COVID-19 READ: Update on COVID-19 Cases In County and at Clarkson

Potsdam Campus Community,

There is good news to report from St. Lawrence County’s COVID-19 dashboard as the number of active cases in our immediate region continue to go down.  One week ago there were 1,213 active cases and today there were just less than half with 606. We also have had more than 100 members of our campus community finish isolation and quarantine periods during that same timeframe.  Thank you to everyone in our campus community and greater region for being supportive of stopping the spread.  

Through our Student Health Center, we continue to do proactive surveillance testing among our faculty, staff and students from our hill campus and downtown campus.   And we know members of our on campus community are using community testing facilities and programs as well.   We have had three people report positive test results from off-campus testing today, inclusive of people who have been in quarantine/precautionary quarantine.  

To respect the privacy of the individuals, they will remain anonymous.  

  • They will remain quarantined by the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department until officials have cleared them. 
  • As part of the NYS protocols in any positive test case, a representative of the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department will be in contact with them and any contacts. 
  • Public Health may ask the University for information to support their review and your assistance, if you are asked to help, is appreciated.  It is important that you follow the qr-code classroom scan to check-in guidelines as this will limit the number of individuals who may need to be contacted and/or quarantine. 

PLEASE  remain diligent towards the safety protocols that will help you and your friends, classmates and peers stay healthy: wear your mask, practice good hand hygiene, abide by social distancing, complete the daily screening tool to help monitor for sympotms and take other preventative measures.  Please be mindful of this upcoming “holiday weekend” that media outlets are predicting as a super-spreaders event and cheer on your favorite team in the Super Bowl virtually or just with your family unit. 

If you have any questions about this communication, please contact and/or me.  

Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations
Restart /Rebuild Communications Lead 

*These are the daily screening questions to click through every day.  The link is easy to remember where to find on the footer of every web page.  Please act on the guidance given on the tool if you answer yes to any of these.

  • Do you currently have a fever (temperature of 100.4 F or greater) without having taken any fever-reducing medications?
  • Have you experienced any of the following COVID-19 related symptoms in the past 14 days: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have you been instructed by a health care professional/public health official/contact tracing app to self-isolate or quarantine?
  • Have you knowingly been in close (within 6 feet) or proximate (same enclosed environment, such as an office, but greater than 6 feet) contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  • Have you, or anyone you live with, traveled outside of the University-approved region(s) in the last 14 days?”

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