Surveillance Testing Update – Week of December 6-12

By Dan DeCaria, December 6, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

As we continue to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation within our campus community, we share this message with a small update regarding surveillance testing for the week of December 6-12. 

Faculty, Staff and Students who are interested in participating in surveillance testing are highly encouraged to submit a test sample at one of the various blue bin locations on campus. This testing is available to anyone who is currently asymptomatic and not actively experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Testing locations include:

  • Campus Center Lobby
  • Peggy Ryan Williams Lobby
  • A&E Center Lobby
  • Farm Pond Road (Employees Only)

The testing method is a saliva-based PCR test. Please be sure to follow all instructions on the test kit in order to successfully submit your sample. Test kits are picked up on Monday and Thursday, so we encourage you to submit your sample on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to ensure it is evaluated accurately.

If you are currently experiencing any active symptoms associated with COVID-19, please DO NOT utilize the blue bin surveillance testing locations. These symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, sinus congestion, nausea, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important for you to limit interactions with others and immediately seek out appropriate testing opportunities.

Students actively experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should proceed to Emerson Hall to complete a COVID-19 test. Emerson Hall is open seven days a week between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and is the primary location for students experiencing symptoms to be tested.

Employees actively experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should utilize local resources for testing. Testing opportunities are available at urgent care facilities, pharmacies, and the Cayuga Health System mall testing site.

Knowing your COVID-19 status is an important way we can help limit any unchecked spread of the virus within our campus community. Thank you for your consideration and your cooperation in helping contain the impact of COVID-19 during the final weeks of the semester.


Samm Swarts
Assistant Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response