenge to deliver the type of high-quality education we have come to be known for throughout our college’s history,” Sullivan said. “We are excited to have our faculty, staff, and students back on campus, and we anticipate a great semester and a great school year because all of us are Pioneer Strong, and working together, we can be successful.”

Facebook post with video

Updated August 24, 2020

Dear Students,

I want to congratulate you for helping us successfully repopulate campus. The months of preparation have culminated in this moment as classes begin. Many of you chose Alfred State because we are a leader in providing hands-on experience and applied learning in every program. We have taken extensive measures to comply with CDC, state, and SUNY expectations for how to safely reopen.

You control our ability to have a successful fall semester: We have seen relatively few infractions as all students now must follow new protocols. Thank you. With the help of resident assistants, staff, faculty, UP, and our neighbors off campus, we have many people watching. We all must stay vigilant to do this right. You’ve seen how some students in places like Syracuse University have shirked their responsibilities and the consequences are dire. We have already used the student interim suspension process to address isolated cases of willful non-compliance and will continue to enforce our rules.

We are all in this together: Please remember that wearing your face covers and complying is for the benefit of the people with you, and the benefit returns to you. We have put faith in you and are excited you are back. With your help, we can do this Pioneers! < /p>

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Updated August 21, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I want to share a public announcement regarding new testing capabilities and other COVID-19 updates as we prepare to launch classes on Monday. Go Pioneers!

Dr. Skip Sullivan, President

Alfred State College (ASC) successfully began welcoming students back to campus on August 2 including a protocol upon arrival for COVID-19 symptom screening and use of an app for all students, faculty, and staff to attest to good health every morning.

The college now has additional tools for testing and monitoring. Alfred State signed an agreement to join other institutions in using SUNY Upstate Medical’s pool testing and will begin testing hundreds of students each week beginning as early as next week. These tests will allow the college to monitor infection rates on campus by testing 12 students in a single test, doubling back to test students individually in the event of any positive results.

Alfred State has already received four Becton Dickinson Veritor Plus Analyzers and kits to perform rapid tests for Influenza A+B and Strep to help eliminate the “white noise” of illnesses that produce similar symptoms to COVID. ASC Health and Wellness Services will coordinate use of these new tools. The Veritor Plus is FDA-approved to also test for COVID-19 and the college expects those test kits next month. Taking the investment in testing even further, Alfred State also has two Quidel Sofia2 analyzers on order to further ensure adequate testing capacity at Alfred State; those units are also expected soon.

“With the addition of pool testing happening as soon as next week, multiple analyzers, and imminent rapid testing capacity on campus, we have even more resources at our disposal,” said Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “We have partnerships established with St. James Hospital in Hornell, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, and the Allegany County Health Department for a network of local support working closely with our Health and Wellness Services Office.

With the recent FDA approval of the SUNY Upstate Group Saliva Surveillance Testing, the college will now be able to perform weekly pool surveillance testing where groups of 12 can be tested in a single PCR test at the Upstate Medical Center labs. With this capability, any positive pools will follow additional protocols for individual testing and precautionary quarantine while awaiting a second round of test results. This process will allow the campus to monitor groups across campus for additional testing, as needed.

Recently some misinformation has been spread questioning ASC’s response to COVID-19 and preparedness. The college will take this opportunity at the start of the semester to remind the public of some of the many precautions that are being taken including the newly announced testing capabilities.

Contact tracing has been in place since March 16 and details related to each incident and current statistics are listed at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19/cases. Alfred State has reserved an entire residence hall to be available for any students who need to be in precautionary quarantine and additional townhouse space is held in reserve for dedicated isolation space.

The reopening plan approved by the state and SUNY was compiled with input from a large cross-section of the campus. Membership on the 12 task force groups included faculty members, along with many administrative and professional staff.

Once the reopening plan was approved, ASC held virtual town hall meetings to discuss it and shared details during the month of July. The Employee Town Hall was extended from 60 to 90 minutes to cover more faculty and staff questions. While most of the questions asked were redundant, college leaders responded to a total of 50 questions that were submitted.

