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Fall 2020 at Fisher

Please refer to this website for the most up-to-date information.


Welcome Home, Cardinals!

体育足球比分This fall at Fisher will be unlike any other, and we have implemented new safety guidelines and protocols to help us all navigate our new norm together. As new information related to the pandemic and how it is impacting our campus community becomes available, you will find it here. And if you do your part, you will help us remain healthy, safe, and together on campus this fall. We've got this.

Mask Up for Fisher

Important Dates to Know

Academic Calendar Information

Below are important dates to know for the fall 2020 semester:

Academic Calendar for Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • Last Day of Classes – Wednesday, November 25
  • Final Exams (will take place remotely) – Monday, November 30 and will end Friday, December 4
  • The semester break will begin immediately following finals

体育足球比分*Labor Day (Monday, September 7) and Recess Day (Friday, October 16) are both days of instruction

Academic Calendar for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

  • First Day of Classes – Monday, August 31
  • Online Instruction Period – Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4
  • Final Exams – Monday, December 7 - Friday, December 11

Academic Calendar for Weekend College

  • Last Day of Classes – Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 (will be completed remotely)

Latest Campus Communication

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Families: 9/8/20

September 8, 2020 - Update for Families

The message below was sent to your students earlier today.

As well, we invite you to join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, for a Campus Conversation via Zoom hosted by members of the COVID-19 Monitoring Team. We will share with you more information about our community mitigation efforts and have time for Q&A.

If you are interested, please register no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. A Zoom link will be sent to you by 3 p.m. the day of the session.


The College has updated our response to student behaviors related to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic based on a small number of incidents involving risky behaviors we have addressed in the first two weeks of the semester.

Going forward, students who are involved in alleged conduct violations involving occupancy policies (on-campus) and/or local and state guidance on gatherings (on- and off-campus), in combination with the failure to maintain social distancing and not masking, will be removed from campus on an interim basis and required to self-quarantine off-campus for 14 days.  Please note: negative COVID-19 test results will not shorten the self-quarantine as the self-quarantine timeframe is based on the incubation period of COVID-19 and when an individual would be expected to become symptomatic after a possible exposure.  Students will be expected to make their own off-campus arrangements at their expense.

A student who is removed from campus to self-quarantine will not be allowed on campus at any time and will attend classes as remote learners during the 14 days.  Faculty will be notified of the student’s transition to temporary remote learner via FisherLink and the student will receive a copy of the notice. 

The student will receive communication from the Office of Student Conduct regarding the next steps in the conduct process to address the alleged violations.  The student conduct meeting will be scheduled as soon as feasible, but the conclusion of the meeting does not mean the student will be released from their self-quarantine any earlier than 14 days.

This is the FisherLink flag language that your faculty and staff support network will receive in these instances (you will also receive a copy):
‌NAME is a student enrolled in a class with you this semester.  This is to notify you they have been removed from campus on an interim basis.  They are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and therefore may not be on campus at any time.  The student has been instructed to continue taking classes remotely and will consult syllabi regarding accessing their courses.  If the student does attend your class in person, please notify Safety & Security at 585-385-8025. When there is a change in the student's status this flag will be cleared and you will be notified.

This is the FisherLink flag language that your faculty and staff support network will receive for quarantine/isolation scenarios that are not conduct-related (you will also receive a copy):
体育足球比分 NAME is quarantining or isolating.  This means that the student may not be on campus at any time and will switch to participating in classes remotely.  The student will consult syllabi regarding accessing courses remotely. Please do not clear this flag yourself. When the student can return to campus, this flag will be cleared by Student Affairs and you will receive an email. 

Updated FAQs

We have received several questions and have been working to respond. We are also in the process of updating the FAQ section on our website. Please continue to send questions to fisheralert@uesawacm.com and we will do our best to answer your questions in a timely manner.

