Preventative Measures and Helpful Resources | St. Lawrence University COVID-19

Preventative Measures and Helpful Resources

The Diana B. Torrey ’82 Health and Counseling Center is operating as a call-in center for on-campus and local students' medical and counseling needs due to the developing COVID-19 situation and continuing flu season. Should you begin to experience symptoms including cough, fever (100.4), and difficulty breathing you should call the Center at (315) 229-5392. If you experience these symptoms at a time that the Center is not open, we ask that you contact Safety and Security at (315) 229-5555. 

Preventative Hygiene Practices

  • Wash your hands often and carefully with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. This applies to students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Use your own pens and pencils as possible.

Social Distancing Guidelines at Work

  • Avoid in-person meetings. Use online conferencing, email, or the phone when possible, even when people are in the same building.
  • Unavoidable in-person meetings should be short, in a large meeting room where people can sit at least six feet from each other; avoid shaking hands. 
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel and cancel or postpone nonessential meetings, gatherings, workshops, and training sessions. 
  • Do not congregate in workrooms, pantries, copier rooms, or other areas where people socialize. Keep six feet apart when possible.
  • Bring lunch and eat at your desk or away from others (avoid lunchrooms and crowded restaurants).
  • Limit recreational or other leisure classes, meetings, activities, etc., where close contact with others is likely.

Face Mask Requirements for On-Campus Persons

As of Friday, April 17, at 8 p.m. when Executive Order 202.17 went into effect, any individual over the age of two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.

This new executive order applies to employees as well as students living on campus, contractors, and anyone else who is on campus property.

Employees who work on campus are required to wear a cloth face covering when working within six feet of other people, but not when working alone. Examples of when cloth face coverings must be worn include interactions with co-workers and contractors, retrieving mail or packages from the mailroom, traveling through a space where other employees are working or are present, and using the restroom if there's more than one person in the building. Cloth face coverings should be carried with you and stored in a plastic bag to be available when needed. 

St. Lawrence is providing cloth masks for essential employees and those working on campus occasionally who still need one. If you've already received a cloth mask from Facilities, or have your own cloth face covering, please use it. If you are an essential employee and have not yet received a mask, you can speak to your supervisor or you can email and a mask can be provided via campus mail or can be picked up at the Warehouse Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Please speak with your supervisor if you have questions about your requirements when you are on campus. Please consider adding your name or some type of identifier so that masks aren't interchanged by mistake.

Face Mask Dos and Don'ts

Face masks are only effective for protection if they are handled, worn, stored, and disposed of properly. And experts continue to strongly urge everyone to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing when possible—even with the use of face masks.

  • Do practice proper hand hygiene. Before and after handling the mask (to put on, adjust, or take off), either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to reduce cross-contamination risk. The outside of the mask is considered dirty.
  • Do mark the outside of the mask in some way so you can easily identify which side is the outside of the mask, and handle it accordingly. Some individuals mark the outside with their initials in permanent ink.
  • Do keep a paper bag handy for storing the mask every time you take it off; an open plastic Ziploc-style baggie is an alternative if a paper bag is not available. Always store a mask in a clean place. Never store it in a purse or pocket.
  • Don’t touch the outside of your mask while it is on your face.
  • Don’t pull your mask below your chin while you are wearing it. Leaving the mask dangling or improperly fitted to your face creates opportunities for cross-contamination.