The state approved Alfred State’s request for in-person instruction to continue our college’s mission for applied learning in every major. In order to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities, there is a greater need for in-person instruction.

ASC has greatly increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning and sanitation. This includes making supplies available to faculty, staff, and students. Plastic barriers are one of many additions made to office and classroom environments in combination with a number of additional precautions. These barriers are recommended and commonly used in many public settings. Since social distancing is not possible in halls, elevators, and other confined physical spaces, ASC is requiring face covers in all non-residential buildings. For all decisions related to sanitation and facilities improvements, ASC relies on guidance from CDC, WHO, and NY Forward.

Class and lab schedules have been altered to accommodate more COVID-19 precautions. Additional technology to assist with instruction includes the installation of 150 new hovercams that provide faculty with both a document camera and web cam. These tools arrived in time for class start despite a heavy demand on the supply chain due to the needs of universities, colleges, and schools all preparing for fall.

“I’m proud of all the work we are doing to prepare but it’s important to note that no one can guarantee that coronavirus will not appear on campus,” said Sullivan. “Every business and public facility is battling this virus. I call on all of our students, faculty, and staff to closely follow our new protocols and work together to make us stronger.”

Alfred State recently updated its reopening plan as it is a living document that now captures the transition from planning to action. All colleges are asked to constantly evolve and adapt their plans to the changing conditions and regulations around operating their campus community. Online at www.AlfredState.edu/covid-19/reopen-plan some of the newest information includes plans if in-person instruction must be curtailed, information for international and out-of-state students, and the latest information regarding testing and monitoring. A campus safety video also illustrates many of the ways ASC operations have changed due to the coronavirus.

Updated August 10, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The daily COVID-19 Screening must be completed by all employees each work day regarding daily symptom and exposures surveillance/reporting. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring completion by all employees. On my.AlfredState.edu you will see the COVID Screening Icon listed at the top of the Fac/Staff portal home page. The process for completing the screening on a computer is extremely simple by clicking this icon. The app will ask your supervisor’s name (you may enter a designee) and the app will auto-fill once you begin typing the name. As an alternative, an employee may choose to download PowerApps on a smart phone. Please contact Human Resources or the helpdesk for assistance with using or downloading the app.
A Visitor COVID Screening Questionnaire form should be completed each day a visitor comes on campus. The Alfred State employee or department who has invited or hosted the visitor is considered the Visitor Coordinator. Visitor Coordinators are responsible for ensuring the visitor carefully completes this form upon arrival on campus, submitting this form to Human Resources immediately after the visit, and providing the visitor with a mask or face covering if they do not have one.
A Travel Advisory is in effect for anyone entering New York after traveling from states that have a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. A up-to-date list of such states can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
Any employee or visitor to campus that has traveled from within one of the designated states must quarantine upon entering New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine. New York employees will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York's COVID-19 paid sick leave law if they engage in travel to high risk states.
However, if deemed essential, an asymptomatic employee may be asked to return to work so long as the employee adheres to the following practices prior to and during their work shift, which should be monitored and documented by the supervisor and employee:
Regular monitoring: The employee must self-monitor for a temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit every 12 hours and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
Wear a mask: The employee must wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after traveling.
Social distance: The employee must continue social distancing practices, including maintaining, at least, six feet of distance from others.
Clean and disinfect workspaces: The employer must continue to regularly clean and disinfect all areas, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment.
Maintain quarantine: The employee must continue to self-quarantine and self-monitor for temperature and symptoms when not at the workplace for 14 days after last exposure.
To explain and encourage safe practices, all Alfred State employees must complete a training titled, “New York State COVID-19 Response: Return to Work.” This training is on Blackboard and includes a 12-minute video, followed by a page of procedures that Alfred State will use in response to the pandemic that you must attest that you have read. To access this training, go to http://bb.alfredstate.edu, log in with your ASC credentials, and choose the correct course in your course menu of courses in which you are a student. The announcements contain the directions to complete the training. Employees MUST complete this training before returning to the work place. Please contact Tammy Edwards at edwardtl@alfredtstate.edu with technical questions.
Maria Bordeaux is the COVID-19 compliance coordinator. This role will provide a full contact tracing system for campus employees. The position will collaborate with the coordinator in Health and Wellness Services for crossover contact tracing involving students.
Please contact Maria at bordeaml@alfredstate.edu if you or an employee you supervise becomes ill or is returning from travel to a restricted area.

