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COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

SUNY Orange has established the following protocol for dealing with potential on-campus or off-campus exposure to confirmed COVID-19 cases. This protocol is adapted from guidelines set forth by New York State for institutions of higher education.

Please note that guidance and circumstances may change, requiring adjustments to this protocol.

as of Sept. 22, 2020

Exposure Protocol

In the event that an individual (staff, faculty, student) has an exposure to an individual with a CONFIRMED diagnosis of COVID-19, the following steps will be taken.

  • SUNY Orange will be notified by the Orange County Department of Health (or other counties depending upon the county in which the individual resides) if an exposure has occurred. SUNY Orange will assist the local health department by providing information as needed to assist in the contact tracing procedure.
  • The Orange County DOH is to be contacted immediately of suspected cases at (845) 291-2330.
  • Contact tracing is the role of the local DOH and they in turn will notify all individuals who have been in close contact with a positive individual.
  • NYS DOH defines close contact as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting 48 hours before illness onset (symptoms) until the time the person was isolated.
  • The local health department will implement monitoring and movement restrictions of COVID- 19 infected or exposed persons including home isolation and quarantine
  • When notified by the DOH of a confirmed case, SUNY Orange CANNOT release any student/ staff names. The DOH may request information from SUNY Orange, specific to whether an individual attended/ taught classes and a list of class members to assist in contact tracing.
  • Individuals with symptoms should be tested for COVID-19 and should first contact their own healthcare provider. Testing sites are listed in the Restart Plan (if the individual does not have a medical provider to contact).
  • Following COVID-19 Diagnosis and Subsequent Isolation Period: If a student/staff/faculty member tests positive for the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19, they must meet the following conditions: symptom resolution, at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms for symptomatic individuals or 10 days from the collection date (test date) of the positive COVID-19 test for asymptomatic individuals; AND at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. A negative COVID-19 test will not be required, unless specifically requested by the Department of Health. 
  • If an individual has had close or proximate contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time AND is NOT experiencing COVID -19 related symptoms, the individual may return to a campus upon completing 14 days of self-quarantine from the date of last exposure.

SUNY Orange has designated personnel to be the appropriate points of contact upon the identification of positive cases. These contacts are responsible for subsequent communications, and have been deemed responsible for answering questions from students and employees regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and plans implemented by the institution.

Designees are:

Iris Martinez-Davis, AVP of Human Resources, (845) 341-4662

Susan Corbett RN, Wellness Center, (845) 341-4870

Designees will work closely with the local DOH to assist as needed and with other health care providers to monitor public health and develop monitoring strategies.