Covid-19 Testing at DCC

In an effort to ensure the continued safety of our on-campus community, Dutchess Community College is conducting pooled testing that was developed and validated by SUNY Upstate Medical Center. As a result of the internal SUNY testing capability, SUNY Administration is requiring every campus to establish and implement a Covid-19 testing plan.

Everyone who comes to campus must complete the Health Screening Form every day and be tested once during the week that they are on campus.

Testing will be done in Drumlin Hall. You must enter through the West Entrance (the Dutchess Hall side). Appointments are not required, however, you MUST show your DCC ID at the entrance to Drumlin. Social distancing will be strictly maintained.

Testing is mandatory. Failure to test will impact your ability to be on campus and will subject you to SUNY sanctions. Please see Memo from Chancellor Malatras which outlines the expectations for sanctions for students who do not comply with the testing requirements.

The self-administered pooled test is quick and easy – the individual simply swabs the inside of their mouth and provides the saliva sample to staff to be sent to Upstate Medical Center. The saliva from 12 individuals is pooled together and tested. If the results are negative, no further action is necessary. If the results are positive for Covid-19, further testing of the individual saliva samples is conducted to identify the individual(s).

A video of the collection method is available here.

Pooled testing will be conducted in conjunction with the online required Student Health Screening Survey tool, which is already required before arriving on campus and must be completed before testing.

Individuals who have had suspected exposure to Covid-19 or who are symptomatic (based on daily Student Health Screening Survey Screening tool to be on campus) should not be on campus, will be excluded from pooled testing, and should contact their health care provider.

If you have not already created a Covid-19 Pooled Testing Account and completed your profile, please do so at least 24 hours before your first test. You will need to input your A Number when you create your account.

On the day of testing:

3 hours prior: Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash for at least three hours before your testing time.

30 minutes prior: Do not eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, within 30 minutes of testing. Abstain from smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes prior to the test.

You must bring your Dutchess Community College ID and personal mobile device. If you do not have a smart phone or tablet, one will be provided at the testing site but you must have created your account and completed your profile in advance.

Testing Schedule for Spring 2021:            

Mondays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NOTE: During the week of May 17, we will only be testing on the 18th (Tuesday). The testing site will be open on that day from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Results will be received in time for the two graduation ceremonies on May 21.

Testing Schedule for Summer 2021:

Starting May 24, the testing site will be open according to the following schedule:

Mondays 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

When you are tested as part of the pooled testing plan, you may continue normal activities (with strict adherence to mask wearing and social distancing) unless you are contacted with additional instructions. If you test positive, you will be notified, instructed to isolate and speak to your health care provider. The County will be notified and contact tracing will be implemented immediately. If you are symptom-free, you should continue to participate in your remote classes. If you are someone who has been in contact with an individual who tests positive, you also will be advised to isolate for 14 days. Under the new guidelines, individuals exposed to Covid-19 can end their quarantine after ten days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and if any develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare provider to report this change and determine if they should seek testing. Your faculty member will work with the administration on a case-by-case basis to determine next steps in terms of other cohorts within that class who have not been exposed and future actions.

Testing is NOT a substitute for prevention measures. Even with this new testing program, you will need to continue physical distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, using Student Health Screening Survey tool to report your health status, and staying home if you experience Covid-like symptoms. These are all essential to our work as a community to continue fighting the spread of Covid-19.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Health Office at (845) 431-8075 or Dean of Student Services Office (845) 431-8970.

Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this as we work together with SUNY to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and do our part to keep our community healthy.

Covid-19 Pooled Surveillance Testing FAQs

Who is required to be tested?

Everyone who comes to campus must be tested once during the week that they are on campus.

Where will the testing be conducted?

Testing will take place in Drumlin Hall East Cafeteria. Social distancing will be strictly adhered to.

Am I required to test on a specific day?

See schedule of testing hours, above. There is no need to make an appointment.

How do I register for pooled surveillance testing?

Those who are required to participate in testing will be emailed a link to use for registering. (Registration link: https://www.suny-covid-test.com/ ) Please use a personal computer or personal electronic device (phone or tablet) to complete the registration process in advance of the testing appointment. Students are to complete their registration at least 24 hours before testing.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the pooled surveillance testing. If you are part of a “presumed positive” pool result, further laboratory testing (a reflex test) is conducted with the same sample and your medical insurance will be billed. Dutchess Community College is absorbing the cost of testing that is not covered by health insurance plans.

What do I need to bring with me on the day of testing?

Anyone being tested must bring their college ID card and personal electronic device to complete the testing process. If you do not have a smart phone or tablet, one will be provided at the testing site.

Can I eat and drink before my test?

Do not eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, within 30 minutes of reporting for testing. You should abstain from smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes prior to the test.

What about brushing my teeth?

You should not brush your teeth or use mouthwash within three hours prior to your test.

How long will the test take?

The test is quick and easy – you simply swab the inside of your mouth and provide the saliva sample to staff to be sent to Upstate Medical Center for testing.  The entire process is expected to take about 10 minutes once you have checked in. Please know if you are testing prior to the start of a class, you should allow yourself at least 30 minutes to check, in test and arrive to class on time.

Can I attend classes in-person/go to work on campus if I am awaiting the results of my pooled Covid-19 test?

You can continue to attend in-person on-campus activities as you await surveillance test results.

What happens if I am part of a pooled Covid-19 test that is presumed negative?

You will be notified of your test results typically from between 48-72 hours from test date.

What happens if I am part of a pooled Covid-19 test that is presumed positive?

If a pool comes back presumed positive, SUNY Upstate will reprocess the pool and identify the positive individual.

The student who tested positive would be notified and will be asked to self-quarantine.

Is there a video to better explain the process?

Yes! https://vimeo.com/447268833/5229da41b6