Updated August 6, 2020

The following fees have been reduced for the fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Orientation Fee for new students has been reduced to $90 from $150 (credit of $60)
The Athletic Fee has been reduced to $131 from $262 (credit of $131)
The Fitness Center Fee has been reduced to $0 from $37.50 (credit of $37.50)
The Athletic and Fitness Center Fees are part of the Student Comprehensive Fee
ARCH and DSGN Course Fees have been reduced to $0 (credit varies by course)
The above credits will be visible for students to see on their semester bill available at my.AlfredState.edu/Finances. Students should contact Student Records and Financial Services at 1-800-4-ALFRED or sfs@alfredstate.edu with questions.

Updated August 3, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Today we held our first in-person classes for some students who need lab work in order to complete selected spring courses. It is great seeing students back on campus, and I’m happy to report that the move-in process has gone very smoothly so far. It’s heart-warming to hear many of the students expressing their joy for returning to school after months at home.

Greeting these early arrivals also serves as a great opportunity to see our plans in action before we welcome a larger number of students. With that in mind, we’re working hard to perfect our process and want to give everyone a preview of what you will experience.

Take a minute to watch a short video that shows you how quick and easy it is to complete the COVID screening before checking into a residence hall.

Curbside COVID Checkin
VIDEO: Campus Arrivals for Residence Halls
This video shows the process for moving onto campus in order for students and family members who are helping with move-in to gain access to residence halls. All students including commuters along with all faculty and staff also complete a daily COVID screening through a smart phone app.

Through Sunday, August 23 all traffic on campus is limited to using the main entrance by the traffic light. This helps to funnel residential students through the screening process.

Outdoor athletic facilities are available from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week for fitness activities. These areas are restricted for use only by ASC students, faculty, and staff in order to control crowd sizes. Social distancing is mandatory on campus. When closer than 6 feet outdoors and when inside all non-residential buildings, face covers are required.

As a result of crowd density and challenges in enforcing distancing and mask expectations, Alfred State has also decided to require masking at all times at Pioneer Stadium until further notice. Students may still access other areas, such as the recreation field, practice fields, and trails without being required to wear face covers as long as a distance of 6 feet can be maintained or those present are part of a family unit.

ACES is currently operating food service at The Terrace and Alfie’s at the Central Dining Hall and offering lunch at The Rig for students attending Wellsville classes. Dining Hours of Operation are available online. After months of preparation, it’s exciting to see our campus back in action.

Sincerely,

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

July 2020

Updated July 30, 2020

Dear Students Returning for Classes Aug. 3 or Aug. 10:< /p>

Thanks for coming back to campus early to complete hands-on instruction. Building your skills is a key part of what we do at Alfred State College so you can Hit the Ground Running in your career.< /p>

From academics to residence halls and food service, all over campus our team has been preparing for your arrival. I can tell you that I personally look forward to seeing you back on campus and seeing our facilities put to good use.

Your academic team has led an effort to gather answers for Back to School FAQs now available online. We know you have many questions and we want to make certain you are comfortable regarding changes to our operation. During this health crisis, we have adjusted many operations and our expectations for students are also updated. The new Student Code of Conduct is available online.

Please remember some of the key elements to stop the spread of germs:

  1.  Stay 6 feet away from others for social distancing.
  2.  Wear a mask when closer and in all non-residential buildings.
  3.  Complete the daily health screening and stay home when sick.
  4.  Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

I do hope you’ll take the time to read the Back to School FAQs. I think they’re full of great information.

See you on campus soon!

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Updated July 29, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Effective today, July 29, the track and athletic fields are only accessible to Alfred State students, faculty, and staff. No visitors are permitted to use or access the track and fields.

