Student Health and Wellness FAQs

Additional Q&A are available at the Main COVID FAQ Page. 

How does COVID-19 Spread?

According to the CDC “the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).”

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Do you have new muscle aches not related to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g. due to physical exercise)?
  • Do you feel like you may have a temperature of greater than 100.4°F?
  • Do you have sore throat, runny nose, and/or congestion not related to another medical condition (e.g. allergies)?
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough that is not related to another medical condition?
  • Do you have shortness of breath that is not attributable to another medical condition?
  • Do you have recent (<5 days) loss of smell and taste?
  • Have you had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?


If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please do not attend class, work, or other campus activities and contact Alfred State College’s Health and Wellness Services at 607-587-4200.

How can I protect myself and others from getting COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well.

Definitions for Key COVID-19 Terms

  • Close Contact: means being within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, had direct physical contact with the infected person (touched, hugged, or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils, or they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
  • Physical Distancing (social distancing): is for everyone. It means keeping people farther apart to prevent the virus from spreading in communities.
  • Quarantine: is for people who may have been exposed to the virus. 
  • Isolation: is for people who have the virus. It means keeping them separated from people who don’t have it.

I don’t have symptoms, but I am worried I may have been exposed. What do I do?

  • You can always call Health and Wellness Services at 607-587-4200, to get a further evaluation.
  • In general, asymptomatic individuals who believe they have been exposed will be advised to monitor symptoms and report for testing 5 days after their exposure.

Should I let Health and Wellness Services know that I tested positive for COVID-19, even if I am not living on campus?

  • Yes. Please call Health and Wellness Services, phone: 607-587-4200, or email if you test positive for COVID-19 at a facility other than Health and Wellness Services.
  • Any student, whether you live on or off campus, should notify Health and Wellness Services if they test positive.

Travel During COVID-19

At this point and time there is no travel ban in effect for New York State. This will be updated pending any changes to that guidance.