Covid-19 Updates

For Real-Time Updates of COVID-19 Cases on Campus, visit the SUNY COVID Tracker (select North Country from the drop-down list of campuses): 
 
 
Communications to the College Community
 
Oct. 20, 2021
Last evening, we learned of two positive COVID-19 cases associated with our Saranac Lake LAC, one involving a student and the second involving a tutor that the student met with recently at the LAC. Both the student and tutor are now isolating off campus.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close the Saranac Lake LAC and move all its operations to a remote setting at least through tomorrow (Thursday, October 21st, 2021) while we notify those potentially exposed and have a better sense about the health status of all those in that category. We regret any inconvenience this may create.

While we may be weary of COVID-19, the virus remains in our communities at rather high rates. This is a reminder to remain vigilant and continue to do our part in helping limit the spread. Beyond vaccinations, which the overwhelming majority of our college community has completed, continuing to practice the following steps will help:
  • wear masks when indoors,
  • maintain social distancing wherever possible,
  • practice good hand hygiene,
  • self-screen for symptoms related to COVID-10,
  • remain off-campus if symptomatic, and
  • contact one’s provider and seek out testing when symptomatic.
Thank you for your continued efforts to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our North Country healthy, safe, and learning!
 
Oct. 19, 2021
 
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Oct. 5, 2021
 
Sept. 27, 2021
 
Sept. 17, 2021
SARANAC LAKE --  The Sparks Athletic Complex will be closed until Monday morning as the college awaits the results of recent COVID testing.
 
Sept. 15, 2021
SARANAC LAKE – Students in the college’s nursing program were notified Tuesday evening that the lecture portion of their PN and ADN classes will shift to remote instruction, effective Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
 
The decision was predicated on prevention and a desire to:
  • keep potential exposures lower by minimizing the number of times larger groups are together on campus (and nursing is the largest group of classes on campus),
  • keep continuity and equity of nursing instruction across all three campuses, and
  • maintain the ability for our nursing students to safely attend clinical.
At the start of the semester, the college advised all students that we may have to pivot plans for instruction based upon the need to protect the health and safety of students and employees.
 
While the college is not seeing increases in infections on our campuses at this time, the North Country region continues to see higher than average positivity rates. Moving the lecture portion of PN and ADN classes to remote was one more step the college could take to help limit the spread.

Policies and Protocols
 
The following summarizes our policies and protocols related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, developed in accordance with the latest guidance from the NYS Health Department, the Essex and Franklin county health departments, and the State University of New York. Please note they are subject to change per Federal, State, SUNY, local, or college guidance.
 
To view the full list of policies and protocols for the semester, and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our Fall 2021 page.
 
Vaccination: All students planning to be on campus for Fall 2021 are required to be vaccinated by Sept. 27, per State University of New York policy. Proof of vaccination can be submitted to healthrecords@nccc.edu. Here's a list of locations where you can get vaccinated, or visit this SUNY link of vaccination sites.
 
Universal Masking: The College is following the CDC universal mask guidelines for those who will be on campus in college-owned buildings. All students, employees, and visitors who will be on campus in college-owned buildings are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, except when in one’s personal room, office, or work location, when eating or drinking while seated, or engaged in athletic competition or practice.
 
Surveillance Testing: From the start of the Fall 2021 semester until Sept. 27, 2021, mandatory weekly testing is required for any students on campus who have not been fully vaccinated. Following Sept. 27, 2021 (the date when all on-campus students are required to be fully vaccinated) students with approved exemptions must continue to participate in COVID-19 testing, and all other students are encouraged to participate in COVID-19 testing. The college is conducting testing using the pooled saliva surveillance method at no cost to students.
 
If you are sick: To protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, we ask that you do not come to campus if you have any COVID-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone who has tested positive or are quarantined. If you are experiencing symptoms, stay at home and contact your health care provider. If you have been taking classes on-campus, please contact your instructors.
 
Positive cases: Any student who tests positive is required to quarantine/isolate, per health department guidelines. The college will notify Essex or Franklin county, depending on the campus the student is attending, and the county will conduct the necessary contact tracing. 
 
Do you have any additional questions? Please contact us using this form.