This policy is necessary in order to control the size of crowds. As students begin returning to campus, we need to make our outdoor athletic facilities available for their use. Last week Governor Cuomo also announced that crowd limitations will include no fans present in the stands to watch collegiate athletic matches or scrimmages this fall.

Due to restrictions on large gatherings, we will not be hosting a homecoming celebration this fall. Inviting alumni and neighbors onto campus is not possible at this time. However, our Alumni Affairs Office is scheduling a number of activities to interact with alumni virtually including our annual Day of Giving in November.

Student Engagement is planning a wide range of activities on campus for students beginning with the Week of Welcome August 17. Our goal is to host smaller gatherings and multiple events so students may enjoy an active campus in a safe and responsible way.

Thanks for your attention,

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Updated July 27, 2020

Dear Students,

Thanks again for your participation in the Student and Parent Virtual Town Hall. More than 400 participated in our events on Wednesday. We certainly covered a ton of information and publicly answered more than 50 questions submitted. As you can imagine, many of you had the same questions phrased in slightly different ways and our presenters worked to give an individual reply to each.

If you missed the discussion, you may go to the Microsoft Teams Live Student/Parent Event Link where there is now a recording available. The Campus Safety Video that we sent out at the end of June has been viewed more than 1,200 times. It is another good resource for information. And of course, details are always available on our website for the Reopening Plan.

Move-In Info: We want to help you prepare for your return to campus. Students returning for August 3 or August 10, spring class completions will receive room assignments and detailed information tomorrow July 28. All other residential students will receive an email confirmation with your room assignment and move-in details by Friday, August 7.

Scholarship Applications: We have updated news to share with you for scholarship applicants. The state has now opened the application process for Excelsior Scholarships at www.hesc.ny.gov. Applications are due by August 31.

Spring Semester: How about preparing for spring semester too? Yes, some of you have been asking and planning ahead. That’s great. Some of you noticed how our fall plan states that we are moving to remote instruction after Thanksgiving where you will remain home for the holidays. In January, we are planning to start the spring semester back on campus.

Adapting and Evolving: We want to remind you that our operation will need to continue adapting and evolving to best respond to new regulations, medical recommendations, and current conditions. For example, in recent days Governor Cuomo announced that there will be no fans allowed at college sporting events and our Reopening Plan section on Athletics was subsequently updated online.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus!

Updated July 27, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Thanks again for your participation in the Faculty/Staff Virtual Town Hall. More than 400 participated in our events on Wednesday. We certainly covered a ton of information and publicly answered more than 50 questions submitted. As you can imagine, many of you had the same questions phrased in slightly different ways and our presenters worked to give an individual reply to each.

If you missed the discussions, you may go to the Microsoft Teams Live Fac/Staff Event Link or Student/Parent Event Link and choose to “watch on web” where there is now a recording available for each. The Campus Safety Video that we sent out at the end of June has been viewed more than 1,200 times. It is another good resource for information. And of course, details are always available on our website for the Reopening Plan.

Opening Remarks: It’s almost time for our semester to begin so please mark your calendars to join me for Opening Remarks two weeks from today on Monday, August 10 at 8:30 a.m. This will be another interactive event on Microsoft Teams Live and closer to the date we will send that link.

Evolving and Adapting: We want to remind you that our operation will need to continue adapting and evolving to best respond to new regulations, medical recommendations, and current conditions. For example, in recent days Governor Cuomo announced that there will be no fans allowed at college sporting events and our Reopening Plan section on Athletics was subsequently updated.

Daily COVID Screening: You received a Special Announce from HR on Wednesday announcing the new app for attesting to your wellness each day. It is available at the fac/staff home on my.AlfredState.edu or you may download it onto a smart phone. All employees must utilize the new app within their first hour of work beginning today.

Thanks for your attention and I hope you have a great week!

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Updated July 22, 2020

New COVID Screening App Begins July 27

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Alfred State College has implemented a new method for completing the daily COVID-19 screening using a SUNY-developed application. This app must be used on a daily basis beginning Monday, July 27.

