BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The State University of New York system announced on Thursday that it plans to expand COVID-19 pool testing to include tests for every student once every two weeks.
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras and SUNY Adirondack President Kristine D. Duffy announced this program will be done in partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
SUNY says the latest round of pool testing saw zero positive test results after 236 people were tested.
“The tremendous work of SUNY Adirondack leaders and students to keep coronavirus off campus is evident in their latest pool testing results, which returned zero positive cases,” said Chancellor Malatras. “Still, President Duffy and her team are committed to expanding testing even further—proof that we will not rest on our laurels and that we will continue to do everything in our power to keep the COVID-19 beast at bay. SUNY Adirondack is part of a larger success story that’s beginning to take shape across our university system. Several colleges have recently completed hundreds of pool tests with positivity rates well below one percent, pushing SUNY’s overall positivity down and instilling confidence that if we all work together, we can do this. I want to thank President Duffy and her team for embracing Upstate Medical’s new, nation-leading test, and SUNY Adirondack students for rising to the moment, protecting one another, and demonstrating what this university system is capable of.”
This semester SUNY colleges have conducted 129,000 COVID-19 tests with a positivity rate of .67 percent.