Containment and Quarantine

In order to account for all possibilities and scenarios in our return to campus, we’ve outlined containment and quarantine protocols in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus. 

  • All students are advised to maintain a “to go” bag ready with clothing and toiletries so they may immediately relocate to isolation or quarantine spaces as necessary.
  • NEW (As of 10/1/21): Residence Life has worked on a plan to offer some flexibility for students who live within 500 miles of campus to stay in on-campus isolation space, on a space-available basis, should they test positive or be required to quarantine. Students in on-campus isolation should expect roommates in order to maximize available space.
    • Students who live within 500 miles of St. Lawrence who test positive may need to do so at home for 10 days or a period of time determined by Public Health. Students and families should make plans now for this possibility.
  • Thanks to our strong partnership with SUNY Canton, we have reserved additional isolation and quarantine space for students who live over 500 miles from campus. 

Definitions

Isolation is for those who test positive and provides access to a non-public bathroom that is used only for individuals who have tested positive.

Quarantine is for unvaccinated students who are considered close contacts of the person who tests positive.

Note: Vaccinated students are not required to be quarantined per public health guidance. However, the University will require they be tested between Days 3 and 5 per public health guidance. All students, regardless of vaccination status, should mask in every indoor space—including residential buildings—when in the presence of others until they receive that test result.

Close Contact is defined as being in another’s presence for 15 minutes or longer, within a distance of 6 feet, and within the past 24 hours, or deemed close contact by St. Lawrence County Public Health because of other risk factors, such as duration of a class.

Isolation/Quarantine Information

Spaces

The University has set aside limited isolation space for students who test positive given the limits on hospital spaces in the region. 

The following spaces are designated for isolation space of students whom test positive or quarantine space for close contact unvaccinated students:

  • Brush Alumni House (2 singles and 2 doubles, each with private bath);
  • Lee Hall Apartment (4 beds with private bath);
  • Rebert Hall Apartment (4 beds with private bath);
  • Dean Eaton Apartment (2 beds with private bath);
  • Sykes Apartment (2 beds with private bath);
  • 38 East Main St. (2 apartments, each with 2 beds and a private bath)
  • East Wing of Smith Hall at SUNY Canton (36 double and triple rooms, with blocks of 3 rooms sharing a semi-private bath)

Meals and Health Support

Students in quarantine or isolation on campus receive one hot meal, one cold meal, and one continental breakfast, as well as disposable dishware and utensils, delivered at noon each day by Dining Services staff. Each quarantine/isolation room is equipped with a mini fridge, microwave, and snacks.

Students are monitored multiple times daily by Student Health Center medical staff using text messaging for those without symptoms or video calls to those with mild symptoms. Students requiring hospital care will be transported by Canton Rescue Squad medical personnel.

Students in quarantine or isolation will be allowed outdoors for a supervised period of time each day.

Employee Cases

Human Resources continues to monitor employee case numbers and locations to determine if safe and effective functionality will be adversely affected. The University is working regularly with St. Lawrence County Public Health to monitor available regional resources for in-home and in-hospital care and will follow County Public Health guidance in the event that the University’s case load becomes unreasonable for continued safe operations.

Proactive Infection Plan (Students)

This describes the plan of action when:

  1. A student tests positive for COVID-19;
  2. Any student, regardless of vaccination status, exhibits symptoms of COVID-19;
  3. An unvaccinated student is exposed to COVID-19; and
  4. A vaccinated student is exposed to COVID-19

1. Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Any St. Lawrence student who has a positive COVID-19 laboratory result is referred to as a “Student Confirmed Case.”