Access the App:
On my.AlfredState.edu you will see the COVID Screening Icon listed at the top of the Fac/Staff portal home page. The process for using it on a computer is extremely simple by clicking this icon. The app will ask your supervisor’s name or the supervisor’s designee name and the app will auto-fill once you begin typing the name. As an alternative, an employee may choose to download it on a smart phone. Detailed instructions regarding phone apps are listed below.

When to Use:
All faculty and staff must use the SUNY-approved app by Monday, July 27. The attestation process must be completed within the first hour of arrival on campus each day. Supervisors who receive the older PDF form on or after July 27 should contact the employee to remind them of the new method.

How It Works:
When an employee indicates “Went Home,” Human Resources will be notified and follow up with the employee. Employees will receive a copy of any submission via email. Questions regarding this process may be addressed to the Office of Human Resources. Questions or difficulty using or downloading the application may be directed to the Alfred State Help Desk.

If you choose to download on your smart phone:

On iPhone

  • Go to App Store
  • Search for “Power Apps” (icon for the app is purple with a rectangle and two diamonds)
  • Download the app and install on your phone
  • Click the icon from your phone screen
  • Login with your ASC network credentials
  • Choose to “allow permissions”
  • Go to “All apps to get started”
  • Choose to “allow permissions”
  • Click “ASC COVID Screening Fac/Staff”
  • Click the “+” sign to start a new submission
  • Add your manager/designee’s email
  • Choose a decision (Stayed at Work or Went Home)
  • Save
  • You will then get an email confirmation that you have submitted.

On Android

  • Go to your app store
  • Search for “Power Apps” (icon for the app is purple with a rectangle and two diamonds)
  • Download the app and install on your phone
  • Click the icon from your phone screen
  • Login with your ASC network credentials
  • Go to “All apps to get started”
  • Choose to “allow permissions”
  • Click “ASC COVID Screening Fac/Staff”
  • Click the “+” sign to start a new submission
  • Add your manager/designee’s email
  • Choose a decision (Stayed at Work or Went Home)
  • Save
  • You will then get an email confirmation that you have submitted.

Updated July 21, 2020

To make good on all our planning for a successful campus reopening, it’s important for each of us to understand the importance of working together and following new policies, procedures, and operational changes. Today we are sharing details related to compliance and enforcement.

Please join us tomorrow when there is an 11 a.m. Virtual Town Hall for faculty and staff and at 2 p.m. a Virtual Town Hall for students and parents. We hope our series of information is helpful as we all prepare for a successful fall semester.

HR - Visitor COVID Screening Questionnaire

Alfred State College is concerned for the safety of everyone on our campus. In the interest of ensuring a safe and healthy environment, the Visitor COVID Screening Questionnaire form should be used when a visitor comes on campus. The Alfred State employee who has invited or hosted the visitor is considered the Visitor Coordinator. Visitor Coordinators are responsible for ensuring the visitor carefully completes this form upon arrival on campus, submitting this form to the Office of Human Resources immediately after the visit and providing the visitor with a mask or face covering, if they do not have one. Please contact the Office of Human Resources with questions.

Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald
Chief of Staff

Updated July 20, 2020

I’m sure you are aware that the details related to fall sports will remain fluid with input from medical authorities, NCAA, regional conferences, and SUNY. Today we want to share the Athletics portion of our reopening plan as it stands at this time.

Here’s the schedule of topics from our “Advancing Alfred State College” reopening plan that is approved by the state:

  • 7/8 Summary Checklist for Reopening

Components of the Alfred State College Reopening Plan:

  • 7/9 Personal Protective Equipment PPE
  • 7/10 Facilities: Cleaning & Sanitation
  • 7/13 Health Monitoring: Screening & Testing
  • 7/14 Employee Support
  • 7/15 Academic Planning
  • 7/16 Student Life: Residential, Dining, Transportation
  • 7/17 Enrollment & Visitors
  • 7/20 Athletics
  • 7/21 Compliance
  • 7/22 Virtual Town Halls

Tomorrow I will share more information about how we will monitor and address compliance issues on campus for everyone’s safety. Also, if you haven’t already tagged it on your calendar, please note the Virtual Town Hall that you are invited to attend this Wednesday. Details were shared from “Office of the President” on Friday. There is an 11 a.m. Virtual Town Hall for faculty and staff and at 2 p.m. Virtual Town Hall for students and parents.