Q. Can you please provide some information about the screening tools you are using? How is the wastewater testing done? What type of saliva testing is being used and why are results considered suspicious but not positive?
The College completed baseline wastewater sampling before students’ return to campus and will conduct surveillance twice weekly, throughout the fall semester. The wastewater is collected through an automated system over a 24-hour period, and samples are sent to a laboratory that looks for traces of the virus.

The team is looking at three levels of detection: not detected, detected but not quantitated, and detected and quantitated. Based on the level, the College would either maintain or heighten universal precautions (mask wearing, social distancing, etc.) in place, increase protocols and other mitigation efforts, or engage in repeat sample testing.

At the third level, the College will conduct saliva-based surveillance of resident students. That procedure, which offers a rapid response turnaround and is less invasive than nasal swabs, will take place at a laboratory located in the School of Pharmacy. Students deposit their saliva into a test tube, which are collected from the residence halls and delivered to the pharmacy lab for analysis. The samples cannot confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 diagnosis, but rather offer an indication the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA.

Q. How long will it take for you to receive the saliva test results? What is the reason for the duration?
The timeframe of the saliva surveillance results can take anywhere from 24-48 hours depending on the volume of testing.  Students are notified by members of the Division of Student Affairs in the following ways:  we contact by phone those that need to isolate and have a COVID test first, then those that need to quarantine. We email those that do not need any further testing.

Q.  What if my student’s sample indicates the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA?
Your student will be required to isolate of campus and have an actual test for COVID-19 (nasopharyngeal swab).
 
Q. Who is notified when a positive COVID-19 case is found on campus?
The College will continue to update the COVID-19 Impact page with the number of positive cases on campus.

体育足球比分 When a student, faculty, or staff person has a positive test they are isolated off campus.  The positive person will work with a contact tracer on campus or from the Monroe County, depending on if they are a resident student or a commuting student/faculty or staff member, to determine who they had close contact with.  Then the contact tracer contacts those persons, typically by phone. 

Quarantining

Q.  My student has to quarantine on campus. What do I need to know?

  • Food: Food will be delivered to your student’s room.  They will receive 3 meals per day.  We report any food allergies they have previously disclosed to Fisher Dining.  If they want to double check or tell Fisher Dining about any allergies or sensitivities, please email fisherdining@uesawacm.com
  • Support: A Care Coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center is available to your student while they are in quarantine. They can contact the Health and Wellness Center at 585-385-8280.  They can also contact, our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.
  • Laundry: If they have an urgent need to do laundry, we have set up an appointment system.  Students must wear their mask to, from, and within the laundry room.  They must clean the machines off after using them with the cleaning supplies provided.  
  • Classes: While they are quarantining, they will attend all classes remotely. They should consult their syllabus about remote learning for each of their classes. Faculty are notified through FisherLink the student is required to be in quarantine and the student receives a copy of the notice.
  • Mail and Packages: If students have a package or mail they need urgently, they should email mholmes@uesawacm.com and we arrange to have it delivered to the student (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm).
  • Trash: If a student needs to take their trash out they may do so as long as they are wearing your mask, and go right to the garbage/recycling and right back to their room.
  • Dropping Things Off: If you want to drop something off for your student, please label it and bring it to the Safety and Security Desk in Haffey Hall.  It will be delivered to your student. 

Q. Can my quarantining student leave their room and go outside/leave campus?
Outside of trash and laundry, students are required to stay in their rooms at all times.  If they are found outside of their room during their quarantine, they be required to quarantine off campus.

Q. How will my student know when their quarantine is done?
Your student will receive a call, or an email if we cannot connect with them by phone, when their quarantine is over.  We will also communicate with faculty when cleared to return to campus through FisherLink.  Your student will receive a copy of this notice.

Isolation

Q.  My student was told they need to isolate off campus because their saliva screening indicates the presence of SARS CoV2 (COVID-19) RNA, what are the next steps?
Students will need to isolate off campus until they can be tested for COVID-19 using molecular testing (nasopharyngeal swab) and the test results are reviewed. While they are isolating they should stay home, stay 6 feet from any other person, wear their mask, wash their hands, and make sure they are cleaning all surfaces. 

