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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As of December 1, New York has had 647,980 and St. Lawrence County has had 953 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. On November 7, St. Lawrence County declared a state of emergency. The college’s leadership remain in close contact with state and federal public health officials.

As the COVID-19 event quickly evolves, policies may change accordingly. Please refer to the latest update for the most up-to-date information.

CUMULATIVE STATS (Fall 2020 Student and Employee Data)

Total Tests


Total Negatives


Percent Positive


Total Positives



(November 21 - December 4 | 14-day period)
Total Tests Conducted 43
Total Negatives 42
Total Positives 1
Percent Positive 2.3%
Active Cases 0
Isolated On-Campus 0
Isolated Off-Campus 0
Isolation Beds Used 0/25
Trigger to Remote* 100


(November 7 - December 4 | 14-day period)
Total Tests Conducted 145
Total Negatives 145
Total Positives 0
Percent Positive 0.0%
Active Cases 0

* SUNY Canton's Trigger for Transition to 100% Remote Learning per Supplemental Guidance for COVID-19 Containment at Higher Education Institutions.

To our community friends: We’re all in this together. We are instructing our students to follow proper mask-wearing and social-distancing requirements both on- and off-campus. If you notice any students out and about in our community that are not following these protocols, we ask that you remind them with kindness to please do so. If you notice persistent problems, please feel free to contact Lenore VanderZee, Executive Director for University Relations, at vanderzeel@canton.edu.

COVID-19 Updates

St. Lawrence County Declares State of Emergency

Monday, November 9, 2020

A Declaration of a State of Emergency has been declared to address the concerns associated with the impacts of COVID-19 in St. Lawrence County. This declaration is at the recommendation of Public Health to maintain consistency with the collective efforts of 'social-distancing' to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of Friday, November 6, 2020 there are 462 confirmed cases and the potential for the virus to reach community spread is increasing.

SUNY Implements Comprehensive COVID-19 Plan for Spring Semester to Include Mandatory COVID-19 Test for Returning Students at All Campuses, Moving the Spring Semester In-Person Start Date to February 1st, and No Spring Break

Monday, November 9, 2020

As New York State and the nation continue to grapple with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today outlined a sweeping, system-wide plan that will allow campuses to safely return to in-person instruction for the spring semester, subject to any changes in federal or New York State guidance.

SUNY Adopts System-Wide Policy Requiring All On-Campus Students to Test Negative for COVID-19 Prior to Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

As colleges and universities prepare to wind down in-person classes and activities ahead of Thanksgiving, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced that SUNY has adopted a policy mandating all students using on-campus facilities in any capacity test negative for COVID-19 within the 10 days prior to leaving campus. Campuses must develop schedules that conduct the test as close to a student’s departure date as possible.

Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations

Thursday, October 1, 2020

SUNY Chancellor Malatras institutes a comprehensive emergency directive to address violations of COVID-19 safety protocols occurring at SUNY’s State-operated campuses and community colleges.

Governor Cuomo And Chancellor Malatras Launch COVID-19 Case Tracker Dashboard for SUNY's 64 Colleges And Universities

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced the launch of a SUNY system-wide COVID-19 case tracker dashboard. The centralized dashboard will provide real time, up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases, testing, and quarantine and isolation space availability across SUNY's 64 colleges and universities to more efficiently monitor, respond to, and contain the virus.

Governor Cuomo Sets COVID-19 Case Threshold for New York Colleges and Universities

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued guidance for infection rates on college campuses and mitigation actions schools must take when the infection rate rises above certain levels. The guidance comes following reports of students at large gatherings, and experiences in other states with clusters developing with return to in-person classes.

Student Daily Health Check-In

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Medicat portal referenced below is ONLY for student use. Employees (faculty/staff) should continue using the COVID-19 Health Check Form. Please do not sign up for an account if you are not a current student.

SUNY Canton College Opening COVID-19 Testing Details

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Residential students are required to be tested and must sign up for a testing slot using the form below. Commuter students and online students planning to use campus services may sign up for a time slot if you want to be tested on campus. If you are a fully online student who does not plan to access campus for services or are a commuter student who is intending to be tested by your local provider.

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, 87,900 test results—a new record high—were reported to New York State.

A Letter from the Boards of the Town and Village of Canton, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

On behalf of the Boards of the Town and Village of Canton and the St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton communities, we hope that you and your families are well and are enjoying this beautiful North Country summer. We are grateful to the businesses and organizations in our community that have worked so hard to remain open or reopen safely.

