Operating Status

SUNY CCC is open.  Services are available remotely (by email, phone, and video chat), and offices are available for in-person meetings by appointment.  The College offers online, remote, hybrid, and fully on-campus class sections. An overview of information, resources, and contact information is in this Student Resource Guide.

COVID-19 screening is required for all visitors to campus. Campus signs will direct you to the screening location at each SUNY CCC location.  Masks are required when inside buildings.  Masks are also required outside when 6 foot social distancing cannot be maintained.  

The College's Restarting Campus Operations plan is aligned with the health and safety guidelines of New York State, the State University of New York (SUNY), and local health departments, and is approved by SUNY.

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August 14, 2020

International travelers are not required to complete the NYS online Traveler Health Form upon entering New York State.  This health form is only required by NYS when one is coming from a U.S. state on the NYS Travel Advisory list. Here is the Centers for Disease Control information on travel.

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August 11, 2020

Dear Students,

Here is a copy of the email sent to students with "What to Expect for Students Returning to Campus" as related to safety and health information and protocols for COVID-19.

Please read "What to Expect..." and acknowledge review of the information and adherence to safety and health protocols, including but not limited to, screening, masks, and Health Services notification as described in this email.

Thank you for your attention to this important information and these critical protocols.  We look forward to a great Fall 2020 semester, with classes beginning on August 17!

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July 15, 2020

The New York State Department of Health issued a health order mandating that all out-of-state travelers from restricted states complete the DOH traveler health form upon entering New York.  Thank you for your attention to this State requirement.

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July 10, 2020

Information for Students: Fall 2020

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July 7, 2020

SUNY Corning Community College’s Fall 2020 plan has been approved by the State University of New York (SUNY) and addresses New York State Phase Four Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines.  The College will provide students, employees, partners, and visitors the safety, quality programming and collaboration, flexibility, and student support needed as we restart on campus operations.

Fall classes will begin on August 17, and will include face-to-face options, online remote (synchronous), and online (asynchronous). New layouts for each classroom have been established within the parameters of proper social distancing. Many face-to-face classes will have a regular but reduced meeting schedule as part of the class will meet face-to-face each class day for reduced campus and classroom density. Classroom and lab disinfection are another safety measure for face-to-face classes. The College’s computer labs have also been reconfigured to enforce social distancing. 

The Student Emergency Grant Program will continue to provide grants for Internet hotspots, and the College will continue the Laptop Loaner Program, made possible with laptops from SUNY. While we are excited to see students back on campus, we understand that many will prefer and need our distance learning options. Student activities will continue to be available primarily remotely. Students will receive regular updates throughout the summer indicating the instruction format of scheduled classes as well as health and safety information. We are working hard to prepare for a great fall semester for all students.

The Fall 2020 Academic Calendar has been revised to allow for completion of final exams prior to Thanksgiving due to COVID-19.  Classes will run from August 17 through November 18, with a final exam period from November 19-25.  Semester breaks will be suspended for the Fall 2020 term to best align with health and safety guidance from SUNY and travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Perry Hall, the College’s residence hall, will follow CDC occupancy guidelines. 

The College will adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the CDC and the Department of Health (DOH). The College has purchased a quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields, gloves, and thermometers for screening. Staff members will be issued cloth face masks upon their return to campus with replacement masks available upon request. Hand sanitizing, social distancing, and face masks are part of the restart of campus operations for students and employees. College employees physically working on campus will complete daily health screenings.

Screening will be conducted according to the NYS Forward protocols for faculty, students, and staff. Contact tracing protocols will be in place to provide names of people who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive. The College will cooperate with the Health Department in the event of a COVID positive test for someone who has visited the campus. 

Here is the full Restarting Campus Operations plan. Due to the ever evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, this plan is subject to change.  New information, guidance, and/or direction from the State of New York and the Governor’s Office may necessitate revision.

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July 6, 2020

SUNY Corning Community College has been granted federal emergency financial assistance
provided by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
These funds include direct grants to students, and the College is pleased to announce that
$295,000 has been awarded so far. Grants range from $785-$850, with option to request a
larger amount for those that have additional needs. We highly encourage all eligible students to
apply.

