COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 New Cases

Nazareth maintains this page to inform the Nazareth community about new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases among Nazareth students and employees who've been on campus this fall. Each positive test is reported once, on the date the College receives the positive test result.

No identifying information will be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19, to comply with federal health privacy regulations. Any individuals who've had a risk of exposure by meeting the criteria for close contact (explained below) will be contacted directly through contact tracing.

Cases by date

November 2020
DATE
CASES

Nov. 24

0

Nov. 23

2

Nov. 22

1

Nov. 21

1

Nov. 20

2

Nov. 19

0

Nov. 18

1

Nov. 17

1

Nov. 16

2

Nov. 15

0

Nov. 14

0

Nov. 13

3

Nov. 12

4

Nov. 11

1

Nov. 10

6

Nov. 9

5

Nov. 8

7

Nov. 7

8

Nov. 6

2

Nov. 5

5

Nov. 4

0

Nov. 3

0

Nov. 2

0

Nov. 1

0

October 2020
DATE
CASES

Oct. 31

1

Oct. 30

1

Oct. 29

1

Oct. 28

0

Oct. 27

1

Oct. 26

1

Oct. 25

0

Oct. 24

0

Oct. 23

0

Oct. 22

0

Oct. 21

3

Oct. 20

0

Oct. 19

1

Oct. 18

1

Oct. 17

0

Oct. 16

0

Oct. 15

0

Oct. 14

3

Oct. 13

2

Oct. 12

2

Oct. 11

1

Oct. 10

5

Oct. 9

7

Oct. 8

18

Oct. 7

3

Oct. 6

0

Oct. 5

0

Oct. 4

0

Oct. 3

0

Oct. 2

0

Oct. 1

0

September 2020
DATE
CASES

Sept. 30

0

Sept. 29

0

Sept. 28

0

Sept. 27

0

Sept. 26

0

Sept. 25

0

Sept. 24

2

Sept. 23

0

Sept. 22

1

Sept. 21

0

Sept. 20

0

Sept. 19

0

Sept. 18

0

Sept. 17

3

Sept. 16

1

Sept. 15

0

Sept. 14

1

Sept. 13

0

Sept. 12

0

Sept. 11

0

Sept. 10

0

Sept. 9

0

Sept. 8

0

Sept. 7

0

Sept. 6

0

Sept. 5

0

Sept. 4

0

Sept. 3

0

Sept. 2

1

Sept. 1

0

August 2020

Since the start of the fall semester:

DATE
CASES

Aug. 31

0

Aug. 30

0

Aug. 29

0

Aug. 28

0

Aug. 27

0

Aug. 26

5

Aug. 25

1

Aug. 24

1

Aug. 23

0

Aug. 22

0

Aug. 21

0

Aug. 20

1

Aug. 19

0

Aug. 18

0

Aug. 17

1

TWO-WEEK TOTALS

New York state tracks fixed, 14-day data periods, and would require Nazareth to shift to all-virtual classes and make other changes if the number of new cases in a 2-week period exceeded 100.

Fall Semester
DATES
CASES

Nov. 21 – Dec. 4

4

Nov. 7 – Nov. 20

40

Oct. 24 – Nov. 6

12

Oct. 10 – Oct. 23

18

Sept. 26 – Oct. 9

28

Sept. 12 – Sept. 25

8

Aug. 29 – Sept. 11

1

FAQs

What are the extra restrictions put in place in response to Nazareth cases or the state's micro-cluster color-coded zones?

See the email updates and other information on FAQ: COVID-19 Cluster »


How frequently is this webpage updated?

The page is updated each weekday morning, Monday through Friday. Any lab-confirmed new cases on a Friday or weekend would be included on the next business day's update.

Holiday exception: This page will not be updated on holiday days when the College is closed, specifically during the Thanksgiving holiday of Nov. 25-29 and the winter recess and holiday period from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.


Why is this page showing specific 14-day periods?

This page was reformatted September 30 to align with New York state's new fixed, 14-day data periods. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set a threshold for in-person instruction at colleges that is based on positive case results within the specified 14-day periods.

Like other colleges across the country, we continue to fine-tune our reporting to align with government requirements and to meet the goal of providing our Nazareth community with helpful data and information to determine and understand the level of risk on campus.


Who is included?

Following the guidelines specified by New York state, the data is provided for Nazareth students and employees who've been on campus this fall.

Students and employees who are off-campus and 100% remote (not on campus for instruction, clubs, or other activities) would not be included.


What is the new state COVID-19 tracker website?

New York state collects daily COVID data from colleges and launched a higher education tracker website the week of September 21, including the state's COVID-19 tracker webpage for Nazareth College.


