COVID-19 Information & Updates

The college remains committed to following guidance from the CDC, SUNY and NYS Department of Health and protecting the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.

As the guidance related to COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, our protocols and plans will be updated accordingly. Please check this webpage often.

Visit the SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker for our latest case and testing numbers.

Coming to Campus

Individuals should not report to campus if any of the following have occurred in the past 10 days and should contact their instructor/supervisor and College Health Services at (518) 629-7468 or healthservice@hvcc.edu:

  • Knowingly been in close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases;
  • Tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Experienced any COVID-19 symptoms including a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or greater.

COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged, but not required of anyone coming to campus. 

Health Screening Questionnaire

All unvaccinated individuals coming to campus must complete the health screening questionnaire prior to arriving each day.
NOTE: Vaccinated students and employees submit proof of vaccination through the Employee & Student Testing Exemption form and receive approval are not required to complete the daily screening.

Employee & Student Health Screening Visitor & Contractor Health Screening

Masks and Social Distancing

The college is following the current CDC mask and social distancing rules which allow fully vaccinated individuals to resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two dose COVID-19 vaccine series or
  • two weeks after receiving a single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask and maintain six feet social distancing from those outside their residence in both indoor and outdoor settings. However, nothing prohibits fully vaccinated individuals from continuing the use of masks.

Those who are not able to wear a face mask for medical reasons, should notify the Center for Access and Assistive Technology at (518) 629-7154 or caat@hvcc.edu and a face shield will be issued.

Note for Clinical Programs and Courses: Health care settings and clinical teaching laboratories that function as a health care space may operate without the six-feet distancing normally required in a classroom setting. Masks must continue to be used in these settings regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Testing Requirements and Exemptions

Weekly pooled surveillance testing is available to all students and employees.

  • All unvaccinated students and employees who are on campus for any reason are required to participate in weekly testing until further notice.
  • Fully vaccinated students and employees are exempt form mandatory weekly testing upon submission and approval of documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series.
  • Those meeting one of the following criteria should submit a Pooled Testing Exemption Form and related documentation:
    • If you are fully vaccinated.
    • If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
    • If you took your weekly test off-campus.
    • If you were on campus for less than one hour.

About Pooled Surveillance Testing Employee & Student Testing Exemption 

NYS Vaccination Mandate

Pending the FDA’s full approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, all SUNY colleges must comply with New York State’s mandate for students to be fully vaccinated. More details...

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COVID-19 Related Communications

The information on these pages apply to the college’s main campus, as well as TEC-SMART and college facilities on Jordan Road and will be in effect until New York State guidance changes. Any updates will be communicated to the college community as we are made aware of them.