Q.  Can my student isolate on campus?
No, isolating is done off campus.  Although we know it can be inconvenient, we expect that local students who can go home to go home.   We have a limited amount of spaces off campus for isolation and they prioritized for students from beyond 3 hours, out of state or international or our students who have family at home who are medically compromised.

Q.  Isolation is off campus but are from out of state, abroad, or have a medically compromised family member living in the home.  What do we do?
We have a limited number of spaces off campus in which students can isolate.  If your student is from out of state, abroad or has a medically compromised family member living in the home we will arrange for an off campus option.  If they do not have a car on campus, we will transport the student off campus.  Your student will receive 3 meals per day while they are off campus.  If they leave their room during the isolation period, you will be contacted and you will need to make alternate arrangements for them/take them home.
 
Q. What about classes while my student is in isolation?
While they are quarantining, they will attend all classes remotely. They should consult their syllabus about remote learning for each of their classes. Faculty are notified through FisherLink the student is required to be in quarantine and the student receives a copy of the notice.

Q.  What support is my student getting during isolation?
A care coordinator from the Health and Wellness Center will check in with your while they are in isolation.  For additional support, they can also contact , our telemedicine partner, who provides medical and mental health visits 24/7.

If a student is isolating at our off campus location, they will be monitored by our Health and Wellness Staff and/or our partners at Rochester Regional Health depending on their condition.

Q. If Fisher shuts down all facilities and students are to return home, what is the plan if a student tested positive for COVID and is isolating?
体育足球比分 The student would continue to isolate off campus until we are told that it is safe for them to return to their home community.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/8/20

September 8, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Colleagues,

The College has updated our response to student behaviors related to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic based on a small number of incidents involving risky behaviors we have addressed in the first two weeks of the semester.

Going forward, students who are involved in alleged conduct violations involving occupancy policies (on-campus) and/or local and state guidance on gatherings (on- and off-campus), in combination with the failure to maintain social distancing and not masking, will be removed from campus on an interim basis and required to self-quarantine off-campus for 14 days体育足球比分.  Please note: negative COVID-19 test results will not shorten the self-quarantine as the self-quarantine timeframe is based on the incubation period of COVID-19 and when an individual would be expected to become symptomatic after a possible exposure.  Students will be expected to make their own off-campus arrangements at their expense.

体育足球比分A student who is removed from campus to self-quarantine will not be allowed on campus at any time and will attend classes as remote learners during the 14 days.  Faculty will be notified of the student’s transition to temporary remote learner via FisherLink and the student will receive a copy of the notice. 

The student will receive communication from the Office of Student Conduct regarding the next steps in the conduct process to address the alleged violations.  The student conduct meeting will be scheduled as soon as feasible, but the conclusion of the meeting does not mean the student will be released from their self-quarantine any earlier than 14 days.

This is the FisherLink flag language that you will receive in these instances:

NAME is a student enrolled in a class with you this semester.  This is to notify you they have been removed from campus on an interim basis.  They are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and therefore may not be on campus at any time.  The student has been instructed to continue taking classes remotely and will consult syllabi regarding accessing their courses.  If the student does attend your class in person, please notify the Office of Safety and Security at (585) 385-8025. When there is a change in the student’s status this flag will be cleared and you will be notified.

This is the FisherLink flag language that you will receive for quarantine/isolation scenarios that are not conduct-related:

NAME is quarantining or isolating.  This means that the student may not be on campus at any time and will switch to participating in classes remotely.  The student will consult syllabi regarding accessing courses remotely.  Please do not clear this flag yourself. When the student can return to campus, this flag will be cleared by Student Affairs and you will receive an email. 

体育足球比分Thanks for your continuing cooperation with the Daily Pass, our protocols and policies, and our community mitigation efforts.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for Families: 9/6/20

September 6, 2020 - Update for Families

The message below was shared with your students earlier this morning. This Thursday, Sept. 10, we will hold a Campus Conversation for families at 5 p.m. Watch for registration details in the coming days.

