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COVID-19 Testing


We are committed to the health and safety of our campus community. All students who reside on campus and employees and students who actively report for on-campus work are required to participate in the COVID-19 testing program, unless they have opted out of testing through submission of vaccination proof.

Cooperation and participation in pooled COVID-19 testing is aimed at supporting the health and safety of our campus community. We appreciate your ongoing efforts to keep our campus community safe and healthy. Visit the FAQ section below to learn how vaccination status can change the weekly testing requirement.

Remain vigilant, abide by the Cardinal Pledge, comply with the Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy and avoid nonessential travel.

Fall 2021 Testing Schedule


Date Hours of Operation Location Who Must Attend

Mondays & Tuesdays (until Oct. 11) 

9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 4 p.m.

Algonquin Hall

All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students, employees & campus affiliates

Wednesday Oct. 13 & Thursday Oct. 14

9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 4 p.m.

Algonquin Hall

All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students, employees & campus affiliates

Mondays & Tuesdays (until Nov. 23) 

9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 4 p.m.

Algonquin Hall

All unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students, employees & campus affiliates


Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to end time to ensure you drop off your test. 

While every effort should be made to attend the pool testing on the dates above, those unable to attend can be tested off-campus at their own expense, by their health care provider, pharmacy or other COVID-19 testing facility.

In order to meet this requirement, the test must be conducted within 24 hours of the assigned pool testing and the results must be sent to:

  • Human Resource Services for employees
  • Student Health Center for students

 Please make sure to scan the QR code so your attendance is recorded.

Register for Testing


A one-time registration is required before your first test, at SUNY COVID-19 Testing. You will be asked to create an account. It will require you to create a password, enter your banner ID number and health insurance information. Remember your password or use a use a secure password manager, as you will need it to log in to your account prior to testing.

You will need to log in to this account and complete a series of screening questions each time you attend pooled testing or conduct a home test kit.

Conducting The Test


Testing will involve you swabbing your own mouth. Watch this brief video to understand what to expect during the testing process.

How to Swab from Quadrant Biosciences Inc. on Vimeo.

Attendants will also be on site to instruct participants on how to swab themselves on the day of testing. 

 

How To Take & Drop Off Office or Home Test


Steps to take prior to using & dropping off your at-home test kit

Additional Information


Frequently Asked Questions About Pooled Testing — Updated August 17, 2021

  • How does vaccination status change weekly testing?

    Effective immediately, fully vaccinated employees (including auxiliary workers and vendors with a regular on-campus presence), who wish to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status, will no longer have to participate in the campus’ weekly COVID-19 surveillance pool testing.

    In order to be exempt from testing, vaccinated employees will need to provide proof of vaccination via the Vaccination Attestation Form. Acceptable proof is a copy of your completed CDC vaccination card or a screenshot of your NYS Excelsior Pass. This information will be kept confidential and will not become part of your campus employment records.

    Those employees that do not wish to disclose their vaccination status or those employees that are not fully vaccinated must continue to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance pool testing.   

    Complete the Vaccination Attestation Form

  • What does fully vaccinated mean?

    “Fully Vaccinated” is defined as:

    • two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or,
    • two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • What is pooled testing?

    Pooled testing for COVID-19 is an innovative method where numerous samples can be run as part of one test. SUNY’s pooled testing approach was developed and validated by Upstate Medical’s laboratory and Quadrant Biosciences using saliva samples. It allows for 2-12 people to be screened in one test. Individuals administer the tests themselves, swabbing their mouths for 10 or 15 seconds each, then provide the saliva samples to testing personnel.

Questions?


Students with questions regarding participation in testing can be directed to the Student Health Center at [email protected] or call at 518-564-2187.

Employees with questions regarding participation in testing can be directed to Human Resource Services at [email protected] or 518-564-5062.

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