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COVID-19 Test Results & Reminder on Next Rounds of Surveillance Testing

October 1, 2020 

This message is being sent on behalf of Student Health Services and Human Resources 

Dear Students and Employees:

SUNY Potsdam has received the results for all COVID-19 surveillance tests conducted on Tuesday, September 29, in Maxcy Hall. We have been notified that all results for both students and employees were negative.

SUNY Potsdam is partnering with Upstate Medical University to conduct pooled saliva testing on an ongoing basis for the rest of the semester. Going forward, we will only communicate with individuals about surveillance test results if they are positive. If you test positive, you will receive a call and instructions on the actions you should take to isolate and begin the contact tracing process.

You can always keep track of our pending test information and ongoing results on our case details page, which is updated daily.

Student testing 

  • Students who were assigned to testing Group B will be tested again this Tuesday, October 6, also in Maxcy. You should have already reserved your appointment for this test.  
  • Students who were just tested in Group A will have their next appointment on Tuesday, October 13.  
  • Remember, it is critically important that you do not miss your appointment. If for some reason you do, you have until 3 p.m. that day to report Maxcy to be tested.  
  • If you have concerns or problems, or have missed your testing appointment, please contact Dean of Students Eric Duchscherer at duchsched@potsdam.edu
  • Surveillance testing is mandatory for all residential students, non-residential students who live within a 15-mile radius, and any student who has a reason to be on campus. 

Employee testing 

  • Going forward, we will test 50% of UUP-represented employees, CSEA-represented employees, PEF-represented employees and MC employees each Tuesday. Employees will be randomly assigned to one of two testing groups. 
  • Employees should continue to monitor your email for information about the next round of surveillance testing and your group testing assignment. 
  • Surveillance testing is mandatory for all UUP-represented employees, CSEA-represented employees, PEF-represented employees and MC employees who are required to report in person to campus to conduct some or all of their work obligation. If other bargaining units are mandated in the future, that will be communicated. 
  • Employees who do not fall under this directive may still choose to be tested, although the campus will not cover the cost of non-required tests going forward. If you have a question about your testing obligation, please contact Director of Human Resources Melissa Proulx at proulxme@potsdam.edu

Again, test results will continue to be tracked comprehensively on our case details page. Please continue to do your part to keep our campus and community safe, by wearing your face coverings in all public spaces, completing the symptoms tracker as required, and by avoiding restricted gatherings.

Sincerely,

Tracy Harcourt, FNP-C
Director of Student Health Services

SUNY Potsdam

Melissa Proulx
Director of Human Resources

SUNY Potsdam