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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As of October 19, New York has had 2,491,006 and St. Lawrence County has had 11,889 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. 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. This page will refresh every 3 minutes.

CUMULATIVE STATS (2020 & 2021 Student and Employee Data)

Total Tests


Total Negatives


% Positive


Total Positives


Active Cases



14-day rolling period based on campus testing
Total Tests Conducted+ 1199
Total Negatives 1195
Total Positives 4
Percent Positive 0.3%
Active Cases 0
Isolated On-Campus 0
Isolated Off-Campus 0
Isolation Beds Used 0/48
Trigger to Remote* 5.0%


14-day rolling period based on campus testing
Total Tests Conducted+ 525
Total Negatives 525
Total Positives 0
Percent Positive 0.0%
Active Cases 0


Rolling external testing data does not count toward trigger to remote learning
Total Student Positives 3
Total Employee Positives 1
Active Cases 4

+ Test stats are updated upon return of results from Upstate Medical

* SUNY Canton's Percentage Trigger for Transition to 100% Remote Learning (within the rolling 14-day period) 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

Governor Hochul Announces Series of Universal Mask Requirements to Protect New Yorkers Amid Rise of Delta Variant

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a series of universal mask requirements designed to protect New Yorkers against the highly contagious Delta variant and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections statewide.

Updated Mask Requirement Announcement

Friday, September 3, 2021

Based on CDC guidance, St. Lawrence County is currently in a high-risk area for COVID-19. Due to an increase in county cases, masks are now required for all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, in all indoor locations.

Student Vaccine Mandate: FDA Issues Full Approval for Pfizer Vaccine

Monday, August 23, 2021

The FDA has fully authorized the Pfizer/ Comirnaty vaccine as of today, Monday, August 23. Over the summer, we notified you that when the FDA fully authorized one of the COVID vaccines, all students at SUNY campuses would be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to have a physical presence on campus.

SUNY Canton Announces COVID-19 Testing Week

Friday, August 20, 2021

All students who will be living on campus, attending in-person classes, or plan to be present on campus for services (such as the fitness center, library, tutoring, etc.) regardless of vaccination status are required to participate in COVID testing on campus during the week of August 23-27 at the Dana Hall Gymnasium.

Campus-Wide Vaccine Clinic at SUNY Canton on August 31

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The Davis Health Center has partnered with St. Lawrence County Public Health to offer Pfizer vaccines Tuesday, August 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., right here at SUNY Canton in the Dana Hall gymnasium.

County Status and Campus Update Regarding Masks

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

At SUNY Canton, we have always prioritized the health and safety of one another and the campus and have followed the recommendations from local, state, and federal agencies tasked with these endeavors. To that end, and in line with the current CDC recommendations, we are encouraging all members of the campus community, whether vaccinated or not, to wear masks when you are not in your personal work/office space.

FALL 2021 GUIDANCE: Get Vaccinated Now for a Smooth Return to Campus

Monday, July 12, 2021

I hope you are having a safe and pleasant summer. We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall and are actively planning to make 2021-2022 the Best Year Ever at SUNY Canton! There’s something you can do to help make this our Best Year Ever. If you have not yet been vaccinated, now is the time to do it.

Chancellor Malatras Writes an Op-Ed for USA Today Network Addressing Fully Reopening Campuses This Fall 2021 Semester to a More Traditional College Experience for Students Who Take Control and Get Vaccinated

Friday, July 9, 2021

In an op-ed published today by USA Today Network’s lohud, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras writes about the more traditional college experience ahead for students who take control and get vaccinated, and encourages all other students, faculty, and staff to get their COVID shot before the academic year begins.

Updated Guidance for Vaccinated Individuals

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks on campus. Unvaccinated individuals or those who choose not to disclose their vaccine status are still required to wear masks on campus, both indoors and outdoors, unless they are alone in their private office space.

COVID Guidance Related to Governor Cuomo's Announcement

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the end to many COVID-related restrictions in the State, now that 70% of eligible adults have received at least one vaccine dose state-wide. It’s an exciting time, and we’re so appreciative of all of your efforts to keep our campus and community safe! While many restrictions have been relaxed, we are still waiting for guidance from SUNY and the Governor’s Office for Employee Relations (GOER) on what this means for our campus.

Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted as 70% of Adult New Yorkers Have Received First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted immediately as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series.

Governor Cuomo Announces 'Get a Shot to Make Your Future' Vaccine Incentive Giving 12- TO 17-Year-Olds Who Get Vaccinated a Chance to Win Full SUNY or CUNY Scholarship

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the 'Get a Shot to Make Your Future' incentive for 12- to 17-year-olds to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement from Chancellor Malatras on State Vaccine Requirement

Monday, May 10, 2021

Since day one of this pandemic, our students, faculty, and staffs’ health and wellbeing have always been top priority. We have taken extraordinary steps to keep our communities safe—from 100 percent weekly mandated testing; to enhanced health and safety protocols; to opening our campuses to serve as vaccination sites for SUNY and the broader community; to advocating for expanded vaccine eligibility for the entire SUNY community.

Chancellor Malatras Urges Students to Take Advantage of Expanded Vaccination Opportunities Prior to Fall Semester with Recent Changes to State and Federal Guidance

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras is urging students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of expanded vaccination opportunities becoming available thanks to significant recent changes in federal and state health guidance. These changes eliminate a number of logistical, geographic, and scheduling hurdles specifically facing the college student population, and ensure that every SUNY student can get vaccinated prior to the fall semester.