If you have questions, please email fisheralert@uesawacm.com.


体育足球比分Dear Members of the Campus Community,

体育足球比分We have completed our initial saliva surveillance with residents in impacted buildings following a trace amount of SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19) through wastewater surveillance. We will continue to use wastewater and saliva surveillance as community mitigation tools throughout the semester and take appropriate action as we receive results. Each week, we collect two samples from four residential areas. We think that it is important to clarify the relevant terminology and processes that have been followed this week and that will be followed as the semester progresses.

What did we learn from the wastewater surveillance?

Our most recent wastewater surveillance detected no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in three of our four residential area samples and detected a trace amount in one residential area. The results of the most recent wastewater surveillance were consistent with the previous surveillance and we continued our process of targeted saliva surveillance.

What is the difference between saliva surveillance and a COVID-19 test?

The saliva surveillance process is not a diagnostic test. Signals detected in a saliva sample indicates that the individual needs to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The process of saliva surveillance – from collection to screening – takes approximately 24-48 hours.

体育足球比分The nasopharyngeal (NP) swab is the most reliable test to date and is required of our students if a signal is detected in a saliva sample. Depending on where individuals obtain the NP swab, completed result times can vary.  We are working with Rochester Regional Health to standardize the testing location and timeframe for students needing the COVID-19 test as a result of saliva surveillance.

What happens if a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test?

If a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test, they are required to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. If a COVID-19 test (or NP swab), is positive, the student is directed to notify the Health and Wellness Center and isolate off campus. They may choose to do so at home or at a nearby hotel with College assistance. 

When does someone ?

Individuals must if they might have been exposed to the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Those with possible exposure will be required to quarantine either on- or off-campus, depending on the circumstances. If quarantining due to exposure to someone who tested positive, the person will remain in quarantine for 14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

This week, out of an abundance of caution, roommates and suitemates of students who were required to obtain a COVID-19 test due to saliva surveillance were also quarantined, but they themselves were not required to obtain a COVID-19 test. In this case, if the student’s COVID-19 test is negative, all students in that suite can return to campus and in-person class.

When must someone ?

Individuals must if they test positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or are presumed positive by a health care provider due to symptoms.

体育足球比分Students whose saliva sample indicated the need for a COVID-19 test are also required to isolate off-campus.

How is the College handling COVID-19 conduct-related matters?

体育足球比分The College is also requiring students who have had an alleged conduct violation that involves possible exposure to COVID due to gatherings that did not meet College policies (including social distancing, wearing masks, etc.), on or off campus, to remain off campus until they provide a negative test for COVID-19. We will also respond with our normal student code of conduct process. If egregious, students will not be allowed to return to campus until their conduct process concludes. Faculty are notified via FisherLink to let them know the student will not be in class due to an alleged conduct violation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period.

What are the steps taken by the College when a residential student must quarantine or isolate?

体育足球比分Based on what we are learning through the wastewater and saliva surveillance, the Daily Pass or contact tracing, when a residential student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • A member of the Student Affairs staff calls the student to let them know they have been identified as someone who must quarantine or isolate and discusses why.
  • The staff works with the student to determine whether they will quarantine on or off-campus, depending on individual circumstance. Students who need to isolate are required to isolate off campus and Student Affairs works with students to determine whether they return home or go to the hotel.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.
  • Fisher Dining is delivering meals three times a day to students in quarantine or isolation whether they are on- or off-campus.
  • If a student is sick with COVID-19, they are supported by our Health and Wellness Center and Rochester Regional Health.

What are the steps taken by the College when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate?

Based on what we are learning through the Daily Pass or Monroe County Department of Public Health, when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • The staff works with the student to understand where they will quarantine or isolate off-campus, depending on individual circumstance.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.

When does the contact tracing process begin?

