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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

COVID-19 Test Results & Update on Next Round of Surveillance Testing

September 19, 2020

Email being sent on behalf of Tracy Harcourt, Director of Student Health Services

Dear Students:

As of today, Student Health Services has received all of the outstanding COVID-19 surveillance test results from the testing conducted this past week. All of these tests were negative.

Students who did not complete the first round of surveillance testing will be contacted on Monday to determine appropriate next steps. Students who study in our Watertown programs at Jefferson Community College (JCC) will be contacted as well.

SUNY Potsdam is partnering with Upstate Medical University to conduct pooled saliva testing on an ongoing basis. Student surveillance testing will resume in two weeks. We will test half of the residential and local student body each week from that point on.

You will receive an email via Calendly on Tuesday, September 22, inviting you to sign up for your next testing appointment time. We understand the challenges that are associated with these ongoing appointments, but testing is a critical step in ensuring that we keep our community safe. 

Testing will be held on Tuesdays in Maxcy Hall. Depending on which testing group you are assigned to, your next appointment will either be on September 29 or October 6.

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. Any student who does not comply with the mandatory surveillance tests will be asked to return home and study virtually, in order to protect the health of the campus community.

Please continue to complete your symptoms tracker each day, and follow the BEAR COVID-19 Pledge expectations, to protect yourself and to protect others. I can’t stress this enough… It is so important to avoid unsafe social gatherings and to wear your face covering in all public spaces.

Stay healthy and keep up the good work so that we can stay open!