We are committed to the health and safety of our campus community. All employees and students who actively report for on-campus work are expected to participate in the pooled COVID-19 testing program.
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. Remain vigilant, abide by the Cardinal Pledge, comply with the Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy and avoid nonessential travel.
|Date||Hours of Operation||Location||Who Must Attend|
|Feb. 15 – May 21, 2021||
Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays
All students and employees reporting to on-campus work will be invited to attend a session during this time frame.
Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to end time to ensure you receive 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
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
Whether you are attending the test site or conducting an at-home test, both processes involve you swabbing your own mouth. Watch this brief video to understand what to expect during the testing process.
Attendants will be on site to instruct participants on how to swab themselves on the day of testing. Taking a home test? Scroll down to “How to Take and Drop Off Your Office or Home Test”
What to Do Prior to Arriving for Testing On Site
Three steps to take prior to arriving for your pooled testing appointment
How to Take & Drop Off Your Office or Home Test
Steps to take prior to using & dropping off your at-home test kit
Frequently Asked Questions About Pooled Testing
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 10 to 25 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.
- Who must participate?
- Who is exempt?
- Do I need to attend testing if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine?
- What if the campus is closed on my scheduled day due to inclement weather?
- What if I cannot attend my assigned testing slot?
- What if I do not report to campus during the scheduled testing times?
- What if I am on vacation?
- Where do I get my office/home test kit?
- What to bring when attending testing?
- What if someone in my pool tests positive?
- How can I volunteer to help with testing?
- How do I get an ID, Plattsburgh email, or Banner ID?