Thanks again for being attentive as we share so much valuable information.

Updated July 17, 2020

Virtual Town Halls

10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. July 22
ASC Employee Recognition
To join the Microsoft Teams Live Event CLICK HERE. You may then choose "watch on the web" and there is no need to download the software.

11 a.m. – Noon July 22
ASC Faculty and Staff Town Hall
To join the Microsoft Teams Live Event CLICK HERE. You may then choose "watch on the web" and there is no need to download the software.

In the afternoon of July 22, we are inviting students and their parents to join us at 2 p.m. for another Virtual Town Hall where we will be available for questions. Faculty and staff may join that Town Hall event as well if you would like to hear their questions and our responses.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. July 22
ASC Student and Parent Town Hall
To join the Microsoft Teams Live Event CLICK HERE.
You may then choose "watch on the web" and there is no need to download the software.

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I know there are many questions as Alfred State is re-inventing our operations to keep safety and health priorities and to continually evolve based on current recommendations and conditions. I look forward to you joining us for the discussion.

Sincerely,

Dr. Skip Sullivan

President

In our continuing series of reopening topics, today we are sharing information regarding our enrollment management operations and how we will accommodate prospective students and parents wishing to visit campus.

Today our tech services team is setting-up access for Virtual Town Hall events on Wednesday, July 22. One will be at 11 a.m. for faculty/staff and another at 2 p.m. for students and parents. Watch for an announcement from the Office of the President with details and links to participate.

Thanks for your attention and we look forward to the start of the fall semester.

Updated July 16, 2020

Today’s portion of the reopening plan that we are sharing shows the great amount of work that is being done to accommodate student life activities on campus. I will point out that our Athletics team and our athletic conferences are working diligently at this time to finalize plans and schedules for a limited number of games this fall. More information will be forwarded as plans are finalized.

Tomorrow we will share information about campus visits and outreach related to prospective students.

Updated July 15, 2020

With the goal of being responsive to questions from faculty, students, parents, and those evaluating plans for the state, our 90+ member task force and academic leadership have compiled today’s information on Academic Planning. Please note that the details include a set of Faculty-Specific FAQs and we have updated the official Academic Calendar online to reflect changes for the fall semester.

Tomorrow we will continue with more details related to student life on campus.

Updated July 14, 2020

In our continuing series of reopening topics, today we are releasing additional information about Employee Support. As the campus has made adjustments due to COVID-19, there have been many updates to our process and policies. The campus will remain open to more adaptations as regulations and current conditions evolve.

Tomorrow we will continue our series with more details related to Academic Planning.

Updated July 13, 2020

To best communicate the plans for our fall reopening, I am sending a series of topic-based messages to the entire campus community. Today, we are releasing the reopening plan’s information about Health Monitoring: Screening and Testing, and making it available online.

The reopen plan is thanks to considerable effort from more than 90 members of our task force who remain committed to adapt and modify plans as conditions change. Tomorrow we will continue with more details related to employee support efforts on campus.

Updated July 10, 2020

Today's portion of the reopening plan that I’d like to highlight addresses our extra efforts related to Facilities: Cleaning & Sanitation. There are dozens of details listed in the report covering topics such as increased cleaning, response to COVID cases, needed equipment and supplies, and some helpful tools to promote social distancing.

Our facilities team is on the front line of our defenses for maintaining a healthy and safe campus. We must all do our part to frequently clean computers and personal spaces along with frequent hand-washing using soap and water, wearing face covers, and practicing social distancing.

Thanks for your attention and I hope you have a great weekend.

Updated July 9, 2020

To best communicate the plans for our fall reopening, I am sending a series of topic-based messages to the entire campus community. Today, we are releasing the reopening plan’s information about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and making it available online.

