*last updated January 19, 2022

Isolation and quarantine guidance changes frequently. The College will follow current Department of Health regulations and update the Marching Forward plan as policies evolve. 


Any community member who tests positive for COVID will be required to isolate at home for at least five days, where day zero is the day of symptom onset or, if asymptomatic, the day of the positive test. The positive test result is reportable to the Albany County Health Department and the individual may be contact traced by the residing county health department at their discretion. Isolation ends after five full days if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. If a fever persists, continue to isolate until the fever has resolved for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. A well-fitting mask must be worn around others for five additional days (day six through 10). 

The College will have designated isolation space available if isolating at home is not possible or practicable, as determined on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Students (or designee). 


A ‘close contact’ is defined as anyone who has been in contact with a positive individual for more than 10 minutes and within six feet regardless of masking. 

If fully vaccinated and boosted, fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for the booster, or had COVID within the past 90 days, no quarantine is required.

If not fully vaccinated or booster eligible and not yet boosted, a five-day quarantine is required off campus. The date of last contact (exposure) is considered day zero.

Any person who is exposed to a person who is COVID positive, regardless of vaccine/booster status, should wear a mask for 10 days when around others. The date of last contact (exposure) is considered day zero. Also, get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with COVID, even if asymptomatic. If the test is positive or COVID symptoms develop, isolate from others and follow the information in the isolation section (above). Anyone who had COVID within the past 90 days does not need to get tested after close contact.