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Respiratory Infections

SUNY Oswego is operating in accordance with guidelines from the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and the Oswego County Health Department. 

Exposure Information

As of March 1, 2024, the CDC issued revised guidance for respiratory infections, including COVID-19, influenza and RSV. NYSDOH announced on 3/7/24 that they will be following the new revised guidelines. For more information, see the CDC updated respiratory virus recommendation.

Respiratory Guidelines

Prevention strategies

  • Stay up to date with vaccinations (COVID, FLU, RSV if eligible)
  • Practice good hygiene (cover coughs and sneezes, wash or sanitize hands often, clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Taking steps for cleaner air (bring in more fresh air, purifying indoor air, gathering outdoors)

If you come down with a respiratory illness (fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, headaches)

  • Stay home and away from others 
  • You can return to normal activities when both of the following are true for at least 24 hours
    • Symptoms are improving AND
    • No fever without the use of fever reducing medicine
  • When returning to normal activities take added precautions over the next 5 days when you will be around other people (wearing a mask, good hygiene, testing if warranted, physical distancing and cleaner air)
  • People can still spread a virus that made them sick, even if feeling better 
  • If you develop a fever or start to feel worse you should stay home and away from others again. Resume the returning to normal activities strategies and take added precautions for the next 5 days.

Additional CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance



Students who test positive with an at home test for COVID can upload their test results to the Medicat Patient Portal. Test results must contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Time and date of test
  • SUNY Oswego ID 

Isolation Release Form

If you did not receive an isolation release form, please download and complete it below.

CDC Guidelines

New York State follows the CDC guidelines for Isolation and Precautions. 


Email us if you have any questions or need additional information about testing.