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Tackling Coronavirus: State University Of New York In Midst Of Challenging Endeavor, Testing All 140,000 Of Its Students

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Exit testing is underway at all State University of New York schools.

(CBSNewYork) — Exit testing is underway at all State University of New York schools.

It’s an ambitious plan to require all students get COVID-19 tested before they head home for the Thanksgiving holiday, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday.

The ballroom at SUNY Stony Brook used to be reserved for massive social events, but now it’s used for mass coronavirus testing.

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Thousands of saliva tests are performed per day at state colleges and universities.

The 10-day mandate is to have all 140,000 students on campus tested before heading home for the holiday.

“I want to make sure that I can’t spread COVID,” Stony Brook student John Tafe said.

Emily Lam will get her test the day before she returns home to her grandmother.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras wrote in a Daily News op-ed, “The aggressive measures at the nation’s largest higher education system ensures students don’t bring COVID home. ”

I think you need smart and sensible testing strategies like we’re doing at the State University of New York, where we are mandating it,” Malatras said.

If a student tests positive SUNY requires colleges to isolate or quarantine them in their dorm room.

Local health departments will work with students to determine if they can safely go home.

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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 a part of the solution.

SUNY officials said the turnaround time for students to receive their tests results is about 48 hours.

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