How many cases of COVID-19 would close the Nazareth campus to in-person learning?

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued guidance August 27 for mitigation actions that colleges must take if the infection rate rises above certain levels. The threshold he set for a 2-week period is 100 positive COVID-19 cases, or 5% of the students, staff, and faculty on campus, whichever is less. For Nazareth, the threshold is 100.

If 100 positive tests occur in a 14-day period, the state would require the College for 2 weeks to use all-virtual classes, suspend in-person student activities, and convert on-campus food to take-out or delivery only. Then the College would re-assess with the local health department.

In addition, for any needs to restrict or suspend campus operations, Nazareth also continues to monitor multiple measures of community and campus criteria, including:

  • significant government action by the governor or other public health officials,
  • an increase in number and trends of COVID-19-related cases in the larger Rochester community or on campus,
  • number and trends of COVID-19-related local hospital admissions and available hospital beds, 
  • student quarantine and isolation space availability, and 
  • testing capacity on and off campus.

I’m worried I was exposed. Will you report who has COVID-19 and exactly where on campus anyone with COVID-19 was?

If you had a risk of exposure, you will be notified personally through contact tracing. People who were in close contact with someone with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 will be contacted directly.

Close contact is defined as meeting all 4 criteria:

  1. either you or the other person was not wearing a mask, and
  2. in contact for 15 minutes or more, and
  3. within 6 feet, and
  4. exposure occurred within the time when COVID-19 is contagious, which is:
  • from two days before symptoms began until 10 days have passed and the person is symptom-free for 24 hours
  • or, if the person had no symptoms, then from two days before the positive test until 10 days after the test

Nazareth and the Monroe County Health Department are involved in contact tracing. 

Health privacy regulations don’t allow any identifying information to be shared about a person who tests positive for COVID-19. Due to the small size of the Nazareth community and the risk that details about a person’s role can start to identify a person, the College is releasing the count of cases.


What should I do if I'm a Nazareth faculty, staff, or student, and I test positive?

Please see the detailed answer on the Testing webpage.


What happens when someone who’s been on campus tests positive?

Any individual who has tested positive needs to isolate.

Anyone believed to be at risk for exposure — based on the definition of close contact (provided above) — will be personally contacted, asked to self-quarantine, and guided on next steps.

In addition to the isolation and contact tracing steps, steps taken on campus include:

  • Health and Counseling and/or Campus Safety will notify Facilities of an exposure, and help determine areas on campus that need to be cleaned. 
  • Affected rooms will be cleaned and disinfected within 24 hours and then need to be vacant for 2 hours after disinfection. Cleaning specialists will wear specialized first-responder equipment that may include headgear/face masks, gowns/gloves, and foot coverings.

This flowchart shows the steps that the student, the College, and Monroe County Health Department each take if a student has symptoms, a possible exposure, receives a positive test result, or has concerns related to COVID-19.


After testing positive and completing isolation, could someone still be infectious? Do they need retesting?

Nazareth follows Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Monroe County Department of Health guidelines to ensure that anyone released from isolation is no longer infectious.

People who tested positive are placed in mandatory isolation that lasts for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, or, if the person didn't have symptoms, 10 days from the date of the positive test.

Nazareth deactivates the NazID card of isolated students and turns their screening badges red; they are not able to be on campus during that period.

Ending isolation: As a test-based strategy is no longer recommended by public health officials to determine when to discontinue isolation (except in certain circumstances), to be released from isolation, a person must be experiencing an improvement in symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medications. Nurses from the health department or Health & Counseling (for Nazareth residential students) make contact daily to verify symptoms and temperature. Once a student has met the release criteria, the health department issues an isolation release order, which is verified by staff at Health & Counseling. Only then are post-isolation students able to return to campus.

Ending quarantine: People who are identified as a close contact to an infected person and placed in quarantine will be released in 14 days from the date of their last contact and after receiving a negative test result after being tested at least 3 days or more into their quarantine. The quarantined person will need to obtain a release from the county Health Department to return to campus. Students email the release to health@naz.edu. In certain cases, Health and Counseling will place a student in precautionary quarantine (such as if a student was coughed or sneezed on by a person who tested positive, or if a student believes they may have had close contact with an infected person, but there is no confirmation of this by the infected person). In this case, their release will be provided by Health and Counseling.

Once released from isolation or quarantine, a person is not contagious and will have their screening status turned to green and their Naz ID badge reactivated.


What should I do if I think I might have symptoms of COVID-19?

Also see Testing.

Anyone can take an online assessment from the state Health Department that helps guide you to any next steps needed.


What can I do to protect my health and avoid COVID-19?


How does Nazareth get data about COVID-19 cases?

Fill out my online form.