COVID-19 Pooled Surveillance Testing

The college began to participate in COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing during the Fall 2020 semester and will continue to do so throughout the Spring 2021 semester.

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 students, faculty and staff who are on campus at any SUNY college or university are required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly. This will allow us to quickly identify and address potential outbreaks within our population.

  • All students who are on campus for any reason must be tested before returning to campus after Winter Break.
  • All students, faculty and staff who are on campus for any reason will be required to participate in weekly testing throughout the Spring 2021 semester.

Please note these important exemptions to the testing mandate:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been notified that you are a contact of a COVID-positive individual, you should stay home. Do not come to campus to be tested. If you are symptomatic or have been exposed and would like to be tested, please use an independent testing site. Do not come to campus until you are cleared to return by the college’s Health Services office.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, do not participate in the college’s pooled testing until the 90 days have passed. Instead, please provide proof of your positive test result to the college’s Health Services office. If your 14-day quarantine has been completed and you have been cleared by Health Services, you may return to campus.


To effectuate a fair and consistent approach to policy violations by students at its State-operated and community colleges, SUNY established the Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations policy (PDF) for all State-operated and community college campuses.

Process for Weekly Testing

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

Up to 500 tests can be administered during each testing day. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on what to do prior to being tested and what to expect at the testing site.

  1. To schedule an appointment at the next available test day, go to or simply come to a testing location during the times listed below
  2. Register at prior to coming to the testing location. This registration will help track your individual sample.
    NOTE: You might not have access to answers for all of the questions asked. Please complete as much of the information as possible prior to your scheduled test. If needed, a college representative at the testing site will help you fill out the remainder questions.
  3. You will go through the health screening process and then proceed to the testing registration table.
  4. Once registered, you will proceed to a testing station staffed by a nurse or nurse practitioner who will guide you through the self-administration of a 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.

Spring 2021 Testing Locations and Hours

Siek Campus Center, First Floor

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Williams Hall, Cafeteria

  • Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

FAQs About Testing

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

  • Anyone being tested must bring their (i) college ID and (ii) personal electronic device prior to the testing date.
    • NOTE: If a student or employee forgets to bring their personal electronic device to testing, they should return to the testing site once they have their personal electronic device. Given the potential for virus transmission through contact, we recommend limiting the sharing of electronic devices.
  • All those to be tested should not eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, within 30 minutes of reporting to the collection site, and should not have brushed their teeth or used mouth wash within the past three hours.
  • Test subjects must 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?

The saliva samples are then pooled with other samples (12 samples to a pool) 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 of receipt.

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 14 days.

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