Residential Move-In & Policy Information for Students for Fall 2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020

We hope this email finds you doing well- we can’t wait to see you back on campus in a few short weeks! Below, you will find information about Residential Move-In Days for the Fall 2020 semester as well as some guidelines on what to expect during the move-in process, as this year is a little different than our typical move-inmethods. Please read this information thoroughly, as it’s very important! At the bottom of the email, you will find the schedule for your return to campus.

Update to Guidelines for Returning to Work

Monday, July 20, 2020

As we continue to welcome more employees back to campus and prepare to welcome students as well, I wanted to send out some information and reminders on how we can all help keep ourselves and the entire campus community safe. In particular, we have noted an uptick in COVID-19 cases in St. Lawrence County as well as neighboring counties.

SUNY Canton Announces Fall Athletic Plans

Monday, July 20, 2020

After months of consideration regarding possible options for safely engaging in athletics this fall, North Atlantic Conference (NAC) presidents and athletic administrators have come to a difficult decision. It has become clear that in the best interest of student-athletes, staff, and campus communities, a traditional NAC experience will not be possible this fall.

Governor Cuomo Launches "Mask Up America"

Thursday, July 16, 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spreading fast in many states across the country, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the national "Mask Up America" education and awareness campaign to urge all Americans to wear a mask while in public to help stop the spread of the virus. Jane Rosenthal, producer and CEO Tribeca Enterprises, produced the series of spots with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.

Attorney General James Sues Trump Administration for Reversal in Policy That Threatens to Deport International Students

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

New York Attorney General Letitia James today sued the Trump Administration for a sudden reversal in policy that threatens to deport more than a million international students at colleges and universities across New York and the rest of the nation if they do not register for in-person classes on campus this fall — a move aimed at coercing schools into offering in-person instruction at the risk of increasing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among students, faculty, and other

SUNY Canton Announces Canton Restart Plan

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

SUNY Canton has moved its start date to August 31 as it prepares for an in-person fall semester. To maximize safety, the college will be systematically testing its on-campus population for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

All travelers entering New York from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine.

Governor Cuomo Guidance on College Reopening

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

New York State is issuing guidance today to colleges and universities that are planning September (Fall) reopenings. We are asking them to develop plans. We still need more data between now and September to make a definitive determination, but we want to make sure we’re starting to prepare.

Presidential Update

Thursday, June 11, 2020

We’d like to update you on a few things to let you know the direction some of our planning is going. Please be aware that things may change. The College receives information and directives, sometimes daily from SUNY and the State, which may cause some of the following to change.

Phase 2 Message from Human Resources

Friday, June 5, 2020

With the North Country now in Phase 2 of re-opening, the College will begin to phase in additional employees to work on campus. Please remember that your area Vice President/Department Head will be communicating with you when/how you will return to campus. Please do not report to campus until they have asked you to do so.

Phase 2 Reopening

Friday, May 29, 2020

The North Country is expected to reach Phase 2 of reopening under the Governor’s New York Forward Reopening Plan soon, but at this time, that date has not been set. The Governor released safety guidelines for reopening Phase 2 businesses so that those businesses can prepare their reopening plans.

Removing Belongings from Residence Halls

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The College is rolling out a plan to allow you to remove your belongings from the residence halls. This plan, which follows Governor Cuomo’s phased reopening plan, is designed to minimize density and reduce interactions between individuals to maximize physical distancing best practices.

Pass Grade Request

Monday, May 11, 2020

You may now request a pass, or P, in any class where you’ve earned the grade of D or higher for the Spring 2020 semester. To request a P, please fill out Pass Grade Request Form and email the completed form to your school Dean’s Office.

Message from SUNY Chancellor Johnson

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Throughout the unprecedented novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, SUNY has responded as a system. Students, faculty and staff at each of our 64 individual campuses continue to contribute what they can and when they can, leveraging their own distinctive expertise.

Academic Calendar Shifts for Fall 2020 Semester

Monday, May 4, 2020

SUNY Canton has moved its start date one week later for the fall 2020 semester to prepare for any continuing eventualities related to COVID-19.

Presidential Update

Monday, April 27, 2020

I have said it before, and I will say it again: I am continually impressed with each of you and the ways in which you have met the immense challenges we have faced over the past several weeks. Our students are still receiving the top-notch education and services they deserve thanks to your tireless efforts to adapt during these rapidly changing circumstances.

NYS on PAUSE Extension

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15th. This action is taken in consultation with other regional states. The states will re-evaluate after this additional closure period.

Presidential Update

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In these extraordinary times, our staff on campus have gone to extraordinary measures to keep our campus healthy, safe, and running smoothly. Those working from home have kept our students on track with their education and kept our behind-the-scenes functions humming along.

