How do I take part in required “pooled” COVID-19 testing if I am a student who commutes to campus at least once per week?
Testing is scheduled for the following dates and times:
- Monday, August 31 (9am – 6pm)
TESTING PROCEDURES INCLUDE:
- Before the day of the test, go to https://www.suny-covid-test.com/ to register in advance (to save time the day of the test)
- The day of the test, complete your Daily Health Screening online: (https://webapp.sunypoly.edu/covid-screener/)
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus; contact the Wellness Center at 315-792-7172 to arrange for alternate testing and further instructions
- Arrive at Oriskany Hall and park in the parking lot
- Bring your SUNY Poly Photo ID and Cell Phone or similar device (e.g. tablet) with WIFI or Cellular capability
- Wear your face covering
- Follow signs for Testing – Ensure social distancing by standing on noted locations
- Here is a helpful video of the process: https://vimeo.com/447270240
- Go to “Registration Table 1” for Registration:
- You will show your ID and Phone – go to https://www.suny-covid-test.com/ and login
- Your registration will include questions about eating, drinking, or other recent activities. Please note:
- Within the three hours before the test, you cannot brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
- Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot eat or drink anything, including mints, gum, or lozenges.
- Within 30 minutes before the test you cannot smoke or use smokeless tobacco products or e-cigarettes.
- Your registration will also include questions about any symptoms you are experiencing:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- If you indicate you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you will be directed to stop and you must not continue with the process. If so, you will be directed to:
- Contact the Wellness Center 315-792-7172 or
- Go to the special sample collection area for symptomatic individuals
- You will be asked to use hand sanitizer before being given a test kit
- You will scan or be provided a bar code number that you will enter into the log-in screen
- Once this is complete, you will be given your test vial and you can go to the next table when available.
- Go to Testing Table 2 to Begin the sample process.
- At this point you can take off your face covering for testing
- Take the vial you have and open the vial to expose the swab
- Following the instructions, rub the swab inside your mouth for 10-15 seconds – along your gum lines and under your tongue (sample collection video can be found here: https://vimeo.com/447268833/5229da41b6).
- Insert the swab into the tube and screw the cap on tightly
- Replace your face covering
- Shake the vial vigorously 15 times
- Give the vial to the attendant who will place it in the sample rack
- You can then use hand sanitizer and follow the directional arrows out of the building and return home.
- Following testing, you should limit your exposure to others and continue to follow social distance, face covering, and hygiene requirements in a temporary precautionary quarantine until your pooled results are presumed negative.
- Pooled sample results:
- If results are presumed negative, you will be informed and you can continue to attend classes on campus.
- If results require further testing, you will be informed and provided with directions related to follow-up testing and quarantine/isolation requirements.
Are there short videos I can watch that help explain the COVID-19 pooled testing process?
- Student swabbing techniques - https://vimeo.com/447268833/5229da41b6
- Pooling Day Process – Greeter / Attendants - https://vimeo.com/447270240
- Roll of Pooler - https://vimeo.com/447269539
Why is “pooled” testing for COVID-19 important?
Pooled testing will enable a number of students to be tested at a time by combining their individual samples that they each provide as they arrive on SUNY Poly’s Utica campus. This saves testing resources, and adds an extra “layer” of knowledge so that those in a COVID-19 “requires further testing” pool can be further tested to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
Testing is one component of SUNY Poly’s holistic set of protocols to foster health and safety, and complements population density reduction efforts; academic calendar adjustments; requirements such as six foot social distancing and wearing a face covering at all times, except when in residence or one’s office; along with detailed pre-arrival and daily screenings; as well as contact tracing and quarantine as needed, for example. Telehealth and telemedicine, including mental health resources, are also available.
Who must take part in “pooled” testing for COVID-19?
Any student who plans to be on SUNY Poly’s Utica campus for the fall 2020 semester is required to be tested in a “pooled” capacity. If a student cannot attend one of the scheduled sessions, they must submit a negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test result from August 17 or later (see related FAQ: “What if I cannot make it to the pooled COVID-19 testing time/location that pertains to me?”).
Do I need to take part in “pooled” COVID-19 testing if my classes are 100% online during the fall semester?
Students who do not have any on-campus classes during the fall semester must participate in pooled testing or provide a negative PCR test result if they anticipate being on campus in any capacity this semester. This includes use of library, computer labs, fitness center, Poly Pantry, etc.
What if I cannot make it to the pooled COVID-19 testing time/location that pertains to me?
If you are unable to take part in the pooled testing options being provided free of cost to Utica campus students, you will need to submit proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR test result from August 17 or later. Meaning, the test results were normal and showed the virus was not detected. The test must be a PCR molecular test or an antigen test; antibody tests will not be accepted. This requirement is due prior to arrival to campus.
All students can visit the New York State Department of Health’s website to find a nearby test site. Students are responsible for arranging for testing and paying associated costs, if applicable. If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test. Students living in New York State may also contact the New York State COVID-19 hotline to schedule a test by calling 1-888-364-3065.
Proof of a negative test can be submitted to the Wellness Center by Fax at 315-792-7371 or by email at WellnessCenter@sunypoly.edu.
What happens if I am part of a pooled COVID-19 test that requires further testing?
If results are require further testing, you will be informed and you will be provided with directions related to follow-up testing and quarantine/isolation requirements.
What happens if I am part of a pooled COVID-19 test that is presumed negative?
If results are presumed negative, you will be informed and you can continue to attend classes on campus.
Can I attend classes in-person if I am awaiting the results of my pooled COVID-19 test?
You will be able to attend in-person on-campus activities once a negative test result is confirmed.
I am a minor, is there any additional information I should be aware of as I go through the pooled testing process?
If you are still a minor, you must make sure a Parental Consent Form is filled out, which you can receive by emailing email@example.com. Please make sure it is signed and return to the same email address.
If I already have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, from August 17 or after, can I submit that instead of having to take part in the pooled testing process?
A negative test would be acceptable instead of pooled testing. (See the following FAQ for details: “What if I cannot make it to the pooled COVID-19 testing time/location that pertains to me?”).
How long will it take for pooled testing results to return?
Results from pooled tests are expected within approximately 48 hours.
How much does the pooled COVID-19 test cost? What am I expected to pay?
SUNY Poly is paying for this health service; there is no out-of-pocket cost to students for pooled testing.
Will SUNY Poly conduct surveillance testing?
- To help avoid symptomatic confusion between flu and COVID-19, all students and employees will be strongly encouraged to have flu vaccines.
- All residential and non-residential students as well as SUNY Poly employees may be asked to conduct a 5-7 days precautionary quarantine at home prior to returning to campus. If COVID-19 symptoms develop, refer to below procedures for testing, contact tracing and quarantine. If asymptomatic, the individuals can return to campus following the guidance below.
- Pooled testing will be provided to students who need access to the Utica campus, with about 12 people in each group (the group size may vary based on local infection rate at the time of campus re-opening).
- Residential students can be grouped based on living arrangements such as living in the same suite or on the same floor. Non-residential students can be grouped based on both living arrangements and class arrangements such as living in the same apartment or being in the same study groups. Employees can be grouped based on office locations, work duties, and schedules.
- If a group has tested negative, the entire group can return to campus. If a group tests positive, each member in the group will be required to be tested individually.
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Information (pdf)