COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

The college began to participate in COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing during the Fall 2020 semester and will continue to do so until further notice.

The pooled test was developed and validated by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s laboratory and Quadrant Biosciences and approved by the New York State Department of Health.

Mandatory Testing

Hudson Valley is a State University of New York (SUNY) college. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, SUNY has mandated that all unvaccinated students and employees who are on campus are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly. 

Weekly pooled surveillance testing is available to all students and employees, however, weekly testing is required for:
  • All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students, including those with an approved exemption who are on campus.
  • All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees who are on campus. 

Fully vaccinated students and employees are exempt form mandatory weekly testing upon submission and approval of documentation showing completion of a full vaccination series. Documentation should be uploaded to the COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation Form.

Those meeting one or more of the following criteria should submit a Surveillance Testing Exemption Form and related documentation:
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • If you took your weekly test off-campus; including a home test.

Employee & Student Testing Exemption 

Process for Testing

The test is quick and easy - you simply swab the inside of your mouth and provide the saliva sample to be sent to Upstate Medical Center for testing. The process takes less than 5 minutes.

  1. To participate in surveillance testing, simply come to a testing location during the times listed below.
  2. Register at prior to coming to the testing location or as soon as you arrive on site.
  3. Once registered, you will proceed to a testing station and self-administer the saliva test, swabbing your mouth for 10-15 seconds.

The How to Swab video by Quadrant Biosciences Inc. explains the simple saliva test that is used for pooled surveillance testing.

Summer 2022 Testing Location and Hours

Health Services Office
Siek Campus Center, Room 270

  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


The college will monitor ongoing student and employee compliance. Those who violate the college procedures and policies will be subject to the college disciplinary process.

FAQs About Testing

What do students and employees need to bring with them to the test?

  • Bring your college ID and personal electronic device to the testing site.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, within 30 minutes of the test. You should not brush your teeth or use mouth wash within the prior three hours.
  • Abstain from smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes prior to the test.

What happens after the completion of the saliva swab?

Multiple saliva samples are pooled together and assessed at a lab. Results from the pools are expected to be shared with the college's Health Services office within 24-48 hours.

If a pool comes back positive, SUNY Upstate will reprocess the pool and identify the positive individual. Individuals who receive a positive test will be contacted and instructed to quarantine for up to 10 days.

Get in Touch

Health Services

Siek Campus Center, Suite 270

Fax: (518) 629-7471

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.