Pooled COVID-19 Testing

September 2, 2020

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Greetings Golden Eagles,

We’re absolutely thrilled to have you back. Our campus is a much more vibrant and enriching place thanks to your presence.

I’d like to share my sincere gratitude for how you’ve adjusted to our new normal here at SUNY Brockport over the last few days. We’d all prefer things to be different, but unfortunately the pandemic remains a significant threat. Thankfully, we know how to combat it: wear our face coverings, wash our hands, maintain social distancing, disinfect often, and avoid large gatherings. So far, you’ve done just that. Please keep it up. Our semester depends on it.

Another way to fight COVID-19 is through testing. One of the most challenging aspects of this virus is that an individual who is asymptomatic can be a carrier and a spreader. SUNY Brockport is partnering with SUNY Upstate Medical University on a new, non-invasive form of testing that can help identify these individuals and make a real difference in our community. This pooled testing is a saliva test and doesn’t involve those long, uncomfortable swabs we’ve all read about. Samples from 12 individuals are pooled together and tested. If the test comes back negative, everyone is healthy. If it comes back positive, all 12 individuals will have to undergo a precautionary quarantine while we individually test everyone to find the positive individual(s). We are hopeful that this precautionary quarantine will last only 24-48 hours until individual tests are processed.

Pooled testing will begin later this month and is mandatory. Again, this is a crucial part of our strategy to Protect the Nest. If you are selected to participate, you will be notified by email with further instructions. Should you need to quarantine, your faculty will work with you so that you’re able to keep up with your studies. Please communicate with them.

Thank you again for all you’re doing to protect yourselves and our community. Together, we can do this.

Dr. Kathryn Wilson
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Last Updated 10/27/20

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