COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols

Posted Aug. 18, 2020

Dear members of the college community,  

President Ramsammy recently shared the college’s SUNY approved Re-Occupancy Safety Plan and several specific protocols that follow New York State guidance for reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission amongst the college community, including enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection procedures (PDF). Out of an abundance of caution, these cleaning and disinfection procedures will take place anytime a member of the college community reports symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to the Health Services office after a recent visit to campus, with or without a positive COVID-19 test.  

Please understand that enhanced cleaning and disinfection on campus does NOT mean that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19 and that others are at risk. Also, do not be alarmed by the temporary closure of areas of campus where additional cleaning and disinfection is taking place. These are precautionary measures – consistent with public health guidance for all colleges and universities in the state – aimed at protecting the health of our students, employees, partners and visitors. These measures are not cause for undue concern.  

Going forward, you can expect to see signage indicating routine closures of campus spaces for enhanced cleaning and disinfection. If closures affect classes held on campus, faculty members will be informed and alert their students via email. Supervisors will notify staff. Any individual with an appointment on campus should be notified by the appropriate faculty or staff member. 

Please note, in the event that a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19 after being on campus, county health department personnel will notify anyone who is considered at risk of potential exposure from that case. In accordance with health privacy laws, the college cannot provide identifying information about any individual’s symptoms, diagnosis or test results. Be assured that if you are considered at risk of exposure, the county health department responsible for following up with the case will be in contact with you; you do not need to take any action unless and until you hear from them directly.  

Though most students and employees are studying and working remotely, it’s also important to recognize that the college has implemented many safety measures in addition to enhanced cleaning and disinfection of campus areas. They include the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and face covering protocols, travel restrictions, and a health screening process for those coming to campus. I urge you to take a moment to review our COVID-19 information page for complete information. 

While local communities have seen an encouraging decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, we must remain diligent in our efforts to protect the campus community. As a reminder, if you are sick for any reason, stay home and contact college Health Services at (518) 629-7468 or healthservice@hvcc.edu and your medical provider for advice, care or concerns over COVID-19. You may also call the NYS Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 1 (888) 364-3065 to request testing. 

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding as we implement new procedures to continue to keep our community safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Claudine Potvin-Giordano 
Director of Health Services
Hudson Valley Community College