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Daily Health Screenings
All students and employees coming to a UAlbany campus for any reason must monitor their symptoms and stay home if they are sick. Review a list of possible COVID-19 symptoms on the CDC website.
Are you a visitor? Please go to our Visitors & Events page for instructions.
Students who live off campus must complete a Daily Student Health Screening within the hour before they arrive on campus.
Students who live in on-campus housing must complete a Daily Student Health Screening within the hour before they leave their room, suite or apartment.
The screening does not need to be completed more than once per day.
If a student fails the screening, they must follow the screening’s directive to stay home, self-quarantine and contact a medical professional.
If you are or become symptomatic, please self-isolate until you consult with a medical provider, such as Student Health Services.
Employees must complete a Daily Employee Health Screening each day they plan on coming to campus, before or within one hour of reporting to work.
You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19, or have been evaluated and cleared by your health care provider and HR, to be eligible to report to work.
If you are symptomatic:
Do not report to work. Or leave work, if you’re already on site.
Immediately call HR's Medical Reporting Hotline at 518-442-1501, and leave your name and contact information. An HR staff member will contact you with instructions.
Contact your supervisor and follow normal call-in procedures. Your supervisor must keep any health-related information confidential and can only discuss the information with HR.
Contact your personal physician. Call 911 in distress.
Surveillance & Diagnostic Testing
The University has implemented a comprehensive and ongoing surveillance testing program. Anyone who receives a presumptive positive surveillance test result will be promptly referred for diagnostic testing and given instructions to isolate pending results.
Any student who is not already participating in weekly surveillance testing must complete pre-arrival requirements before arriving on any UAlbany campus at any time during the Spring 2021 semester.
Students with symptoms have access to diagnostic testing on campus. Please visit the Student Health Services website to make an appointment.
Anyone can make an appointment at the New York State drive-through diagnostic testing site located on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus by calling 1-888-364-3065.
The University’s twelve-person Contact Support Team are all trained at or above the Bloomberg Contract Tracing standard. They work closely with county and state health officials to support contact tracing efforts.
If an exposure occurs, the Albany County Department of Health will contact affected individuals and the University’s Contact Support Team.
If a health department official calls you, your caller ID will say “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993). Please also look for the caller ID "UNIV Albany" or an email from [email protected].
Reporting Positive Test Results
If you receive a positive diagnostic test result, you must inform the University.
Any employee who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or receives a positive test result must call HR's Medical Reporting Hotline at 518-442-1501. Leave your name and contact information, and an HR staff member will be in contact with instructions.
Follow HR's instructions for submitting your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases).
Read the quarantine and isolation rules below.
If a student tells you they have received a positive diagnostic test result, please ask them to complete the "Instructions for Students" listed above. If the conversation is happening via email, do not forward or include anyone else in your messages, as this is sensitive information.
Quarantine & Isolation
When someone tests positive or has been exposed, they are provided instructions by county health officials on isolation or quarantine. Failure to respond to or follow the directions of health officials may result in severe fines or prosecution.
Students and employees cannot test out of a quarantine ordered due to being exposed to a positive case.
Per CDC guidance, if you are fully vaccinated — meaning you have received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and at least two weeks have passed since your final shot — and you are not symptomatic, you are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Note: This guidance only applies during the first 90 days after you receive your final shot.
Any student or employee who has completed a period of quarantine or isolation must submit county health documentation to the University before they can return to any UAlbany campus.
When a student who lives on campus tests positive or is identified as having contact with a known positive, University officials consult with and follow the guidance of local health officials in order to stop the spread.
Please visit our On-Campus Quarantine & Isolation page for detailed information on what on-campus residents should expect if they are directed to quarantine or isolate, or are identified as a person under investigation through surveillance testing.
No matter where you quarantine or isolate, you must have written approval from Residential Life to return to your permanent campus housing assignment. To request approval, upload the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation into the Student COVID Documentation Portal.
When a student who lives off campus tests positive or is identified as having contact with a known positive, they must notify the University and follow the instructions of their local health officials.
Once your quarantine or isolation period is complete, you must request approval to return to campus.
Start that process by uploading the county health order releasing you from quarantine or isolation into the Student COVID Documentation Portal.
You may not return to any UAlbany campus until you have received an approval, which will be sent to your UAlbany email account.
When an employee tests positive or is identified as having contact with a known positive, they must notify the University and follow the instructions of their local health officials.
Follow HR’s instructions for submitting your test result and county health documentation (such as health orders or health releases).
Once your quarantine or isolation period is complete, you must request approval to return to campus. You may not return to any UAlbany campus until you have received an approval, which will be sent to your UAlbany email account.
Enhanced Facilities Services
The Office of Facilities Management is also providing enhanced services to keep our community safe.
Facilities staff disinfect classrooms and other instructional spaces each night, and routinely disinfect high-touch or high-use public spaces — such as doorknobs, light switches, desktops, sink handles and countertops — throughout the day.
Large gathering spaces are sanitized nightly.
Disinfectant is also available in classrooms and public dining spaces, so students and employees can wipe down surfaces before and after each use.
Offices are responsible for disinfecting their own high-use public areas and individual workstations. Lab staff are required to clean labs daily.
Supplies can be requested through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
When combined with other health and safety measures, increasing outside air, improving air handler filtration and making other upgrades to campus HVAC systems, where necessary, can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Our facilities staff — comprised of engineers, architects and leading building operations professionals — is following guidance provided by the CDC, the State of New York, the World Health Organization and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Air systems are running two hours before and after a building opens and closes. Air systems inside Residential Life housing, and elevator and bathroom exhaust fans in all campus buildings, run 24/7.
Wherever practicable, outside air is increased. Significantly reduced density on campus also increases ventilation rates.
Air filtration efficacy is measured by Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV).
The filtration in UAlbany buildings — which meets or exceeds New York State Guidelines — currently uses MERV-11 or MERV-13 filters and many have secondary pre-filtration, capturing virus particles which adhere to other micro-contaminants that typically exist in any indoor setting.
The Downtown Campus was constructed between 1909 and 1956 and does not have the same level of building-wide mechanical ventilation as the Uptown or Health Sciences campuses.
Most Downtown Campus buildings and spaces — including Page, Richardson, Husted and Hawley halls — have mechanical ventilation systems with outside air and MERV-11 filters.
However, in general, Milne and Draper halls do not have mechanical ventilation systems with outside air and MERV-11 filters.
For most spaces inside those two buildings, facilities staff are using mobile air filtration units with HEPA filters designed to circulate and purify air.
For more information, please visit the Office of Facilities Management website.
Facilities will continue to stock and refill hand sanitizer stations in all the public spaces on campus.
Students and employees are also encouraged to carry their own sanitizer for use throughout the day.
Offices can request sanitizer for their shared areas or customer service counters by contacting the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
Basic Safety Protocols
Anyone visiting a UAlbany campus is expected to follow these rules.