"Defend the Den!" Help our community stay safer and decrease the spread of COVID-19 by making these behaviors part of your routine.
SUNY Old Westbury is conducting surveillance testing for COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff to maintain an understanding of the status of the disease in our community and to learn early on of any cases that might lead to spread.
As the fall semester comes to a close, all students who engage in classes between November 8 and 18th will be required to participate in testing as per the new SUNY Testing Policy for Departing Campus in Fall 2020 policy. All faculty and staff on campus between November 15 and 25th will be encouraged to participate as well.
Feeling Sick? Stay home.
- Before you leave home, do the Daily COVID-19 symptom self-check in the ConnectOW portal every day.
- Stay home and contact the Student Health Center or your health care provider if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms.
New information about COVID-19 symptoms is being confirmed often. As of this writing, common COVID-19 symptoms include the following. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Cough (new or worsening)
- Trouble breathing (new or worsening)
- Shortness of breath (new or worsening)
- Muscle or body aches (new or worsening)
- Headache (new or worsening)
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Make sure you’re taking care of your mental health and wellness, too.
Masks: Fully Cover Your Nose & Mouth
It’s required that you wear a face mask whenever social distancing isn’t possible. This includes hallways, lounges, elevators and other shared and communal spaces.
Learn More About Masks
Face masks (preferably cloth) are mandatory in New York State and at SUNY Old Westbury to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Check back shortly for campus recommendations and distribution sites.
New York State 's Public Service Announcement about wearing a mask
Keep Things Clean
Wash your hands frequently, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
- Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Make sure you’re washing your hands correctly.
Proper handwashing is always the preferred method for infection control. When that is not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds) using soap and warm water.
The most important thing to do in restrooms is to wash your hands immediately after using the facilities.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are available campus-wide, including:
- in high-traffic customer service locations
- in unit or department locations recommended by the Maintenance and Facilities Department
- in all campus dining facilities.
Frequent handwashing and cleaning of work spaces will reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Disinfect Your Surroundings
College Facilities staff works hard to routinely clean and disinfect spaces across campus in accordance with CDC guidelines. But we all need to do our part and wipe down personal work surfaces and commonly touched areas to stop the spread of illness.
Keep your personal and shared workspaces clean by wiping down with disinfectant wipes or sprays at the start and end of every work shift. The College has these supplies available to offices so request what you need from the Maintenance & Facilities Department.
Clean common areas and equipment immediately before and after use, including frequently touched surfaces (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, touch screens, printers/copiers, and coffee makers).
Disinfect commonly used/shared items such as:
- Computers, keyboards, mouse
- Coffee pots, water spigots, water fountains
- Lab equipment
- Remote controls (clickers) in shared meeting spaces
- Workshop tools
- Copier keyboards
- Phone dials and panels
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person, rather than via contaminated surfaces, according to the CDC.
How to Disinfect Surfaces
Simply wipe down with an antibacterial wipe or alcohol-based spray. Allow the surfaces to remain wet for three to four minutes before allowing them to air dry or wiping away. Discard wipe or paper towel immediately after use; wash hands.
- Maintenance and Facilities Department
- Office of Environmental Health and Safety
- Office of Human Resources