July 23, 2020 – Returning to campus - Restricted states, quarantine, and isolating

July 23, 2020

Hello Wildcats,

Please take some time to watch this video to understand the College's support of our students from restricted states as well as our plans for both quarantine and isolation housing.

For students from states on the NYS restricted states list:

The College is expected to follow all NYS orders and guidance as indicated for restricted states. The list of states currently on the list can be found at: ny.gov/states. Please review the list regularly as the list is generated on a 7-day rolling average, and states may move on or off the list.

The specifics of the travel advisory directly from the NYS site include:

Guidance for Travel

The travel advisory is effective at 12:01 am on Thursday, June 25, 2020. If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.

The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.

The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.

For questions about the travel advisory please refer to the guidance linked here.

Students may choose to quarantine in NYS at an off campus residence. For students who do not have an option to quarantine off campus, the College will offer a limited number of rooms in our previously established quarantine housing areas. The College continues to reach out to students from these states to provide additional specifics, and to explain the registration process for their quarantine. If you are currently living in one of these states and have any questions, please contact Elaine Koch at eckoch@cazenovia.edu. Expectations for precautionary quarantine can be found at: ny.gov/traveladvisory

For family members residing in a restricted state and wishing to help their student move from an off campus NYS location in to the residences after the student's quarantine, NYS permits travel of under 24 hours for people coming in to the state from a restricted state.

Regarding quarantine and isolation:

From the CDC:

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it's safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific "sick room" or area.

Both measures are implemented to contain and prevent transmission.

Please know that per New York State Re-opens guidance for Higher Education, Cazenovia College has determined appropriate space on campus for both quarantine and isolation housing appropriately separate from the regular residential communities. Should we have any individual test positive for COVID-19, the College will work directly with the Madison County Health Department to support contract tracing as well as to follow all health practices as prescribed by the department for supporting the health of the individual and the safety and well-being of the community.

As always you may ask questions at covid19questions@cazenovia.edu and visit our website or the Helpful Information for Students for more information and to review videos and materials that have been provided with them.

Please be well!
Karey