UAlbany on Pause
The University at Albany entered a pause on November 10, 2020.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive diagnostic test result, please visit our Health & Safety page for instructions for notifying the University and other next steps.
Under the governor's office guidance, if a college or university records 100 positive cases among students, faculty and staff studying, visiting and/or working at a UAlbany campus within a set 14-day period, that institution must move to remote learning for at least two weeks.
The box below shows the number of cases at UAlbany currently counting toward the state’s threshold. The current 14-day period is November 21 to December 4.
For more information, please visit our UAlbany Pause Procedures page.
Confirmed Positive Cases in the Past 14 Days
The numbers below represent confirmed positive cases among faculty, staff and students (including individuals not tested at UAlbany) within the past 14 days.
Student Health Services Testing
Students can access diagnostic testing through a Student Health Services (SHS) appointment.
This number includes only those students tested through Student Health Services and should not be used to extrapolate the overall positivity rate among UAlbany students.
Generally speaking, students tested by SHS may be more likely to test positive because they sought testing at SHS because they were symptomatic, were known to have been exposed to a positive individual or were referred there for having been part of a pool that was flagged during surveillance testing as presumptively positive.
In order to know the true infection rate among our students, the University would need to know the number of students being tested off campus who are also testing negative. Without that number, the University cannot know the true denominator based on which to calculate the percentage of students testing positive. That information is not required to be reported to the University.
Pooled Surveillance Testing
In our pooled surveillance testing program, saliva samples are grouped and processed by a lab to determine whether that pool is positive for the virus.
If a pool tests positive, at least one of the people in that group has the virus. An authorized University official will then contact the individual whose sample tested positive with instructions for PCR diagnostic testing.