Herkimer College Alerts

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Instructions for accessing real-time remote classes are here.

Pooled Surveillance Testing

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Herkimer College is conducting pooled surveillance testing in collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical Center. 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 SUNY Upstate Medical Center for testing. 

SUNY has mandated that any student who will be on campus for any reason during the Spring 2021 semester MUST participate in COVID Surveillance Testing.  Testing will be done on a weekly basis and failure to comply with this directive could result in your removal from on-campus classes, on-campus employment, athletic teams and on-campus housing or suspension/dismissal from the College.  To help ensure we maintain compliance with this important SUNY mandate, please note the following:

You must register for the testing at www.suny-covid-test.com prior to arriving for testing. When registering you must provide health insurance information.  Please know that Herkimer College is providing this testing without charge to all students.  While you will never be charged for this testing, the health insurance information is a requirement.  Please contact the Dean of Students Office if you or your parents/guardians do not have health insurance.

  • You must bring your Herkimer Student ID card every time you test.
  • Please do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash 3 hours prior to testing.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke or vape 30 minutes prior to testing.  This includes mints, throat lozenges and water.

Testing will be available in the Cogar Gallery in the Robert McLaughlin College Center during the following times: 

  • Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm
  • Monday, 4 pm - 5:45 pm

Testing groups are as follows:

Monday

  • All athletes (must test with their respective teams)
  • Campus Meadows - Bldgs. A & B
  • Reservoir Run - Bldgs.1 & 2
  • Commuter students with last names beginning with the letters A - D

 Tuesday

  • Campus Meadows - Bldgs. C & D
  • College Hill - Bldgs. 1 & 4
  • Police Academy
  • PTA
  • Commuter students with last names beginning with the letters E - L

 Wednesday

  • Campus Meadows - Bldgs. F & G
  • College Hill Building 2
  • Commuter students with last names beginning with the letters M - S

 Thursday

  • All athletes (must test with their respective teams)
  • Campus Meadows - Bldgs. H & J
  • Reservoir Run - Bldgs. 3 & 4
  • Commuter students with last names beginning with the letters T - Z

If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you must contact the Dean of Students Office to discuss how your testing may differ.

If your employer requires COVID testing, you may be excused from testing if you bring proof of the negative results of that test.  Please note:  If your employer does not conduct testing on a weekly basis, you must participate in the College’s surveillance testing during the weeks you are not tested at work.

If you are not able to test on your scheduled day, you must contact the Dean of Students Office to adjust your testing schedule.  Please email DeanofStudents@Herkimer.edu or call 315.574.4009.

As required while on campus, masks must be worn and social distancing must be maintained at all times.

FAQs

  • All residential students, all student-athletes, and commuter/off-campus students who are enrolled in one or more on-campus, in-person classes are required to participate in the pooled surveillance testing.

  • Testing will take place in the Cogar Gallery located in the Robert McLaughlin College Center. Social distancing will be strictly adhered to.

  • There is no cost to students or employees to participate in the pooled surveillance testing. Herkimer College is absorbing the cost of testing that is not covered by health insurance plans.

  • Students (as identified above) are required to test weekly. All athletes are required to test twice per week (Mondays and Thursdays) with their respective teams.

    Tests are conducted Mondays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-5:45 p.m., and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cogar Gallery. 

  • Students required to participate in the testing must register here before arriving at the test site:

    http://register.suny-covid.com

  • Anyone being tested must bring their health insurance card, college ID card and personal electronic device.

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, within 30 minutes of reporting for testing. In addition, you should abstain from smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes prior to the test.

  • You should not brush your teeth or use mouthwash within three hours prior to your 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 entire process is expected to take about 4 minutes to complete once you have checked in.