The funds are available to Title IV eligible students who were enrolled in courses after March
13, 2020 and have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to
COVID-19. Spring 2020 graduates are eligible. Eligible expenses incurred include those for
course materials, technology, health care, childcare, food, transportation, utilities, and housing.

Further information is available at the top of the webpage: www.corning-cc.edu. Eligible students have been sent an email to their College email address with further details and a link to the CARES Act Baron
Grant application, and can email caresact@corning-cc.edu with questions.

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June 25, 2020 (updated July 1, 2020)

The New York State Travel Advisory requires that people arriving from states with high coronavirus rates quarantine for 14 days.  The list of states currently includes: 

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah

The College asks all employees and others who come to campus to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.  

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May 25, 2020

Fall classes at SUNY CCC will begin on August 17, 2020.

The College is monitoring CDC, New York State, SUNY, and local health departments’ directives and guidance related to COVID-19.  The College is currently engaged in safety and scenario planning to prepare for adherence to physical distancing, protective equipment, hygiene and cleansing, communication, daily screening, and contract tracing and disinfection requirements. 

Safety is our top priority.  The College must comply with NY Forward Reopening Plan guidelines. A final decision has not yet been made about bringing students, faculty, and staff back onto the campus.  Student learning in laboratories and other hands-on instruction necessitating face-2-face instruction are the top considerations for on-campus instruction, should on-campus instruction be allowed by NYS.

The College is currently planning for a mix of online and face-to-face courses when on-campus instruction is allowed by NYS. Decisions will be made about bringing students, faculty, and staff back onto the campus as NYS Forward Reopening evolves and further directives and guidance related to COVID-19 emerge from New York State, SUNY, and local health departments.

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May 11, 2020

Thinking about registering or already registered for a summer class? Join our free Student Success Series webinars. May 22: Tips & Tools for Remote Learning from 12:00-2:00

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May 8, 2020

As we reach out to prospective students, we want all to hear our message: “We’re Here for You, Closer to Home, and we offer Career-Building Credentials.”  We will be reinforcing that at the second Virtual Open House event on 5/19 from 3:30-5:30.   I thoroughly enjoyed providing a live greeting and chatting with students at the first Virtual Open House and want to thank all of you who participated. This second event promises to be even better; I hope you can join us! 

 

Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President

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April 20, 2020

The College will offer summer classes via distance learning.  Given the uncertainty regarding when normal campus operations will resume, all in-person summer programs or activities that were slated until the end of July are canceled, postponed, or will be converted to an online setting.

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April 17, 2020

I am pleased to announce that SUNY CCC will hold a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 20th at 11 a.m.  The College is looking forward to celebrating our students’ completion of a course of study, achievement of a credential, and the hard work and dedication of the students as well as those who supported them along the way.  Earning that degree or certificate requires sacrifice and struggle for many, not only for the student but for their families and other loved ones. We are so proud of our graduates.

Commencement is a powerful reminder that SUNY CCC transforms lives. I certainly could not have predicted that my first commencement ceremony at SUNY CCC would be virtual, but I am so glad to celebrate with you in a virtual ceremony. 

In other celebratory news, I am happy to announce that the College will hold a Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, June 18th at 5 p.m.  The habits of dedication and perseverance required to complete the Nursing A.A.S. program will serve our Nursing graduates well in our currently even more challenging health care context.  We look forward to celebrating with you.

Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President

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April 16, 2020

The Executive Order from the Governor today, extended his directive for all non-essential State employees for New York State’s agencies and public authorities in every county, to work from home through May 15, 2020.  Telecommuting at SUNY CCC is extended accordingly as appropriate.

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April 14, 2020

SUNY Corning Community College will be delivering all classes for Summer 2020 through distance learning as advised by the SUNY Chancellor and System Provost.  As our society continues to confront and fight the COVID-19 crisis, this action is intended to address the federal and state guidance that continues to indicate that among the best ways to “turn the corner” on the COVID-19 crisis is social distancing. 

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April 13, 2020

The Executive Order from the Governor on April 6, 2020 extended his directive for all non-essential State employees for New York State’s agencies and public authorities in every county, to work from home until April 29, 2020.  Telecommuting will be extended accordingly as appropriate. As we all continue to adjust to the various modes of working remotely, I want to thank all of you who provide instruction and services and contribute to our respectful and safe College environment.  

