Fall 2020 Return to Campus – COVID-19 Testing & Daily Health Checks

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As we approach the start of the fall semester, we will share a series of messages to ensure that you have answers to as many of your questions as possible before returning to campus. Please find below information regarding COVID-19 testing and daily health checks. The complete return-to-campus plan, which has received approval from SUNY system and meets the New York State Department of Health's Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines, is available on our Fall 2020 Reopening Plans and Updates webpage. Please recognize that all plans are still subject to change due to new information, guidance or direction from the state.

Daily Health Check


  • SUNY Administration has introduced, and required, the use of the Campus COVID Screening App for all employees working on campus. The daily health screening app should be completed either prior to reporting for work or within the first hour of arriving to campus. Please see the "View the Campus COVID Screening App" all-faculty/staff email that was sent out Aug. 3, 2020, for further instructions and a link to the app.
  • Should an employee answer “yes” to any of the screening questions, they should remain home or immediately leave campus.


  • SUNY Morrisville will encourage students to participate in COVID-19 pooled testing upon returning to campus. Details about this process will follow soon.
  • Students also will complete a daily health check by taking their temperature each day and self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, shortness of breath and other symptoms. Resources for reporting successful check completion will be provided after students arrive and as classes begin.

Resources for testing/When should I get tested?

Students experiencing symptoms should remain in their room or their home and immediately notify the Student Health Center or their primary care physician or a local urgent care to determine if testing is warranted. The Student Health Center has the ability to test symptomatic students. For additional information, please view our after hours COVID healthcare webpage.

More information on what students should do if they experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 can be found on our Students/Parents Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Wastewater Testing

Wastewater samples are taken twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) from the central wastewater plant on campus and tested every Tuesday and Thursday by the Madison County Health Department. If the virus is detected in the waste stream, the college will be notified and work with the health department to further identify the source and take the appropriate measures for further testing and possible quarantine or isolation.


Wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing, wherever possible, are the best way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Students and employees are required to wear face coverings when in all public spaces, and whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Our return-to-campus plan is constantly evolving. We will continue to share updates about life on campus, as more details develop. You can also find more information regarding what to expect during the fall 2020 semester by visiting our Fall 2020 Reopening Plans and Updates homepage.