Chancellor Malatras Statement on Vaccines for SUNY Students Following CDC Guidance

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

SUNY is following the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Department of Health to immediately pause, out of an abundance of caution, administering the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. We are working with New York State to locate and receive alternative COVID-19 vaccines for our students.

Chancellor Malatras Announces Program to Begin More Easily Vaccinating SUNY Residential Students Prior to Spring Semester Departure Using One Dose Vaccine

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced a program specifically designed to begin vaccinating SUNY residential students prior the end of the spring semester. SUNY has secured its first reserved shipment of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate SUNY residential students prior to their departure for summer break.

Chancellor Malatras Announces Opening of SUNY Upstate COVID-19 Testing Laboratory at University of Buffalo to Increase Testing Capacity and Speed

Monday, April 5, 2021

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today the opening of the SUNY Upstate Medical University COVID-19 testing laboratory at the University at Buffalo. The launch of this second lab will allow SUNY to greatly increase both the capacity of tests it can process each week and the speed at which it can generate results. UB can now process approximately 150,000 tests per week—increasing SUNY’s system-wide capacity to roughly 350,000 tests per week. The turnaround time for te

Governor Cuomo Announces Collegiate Sports Can Bring Fans Back to the Stands Beginning April 2

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that collegiate sports can bring fans back to the stands under strict state guidelines, beginning April 2. Intercollegiate sports at large-scale venues that hold more than 1,500 attendees indoors or 2,500 attendees outdoors can host up to 10 percent indoor or 20 percent outdoor capacity. All attendees must present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result or completed COVID-19 immunization prior to entry.

SUNY Board of Trustees, Chancellor Malatras, and CICU Interim President Bogner Joint Statement on People 16+ Becoming Eligible for COVID Vaccines on April 6th

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

“Today’s announcement that people ages 16 and over can sign up and receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting on April 6 is great and welcome news with major implications for our campus communities, the students we serve, and the trajectory of managing this virus. Vaccinating students will be a major undertaking, but we are more than ready to take this on to help our state and our nation turn the page on this pandemic.

Governor Cuomo Announces New Yorkers 30 Years of Age and Older Will Be Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Monday, March 29, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30 at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

New Yorkers 60 Years of Age and Older Can Be Vaccinated Beginning March 10

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers.

Governor Cuomo Releases Updated Guidance for Infection Rates and Testing Protocols on College Campuses

Friday, February 19, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today released updated guidance for infection rates and testing protocols on college campuses. Colleges and universities testing at least 25 percent of total on-campus students, faculty and staff weekly will not be required to go on pause unless their positivity rate exceeds 5 percent during a rolling 14-day period.

Chancellor Malatras Launches Upgraded SUNY COVID-19 Tracker with Additional Trend and Comparative Data to Immediately Isolate and Respond to Cases on Campuses

Sunday, February 7, 2021

As return to campus for the spring semester, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced today the launch of enhancements to the COVID-19 Tracker dashboard found here.

Vaccination Eligibility Update

Friday, February 5, 2021

Today, Governor Cuomo announced an upcoming expansion of vaccination eligibility in New York State. As of February 15, 2021, adults with specified underlying medical conditions will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Chancellor Malatras Visits SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Pre-Semester Testing as Campuses Reopen

Thursday, January 28, 2021

State University Chancellor Jim Malatras made his first visits today to SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to meet with President Zvi Szafran and President Kristin Esterberg, as pre-semester testing takes place on their respective campuses for all students. Both SUNY campuses have moved to weekly testing of all students, faculty, and staff in alignment with SUNY policy to do so during the spring semester.

SUNY Increases Frequency of Mandatory COVID Testing to Weekly Testing of All Students, Faculty, and Staff for the Start of the Spring Semester

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Today, as students move back to campus housing for pre-semester COVID testing and quarantining before the SUNY-required push back of the Spring Semester start date of in-person classes on February 1st, Chancellor Malatras announced that all SUNY campuses will increase the frequency of SUNY’s mandatory COVID testing to weekly testing of all students, faculty, and staff who regularly come to campus.

Vaccine Update: SUNY Potsdam Vaccination Clinic Open

Friday, January 15, 2021

SUNY Potsdam’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Maxcy Hall came online this morning! This should make appointments for receiving the vaccine more readily available (pending vaccine availability). Four additional sites across St. Lawrence County will be opening over the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that this phase in the vaccination process is expected to take at least 14 weeks.

More Vaccination Updates

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

As of today, New York State has included all individuals age 65+ as eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1b. The full list of eligible individuals is available at New York State's COVID-19 Vaccination website. This site is updated as more eligible categories are added.

Updated Vaccination Information

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I understand that many of you who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have had trouble getting a local appointment. Vaccination sites will be opening across the county very soon at locations in Gouverneur, Star Lake, Massena, Ogdensburg, and Potsdam. As these sites open and more vaccines become available, additional appointments will be available.

New York State Vaccination Rollout

Monday, January 11, 2021

As you know, the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations is underway in New York State, Phase 1a, consisting mostly of front-line healthcare workers, has been ongoing for a few weeks. As of today, the State has announced the start of Phase 1b, and has included in-person college instructors as eligible to receive the vaccine during this phase.

Pass Grade Request for Fall 2020

Monday, December 21, 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. Those addresses are:

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.

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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