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COVID-19 Resources

We all have a role to play in keeping the Fisher community healthy and safe.

Whether it involves wearing a mask, weekly testing, cleaning your workspace, maintaining social distancing throughout campus, or good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, there are steps we can each take to keep all Cardinals in the nest!

Current Operational Level


Yellow color swatch indicates Operational Level 1.

Operational Level 1

Yellow (low)

Cases are low and transmission is controlled.

  • Weekly Testing Clinics

    COVID-19 Testing Process

    Everyone is required to participate in and comply with the College’s testing policy unless they are entirely remote. Remember to schedule your weekly appointment. 

    Testing Clinics and Appointments

Important Dates to Know

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Information

For spring 2021 semester planning, here are important dates to know:

Spring Academic Calendar for Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • In an effort to prevent potential spread of COVID-19 due to travel, there will not be a Spring Break (originally scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6).
  • Classes will be held throughout the week leading up to the Easter holiday, including Good Friday.
  • Last Day of Classes – Saturday, May 1
  • Final exams  – Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7

Spring Academic Calendar for Wegmans School of Pharmacy

  • Last Day of Classes - Friday, April 30
  • There will not be a Spring Break.
  • Final exams - Monday, May 3 - Friday, May 7
  • The campus immersion experience for online pharmacy students is tentatively scheduled for May 10-14, but additional details will be forthcoming from the School.
Full Academic Calendar

Latest Campus Communication

An archive of earlier messages to employees, students, and families related to the impact of COVID-19 on our campus can be found on the Campus Communications Page.

Calling On Cardinals April 2021 Newsletter Archive
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Calling On Cardinals Archive

For our biggest fans—or those looking for information they read in a past issue—below is an archive of everyone's favorite newsletter. (Okay, maybe not everyone's favorite. But definitely Cardinal's favorite.)

Students and Families

April 29, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Students and Families
Cardinals, We Called ... You Answered. And, Together We Did It!

April 22, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Students and Families
Let the Celebrations Commence(ment)!

April 15, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Students and Families
Let's End the Semester Strong!

April 1, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Students and Families
Go Cardinals!

Employees

April 29, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Employees
Cardinals, We Called ... You Answered. And, Together We Did It!

April 22, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Employees
Let the Celebrations Commence(ment)!

April 15, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Employees
Let's End the Semester Strong!

April 1, 2021 - Calling On Cardinals for Employees
Not All Masks Are Created Equal

Weekly COVID-19 Update for the Campus: 04/27/2021

April 27, 2021 - Weekly COVID-19 Update for the Campus

Current Campus Impact

14-Day Rolling Period (information updated as of 4/26/21):

Confirmed Cases: 21
Total in Quarantine: 14
Total in Isolation: 14
On-Campus Clinic Point-of-Care Tests: 5,107

Operational Level

Our operational level remains at 1/yellow (low).

The yellow circle indicates that the College is at a Operational Level 1; or low. This means cases are low and transmission is controlled.

County Impact

As of Monday, April 26, the 7-day average infection rate for Monroe County was 2.9%. Please remember, we all must remain vigilant and be mindful of social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand hygiene.


College-Sponsored and Supported Travel Policy Update

The College has made some revisions to the College-Sponsored and Supported Travel Policy, which will be effective May 9. To read the revised policy, visit our Policies and Procedures webpage.


REMINDER: Commencement Guideline for Guests

As previously communicated, per the updated graduation and commencement guidelines provided by New York state, we are able to accommodate up to two guests per graduate in the ceremony in which they are participating. These guidelines require proof of a negative test, proof of a prior positive test result in the last three months, or proof of a completed immunization. Here is some information for you and your guests to know:

  • Upon arrival on campus, registered guests will be required to provide documentation of a:
    • COVID-19 vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the day of the ceremony
      OR
    • Negative COVID-19 test. This test can be an FDA approved antigen test administered within six hours of the ceremony or an FDA approved PCR test completed within 72 hours of the ceremony.
    • Proof of a prior positive test result or completed order of isolation within the last 90 days.

A copy of your test results, the Excelsior Pass, or your vaccine card will be acceptable forms of proof.

Guests who do not have proof of negative test or proof of being fully vaccinated will not be permitted on campus, per state guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Completed immunization means individuals who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to attend. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated when at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or after the one-dose vaccine. For Commencement, this means:

  • In order to attend a ceremony on May 6, you will have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (or received the one-dose vaccine) on or before April 21.
  • In order to attend a ceremony on May 7, you will have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (or received the one-dose vaccine) on or before April 22.
  • In order to attend a ceremony on May 8, you will have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (or received the one-dose vaccine) on or before April 23.

Commencement Testing Schedule for Graduates

Students who will be participating in a Commencement ceremony are also required to test negative with an FDA approved antigen test administered within six hours of the ceremony they plan to attend or an FDA approved PCR test completed within 72 hours of the ceremony. The College Walk-Through testing site will offer testing to graduates on the days of the ceremonies and the schedule will be made available this week. Appointments will be required.

