COVID-19 READ: Update on COVID-19 Cases – Your Actions are Critical to Stopping the Spread

Potsdam Campus Community,

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, including wastewater-based surveillance of our on-campus  residences. On Friday, we initiated a precautionary quarantine for a significant part of our community based on those surveillance measures.  We also asked everyone to limit social interactions as part of the “super bowl holiday” to help stop the spread — we need everyone to work together. 

Today we had 15 new positive results for cases of COVID-19, which are inclusive of people in quarantine/precautionary quarantine.  We want to acknowledge the caring and concern that people in our community have for each other and the proactive steps many of them took to be tested after exhibiting potential symptoms.  

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 do this in all settings you are in beyond your family unit — small gatherings that are not following the protocols are a key source of exposure that we call can prevent. We very much acknowledge the changes everyone is making in their social interactions with each other — we are getting closer and closer to having a national vaccine strategy implemented, so please hang in there with us.    

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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