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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As of January 20, New York has had 4,610,434 and St. Lawrence County has had 22,771 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. The college’s leadership remain in close contact with state and federal public health officials. St. Lawrence County has declared a state of emergency due to hosptial capacity issues.

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 (2020-2022 Student and Employee Data)

Total Tests


Total Negatives


% Positive


Total Positives


Active Cases


Spring 2022 COVID-19 DATA

Total Active Cases ➔ 31
Student Active Cases ➔ 17
Residential 6
Commuter 11
Employee Active Cases ➔ 14
Total Positives this Spring (since January 19, 2022) 25

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 10 Additional SUNY Campus Testing Sites to Open Across New York Beginning January 11

Monday, January 10, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced 10 additional SUNY campus-based COVID-19 test sites will open beginning January 11. The Governor announced the establishment of these sites last week.

Governor Hochul Announces Ten SUNY Campus Testing Sites to Open Across New York on January 7

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced 10 SUNY campus-based COVID-19 test sites will open beginning January 6. Additionally, the Governor announced the second round of sites slated to open the week of January 10.

Governor Hochul Announces Spring Semester Guidance for SUNY and CUNY Campuses to Safely Reopen

Friday, December 31, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced issuance of spring semester reopening guidance for SUNY and CUNY campuses which includes the continuation of the student vaccine mandate as well as requiring all students regularly accessing campus to receive the COVID-19 booster for the spring semester. Additional requirements for students also include mandatory pre-testing ahead of their semester return, which will apply to all students who plan to regularly access campus.

Governor Hochul Announces Major Action to Address Winter Surge and Prevent Business Disruption as COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise Statewide

Friday, December 10, 2021

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This a major action to address the winter surge comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide to be in alignment with the CDC's recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission. The State Health Commissioner issued a determination solidifying the requirement.

CDC and NYSDOH Encourage All Eligible New Yorkers to Get Booster

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CDC and NYSDOH encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get their booster dose, especially those over the age of 50 and others with underlying conditions.

Update Regarding Post-Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 18, 2021

While we remained concerned about the rise in COVID cases here and locally, we are planning to complete the fall semester as scheduled. For in-person students, this means that you would return to the campus for classes on Monday, November 29 and would continue through the end of final exams week which ends on December 17.

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.

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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