As of May 10, New York has had 2,057,903 and St. Lawrence County has had 7,277 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. On November 7, 2020, 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. This page will refresh every 3 minutes.
CUMULATIVE STATS (2020 & 2021 Student and Employee Data)
STUDENT COVID-19 DATA
14-day rolling period based on campus testing
Total Tests Conducted+
Isolation Beds Used
Trigger to Remote*
EMPLOYEE COVID-19 DATA
14-day rolling period based on campus testing
Total Tests Conducted+
EXTERNAL TESTING DATA
Rolling external testing data does not count toward trigger to remote learning
Total Student Positives
Total Employee Positives
+ Test stats are updated upon return of results from Upstate Medical
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.