What next?

You feel ill and might have symptoms of COVID-19

If you live on campus:

  • Put on your mask and isolate yourself in your room.
  • Contact the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) at 607-777-2221. Your symptoms will be evaluated during a telehealth appointment with a nurse and/or a medical provider.
  • If you require urgent medical attention, call 607-777-2222 for an ambulance and notify the dispatcher that you may have COVID-19 symptoms so first responders can use appropriate precautions.

If you live off campus:

  • Put on your mask and isolate yourself in your room.
  • Contact DSHSC at 607-777-2221 or your off-campus healthcare provider by phone for further direction. Do not leave your residence or simply show up at a walk-in clinic. You must call first. If you contact DSHSC, you will be routed to a nurse for a virtual session to triage your symptoms. If you choose to see an off-campus provider, call first and follow instructions.
  • If necessary, a virtual session will be arranged through DSHSC with a physician or nurse practitioner. If necessary, an in-person visit will be scheduled.
  • If you require urgent medical attention, call 911 and notify the dispatcher that you may have COVID-19 symptoms so first responders can use appropriate precautions.

You are notified that you have tested positive for COVID-19

If you live on campus:

  • The COVID Response Team will contact you by phone and work with you on logistics.
  • You will contact your parents/guardians.
  • Students may return home to isolate or move into Safe Housing spaces on campus.
    • You must wear a face mask and remain isolated on campus until your scheduled departure time.
  • If you must isolate on campus, you will work with an isolation/quarantine manager to move into an isolation room.
  • You will contact your professors to make any necessary academic arrangements during your isolation. 

If you live off campus:

  • You must inform the University by contacting DSHSC at 607-777-2221.
  • The Broome County Health Department will contact you within a few days to see if others should quarantine based on their exposure to you.
  • You will contact your professors to make any necessary academic arrangements during your isolation. 

You are notified that you have been in contact with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from the quarantine requirement as long as they are asymptomatic. Current CDC guidance recommends that fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and get tested 3–5 days after exposure. Students who develop symptoms should schedule a test at Decker Student Health Services Center by calling 607-777-2221.

    Students who do not develop symptoms should make an appointment at the Satellite Diagnostic Testing Site via the student patient portal for 3–5 days after exposure. Before arriving for an appointment, students should fill out the form in the Upcoming Appointments section of the patient portal. The test will be collected at an exterior walk-up window between the University Union and the Engineering Building. If no appointments are available at the Satellite Diagnostic Testing Site, asymptomatic students can also schedule a test for 3–5 days after exposure at the Surveillance Testing Site here: https://cglink.me/2eQ/r1153609.

  • If you have had a significant exposure, notification should come from the Broome County Health Department, or the local health department for non-Broome County residents, which is responsible for determining those individuals who may have been exposed and for contacting them.
    • You will be told to quarantine for 10 days if you are not vaccinated and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
    • If you are an on-campus student you will be quarantined in an appropriate facility on campus or at an adjacent hotel. You may not quarantine in your room.
    • If you are an off-campus student, you will quarantine at your residence.
  • You may choose to self-disclose medical information to anyone, but that does not mean that anyone else can then release that information to others or discuss it with anyone.

You know a student who is quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19

  • Remind others that we respect the privacy of students. If the student provides you with medical information, you must not share it with others.
  • For questions, contact Decker Student Health Services Center at 607-777-2221.