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New York State Community COVID Testing Site Opens at SUNY Potsdam

January 10, 2022

SUNY Potsdam Hosts Free, State-Run Community Testing Site in Merritt Hall Gym 

SUNY Potsdam is hosting a free New York State community COVID testing clinic. The self-administered saliva-based swab testing is offered through Quadrant Biosciences. Seen here is a student utilizing the test during the Spring 2021 semester.

A free New York State community COVID testing site is set to open at SUNY Potsdam tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Merritt Hall Gym. The clinic will offer free saliva-based swab tests that individuals can administer themselves. 

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the initiative to open COVID testing clinics at State University of New York campuses across the state last week. 

The SUNY Potsdam community test site will be located in the Merritt Hall Gym, and will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled online through Quadrant Biosciences, at 

There will be slots for 250 appointments daily, and the site will be able to handle a small number of walk-in tests each day as well. 

Location: Merritt Hall is located directly across from the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at The Crane School of Music.The entrance for the clinic will be located at the glass doors facing Lake Placid Drive, between Merritt Hall and Kellas Hall. 

Parking: Parking will be available in Lot 14, directly behind Merritt Hall. Overflow parking is also available in Lot 6, adjacent to Snell Theater and the Performing Arts Center. 

Driving directions: Members of the community should proceed to campus via Pierrepont Avenue/Route 56, and turn onto Barrington Avenue. You will see signs directing you to turn onto Lake Placid Drive to find Merritt Hall 

We are getting creative in our approach to make testing easier for New Yorkers, Governor Hochul said. With testing now available at SUNY campuses, we are expanding access across the state to make sure that we limit the spread of COVID-19. Get tested, wear a mask, and get your vaccine, second dose, and booster to keep yourself and your community safe as we get through this winter surge. 

About SUNY Potsdam:  

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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