If you are fully vaccinated and wish to be exempt from testing, you should upload your vaccination card to the Patient Portal. As a reminder, you are considered fully vaccinated when at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or after 28 days of a one-dose vaccine.


Traffic Alert – Commencement Week

We are anticipating a high volume of traffic on campus May 6-8 for Commencement ceremonies, move-out, and athletic competitions. The Office of Safety and Security will be managing Welcome Check-Ins and campus entrances will have signage directing traffic based on the event. Please be patient with the process and plan accordingly.


Employees: Vaccinated? Let Us Know!

As the College continues to try to better understand how much of our community is fully vaccinated, you are encouraged to share proof of vaccination with Human Resources if you have not done so yet. Simply send a photo of your vaccination card to humanresources@sjfc.edu.


Vaccine Availability

Monroe County continues to offer several clinic sites and opportunities for appointments and we encourage all who are eligible to sign up.


Thank you for your continuing cooperation.

Spring COVID-19 Advisory Team

Eileen Lynd-Balta, chair, associate provost
Valerie Benjamin, assistant vice president of human resources
Michael Lilholt ’23, president, Student Government Association
Russ Reynolds, interim director of safety and security
Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Kate Torok, director of marketing and communications
Michelle Erklenz-Watts, director of academic student support
Theresa Westbay, associate professor, biology
Derick Wigle, director of residential life

Weekly COVID-19 Update for the Campus: 04/20/2021

April 20, 2021 - Weekly COVID-19 Update for the Campus

Current Campus Impact

14-Day Rolling Period (information updated as of 4/19/21):

Confirmed Cases: 27
Total in Quarantine: 13
Total in Isolation: 9
On-Campus Clinic Point-of-Care Tests: 6,092

Operational Level

Our operational level remains at 1/yellow (low).

The yellow circle indicates that the College is at a Operational Level 1; or low. This means cases are low and transmission is controlled.

County Impact

As of Monday, April 19, the 7-day average infection rate for Monroe County was 3.2%. Please remember, we all must remain vigilant and be mindful of social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand hygiene.


Campus Conversation for Students, Families – Wednesday, April 21, 6 p.m.

LAST CALL: Join President Rooney for our monthly Campus Conversation with students and families related to COVID-19 at Fisher. We will also be joined by Dr. Alex DeLucenay ’06, ’10, associate professor in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and member of the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, who will provide his insights to vaccine safety and efficacy.

Registration will close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21. Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the session.

Register for the Campus Conversation


Commencement Guideline Reminders for Guests

As announced last Friday, per the updated graduation and commencement guidelines provided by New York state, we are able to accommodate up to two guests per graduate in the ceremony in which they are participating. These guidelines require proof of a negative test or proof of a completed immunization. Here is some information for you and your guests to know:

  • Upon arrival on campus, registered guests will be required to provide documentation of a:
    • COVID-19 vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the day of the ceremony
      OR
    • Negative COVID-19 test; this test can be an FDA approved antigen test administered within 6 hours of the ceremony or an FDA approved PCR test completed within 72 hours of the ceremony.
    • A copy of your test results, the Excelsior Pass, or your vaccine card will be acceptable forms of proof.

Guests who do not have proof of negative test or proof of being fully vaccinated will not be permitted on campus, per state guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Completed immunization means individuals who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to attend. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated when at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or after the one-dose vaccine. For Commencement, this means:

  • In order to attend a ceremony on May 6, you will have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (or received the one-dose vaccine) on or before April 21.
  • In order to attend a ceremony on May 7, you will have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (or received the one-dose vaccine) on or before April 22.
  • In order to attend a ceremony on May 8, you will have received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (or received the one-dose vaccine) on or before April 23.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated can obtain a COVID-19 test to attend a ceremony.

Graduates received guest registration information on Monday, April 19. The hard deadline for students to register to participate in their School ceremony is this Friday, April 23. The hard deadline for guest registration is Monday, April 26.


Vaccine Availability

Monroe County continues to offer several clinic sites and opportunities for appointments and we encourage all who are eligible to sign up.


Summer Guidelines

As shared by President Rooney in his update on Friday, Summer Guidelines have been developed and can be found on the COVID-19 Resources site. There will not be a weekly testing requirement for employees and students. The only exceptions to this change will be student-athletes who are still participating in intercollegiate athletic competitions after May 8, students participating in residential summer programs, and coaches and athletics staff. Visit the website for additional guideline details.


REMINDER: Travel Guideline Updates for Unvaccinated Students

Last week, the Governor announced another revision to travel guidelines, lifting the quarantine requirement for anyone who travels internationally.

Currently, at Fisher, due to the risk associated with community spread and travel, all students returning to campus (residential and commuter) following travel to a non-contiguous state (for more than 24 hours) must continue to follow current quarantine requirements. This same protocol will apply to any students who travel internationally moving forward.

