Coronavirus Information

This week’s message from President Margaret L. Drugovich is lengthier than those of past weeks. As promised, President Drugovich goes into some detail about Hartwick’s extensive plan to reopen in the fall. Her objective is to ensure that everyone feels welcome, well informed and that students, parents, employees, alumni, and friends in Oneonta and beyond are reassured: Hartwick is taking every step it can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in the Oneonta community.

Addressing the continued national discussion and input from Hartwick students and graduates, the President shares next steps in Hartwick’s effort to support and prepare our students to address social and racial injustice, wherever it is found.

She also announces the Board’s action on the College’s Promise / FlightPath plan for the future.
Her first musical selection – March, March – reminds us of the power of one and her second – You Raise Me Up – reminds us that we can find courage and inspiration in the company of others.

June 28, 2020

All Messages from President Drugovich

COVID-19 Updates

The purpose of this page is to keep the Hartwick College community updated on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the College’s preventive steps, policy decisions and resources. We are closely monitoring the situation. This site will be updated as often as possible. 

Last updated: 07/01/20 at 10:00 a.m. Please check regularly for updates.

June 30, 2020: Our Social Compact: A Healthy Hartwick College

We are asking every student and employee to acknowledge their willingness to protect their own health and the health of others by signing/affirming that they have read, understand, and agree to the requirements in the Plan. Now that our Plan is in place, the completion of this form will be required for students and employees to return/remain on campus. After reading the plan, please read and sign the compact.

An entirely new Reopening/COVID-19 web presence is currently being finalized and will launch soon with FAQs, social compact, report a concern, entire plan, and more.

Thank you.

Previous updates have been archived.


What is novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)?

SARS-CoV-2 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. The disease it causes has been named COVID-19 It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. (Updated 03/24/20)

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you travel to/through Wuhan or other parts of China:

The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the airport. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their health care provider.


People infected with SARS-CoV-2 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. (source: CDC)


There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. (Updated 03/24/20)

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you:

  • Traveled to Wuhan, or
  • Visited an affected region in China, or one of the additional geographic regions that have been identified by the CDC as having sustained transmission (Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea)
  • Had close contact with someone who had traveled to an affected region and had respiratory symptoms.

You should:

Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Students may call the following for Medical Help:

  • Perrella Health Center at 607-431-4120, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fox Hospital Emergency Department (607-431-5000)
    Emergency Care 24 Hours/Day
  • Bassett Convenient Care (607-433-6400) -call 24 hours a day to schedule same day or next day appointments
    Weekdays 8 AM to 7 PM, Weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wellnow Urgent Care (607-376-5346) -no appointment/walk in service, online check-in/spot reservation available
    7 days a week 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at the campus health service. Call instead 607-431-4120.
  • All Hartwick Students have access to Healthiest You. Healthiest You offers medical advice by phone day or night, to help save students a trip to the emergency department. Visit the website
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Regularly wipe down and clean work surfaces

What is the campus health service doing about SARS-CoV-2?

COVID-19 Updates Archive

There have been no suspected or confirmed coronavirus infections at Hartwick. If a coronavirus infection were to be suspected at Hartwick, the college would take direction from outside government agencies.

New York State Department of Health

First, the New York State Department of Health, would direct the testing and diagnosing process. Next, the Otsego County Department of Health would instruct the college on a management plan for any person under investigation (PUI) — anyone suspected of being infected. This would likely begin with either an on-campus quarantine or moving the PUI off campus for quarantine. The quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days.

The county health department would direct the college’s actions in dealing with any confirmed case of COVID-19. This would involve moving the patient to a medical facility for treatment. Hartwick campus officials have met to do preliminary planning in the event of a confirmed case of the corona virus on campus and Health Center staff are monitoring the situation closely and staying informed of the latest CDC recommendations regarding the virus.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


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