In accordance with a directive from SUNY, throughout the spring 2021 Buffalo State College will conduct weekly COVID-19 testing of employees who are required to report in person to campus to complete some or all of their work obligation in a particular week. If an employee does not report to campus in a given week, they are not required to participate in testing that week.
Because of the critical need to quickly identify and control the spread of the COVID-19 infection, SUNY established agreements with UUP, CSEA, NYSCOPBA, PBANYS, and PEF to conduct mandatory testing of represented employees. Management Confidential (M/C), Research Foundation, and Buffalo State College Foundation employees are also included in the mandatory testing.
To detect COVID-19 cases and identify asymptomatic carriers, Buffalo State has implemented surveillance testing via self-administered saliva tests. Pool testing—combining samples from several people and conducting one laboratory test on the combined pool of samples—will be used to quickly identify and address potential outbreaks within our campus population.
Times: 9:00–11:30 a.m., 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Sports Arena
Early Morning Testing Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00– 9:00 a.m.
Evening Testing Hours
Monday–Thursday, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Note: Select a testing time that is convenient for your schedule, then sign-up/register for a test.
While this test is not affiliated with your health insurance, the form does not allow many of the fields in the Health Insurance section to be left blank. Please enter the following to get through this section:
Upon completion of this page, please review the requirements necessary to be followed prior to sample collection, then affirm in both boxes your consent. Please stop the registration process. The remainder of the process will be completed at the test site.
The day of the test, if employees answer “yes” to any of the health screening questions on the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire—indicating they may have been exposed to COVID-19—they are instructed quarantine and not to report to the testing site.
Participants should not brush their teeth or use mouthwash within three hours of their test. In the 30 minutes before their test, they should also refrain from eating or drinking anything—including chewing gum, mints or lozenges—and refrain from smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco products.
The saliva collection process is simple and fast. Tests are self-administered and require a short, 10-15 second swab around the mouth, between the gums and under the tongue.
Staff collect the samples, which are then pooled with approximately 12 other individuals and assessed at a laboratory. Results from the pools are expected to be returned to the campus confidentially within 48 hours.
A positive test for the pool would trigger additional testing of each individual person’s sample from that group. This can be done using a portion of their saliva retained from the original sample. Individuals may be instructed to quarantine themselves while awaiting the results of the second test. Those people who are confirmed to be positive will be informed and required to isolate.
*Note, if you are part of a negative pool test, you will not be notified of your results.
Please ensure Human Resource Management has up to date contact information. Employees may view their legal name, demographics, and education information and update their home address, phone numbers, and emergency contacts via the SUNY HR Portal. For more information and a user guide, visit http://hr.buffalostate.edu/self-service.
Yes, if you come on campus for any amount of time during a particular week, you must participate in the pool testing for that week.
You must also complete the Daily Symptom Tracker survey for whichever days you are on campus.
Please contact Jamie Warnes in Human Resources for any concerns regarding testing accommodations.
If someone in the pool tests positive, the saliva sample you provided during testing is sent for an individual test to determine which individual in the pool has tested positive.
You do not need to supply another sample for the individual test.
Individuals who test positive will usually be notified within 24-48 hours after the test is performed. Individuals who test negative will not receive any correspondence.
If you are reporting to campus, you must be a part of the Buffalo State surveillance testing.
We will use your contact information we have on file within Human Resources. P
lease ensure Human Resource Management has up to date contact information.
Employees may view their legal name, demographics, and education information and update their home address, phone numbers, and emergency contacts via the SUNY HR Portal.
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