Updated Mask Guidance from UAlbany and Albany County

April 25, 2022

Dear UAlbany community,

As you may be aware, COVID-19 rates in the Capital Region and elsewhere in New York have been increasing for the last few weeks. As a result, effective immediately UAlbany is once again strongly recommending that all students, faculty, staff and visitors wear masks inside any campus building.

We are taking this step to align our guidance with that of the Albany County Department of Health, which issued a similar mask advisory earlier today, and because the CDC recently reclassified Albany and Rensselaer counties as areas of high community infectivity. The CDC is recommending that people in these counties wear masks inside until COVID-19 rates decline. This guidance applies both on and off campus.

In addition, all UAlbany community members must continue to follow CDC masking, isolation and quarantine protocols when they either test positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with someone who has tested positive. For example, a person who is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations (including a booster) and has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must still wear a well-fitting mask whenever around others, indoors and out, for 10 days.

A comprehensive guide to UAlbany’s current health and safety protocols can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website.

Fortunately, thanks to our extremely high campus vaccination and booster rates, the cases we have being seeing at UAlbany are mostly mild. It’s also important to keep the current situation in perspective. The COVID-19 infectivity rate in New York is about 10 percent of where it was at the height of the omicron surge earlier this year. That perspective, however, does not change our obligation to remain vigilant and to protect ourselves and each other until the current increase in cases in the Albany area and throughout New York subsides.   

Please take care of yourself as we finish this semester and head into final exams to ensure we are all healthy enough to properly celebrate your considerable successes this year.

Sincerely,

Kevin C. Wilcox
Associate Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance 
Campus COVID-19 Safety Officer