COVID-19 Policies and Updates

Spring 2021 COVID Plans

Tompkins Cortland Spring 2021 Information for Students
Tompkins Cortland Spring 2021 Opening Plan for Students and Staff
Tompkins Cortland Spring 2021 SUNY Opening Plan

COVID Reporting Dashboards

SUNY's COVID tracker
Tompkins County COVID resources
Cortland County COVID resources

Visiting campus? Fill out the COVID health survey

While campus is still closed to visitors not attending class or coming for a specific reason, we do expect a welcomed influx of visitors for our in-person April commencement events. Anyone planning to attend should fill out the COVID Visitor Screening Questionnaire before entering the building. 

COVID-19 Testing Reminders and Regulations

Important: Anyone who comes to campus for any reason is expected to test once per week. 

We have migrated to a system using testing kits. We provide the kit, you provide the sample and return the kit. 

Pick up a kit, provide a sample, BRING IT BACK – it's that easy 

Step #1 | PICK UP A KIT

  • Kits are available at the main entrance, in Residence Halls, and in Health & Wellness in Room 118A.

Step #2 | PROVIDE YOUR SAMPLE

  • Write your information on the label on the bag or we won’t know who the kit belongs to!
  • DO NOT eat, drink, or smoke for 30 minutes before providing the saliva – the lab rejects kits if they find non-saliva substances in the sample and you will have to retest.

Step #3 | BRING IT BACK

  • You have to register EACH TIME you drop off a sample. REGISTER HERE. This generates the patient ID barcode so you and the College can access your test results.
  • RETURN ALL KITS to Health & Wellness in Room 118A. Drop it in the big bin that looks like a recycling bin outside the office door.
TC3 COVID testing


Your COVID testing questions answered

How much does this cost? 
Nothing – the College is covering the costs of the test.
 
Do you need my health insurance information?
We do not collect any person health information for this testing.
 
Am I required to show a negative test to come to campus?
No. We are asking that you test weekly but we don’t need any proof of a negative test.
However, you still MUST complete the online self-screening every day you come to campus.
Students are emailed a reminder to complete with the link every day. Go here to complete the screening. 
 
How often am I supposed to test?
Every week that you come to campus.
EXAMPLES 
I have class in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and I come to campus both days. ONLY TEST ONCE A WEEK.
I come to campus every other Tuesday to use the library. ONLY TEST THE WEEKS YOU COME TO CAMPUS.
 
The appointment times only go to 4 p.m., and I have class at 5 p.m. – can I drop off my test later in the evening?
Yes. Unfortunately, the Cayuga Health registration only list appointment times based on an in-person appointment model. 
It is important that you register each test you drop off but the time doesn’t really matter. Just pick the time closest to when you plan to bring the completed kit to the drop off.
 
Once I registered a kit drop off, do I have to do it every time?
YES. Each kit you drop off has to have a registration associated with it in the Cayuga Health System. This generates the unique patient ID barcode so your sample can be tracked and identified.
 
When will the College tell me my test results?
We won’t, unless you unfortunately test positive. You are responsible for looking up your results in the patient portal. You have to set up the portal with your own personal information and you can access all your test results there.  You can access the portal here.
 
For any questions regarding the MyCayugaHealth patient portal email Cayuga Health or call 607.274.4314, Option 7.
 
Thank you for doing you part to keep our community safe!

Positive tests

Residential students
Residential students who test positive at any point in the semester will be mandated to move to a designated isolation room. The Tompkins County Health Department will work directly with the Vice President of Student Services and the Residence Life staff on contact tracing. Residence Life is developing a detailed plan for residential students who test positive and students who are exposed.

Commuter students
Commuter students who test positive at any point in the semester will be mandated to stay home in isolation. The Tompkins County Health Department will work directly with the Vice President of Student Services on contact tracing.

Staff
Faculty or staff members who test positive will be mandated to stay home in isolation. The Tompkins County Health Department will work directly with Human Resources on contact tracing. Human Resources is working on an updated leave time policy.