Update and information on expanded surveillance testing
SUNY Fredonia conducted about 1,400 surveillance tests in Steele Hall last week and found a total of seven positive cases (0.5%).
Below is the full breakdown of the results:
Monday, Oct. 19 - 362 tested/2 positive students;
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - 168 tested/1 positive employee;
Wednesday, Oct. 21 - 374 tested/1 positive student;
Thursday, Oct. 22 - 386 tested/ 3 positive students;
Friday, Oct. 23 - 139 tested/ 0 positive.
Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison noted, “While one could say that the relatively low positive numbers are a good sign that our efforts to control the virus are going reasonably well, seven positives is still a concern. Any positive result in our community is a reason to be concerned because, as we have seen, the impact of the virus on individuals can vary. Hence, I pray for a 100% negative pool each week.”
Fredonia's Health Center received additional guidance (through SUNY Health Council, the SUNY Director for EHS, and SUNY Legal) on reporting pool testing results. The guidance says Fredonia will not email results to any pool testing participant who is presumed negative (since it is pool testing, the result is a "presumed negative" vs. a negative result). The Fredonia Health Center will continue to contact by phone any student who is positive and HR will contact any employee who is positive.