Student Isolation and Quarantine

The purpose of isolation is to identify positive cases and place them in an isolated location to prevent the further spread of the virus and provide appropriate care. The purpose of notifying close contacts is to identify cases, limit the spread of the virus and also provide appropriate care for individuals who have been exposed to the virus.

Updated Isolation/ Contact Tracing Purposes: This is interim guidance from the CDC.CDC guidance is flux and will be reviewed by the NYSDOH as released.

If a student tests positive:

  • Notify Health & Wellness Services at (607) 587-4200 or and report the positive result. You will be presented with options to isolate at home or in designated housing on campus. Health and Wellness Services will assist you with these arrangements.
  • You are then responsible to notify any individuals who are considered a close contact;
    • A Close Contact is someone that was in your physical proximity of fewer than 6 feet away for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Contact Health & Wellness Services for assistance with this process if needed.
    • Most common Close Contacts include roommate(s), teammate(s) for athletes, and/or intimate partner (boyfriend/girlfriend).

Follow the information contained immediately below if you are notifying a close contact or are a close contact yourself with someone who has tested positive:

  • Follow CDC guidance (August 11-2022) and wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact. Get tested 5 days after your last exposure. Note: day 0 is the last day of exposure or as soon as symptoms develop.
    • SUNY Guidance states that “CDC Guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.”
    • NYSDOH guidance is currently evolving with the Governor changing school guidance (August 22-2022) that “aligns with new CDC recommendations…” While colleges and universities have not received updated higher-ed specific guidance from the New York State Department of Health, we recognize the shift to move schools away from quarantining exposed contacts.

These efforts are in place to maximize your safety and align with CDC guidelines and all SUNY and New York State requirements. They are subject to change based on the changing nature of COVID. Please contact Health & Wellness Services at 607-587-4200 or with any additional questions or concerns.