Rockland Community College has Implemented Weekly Pooled Saliva Testing for On-Campus Students this Semester
During the Fall 2020 Semester, State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced that all 64 of SUNY’s colleges and universities would implement a mandatory student testing program to detect COVID-19 cases. This new requirement ensures that all on-campus SUNY students will be tested weekly during the semester, which will assist public health officials and every SUNY campus in identifying, tracing, and containing the virus. It will also help to ensure the health of our community.
SUNY Rockland will continue mandatory COVID-19 pooled saliva testing for students taking in-person classes. Weekly testing is required only for students taking classes on the main campus located in Suffern. There is no direct cost to students for testing. Testing is also available to RCC employees, though not required.
SUNY’s pooled saliva testing approach enables us to collect individual cheek swab samples from small groups of between 10-25 people, and to perform a screening analysis of the group with just one test. The 10-25 individual samples are combined into one batch, which is sent to SUNY Upstate Medical where it is tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus.
View the Pooled Testing video to learn more about the process.
SUNY COVID-19 Case Tracker
As part of the reopening of SUNY campuses across New York State, our schools are answering the call for transparency and public safety by providing statistics on the COVID-19 case count at each SUNY campus and community.
The following is an up-to-date dashboard that provides data on COVID-19 testing and other vital information at each of our 64 colleges and universities. Individual campuses submit data daily. The current day is populated at 4pm and the data is updated hourly. The data can be viewed on a system-wide or campus by campus level.