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COVID-19 Dashboard

SUNY Schenectady is committed to protecting the safety and health of our community. This chart is to provide our community with up-to-date information on COVID-19 tracking for SUNY Schenectady. All known active cases are self-reported to SUNY Schenectady; as a result, this data is reported to the best of SUNY Schenectady’s knowledge. This chart will be updated daily Monday–Friday by 4:30 p.m.

Last updated June 17, 2021.

  Active Cases Total Cases Since March 2020
Total online cases (students & personnel)  0 5
Total on-campus cases (students & personnel)  0 27
Total 0 32

Schenectady County COVID-19 Tracker

New York State COVID-19 Tracker


COVID-19 Vaccine for Students

Most vaccine points of distribution (POD) do not require an appointment, please visit Schenectady County Public Health to find a list of vaccine PODs in Schenectady.

COVID-19 Testing for Students

Read SUNY Schenectady's full Surveillance Testing Plan

SUNY Schenectady continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community. Given the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases being reported at our nation’s Colleges and Universities, all students taking at least one on-campus class will be required to submit to a COVID-19 saliva test every week that they are on-campus. This protocol has been adopted at every SUNY campus across the state.

This testing will be mandatory for students and will allow SUNY Schenectady to identify cases among students early on and take steps to prevent further spread of the virus.


CRRSAA Act (formerly the CARES Act)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding for Students (HEERF II)

SUNY Schenectady has received $2,266,692 from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and $5,230,881 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). A minimum of $2,266,692 shall be distributed to eligible students who incurred emergency expenses due to coronavirus.

Below is the effective guidance as of February 23, 2021:

HEERF II Student Aid funds may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare.

HEERF II Student Aid funds will be paid directly to students without requiring an application. Each eligible student will receive an email, sent to their college email account, indicating the amount they will receive, the date the funds will be mailed, and a list of allowable expenses. If an eligible student will not incur expenses that meet or exceed the amount of their emergency grant they are to contact the Financial Aid Office at or (518)381-1468 to return their unexpended grant funds.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) requires that the institution prioritize HEERF II Student Aid funds to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants. Per ED guidance, undocumented, DACA, or international students may not receive HEERF II funds. ED has indicated that it is exploring additional opportunities for the campus to support these students during the coronavirus pandemic; this web posting will be updated as ED issues additional guidance.

In addition to ED guidance, the State University of New York (SUNY) has prescribed the following criteria to be used in the distribution of HEERF II Student Aid funds:

  • Campuses must prioritize Pell eligible recipients starting with students at the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • A methodology was developed to provide emergency grants to students with exceptional need. Eligible students will receive a Base Grant (or Block Grant) that correlates to their full-time (12 credits or more) or part-time (11 credits or less) enrollment status plus a standard supplemental amount based on the student’s primary EFC.
  •  EFC and Enrollment Status are the primary factors in determining student eligibility. As such, to be eligible for HEERF II funds students must complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA and meet all income and/or household verification requirements as indicated in the student’s Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR).

HEERF I & HEERF II Facts and Data

HEERF II Block Grant Distribution Formula

HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report Ending Quarter 3/31/2021
HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report Ending Quarter 12/31/2020
HEERF Institutional Portion Expenditure Report Ending Quarter 9/30/2020

All Campus Updates

Read all of the campus communications regarding COVID-19.

Important Phone Numbers

New York State Coronavirus Health Hotline

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) Communicable Disease Department
518-386-2824, option 4
After Hours 518-437-7878