Related to today’s PPE information, I want to thank Joe Greenthal and his staff in both Procurement and Facilities for their extensive work to prepare us for fall. Tomorrow we will continue with more details related to cleaning and sanitation efforts on campus.

Updated July 8, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

To assist with the flow of information related to our state-approved reopening plan, I will be releasing details on a variety of topics over the next two weeks. I realize the volume of information makes it difficult. I hope that grouping details by topic will assist everyone who is eager to learn all about our reopening plans. Tonight we begin with the Summary Checklist for “Advancing Alfred State College” now available at www.AlfredState.edu/state-checklist-2020.

Beginning tomorrow, I will share these sections of the comprehensive reopening plan that SUNY and the state approved:

  • 7/8 Summary Checklist for Reopening
  • 7/9 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • 7/10 Facilities: Cleaning & Sanitation
  • 7/13 Health Monitoring: Screening & Testing
  • 7/14 Employee Support
  • 7/15 Academic Planning
  • 7/16 Student Life: Residential, Dining, Transportation
  • 7/17 Enrollment & Visitors

The following week of July 20, we will hold Virtual Town Halls for you to ask questions and express your thoughts about the fall semester. One will be for faculty/staff and another town hall will focus on questions from students/parents. I also want to remind you to check out the recent Campus Safety Video that shows some of the measures we have taken.

We are nearing the time to welcome our students back to campus. I have confidence in our plan and even more importantly, I have great confidence in our ability to nimbly adapt to changes – as Pioneers do. We will do this together and your flexible approach is what can make the difference. < /p>

Sincerely,

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Updated July 1, 2020Bell Tower - Advancing ASC

I am very proud to report that our comprehensive plan for “Advancing Alfred State College” to safely reopen campus has now been approved by SUNY and the state. That means we are moving full-speed ahead to welcome students to campus this fall. Our gradual repopulation of campus is already underway as employees will complete their return from telecommuting by July 6.

With more than 90 committee members, our task force has evaluated details regarding every aspect of our operation to ensure a safe residential campus environment. All aspects of instruction have been evaluated to maximize the benefit of in-person instruction and hands-on experiences while also staying prepared to convert to distance learning if conditions warrant.

Timeline

  • On August 3 selected students arrive for hands-on applied lab requirements needed for completion of some spring classes. These students will be contacted individually with details.
  • On August 10 some student athletes arrive. An elongated process for arrival of first-year students then follows.
  • New students arriving on campus and their guests will undergo a health screening and a contactless check-in process.
  • Each student receives a care package upon arrival that includes a thermometer, mask, info packet, and refillable sanitizer container.
  • August 24 is the first day of classes. Fall mini-break is eliminated to allow for all in-person classes to conclude on November 25.
  • After Thanksgiving, remote instruction will be utilized with classes ending December 11.

Campus Life

  • Alfred State will offer a rich and dynamic residential campus experience while observing all health and safety measures.
  • “Family Units” will be identified in residential housing to promote the social and emotional needs of a tight-knit living group watching out for one another’s health and well-being.
  • Every morning each student, faculty, and staff member must affirm their own health or stay home.
  • Face covers will be worn when in public to follow state rules, facilitate personal safety, and to protect the health of others when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
  • Space is reserved for precautionary quarantine or isolation as needed for containment and contact tracing.

Communication and Commitment

  • We recognize that everyone is making major adjustments and adapting to the current environment. This leads to stress and so it’s worth repeating that we are all in this together.
  • Providing a safe campus environment and mitigating any health consequences are priorities. It will take a commitment by all of us to stay vigilant in our safety efforts.
  • ASC will strive to provide the most accurate and relevant information in an open and transparent flow of communication as we all work in coordination.

We are now planning to hold a Virtual Town Hall to answer questions and provide further details in mid-July. I also want to share our recent Campus Safety Video that shows some of the measures we have taken on campus. While in-person instruction and residential campus plans are officially approved, adjustments may be made due to changing conditions and future guidance from the state.

I’m eager to welcome students back to campus this fall. I believe we have a plan for providing a safe and spectacular college experience on our campus. We will all be working together and proving that we are Pioneer Strong.

