COVID-19 Pooled Surveillance Testing

The college began to participate in COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing during the Fall 2020 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 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 the Thanksgiving break during the week of Nov. 16 - 20, 2020, and students who are returning to campus after the break must be tested upon returning.
  • Following the Thanksgiving break, all students who are on campus for any reason will be required to participate in weekly testing for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester.

NOTE: Faculty and staff working on campus are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in weekly testing at this time. 

FAQs About Testing

What is the process for getting the weekly test?

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.

  1. Register at prior to coming to the testing location.
    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.
  2. You will be provided with a date, time frame and location for your pooled test.
  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.

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. 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 3 hours. In addition, test subjects must abstain from smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes prior to the test.
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 would recommend limiting the sharing of electronic devices.

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 presumptive positive test will be contacted, instructed to quarantine and asked to seek a confirmatory PCR test.

While awaiting PCR testing, any individual who is presumed positive will be asked to self-quarantine for up to 14 days. If the individual PCR test comes back negative, the individual would be allowed to discontinue self-quarantine. If the PCR test is positive, the individual would be followed by the appropriate local county health department and assisted by the college's Health Services office. 

Testing Dates and Location

Location: Siek Campus Center, First Floor

  • Daily weekday testing begins Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 and continues through the end of the Fall semester
    NOTE: There will be no testing the week of Nov. 23

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

The testing method is non-invasive and consists of a simple saliva sample you can take with a mouth swab. Everyone who is being tested must first register at This registration will help track your individual sample.

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