Student Responsibilities

If any student is a Student Confirmed Case, they must:

  • Provide St. Lawrence County Public Health and Student Health Services with information regarding their contacts at St. Lawrence facilities during the 48 hours prior to the positive test, or if symptomatic, the 48 hours prior to showing symptoms
  • Cooperate with St. Lawrence County Public Health and Student Health Services regarding at-home or on-campus isolation

Required Isolation

  • A Confirmed Student Case will be required to undergo a 10-day isolation or quarantine, or a period of time determined by Public Health, in an isolation facility following their positive test.
  • St. Lawrence will establish separate facilities for the isolation of residential students who test positive for COVID-19.
  • If a Confirmed Student Case is not able to be transported home safely, they will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine in an isolation facility following their positive test.
  • Student Confirmed Cases who are local but do not live in St. Lawrence-owned facilities will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days following their positive test. These commuter students will have their student ID/access cards suspended for the quarantine duration.

St. Lawrence Actions

When St. Lawrence is notified about a Student Confirmed Case, it will:

Communication
  • Communicate with the appropriate local health authority about the Student Confirmed Case;
  • Communicate with other faculty, staff, students or visitors (separate from Contact Tracing) as St. Lawrence deems necessary and appropriate; and
  • Communicate with the Student Confirmed Case about symptoms, progress, recovery, and discussions with the local health authority and other students and employees.
Contact Tracing
  • Vaccinated roommates, suitemates, teammates, friends and potentially classmates of Student Confirmed Cases will be notified and encouraged to minimize contact with others and will then be tested between Days 3 and 5 from the date of exposure.
  • Unvaccinated roommates, suitemates, teammates, friends and potentially classmates of Student Confirmed Cases will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days following the Student Confirmed Case’s positive test or as determined by the Public Health Department. Such quarantine may take place at home if the student lives within 500 miles, or on campus if the student lives more than 500 miles from campus and space is available.
Monitoring the Health of Student Confirmed Cases
  • Student Confirmed Cases will have regular video calls with a St. Lawrence nurse or Public Health nurse to monitor the student’s health and provide or coordinate any medical care that is needed. All meals will be delivered by Dining Services.
Documentation
  • Document all communication with the Student Confirmed Case and/or the local health authority. 

Return to Campus Life

Students who test positive for COVID-19, who have had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, may only return to campus life once they have completed isolation or quarantine (if required) or receive a negative test within the testing window.

When a student is eligible to return to campus, they should contact the Health Center to confirm they are approved to return. The Health Center will verify that a release form from Public Health is on file, and also confirm that the return date is at least 10 days after the positive test date. Students should not travel back to campus until they have received confirmation from the Health Center. The University is unable to provide temporary isolation or quarantine housing to students who return prior to their eligible return date. Once approval is given by the Health Center, students are permitted to return to their traditional campus housing.

2. Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but has not tested positive 

All students, regardless of vaccination status, who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Health Services at 315-229-5392 for a COVID-19 test. If the student tests positive for COVID-19, they are a Student Confirmed Case.

If symptoms appear in the evenings or on weekends, students shouldn’t wait until the Health Services regular business hours to notify the University and seek medical attention. Please contact Safety and Security at 315-229-5555.

3. Unvaccinated students who are asymptomatic but have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Unvaccinated students who have had close contact with someone who is a confirmed case must report to Health Services that they have had close contact.

Such guidance may include mandatory quarantine at home if the student lives within 500 miles or on-campus quarantine space if the student lives more than 500 miles from campus and space is available. 

4. Vaccinated students who are asymptomatic but have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Asymptomatic vaccinated students are not required to be quarantined per public health guidance. However, the University will require they be tested between Days 3 and 5 per public health guidance. All students, regardless of vaccination status, should mask in every indoor space—including residential buildings—when in the presence of others until they receive that test result.

Should they then test positive, they will follow the Student Confirmed Case protocols.

Academics During Isolation/Quarantine

The University has planned for in-person classes for all students and all faculty.

If students feel ill, as in pre-pandemic, they should not attend class and they must advise their faculty about missing class. Faculty will have discretion and use their judgment about the ability to have a student join a class by Zoom, do make-up work, or miss the class. We have advised faculty to communicate their expectations and to consult Academic Advising if a solution is challenging.

If a student is placed on medical leave, or is in isolation/quarantine, Student Life will follow pre-pandemic policies and inform faculty of the leave.