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What if I get COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms?

Medical Support | When to Stay Home vs. Return to Class | Absences from Class | Meals



If you have certain ongoing health conditions, including diabetes or moderate to severe asthma, please reach out to your primary care provider or to Health Services as soon as possible to speak with a provider about a medication called Paxlovid that could help prevent complications from Covid-19.

If you have any questions or concerns about your symptoms, please submit an appointment request to Health Services with a brief explanation of your symptoms. A triage nurse will call you back the same day during business hours until 4:30pm. If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, and need immediate medical attention, please call Campus Safety at 518-580-5566 if you are on campus or 911 if you are off campus.

when to stay home vs. return to class

Updated CDC guidance recommends that everyone with a respiratory illness (including COVID-19) stay home while they are sick. You can return to regular activities once:

1)      You have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications and

2)      Your symptoms are improving, meaning that you are feeling well enough to return to regular activities

Once you resume regular activities (like returning to class), it is important that you continue to wear a mask around others for another full five days, as well as take additional precautions to protect others, including frequent hand washing and maintaining distance from others.  

Absences from class

If you are sick and need to miss class, notify your faculty members before missing class and develop a plan for how to make up the missed time. The college will not be notifying faculty members about absences related to COVID-19, or any other type of illness.


If you are sick and on a meal plan, you can request ‘to-go’ meals by submitting a request through the Dining Services webpage. You can also give your ID to a friend, who can bring the completed to-go request form to Dining Services and bring your meal back to you.