Contact tracing begins with a positive COVID-19 test or if someone is presumed positive by a health care provider, in partnership with the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Only体育足球比分 those with a possible exposure (close contacts) are contacted when someone in the community tests positive. Again, a close contact is defined as:

  • Had contact with the positive individual for 10 minutes for longer
  • Contact was in a physical distance of less than 6 feet
  • Contact was within a time period occurring within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or with no symptoms but a positive test

We have heard about more than one positive case, but the dashboard only reflects one. Why?

体育足球比分To date, only one COVID-19 positive case is confirmed with the College. Saliva surveillance results are not equivalent to a positive COVID-19 test. Rather, a signal in a saliva surveillance sample indicates the need for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 by NP swab. It is important to remember the saliva surveillance is not a diagnostic test.

What if my residence hall was not impacted by the surveillance?

Wastewater surveillance is just one way that we are monitoring the virus on campus. Even if the surveillance showed no viral shed in your buildings wastewater to date, it is still crucial to continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear your mask, and practice good hand hygiene.

We would like to thank all of the students impacted this week for their patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this process. We also wish to express our gratitude to the staff and faculty who supported our students this week: Al Camp and Dr. Todd Camenisch, who are leading the wastewater surveillance; and all staff members in Residential Life, Fisher Dining, the Health and Wellness Center, and Safety and Security.

We will continue to inform the campus community of positive cases on our Fall 2020 at Fisher website on the COVID-19 Impact page. There, you can also learn of our operational levels (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn of new confirmed cases.

As we always say, we are a community that takes care of one another. And in this dynamic and swift-moving time, we have proven that time and again. Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team

COVID-19 Monitoring Team Update for the Campus Community: 9/6/20

September 6, 2020 - Update for the Campus Community

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

We have completed our initial saliva surveillance with residents in impacted buildings following a trace amount of SARS-CoV-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19) through wastewater surveillance. We will continue to use wastewater and saliva surveillance as community mitigation tools throughout the semester and take appropriate action as we receive results. Each week, we collect two samples from four residential areas. We think that it is important to clarify the relevant terminology and processes that have been followed this week and that will be followed as the semester progresses.

What did we learn from the wastewater surveillance?

Our most recent wastewater surveillance detected no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in three of our four residential area samples and detected a trace amount in one residential area. The results of the most recent wastewater surveillance were consistent with the previous surveillance and we continued our process of targeted saliva surveillance.

What is the difference between saliva surveillance and a COVID-19 test?

The saliva surveillance process is not a diagnostic test. Signals detected in a saliva sample indicates that the individual needs to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The process of saliva surveillance – from collection to screening – takes approximately 24-48 hours.

The nasopharyngeal (NP) swab is the most reliable test to date and is required of our students if a signal is detected in a saliva sample. Depending on where individuals obtain the NP swab, completed result times can vary.  We are working with Rochester Regional Health to standardize the testing location and timeframe for students needing the COVID-19 test as a result of saliva surveillance.

What happens if a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test?

If a students’ saliva indicates the need for a COVID-19 test, they are required to obtain an FDA-approved nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test to determine if they are positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. If a COVID-19 test (or NP swab), is positive, the student is directed to notify the Health and Wellness Center and isolate off campus. They may choose to do so at home or at a nearby hotel with College assistance. 

When does someone ?

体育足球比分Individuals must if they might have been exposed to the virus, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Those with possible exposure will be required to quarantine either on- or off-campus, depending on the circumstances. If quarantining due to exposure to someone who tested positive, the person will remain in quarantine for 14 days since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

This week, out of an abundance of caution, roommates and suitemates of students who were required to obtain a COVID-19 test due to saliva surveillance were also quarantined, but they themselves were not required to obtain a COVID-19 test. In this case, if the student’s COVID-19 test is negative, all students in that suite can return to campus and in-person class.

When must someone ?

Individuals must if they test positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or are presumed positive by a health care provider due to symptoms.

体育足球比分Students whose saliva sample indicated the need for a COVID-19 test are also required to isolate off-campus.

