Covid-19 Updates

NOTE: This page provides Covid-19 updates to the college community. 
FOR THE FALL 2022 SEMESTER: Our protocols will be similar to the guidelines the college followed during the Spring 2022 semester. These measures include:
  • Vaccination requirements: Per the State University of New York (SUNY), all students planning to be on campus for in-person courses (even if it's just one course) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the three approved vaccines. Fully vaccinated is defined as completing the two-shot series of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination can be submitted to or
  • Boosters: While boosters are not required at this time, should a mandate be issued by SUNY, students would have to comply.
  • Exemptions: Students may apply for medical accomodations/exemptions and religious exemptions. Contact the NCCC Student Life/Health Records Office at or (518) 891-2915 ext. 1204. 
  • Testing: Students who are not vaccinated and who are approved for a medical accommodation/exemption or religious exemption will be required to participate in regular COVID testing.
  • Masking guidelines: Masks are encouraged on campus but not required.
  • Other: Students who come to campus on an irregular basis and are not registered for in-person classes do not need to be vaccinated to be on campus. Individuals enrolled in non-academic summer programs do not need to be vaccinated.
For Real-Time Updates of COVID-19 Cases on Campus, visit the SUNY COVID Tracker (select North Country from the drop-down list of campuses): 

Communications to the College Community
*Note: Regular upates to the college community have been paused. For assistance or more information, please contact
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College Covid Task Force meeting
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College Covid Task Force meeting
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Last evening, we learned of two positive COVID-19 cases associated with our Saranac Lake LAC, one involving a student and the second involving a tutor that the student met with recently at the LAC. Both the student and tutor are now isolating off campus.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close the Saranac Lake LAC and move all its operations to a remote setting at least through tomorrow (Thursday, October 21st, 2021) while we notify those potentially exposed and have a better sense about the health status of all those in that category. We regret any inconvenience this may create.

While we may be weary of COVID-19, the virus remains in our communities at rather high rates. This is a reminder to remain vigilant and continue to do our part in helping limit the spread. Beyond vaccinations, which the overwhelming majority of our college community has completed, continuing to practice the following steps will help:
  • wear masks when indoors,
  • maintain social distancing wherever possible,
  • practice good hand hygiene,
  • self-screen for symptoms related to COVID-10,
  • remain off-campus if symptomatic, and
  • contact one’s provider and seek out testing when symptomatic.
Thank you for your continued efforts to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our North Country healthy, safe, and learning!
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Sept. 17, 2021
SARANAC LAKE --  The Sparks Athletic Complex will be closed until Monday morning as the college awaits the results of recent COVID testing.
Sept. 15, 2021
SARANAC LAKE – Students in the college’s nursing program were notified Tuesday evening that the lecture portion of their PN and ADN classes will shift to remote instruction, effective Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
The decision was predicated on prevention and a desire to:
  • keep potential exposures lower by minimizing the number of times larger groups are together on campus (and nursing is the largest group of classes on campus),
  • keep continuity and equity of nursing instruction across all three campuses, and
  • maintain the ability for our nursing students to safely attend clinical.
At the start of the semester, the college advised all students that we may have to pivot plans for instruction based upon the need to protect the health and safety of students and employees.
While the college is not seeing increases in infections on our campuses at this time, the North Country region continues to see higher than average positivity rates. Moving the lecture portion of PN and ADN classes to remote was one more step the college could take to help limit the spread.

Policies and Protocols
To view the full list of policies and protocols for the Spring 2022 semester, please visit our Spring 2022 page.
Do you have any additional questions? Please contact us using this form.