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The Siena College COVID-19 Alert System will communicate different stages of virus mitigation strategies depending on conditions on campus and/or in the surrounding community. Several status indicators will determine the alert level, including: College administered surveillance test results; positive case count and severity of illness; isolation and quarantine capacity; New York State’s Cluster Action Initiative; and contact tracing capacity.

The President’s decision to change the alert level would be informed by: Siena’s Health Services, the Siena College Coronavirus Ops Center, the President’s Cabinet, and the Albany County Department of Health. Changes to the alert level and the impact on campus operations as outlined in the Marching Forward Plan will be announced in a community email from the Ops Center and will be added to the Siena College Marching Forward website. 

Green alert: Level 1 Low Risk

Surveillance testing among students and staff, based on a seven-day rolling average, reflects a positivity rate at two percent or lower; and the College has very low levels of incidence of COVID-19 with the capacity to contact trace and isolate/quarantine in cooperation with Albany County Department of Health; and/or Albany County/Loudonville is not identified by New York State as an Orange or Red Zone. 

BASELINE: Limited number of positive cases are active on campus. 

Mitigation efforts: Operations reflect no changes from Marching Forward health and safety protocols.

Blue alert Level II low to moderate risk

Surveillance testing among students and staff, based on a seven-day rolling average, reflects a positivity rate between 2.1-3.0 percent; and/or the College has low to moderate levels of incidence of COVID-19 with the capacity to contact trace and isolate/quarantine in cooperation with Albany County Department of Health; and/or Albany County/Loudonville is identified by New York State as an Orange Zone.

BASELINE: The number of positive test results on campus and the number of community members in quarantine is slightly higher than at the lowest level of alert.

Mitigation efforts may include: Dining services may be limited to takeout and socially-distanced outdoor seating; clubs/intramural/recreational/fitness activities may be limited to virtual settings; visitors to campus may be further limited; students may be prohibited from visiting residence halls other than their own. 

yellow alert level III moderate risk

Surveillance testing among students and staff, based on a seven-day rolling average, reflects a positivity rate between 3.1-5.0 percent; and/or the College has moderate levels of incidence of COVID-19 with the capacity to contact trace and isolate/quarantine in cooperation with Albany County Department of Health; and/or Albany County/Loudonville is identified by New York State as an Orange or Red Zone.

BASELINE: The number of positive test results on campus and the number of community members in quarantine is elevated, but the College still has isolation and quarantine capacity and is able to complete contact tracing in coordination with the Albany County Department of Health.

Mitigation efforts may include: Dining services will be limited to takeout and socially-distanced outdoor seating; clubs/intramural/ recreational activities will be limited to virtual settings; fitness activities and MAC usage may be restricted; visitors to campus will be further limited; students will be prohibited from visiting residence halls other than their own. 

orange level IV moderate to high risk

Surveillance testing among students and staff, based on a seven-day rolling average, reflects a positivity rate between 5.1-8.0 percent; and/or the College has moderate to high levels of incidence of COVID-19 with the capacity to contact trace and isolate/quarantine in cooperation with Albany County Department of Health; and/or Albany County/Loudonville is identified by New York State as a Red Zone.

BASELINE: The College is experiencing many cases, including community spread, with some likely undetected cases as evidenced by the number of cases, surveillance results, and limited isolation and quarantine capacity; and/or Albany County has been designated at the highest threat level by New York State.

Mitigation efforts may include: The College may go on temporary “pause,” including potentially moving to remote instruction for a period of time. Dining services will be limited to grab-and-go only; all varsity athletic and club/fitness center activities may be suspended and the MAC may be closed for a period of time; a restriction to campus and/or curfew may be implemented; the campus will be closed to visitors; employees will work remotely — only essential personnel will report to campus. The pause will be temporary as the conditions on campus and in the community are monitored.

red alert high risk

Surveillance testing among students and staff, based on a seven-day rolling average, reflects a positivity rate greater than 8 percent; and/or the College has high levels of incidence of COVID-19 and/or does not have the capacity to contact trace and isolate/quarantine in cooperation with Albany County Department of Health.

BASELINE: The College is experiencing a significant increase in incidence and prevalence of the virus on campus.

Mitigation efforts may include: The College will temporarily cease all in-person activities and classes will be taught remotely. Students will be restricted to campus and asked to shelter in place except when picking up food or using the restroom. Only essential personnel will report to campus. If the incidence and prevalence is beyond the capacity for Siena College and local hospitals to safely manage, and the Department of Health advises, campus may be closed and students asked to return home in accordance with the College’s evacuation plan. In this instance, the College will work to accommodate students with any extenuating circumstances on an individual basis.