How is the College handling COVID-19 conduct-related matters?

The College is also requiring students who have had an alleged conduct violation that involves possible exposure to COVID due to gatherings that did not meet College policies (including social distancing, wearing masks, etc.), on or off campus, to remain off campus until they provide a negative test for COVID-19. We will also respond with our normal student code of conduct process. If egregious, students will not be allowed to return to campus until their conduct process concludes. Faculty are notified via FisherLink to let them know the student will not be in class due to an alleged conduct violation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period.

What are the steps taken by the College when a residential student must quarantine or isolate?

体育足球比分Based on what we are learning through the wastewater and saliva surveillance, the Daily Pass or contact tracing, when a residential student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • A member of the Student Affairs staff calls the student to let them know they have been identified as someone who must quarantine or isolate and discusses why.
  • The staff works with the student to determine whether they will quarantine on or off-campus, depending on individual circumstance. Students who need to isolate are required to isolate off campus and Student Affairs works with students to determine whether they return home or go to the hotel.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.
  • Fisher Dining is delivering meals three times a day to students in quarantine or isolation whether they are on- or off-campus.
  • If a student is sick with COVID-19, they are supported by our Health and Wellness Center and Rochester Regional Health.

What are the steps taken by the College when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate?

Based on what we are learning through the Daily Pass or Monroe County Department of Public Health, when a commuter student must quarantine or isolate, the College takes the following steps:

  • The staff works with the student to understand where they will quarantine or isolate off-campus, depending on individual circumstance.
  • The College notifies members of the students’ support network via FisherLink (faculty, staff, advisors) to let them know that they will not be in class due to quarantine or isolation. Students ARE able to attend class remotely during this period if they feel well enough to do so.
  • The College’s care coordinators maintain contact with each student to ensure academic support, social/emotional support, and medical support, if needed.

When does the contact tracing process begin?

Contact tracing begins with a positive COVID-19 test or if someone is presumed positive by a health care provider, in partnership with the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Only体育足球比分 those with a possible exposure (close contacts) are contacted when someone in the community tests positive. Again, a close contact is defined as:

  • Had contact with the positive individual for 10 minutes for longer
  • Contact was in a physical distance of less than 6 feet
  • Contact was within a time period occurring within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or with no symptoms but a positive test

We have heard about more than one positive case, but the dashboard only reflects one. Why?

To date, only one COVID-19 positive case is confirmed with the College. Saliva surveillance results are not equivalent to a positive COVID-19 test. Rather, a signal in a saliva surveillance sample indicates the need for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 by NP swab. It is important to remember the saliva surveillance is not a diagnostic test.

What if my residence hall was not impacted by the surveillance?

Wastewater surveillance is just one way that we are monitoring the virus on campus. Even if the surveillance showed no viral shed in your buildings wastewater to date, it is still crucial to continue to observe social distancing guidelines, wear your mask, and practice good hand hygiene.

We would like to thank all of the students impacted this week for their patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate this process. We also wish to express our gratitude to the staff and faculty who supported our students this week: Al Camp and Dr. Todd Camenisch, who are leading the wastewater surveillance; and all staff members in Residential Life, Fisher Dining, the Health and Wellness Center, and Safety and Security.

We will continue to inform the campus community of positive cases on our Fall 2020 at Fisher website on the COVID-19 Impact page. There, you can also learn of our operational levels (yellow, orange, red, grey). This information will be updated as we learn of new confirmed cases.

As well, we will host a Campus Conversation this Thursday at 3:30 on Zoom to share additional information and answer questions you may have. Registration details are forthcoming in our Tuesday update.

体育足球比分As we always say, we are a community that takes care of one another. And in this dynamic and swift-moving time, we have proven that time and again. Thanks, as always, for your continued vigilance, cooperation, and attention.

COVID-19 Monitoring Team


Additional Resources

To stay up-to-date on the most current information, visit:

  • New York State Department of Health Hotline: (888) 364-3065