Surveillance/Pool Testing FAQ

Employees: along with the information below, additional answers and information can be found on our pool testing FAQ for employees page.

SUNY Fredonia is committed to the health and safety of our campus community. In an effort to monitor for the presence of SARS-COV-2 (COVID 19) in our student population, we are conducting pool testing. This will allow us to quickly identify and address potential outbreaks within our student populations.

The COVID-19 pool test being implemented at SUNY Fredonia was developed and validated by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s laboratory and Quadrant Biosciences and recently approved by the New York State Department of Health.

The objective of pool testing (also known as group saliva surveillance testing) is to provide sensitive, accurate and rapid feedback to college campuses about the presence of SARS-COV-2 in saliva samples from individuals on campus.

All students (those living on and off-campus) and employees will participate in pool testing. A weekly testing schedule has been developed to ensure everyone in the campus community is tested. Students are expected to participate in the pool testing in order to remain in good standing as a student.

An email reminder will be sent out to participants 2 business days prior to their testing date. This email will include the exact time frame and location for pool testing.

You can also refer to the weekly pool testing schedule for dates and times of testing. 

Prior to your test, you will need to create a COVID-19 Surveillance Account.

On the registration form, you will be asked questions regarding your personal insurance information as part of the registration process. You can enter “Campus Pays” and “NA” for any of the insurance questions. Any random numbers can be used for any numerical questions regarding insurance. The campus will cover all costs for pool testing. You do not need to identify your personal insurance information in the registration form.

A weekly testing schedule has been developed to ensure everyone in the campus community is tested.

(Students will receive an email with a date, time frame and location to be present for pool testing.)

Upon arrival at the testing site, students will have their temperature taken and will be asked about COVID-19 symptoms or contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Students who clear the screening will then proceed to a registration table. Once registered, participants will collect their test kit before proceeding to the collection station where they will be guided through self-administration of a saliva test, swabbing their mouth for 10-15 seconds. To understand what to expect during the pool testing process, this video provides a brief demonstration:



Anyone being tested must bring their campus ID and personal electronic device, i.e smartphone (a computer will be set up for anyone who does not have a smartphone). Prior to the testing date, all those to be tested should be instructed not to eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, mints or lozenges, within 30 minutes of reporting to the collection site, and should not have brushed their teeth or used mouthwash within the past three hours. In addition, test subjects must abstain from smoking, vaping, or using smokeless tobacco products for 30 minutes prior to the test.

The saliva samples are then pooled with other samples (6-12 samples to a pool) and then sent to be assessed at a lab. Positive pools will be further tested by the lab to identify which individual(s) in the pool is/are positive.


Results are expected to be shared by the lab with the Student Health Center within 3-5 days after the lab receives the samples. Participants whose results are positive will be contacted, by phone, directly by the Student Health Center. All other participants will receive an email message from the Student Health Center notifying them of their negative results.

There is no cost to the student. If you are a part of a positive pool/group, the individual will be billed to your private medical insurance. If you do not have private medical insurance, it will be billed to the campus.


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