Sincerely,

Dr. Skip Sullivan
President

Safety on Campus Video

Skip Sullivan with play button to YouTube video
Watch this video about safety on campus

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I'm pleased to announce that the Alfred State plan for reopening campus this fall has been approved by SUNY and the state. We may proceed by following our comprehensive plan to open the fall semester with in-person instruction beginning August 24. More details will continue to be provided in the weeks to come, but I wanted to contact faculty and staff immediately with the news.

Returning to a fully residential campus in August is important to the success of Alfred State and our students, and we have been working hard to allow this to happen. After much consideration and discussion, it was decided that students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break and all classes will be held synchronously online for the remainder of the semester. As such, changes in the academic calendar and attendance taking procedures are reasonable and prudent to have a successful fall semester. Specifically, the changes you can expect are:

Calendar Changes

  • Mini-Break, October 5 and 6, 2020, is cancelled, and classes will be held.
  • Classes will be held until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
  • Students will not return after Thanksgiving, and the semester will be completed online.
  • Alfred Campus will complete online synchronous classes on December 4, 2020 and the final week of the term will allow a focus on final projects/exams ending December 11, 2020.
  • Wellsville/Northland Campuses will complete online synchronous classes on December 11, 2020.
  • Grades will be due Monday, December 14, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Faculty Obligation
The additional class days add three days of obligation for faculty. In exchange, Tuesday, December 15th, Thursday, January 7th and Friday, January 8th will be removed from obligation.

Attendance

Although attendance records have not been required in the past, faculty are highly encouraged to take attendance in Blackboard or Starfish to provide a means for contact tracing should someone test positive for COVID-19. This critical information can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students are required to complete a periodic health screening; however, as an added measure, Administration is requesting faculty also engage students at the start of class (through polling or “show of hands”) as a reminder and means to reinforce this expectation.

We hope you will understand the importance and necessity of these changes as we work to keep the health and safety of all members of Alfred State a priority.

June 2020

Updated June 8, 2020

Applying for Student Assistance

Students who may be eligible have now received an email letting them know how to apply for federal grants authorized by the CARES Act. We encourage eligible students to log into Banner through my.AlfredState.edu and complete the application for funds before the July 31 deadline. Details are available at www.AlfredState.edu/CARES-Act. Questions should be sent to Student Records and Financial Services Office at sfs@alfredstate.edu.

Alfred State is also collecting donations to assist students. The Support Our Students: SOS Emergency Fund has a goal of $50,000 and we are very close to reaching it! When we do surpass $50,000, SUNY will match the donations to make it $100,000 that Institutional Advancement will be using to assist students. More information regarding that assistance will be announced.

We know that the coronavirus pandemic is very stressful and a burden to students and their families. We hope this aid is a comfort and helpful.

Updated June 4, 2020

Fall Planning

I am pleased to announce that on June 1, the Reopening Task Force submitted a recommended reopening plan to my office. By Friday, the college will submit a shorter executive summary to the Chancellor on our planning efforts; all campuses are submitting on this date. The next step is for our administrative review of each recommendation within the full plan. It is our hope that we can accomplish this over the next two weeks to finalize Alfred State’s reopening strategy and submit our final recommendation mid-June, or when requested by SUNY. It is our understanding from past public remarks that the Governor and Executive Chamber wish to review college plans and make decisions in July.

As our plan is still being reviewed, we have not publicly shared the document externally and will be requesting authorization to do so when finalized. For the 90+ members of our community who participated across 12+ subcommittees, I want to again thank each of you for your contributions to design a thoughtful set of reopening strategies that would allow us to resume in-person instruction. While we will explore planning for other scenarios as well, the adapted scenario to include a fully residential campus following physical distancing and public health guidelines was the most challenging for planning purposes and we can now create additional scenario plans by backing out variables.

These are incredibly challenging times and I am proud of the thoughtfulness in the document. Much work is recommended to adapt our on-campus operations to be successful while always prioritizing the goal of providing a safe and secure environment. We will begin those preparations now as we await formal guidance from SUNY and the Executive Chamber.