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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Self-Quarantine Guide

Self-Quarantine Guide & Calendar

SUNY Potsdam students will be asked to start tracking your symptoms 2 weeks before arriving to campus, and to self-quarantine for 7 days prior to arriving in Potsdam.

Date of test Start your self-quarantine on: Start tracking your symptoms on:
January 12 (off campus only January 5 December 29
January 19 (off campus only January 12 January 5
January 26 (off campus only) January 19 January 12
January 28 (anyone) January 21 January 14
January 29 (anyone) January 22 January 15
January 30 (anyone) January 23 January 16
January 31 (anyone) January 24 January 17
February 1 (anyone) January 25 January 18

What does it mean to self-quarantine? 

Students will be asked to self-quarantine for 7 days prior to coming to SUNY Potsdam. Many times people have been unknowingly been exposed to a person infected with COVID-19, so upon arrival, on day 8 of your self-quarantine, you will be tested for the virus. The results of your test may take up to 4 days. We need you to do your very best to maintain your self-quarantine on campus until your results are returned.  

Self-quarantine at home before you come to campus involves

  • Staying at home  
  • If you have a job, making sure that you let your employer know that your last day of reporting to work is 8 days before you come to campus 
  • Not having visitors or visiting friends 
  • Washing your hands after touching a surface that is touched by others  
  • Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household except for those traveling to campus with you to help you move in 
  • Not sharing things like towels and utensils with your family members  

Self-quarantine on campus until you know your test results (approx. 4 days) involves: 

  • Hand sanitizing/Washing hands after touching a surface that is touched by others 
  • Disinfecting high touch surfaces such as your phone, keys, computer keyboards (do not spray a keyboard-wipe it), etc. 
  • Keeping windows open for fresh air exchange in your dorm rooms, housing unit or classrooms. 
  • Social distancing: 
    • Stay in your own room/housing unit and do not allow others in unless you have a roommate. 

    • Not visiting others in their room/housing unit. 

    • You can go outside, but make sure that you are 6 feet away from others at all times.  

  • Face covering: 

    • You will always need a face covering with you (in case you need to wear it quickly). 

    • You must wear your face covering inside all buildings. 

    • It is important that you have your face covering on in the bathroom in case someone else is there or comes in (except in the shower or washing your face, brushing your teeth). 

    • Please note that you are responsible for disinfecting high touch surfaces in the bathroom before and after use, to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. 

    • Groom in Your Room: Limit the amount of time that you are in the bathroom as much as possible. 

  • Dining hall 

    • You can go to dining hall to pick up food. 

    • You can eat outside at a distance from others, or eat in your room. 

    • Please don’t stay in the dining area to eat until your negative test results are back. 

  • Leaving campus 

    • Please do not visit local businesses until your negative results are back. 

    • Do not visit other students off campus; COVID-19 spreads quickly inside buildings if you are in close contact with others.  

    • It is best if you stay on campus until your COVID results are back, but if you would like to take a long walk to explore, wear your face covering, keep at least 6 feet from others, use cough etiquette and disinfect your hands.  

    • Please do not ride with others in their/your car (you are at higher risk for COVID-19 inside a car). 

    • Please do not ride the Bear Shuttle until your negative results are back.