Student Life Resources

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Students, we are here to support you in any way we can during these challenging times. We have developed some campus and community resources that we hope will help with navigating this new normal until we can all return to campus again.

Executive Order Directing Employers to Provide Masks to Employees

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public.

Governor Announces Relief for Approximately 300,000 New York Student Loan Borrowers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Governor also announced an agreement with the largest student loan servicers in New York to obtain relief for student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 who contact their private student loan servicer.

Governor Cuomo Extends Remote Nonessential Workforce

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced all NYS on Pause functions will be extended for the next two weeks. The Governor also directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 15th. The state will re-evaluate after this additional two-week period.

Commencement Update

Friday, March 27, 2020

We recognize that many of you and your families are looking forward to celebrating your tremendous accomplishments at SUNY Canton by participating in your Commencement Ceremony. We are excited, too! We remain committed to holding a live Commencement on campus as soon as it is safe to do so. However, the current pandemic crisis prevents us from holding it on its original date, which was Saturday, May 9.

Southworth Library Closed

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Southworth Library Learning Commons has closed as of today, March 25. Please note that resources and services are available online with a list of library, tutoring, and connectivity support detailed below. For students approved to be on campus in the residence halls, we will be locating printers and cell phone charging stations near the RA lobbies. Technology needs (such as borrowing laptops) will be by appointment only for the remainder of the semester. Please check the Information Services web

Presidential Update

Sunday, March 22, 2020

On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order that outlined what he called “the most drastic action we can take” in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, across the State.

Presidential Update

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order to outline what he called “the most drastic action we can take” in response to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, across the State.

Presidential Update

Thursday, March 19, 2020

I’m pleased to announce that SUNY Canton faculty members have enacted a plan for students to complete their necessary laboratory requirements remotely in response to the college’s overall COVID-19 arrangements.

Presidential Update

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive to reduce density and help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SUNY Canton will allow students on campus only under very limited circumstances. The College remains open and academic arrangements will be made to accommodate your individual learning plans.

Executive Order for Non-Essential Employees

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed all non-essential New York State employees in every county not to report to work for the next two weeks. This includes SUNY Canton. This is one of many extraordinary measures that New York State is taking to try to slow the coronavirus pandemic, which has been declared a public health emergency.

Presidential Update

Monday, March 16, 2020

As you know, due to precautions related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SUNY Canton will be conducting most classes by remote learning for the rest of this semester. You have the option to choose to live at home or live on campus as you complete your coursework. This is a difficult decision in these uncertain times, but I want you to know that our campus is open, and housing, meals, and many other services are still available at this time.

SLC State of Emergency, K-12 Schools Closed

Saturday, March 14, 2020

St. Lawrence County has declared a State of Emergency, and all public K-12 schools in the County will be closed from March 16 to April 20, 2020.

SUNY Canton Athletics and NAC Suspend Spring Sports Indefinitely

Friday, March 13, 2020

In light of the worldwide situation regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak, SUNY Canton will be suspending all athletic competitions indefinitely following this weekend's games in Florida.

Student Affairs Update

Friday, March 13, 2020

After advice from the State University of New York, SUNY Canton will be allowing students to return to the residence halls on March 22.

Presidential Update

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In the SUNY Canton spirit, I’d like to take a moment to tell everyone how proud I am to be part of this strong and resilient community. This extends to the faculty, staff and students. We’ve received a lot of questions, and some of those questions we can’t answer right now, but the greatest majority of those inquiries have been kind and courteous.

Remote Classes

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Under direction from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, SUNY Canton will be offering classes remotely until further notice due to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among SUNY Canton faculty, staff, and students, or in St. Lawrence County.

Finalizing Details

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Governor just made an announcement. We are finalizing details with SUNY and will release more information imminently.

Emergency Response and Resource Group Activated

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The SUNY Canton Emergency Response and Resource Group has been activated. We have a campus plan to respond to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and are awaiting authority from SUNY and the State of New York to enact it.

SUNY Canton COVID-19 Plans

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

As the state of New York and colleges across the nation continue to feel the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SUNY Canton would like to share its plans to help protect the health of its students, faculty, staff, and guests.

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency

Saturday, March 7, 2020

During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus.

Governor Cuomo Suspends Study Abroad Programs

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State University of New York's and the City University of New York's study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea have been suspended effective immediately in response to concerns over novel coronavirus - or COVID-19.

How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus?

You can reduce the risk of spreading coronaviruses by taking the same steps as you would to prevent infection from the flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Computer Lab Use and Hand Sanitizing

The best method for disinfecting your hands is washing them with soap and water. For convenience, hand sanitizer is available in and around all SUNY Canton computer labs. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after utilizing public computers.

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