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COVID-19 Testing Measures

Pooled Testing

Rockland Community College has Implemented Weekly Pooled Saliva Testing for On-Campus Students this Semester

When college campuses across the country reopened for the fall semester, many experienced outbreaks of new COVID-19 infections. In response, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced that all 64 of SUNY’s colleges and universities would implement a mandatory student testing program to detect COVID-19 cases. This new requirement ensures that all on-campus SUNY students will be tested weekly during the semester, which will assist public health officials and every SUNY campus in identifying, tracing, and containing the virus. It will also help to ensure the health of our community.

SUNY Rockland has implemented mandatory COVID-19 pooled saliva testing for students taking in-person classes. Weekly testing is required only for students taking classes on the main campus located in Suffern. Testing will continue through the end of the semester. There is no direct cost to students for testing.

The Chancellor is requiring weekly testing for all students taking in-person classes on the main campus in Suffern, for the remainder of the fall semester. Testing will take place in the Fieldhouse Arena.

SUNY's pooled saliva testing approach enables us to collect individual cheek swab samples from small groups of between 10-25 people, and to perform a screening analysis of the group with just one test. The 10-25 individual samples are combined into one batch, which is sent to SUNY Upstate Medical where it is tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

View the Pooled Testing video to learn more about the process.