 As we continue on in this pandemic, it is important that we remain diligent with social distancing guidelines.  Guidance from the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order includes the following:

  • Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time

  • When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others

  • Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people

  • Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health

In addition, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). The CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Since March 22, when New York State's first directive on remote work during this crisis took effect, I have continued to be grateful for and impressed by faculty and staff patience and diligence in moving forward in this unprecedented context.  I have often thanked faculty and would like to extend additional acknowledgment of all of the hard work staff have done to continue operations. The excellent work that supports our students, colleagues, and the College, and especially, the creative solutions to challenges along the way, remind me that even in the midst of our concerns and frustrations, excellence continues to shine in our SUNY CCC community.

Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President

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April 6, 2020

SUNY CCC will hold its first Virtual Open House on Saturday April 18 from 12:15 to 3:00. 
You can drop in anytime! Meet faculty, explore our programs, and take a virtual tour. 

We Are Here for You! High-Demand Career Options & Transfer Friendly Programs.

Join us for Fall 2020!
 
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April 6, 2020

The Executive Order from the Governor today, extended his directive for all non-essential State employees for New York State’s agencies and public authorities in every county, to work from home through April 29, 2020.  Telecommuting at SUNY CCC is extended accordingly as appropriate.

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April 1, 2020

I am proud to share an opportunity to join together in support of students in need during these difficult times.  COVID-19 has greatly impacted our students’ ability to earn income as well as their ability to access individual technology resources.  I am pleased to share an initiative establishing a SUNY CCC Student Emergency Grant to assist students in need so they can continue their studies at the College.  

Students with documented need are eligible to apply for the grant that is intended to assist with shelter (rent), utilities, technology for academic purposes, and/or emergency transportation to and from SUNY CCC to a student’s residence.  Please see the description of the SUNY CCC Student Emergency Grant Program for details and the application.  One-time grants of up to $500 will be distributed weekly.  

I have the greatest hope that this support can help our students in need to continue to persist in their classes.  To that end, I encourage all in our SUNY CCC community and beyond to consider a donation to the SUNY CCC Student Emergency Grant Program.  Donations can be directed to the Corning Community College Development Foundation, with a “Designation” comment indicating this program. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity during this incredibly difficult time.  Stay healthy and safe.  

Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President

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March 30, 2020

I extend my gratitude for everyone’s patience with and understanding for each other during these difficult times.  The transition to online and other types of distance instruction has been accomplished, and students are continuing their studies from home.  When the College first shifted to all distance learning on March 20, we planned to reevaluate by April 4 if distance learning would need to continue further on in the semester. SUNY has indicated distance learning should continue for the rest of the term, and SUNY CCC will follow that guideline.  The College will continue distance learning through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, inclusive of final exams. In addition, the College will extend Spring Break (April 6-11) though April 14. The additional days are designed to provide students and faculty time to prepare for the remaining weeks of the semester.  Instruction will resume on April 15. 

Updates in news from the SUNY Chancellor include that graduations should not be planned for May.  Some institutions are planning to postpone, and others have shared that they are considering canceling.  At this time the College has decided not to plan for a commencement ceremony on May 16. We are considering other options and will allow some more time to pass before deciding what seems feasible given the evolving situation.  We are very proud of our students’ success and are excited about our new graduating class who will be awarded degrees and certificates in May. To-be graduates, you’re almost there; keep up the good work!  

The latest information from the Governor on March 29, 2020 extended his directive for all non-essential State employees for New York State’s agencies and public authorities in every county, to work from home until April 15.  Telecommuting will be extended accordingly as appropriate. As we all adjust to the various modes of working remotely, I want to thank all of you who continue to provide instruction and services and contribute to our respectful and safe College environment.

In a show of support to the larger community, the College donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies to Guthrie Robert Packer on Tuesday March 24, 2020. We are also reaching out to other local agencies to see how the College can assist their efforts.  If you are looking for a way to help our local community, the United Way of the Southern Tier is working closely with our partner agencies in Chemung and Steuben counties as they respond to COVID-19 and keep our most vulnerable populations healthy and safe. Several opportunities for volunteers are listed here:  volunteer needs in our community during COVID-19 pandemic .

