Mask Policy | Visitors | Quarantining | COVID Testing

Mount Saint Mary College recommends that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the college is not mandating vaccines or boosters for the Fall 2022 semester. Please note that the Mount is monitoring COVID-19 infection levels on campus, in Orange County, and in the State of New York. If circumstances change significantly, or if the state imposes new conditions in the next academic year, the college may need to implement an updated COVID-19 vaccination policy. If the COVID-19 vaccination policy changes, students will be notified. 

Although the Mount does not have a vaccination requirement at this time, hospitals and clinical sites in New York and Connecticut may require Nursing students to be vaccinated for clinical placement.

Masking for students and employees

Masking in public spaces on the Mount campus, such as in hallways and dining halls, is still recommended, but is now optional. Keep in mind:

  • Professors may require masks in their respective classes at their discretion.
  • Staff members may require masks in their offices if desired.
  • Students may require masks in their dorms and/or vehicles at their discretion.
  • Keep a mask with you at all times, in case the need should arise to wear one.
If the regulations from Orange County Department of Health mandate masking, Mount Saint Mary College will follow these recommendations. If a masking policy is implemented, students will be notified. 

Visitor Policies

On-campus visitors may be asked to complete health screening questions before being admitted to campus. Visitors are subject to the same COVID policy as students, faculty and staff. 

Quarantine

If you TEST POSTIVE for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19, no matter what your vaccination status, you need to quarantine for five days. Call the Health Services office as soon as possible at 845-569-3152 and do not come to campus/classes.

Please note that students are required to quarantine at home. The college can only accommodate short-term quarantines on campus when no alternative exists.

Inform your professors that you are in quarantine as soon as possible. You will not be penalized for missing classes due to a mandatory COVID-19 quarantine. 

 

If you are EXPOSED to a COVID-19 positive person

As per CDC and Orange County Health Department guidance, quarantine is not necessary after a COVID-19 exposure for students who are up to date on their vaccinations and any booster doses, when eligible. 

Up to date on vaccination means:

  • Fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) and boosted
  • Fully vaccinated, not yet eligible for booster
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days (and fully vaccinated)

Exposed students will need to quarantine in the following circumstances:

  • Unvaccinated

  • Not yet fully vaccinated (only one dose of the initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine)

  • Fully vaccinated and eligible for booster, but not yet boosted (not up-to-date on vaccinations)

  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (regardless of vaccination status)

  • Testing positive for COVID-19

 See the chart below for more info.

COVID Testing

On-campus COVID testing

On-campus COVID testing is offered to students and employees on Mondays and Thursdays. Testing takes place outside of Health Services. Those with religious or medical exemptions must continue to test as per the exemption policy.

To register, visit testMSMC.online. First select “Mount Saint Mary College” as the location, then select any available timeslot.

Please note: You will need to register with insurance information. Health insurance in required.

For questions, email support@caregps.health


 

FAQs

Masking in public spaces on the Mount campus, such as in hallways and dining halls, is still recommended, but is now optional.

If you test positive for COVID-19, do not come to campus.

  • Contact your health provider.
  • Upload your positive test results to your Student Health Portal: https://msmary.studenthealthportal.com
    • For rapid or PCR tests, upload a copy of the official results.
    • For a home test, upload a photo of the positive test. The photo should include the test, your Mount student ID or driver’s license, and a slip of paper noting the date the test was taken.
  • Email your positive tests results to HealthServices@msmc.edu
  •  Health Services will contact you with your next steps.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will not be able to return to campus for 5 days after testing positive. Please email your professors and work with them for class accommodations.

You can find reliable COVID-19 information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html 

Find a location near you easily with this tool: www.vaccines.gov 

Updates to the policy will be emailed to students and posted to this page. If you still have questions, they can be directed to spring2022@msmc.edu

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