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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

SUNY Potsdam Update: Student tests positive for COVID-19

September 2, 2020 

SUNY Potsdam’s Student Health Services has been notified that an on-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19. The College is testing all students returning to Potsdam for COVID-19 upon arrival, including residential students and local students living off-campus.

  • To respect the privacy of the individual, they will remain anonymous. 

  • The affected student had already been self-quarantining while awaiting the test results, and will now complete the required isolation period until they are cleared by the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department. 

  • Public Health will notify anyone who may have been exposed to the individual who tested positive, and give further instructions for required next steps. 

  • SUNY Potsdam has separate dedicated space in the residence halls for on-campus students to complete isolation periods, meeting all public health guidelines. 

  • Any off-campus students who test positive through precautionary testing will be able to complete their isolation periods under the guidance of the County Public Health Department, just as local residents would. 

As of 12:30 p.m. today, SUNY Potsdam received additional test results, with a total of 1,363 negative results and now 1 positive result. To stay up to date on all COVID-19 tests and results related to campus, visit our case details page. This page is updated daily with all the latest results. 

We are taking all necessary precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community, in keeping with federal and state regulations. Together, we can ensure the Fall 2020 semester is safe and successful.

Please, do your part by upholding the BEAR COVID-19 Pledge and public health expectations, by wearing a face covering in all public spaces, social distancing, frequently washing your hands and tracking your symptoms daily. 


What to do if you start to experience symptoms (CDC guidelines)

If you are experiencing symptoms (including fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or respiratory infection/distress), and suspect you may have COVID-19, do NOT enter a healthcare facility before speaking with a medical professional. You risk exposing others to the virus.

  • Faculty and staff: Contact your primary care physician or local health facility. Separately, notify Human Resources. If you are on campus and experiencing symptoms, you should immediately go home. If you are already working from home, stay at home and self-quarantine as a precaution while you seek medical attention. 

  • Students: Call Student Health Services at (315) 267-2377 during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to set up a telehealth appointment or contact your health provider. After business hours or over the weekend, local students can call ahead to the Urgent Care Clinic at (315) 261-5525 or the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Emergency Department at (315) 265-3300. 

All updates will continue to be posted comprehensively at