I am extremely  impressed by the resilient spirit with which the SUNY CCC community has responded to these difficult circumstances that we are facing and wish to thank all of the members of the community for pulling together to accomplish our goals.  I will continue to provide timely updates to keep everyone informed. 

Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President

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March 25, 2020

I am writing to share an update on the positive COVID -19 test communicated yesterday.  A thorough investigation indicates the student was exposed after being on campus on March 16, 2020. At no time did the student come in contact with anyone at the SUNY CCC campus after the exposure or the positive COVID-19 test.  However, under guidance from the local health department, and with health and safety as a priority, the students and employees who would have been at greatest risk for exposure were notified. Notifications were based on the student’s class schedule and reported office visits and campus contacts.        

Risk of exposure on campus based on this case is extremely low.  The student is not a Perry Hall resident and is currently under quarantine at home.  The Steuben County Health Department has encouraged us to convey that the student is not a resident of Steuben County.  As a reminder, HIPAA laws restrict how much personal information can be shared.

Based on the CDC guidelines, and in speaking with our local public health departments, the recommendation is to continue maintaining social distancing and to monitor yourself for any signs/symptoms possibly related to the COVID-19 virus.  In general, it is important to continue to follow the appropriate precautions as recommended by the CDC.  If you experience cough, shortness of breath, and fever, contact your health care provider or local health department. 

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March 24, 2020

This is an important reminder that underscores the need to remain vigilant about slowing the spread of COVID-19.

We have been notified that a student who was last at the College on March 16th has tested positive for COVID-19.  A positive test result was confirmed on March 23rd, and the College was notified today. 

Although we do not know where the student contracted the virus, we are taking every precaution for our campus community and following the Steuben County Health Department protocols. 

All students and employees should continue to monitor their personal health situations. Current Health Department recommendations are as follows: 

  • No measures need to be taken unless you exhibit symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and fever. 
  • If you experience these symptoms, then you need to contact your health care provider or local health department. 

Please remember that the purpose of moving to remote instruction and reducing the workforce on campus is so that we may practice social distancing and stay at home (or in Perry Hall if a resident) as much as possible. 

While HIPAA prevents disclosing much personal information, please be assured that those students and faculty that would have been at greatest risk for exposure based on the student’s class schedule are being notified.  Steuben County Public Health believes that the overall risk to the campus is minimal, but for those with whom contact may have occurred, direct notification is being accomplished.

As additional information is learned that would warrant any broader notifications, you’ll be kept informed.

Our main focus remains the safety and health of our entire campus community.  Please follow local, state, and federal mandates for social distancing and in caring for yourself and those close to you.  

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March 23, 2020

Resources for students regarding remote instruction and campus services can be found here.

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March 20, 2020

Instruction and services are offered only remotely at this time.  Students should not come to campus, and all non-essential employees are following the remote work plan.

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March 18, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and to allow faculty additional planning time for the transition to remote instruction, the College is canceling all classes for Thursday March 19th.  The campus will remain open.  The residence hall will remain open. Social distancing protocol (maintain 6ft. distance) should be utilized.  Classes will resume on Friday, March 20 with implementation of the remote instruction plan.

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March 17, 2020 8 p.m.

SUNY CCC is developing plans to shift as many classes as possible to online and distance learning in alignment with SUNY guidance in response to COVID- 19.  

  • The online and distance learning will begin on Friday March 20. 
  • Please check with your instructors for specific instructions for each class.
  • Blackboard help resources are posted on MyCCC, and there is a Blackboard Orientation and Student Resources section in Blackboard. 
  • Learning Commons tutoring information is on the MyCCC, Student tab, Learning Commons link.
  • Hands-on courses and laboratories and those with special circumstances that cannot transition to remote instruction may still meet on campus.

The College is implementing the following SUNY guidance issued on 3/17:

  • “academic continuity arrangements on [SUNY] campuses or colleges should not require students’ physical presence to meet program requirements, until further notice.”  
  • “laboratory instruction that requires on-campus instruction may continue for students who may be able to attend, but should be taught remotely where possible and follow social-distancing protocols of less than 10 students per lab and more than 6 feet separation between lab benches and benches must be wiped down after each use.” 
  • “For students unable to safely attend on campus, other accommodations (distance learning; makeup provisions, etc.) should be provided.”