Per the requirements, anyone who traveled to a non-contiguous state must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure, quarantine for three days upon arrival in New York, and obtain another COVID-19 test on day 4 of their quarantine. If both tests come back negative and results have been uploaded to the Patient Portal, students can return to campus. Students who do not obtain a test prior to arrival in New York and/or on the 4th day in New York, must quarantine for 10 days.

The CDC continues to recommend that people should delay travel until they are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading the virus. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, you should follow the CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated individuals.


Thank you for your continuing cooperation.

Spring COVID-19 Advisory Team

Eileen Lynd-Balta, chair, associate provost
Valerie Benjamin, assistant vice president of human resources
Michael Lilholt ’23, president, Student Government Association
Russ Reynolds, interim director of safety and security
Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Kate Torok, director of marketing and communications
Michelle Erklenz-Watts, director of academic student support
Theresa Westbay, associate professor, biology
Derick Wigle, director of residential life

Weekly COVID-19 Update for the Campus: 04/13//2021

April 13, 2021 - Weekly COVID-19 Update for the Campus

Current Campus Impact

14-Day Rolling Period (information updated as of 4/12/21):

Confirmed Cases: 19
Total in Quarantine: 18
Total in Isolation: 12
On-Campus Clinic Point-of-Care Tests: 6,623

Operational Level

Our operational level remains at 1/yellow (low).

The yellow circle indicates that the College is at a Operational Level 1; or low. This means cases are low and transmission is controlled.

County Impact

As of Monday, April 12, the 7-day average infection rate was 3.1%, similar to the rate we were seeing in early February as the surge from the holidays continued. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Michael Mendoza, has referenced the arrival of the new COVID-19 strains to our area and the predicted spring surge as contributing factors. Please remember, we all must remain vigilant and be mindful of social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand hygiene.

Vaccine Update

As shared earlier today, out of an abundance of caution, the CDC and FDA have recommended a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to some reports of blood clotting and our student vaccine clinic was cancelled. The CDC and FDA issued a joint statement that reads in part:

“As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).”

Read the full statement on the CDC website.

In the meantime, Monroe County continues to offer several clinic sites and opportunities for appointments and we encourage all who are eligible to sign up. Locations include:

  • Rochester Riverside Convention Center
  • Fleet Center
  • Wegmans Conference Center

The options are all listed, as well as availability status, on the county website. In addition, there are several sites around the state with appointment availability.


Travel Guideline Updates for Unvaccinated Students

Earlier this week, the Governor announced another revision to travel guidelines, lifting the quarantine requirement for anyone who travels internationally.

Currently, at Fisher, due to the risk associated with community spread and travel, all students returning to campus (residential and commuter) following travel to a non-contiguous state (for more than 24 hours) must continue to follow current quarantine requirements. This same protocol will apply to any students who travel internationally moving forward.

The CDC continues to recommend that people should delay travel until they are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading the virus. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, you should follow the CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated individuals.


Travel Guideline Updates for Unvaccinated Employees

Earlier this week, the Governor announced another revision to travel guidelines, lifting the quarantine requirement for anyone who travels internationally.

Currently, at Fisher, employees who are not fully vaccinated who are working on campus and travel to a non-contiguous state (for more than 24 hours) must test upon their arrival back to campus and again on day 3 (or if day 3 falls on the weekend, on the following Monday). This same protocol will apply to any employees who travel internationally moving forward. Those employees should plan to continue to schedule their testing appointments via the website.

The CDC continues to recommend that people should delay travel until they are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading the virus. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, you should follow the CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated individuals.


REMINDER: Testing Update for Fully Vaccinated Students

Fully vaccinated students are no longer be required to participate in our weekly testing protocols for the remainder of the spring semester. Fully vaccinated students who will no longer be testing on a weekly basis must provide proof of vaccine by uploading vaccine documentation to the Patient Portal. If for some reason you are not willing to share proof of vaccine, then you would be expected to continue to test.

The testing requirement will be reinstituted if indicators cause concern.

Please note: Fully vaccinated student-athletes will continue to test due to league requirements.


REMINDER: Testing Update for Fully Vaccinated Employees

Fully vaccinated employees will no longer be required to participate in our weekly testing protocols for the remainder of the spring semester. This is subject to change if conditions or indicators cause concern.

To be exempt from testing, employees must provide proof of vaccine to Human Resources by sending a photo of your vaccination card to humanresources@sjfc.edu prior to April 11. If you do not wish to share proof of vaccine, then you are required to continue to test.


Thank you for your continuing cooperation.

Spring COVID-19 Advisory Team

Eileen Lynd-Balta, chair, associate provost
Valerie Benjamin, assistant vice president of human resources
Michael Lilholt ’23, president, Student Government Association
Russ Reynolds, interim director of safety and security
Matha Thornton, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Kate Torok, director of marketing and communications
Michelle Erklenz-Watts, director of academic student support
Theresa Westbay, associate professor, biology
Derick Wigle, director of residential life


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