State College Of New York In Midst Of Difficult Endeavor, Testing All 140,000 Of Its College students – CBS New York
STONY BROOK, NY (CBSNewYork) – Exit tests are carried out at all schools in the State University of New York.
It is an ambitious plan that all students must test COVID-19 before heading home for Thanksgiving, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday.
The ballroom at SUNY Stony Brook was formerly reserved for large social events, now it is used for mass coronavirus testing.
MORE: SUNY requires COVID-19 negative tests before students can travel for Thanksgiving
Thousands of saliva tests are performed every day in government colleges and universities. The 10-day mandate is to have all 140,000 students tested on campus before heading home on vacation.
“I want to make sure I can’t spread COVID,” said John Tafe, a student at Stony Brook.
Emily Lam will have her test the day before she returns to see her grandmother.
“I don’t want to bring it back to her because she is a very vulnerable person,” said Lam.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras wrote in a Daily News: “The aggressive measures in the largest university system in the country are ensuring that students do not bring COVID home.”
“That could cost a penny. People are fed up with it, but it won’t make it go away. I think you need smart and sensible testing strategies like the ones we use at the State University of New York where we mandate them, ”said Malatras.
If a student tests positive, SUNY must isolate or quarantine the colleges in their dormitory. The local health departments are working with the students to determine if they can go home safely. This has led to an outcry over the reach of the government.
MORE: One week quarantine, COVID-19 tests required for SUNY students before the spring semester
The students told Gusoff it was a small price to pay.
“It wouldn’t be ideal, but you have to do what you have to do and I think everyone understands,” said Elah Ginsberg of Stony Brook.
“If you are in breach of a health ordinance, you can be suspended or expelled from school. So these are serious consequences, ”added Malatras.
MORE: SUNY Oneonta is sending students home for the remainder of the fall semester after cases jump to 389
After Thanksgiving, everything is only controlled remotely. Students will return in February and the spring break will be canceled.
The Chancellor said students get a bad rap for behavior that spreads the virus, but the vast majority are doing the right thing and want to be part of the solution. Mandatory Thanksgiving tests are part of the solution.
According to SUNY representatives, the processing time for students to receive their test results is around 48 hours.
MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK
You can get the latest news, sports, and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.