Additionally, updated SUNY guidance encourages residence hall students to return to their prior residence unless this is not possible or feasible.  SUNY is indicating, “Dormitory space should only house those students with special circumstances: international students and students where other safe living and dining arrangements cannot be made or have limited or no access to technology…” SUNY CCC will continue to provide housing, food, and services to residential students with special circumstances.

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March 17, 2020

SUNY CCC is developing plans to shift as many classes as possible to online and distance learning in alignment with SUNY guidance in response to COVID- 19.  The online and distance learning will begin on Friday March 20. Hands-on courses and laboratories and those with special circumstances that cannot transition to remote instruction may still meet on campus.

The main point of this precaution is to reduce campus density and limit potential exposure to the virus while ensuring the continuation of the academic semester of class instruction and service to students such as tutoring and advising. The current plan is to keep Perry Hall, our residence hall, open.  We will continue to provide housing, food, and services for residential students.

The campus will remain open. All public events that were scheduled through April 30 are postponed or cancelled.

The College will continue monitoring guidance from SUNY, local Departments of Public Health, the NYS Department of Public Health, the CDC, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies to ensure any actions we take comply with such guidance and take advantage of resources being made available. 

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March 14, 2020
(excerpt)

Coming to Campus 

  • Anyone who has traveled within the last 14 days to a high risk country (CDC) should not come to campus.

  • People who have recently visited U.S. counties within the last 14 days (NY counties, other states) that are experiencing outbreaks are encouraged not to come to campus.

  • A person who has come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to campus.

  • Face-to-face meetings should be replaced with virtual conferencing (i.e. Google Meet) as feasible.

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March 11, 2020

SUNY CCC Transition to Online and Distance Learning Instruction Statement

The State University of New York today, March 11, 2020, directs its 64 colleges and universities to immediately develop plans to transition courses wherever possible to remote instruction including distance learning and online in response to Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.

SUNY CCC is developing plans to shift as many classes as possible to online and distance learning by March 19. These arrangements will continue until at least April 4.  The main point of this precaution is to reduce campus density and limit potential exposure to the virus while ensuring the continuation of the academic semester of class instruction.

After March 19, the College will remain open. Hands-on courses and laboratories and those with special circumstances that cannot transition to remote instruction will still meet on campus. The current plan is to keep Perry Hall, our residence hall, open.  We will continue to provide housing, food, and services to residential students. We are working quickly on our implementation plan and urge students not to take immediate action, such as moving out of Perry Hall.  We understand the urgency everyone feels in receiving additional detailed information, and we will continue to update the campus community on this rapidly changing situation.

SUNY CCC continues to monitor the evolving situation and develop plans to address the various aspects of the situation with guidance from SUNY and the Steuben County Department of Health. Students and employees should continue to monitor their college email for the latest campus updates. 

The NYS Health Dept. posts updates on the number and location of cases in NYS and has a Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.  The CDC website has comprehensive information on COVID-19.

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March 9, 2020
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Our Physical Plant has changed the facility hygiene plan by implementing increased frequency to clean common touched hard surfaces. We are using products recommended by the U.S. EPA and following manufacturer recommended contact times. Hand sanitizer stations and disinfection wipes are ordered and will be placed in all campus buildings. Posters communicating personal hygiene best practices are being placed at all restrooms and in high traffic areas around the campus.

It is important to note that these plans and measures are about being prepared and regular precautions.

Personal measures to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases include the following summarized from the CDC

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash. (If a tissue is not available, a shirt sleeve rather than hands is recommended.)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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March 2, 2020
(excerpt)

SUNY CCC would like to share with information about COVID-19, a coronavirus.  Over a dozen College employees viewed the “Update on COVID-19 for Higher Education Institutions in New York State” webinar from the New York State Department of Health this afternoon. 

The NYS Department of Health has created a Coronavirus hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

There are important considerations for international travel, and the CDC has facts on affected countries and travel information.