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COVID-19 Testing On Campus

The Testing Center will be open on Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. We will be closed on Fridays. (Hours are subject to change.)

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TEST 3x PER WEEK ON SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS.

Appointments for the week of April 25 will be available on Thursday, April 22. 

Tolles Pavilion

Reservation-only testing available for employees and students; appointment times will be released each Friday for the following week. 

  1. Complete the electronic consent forms online before your first appointment.
  2. Track symptoms daily and log results in the emocha mobile app.
  3. Reserve an appointment at the on-campus COVID-19 testing center.
    • Testing for students and employees at the on-campus testing center is free.
    • Employees working remotely (including those living in College-owned housing) and who are not entering campus buildings do not need to be tested.
  4. Track symptoms daily and log results in the emocha mobile app.
  5. Reserve an appointment at the on-campus COVID-19 testing center.
  6. Show up to your appointments on time wearing a face covering and practicing six feet of physical distancing.
  7. Please bring your Hill Card.
  8. Be prepared to show your green emocha badge.
  9. Be kind to the staff who are helping keep you and our campus community safe!

Prior to Arrival Testing FAQs

Quick links:
  • Instruction guide for at-home test kit
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, upload a copy of your positive test results to the Student Health Portal and contact the Johnson Student Health Center (315-859-4111)
  • Contact collegeevents@hamilton.edu with testing questions
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days you will need to notify the health center (315-859-4111) prior to your return to campus so that an alternative arrival plan can be initiated

When should I take my test?

  • Students from NY, PA, VT, MA, NJ, and CT should complete the test 5 days prior to arriving on campus. For example, if you are arriving Thursday, January 28, you need to take the test and send it on Saturday, January 23.
  • Students from all other states should complete the test 3 days prior to arriving on campus. For example, if you've signed up for an arrival time on Thursday, January 28 you need to take the test and send the kit on Monday, January 25.
  • The pre-arrival test is not approved for use outside of the United States. Please contact collegeevents@hamilton.edu if you need to discuss alternative options.

How do I take my test?

  • Follow the instruction guide in your test kit. An electronic copy can be viewed online. Please use your Hamilton email address when registering your test. (If you use a personal email address it may delay the verification of your results.)
  • Do not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke for 30 minutes before your test. We recommend you take the test first thing in the morning to help alleviate the need to avoid eating or drinking within the timeframe before your test.
  • You will need access to Zoom to complete the test. Follow the instructions in your test kit to log into Zoom for a Vault specialist to observe your test.
  • You will mail your sample to the lab via UPS in a postage paid envelope included in the kit. You can find a drop off location or request a one-time pick-up. You must ship your test on the day you take it. Please plan in advance for your UPS pick-up or drop off.
  • You should self-quarantine after taking the test and until traveling to campus to reduce your risk of exposure.

What if I don’t receive my results before I return to campus?

If you do not receive your VAULT test results by the time you arrive to campus, we will direct you to a local rapid testing center (if available) or make hotel arrangements for you until your VAULT results are received.

What if my VAULT test is positive?

Students with positive test results are required to remain off campus, take classes remotely, and follow CDC and local health guidelines until they are cleared by local health authorities to travel. Students with positive results should discuss the situation with the Johnson Student Health Center (315-859-4111).

What if I previously tested positive and cannot test for 90 days?

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days you will need to notify the health center prior to your return to campus so that an alternative arrival plan can be initiated. It has been found that individuals can test positive for COVID-19 for this period of time after infection even though they are not shedding the virus. Students who do not notify the health center for alternative arrival plans, and enter the testing regimen on campus, will be subject to isolation if they have a positive COVID-19 result.
  • Please upload a copy of your positive test results to the Student Health Portal.
  • The health center staff will need to verify your information. They will then notify you of the date you will be expected to resume on campus COVID-19 screening tests. The health center staff will also notify campus team members so an alternate arrival plan (which excludes testing for 90 days after positive result) can be implemented for you.
  • Students who have previously tested positive and cannot test will quarantine for 5 days upon arrival to campus, and then may leave quarantine.
  • If you have any questions please reach out to the Health Center at 315-859-4111

COVID-19 Campus Testing FAQs

Who are the College’s testing partners?

Let’s Get Checked test kits were mailed to students for pre-arrival testing. The College is partnering with Bassett Healthcare Network to run our on-campus COVID-19 test center. On-campus tests are delivered to and processed by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. CareEvolve notifies test-takers of the results. The Oneida County Health Department takes the lead on contact tracing.

Who is expected to get tested and how often? [Rev., Jan. 14]

When students are in residence on campus, employees working on campus who have close contact with students are expected to be tested two times every week, and all other employees who work on campus are expected to be tested one time every week. Employees working remotely (including those living in College-owned housing) who are not entering campus buildings do not need to be tested.

Please wait a minimum of 48 hours between tests.

How do students and employees sign up for an appointment? Can I show up without an appointment?

Visit the testing website to make an appointment using the electronic reservation system. Appointment times will be released every Friday for the following week.

Do I have to pay for the test? Can I pay for a family member who is not an employee or student to be tested?

Tests are free for students and employees. Unfortunately, on-campus testing is not available for family members who are not employees or students.

What do I need to do before I arrive at the testing center?

After registering for an appointment, sign the electronic consent forms. You will need to login with your Hamilton credentials. You will only need to submit each consent form once for the semester.

If I have symptoms, should I show up for my test appointment as scheduled?

All employees and students should be monitoring for symptoms daily and logging them in the emocha mobile app. If an employee exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they are prohibited from coming to campus (this is not optional). They should contact their healthcare provider immediately and notify their supervisor (if applicable). If a student exhibits symptoms, they should call the Health Center (315-859-4111) immediately and not leave their room until they have further instructions.

What should I expect for the test experience?

Upon arrival at the Tolles Pavilion (wearing your face covering and practicing six feet of physical distancing), prepare to show your green emocha badge to enter the testing center. At a registration desk you will present your Hill Card for verification, and to begin the registration process. Follow directions to the testing area where you will be instructed how to self-administer a lower-nasal swab. Someone will observe you while you self-administer the test and place it in the collection package.

COVID test instructions

How long will it take to get my test results?

You will receive an email notification from CareEvolve within 48 hours of taking the test to login to a secure website portal to obtain the results. Invalid or positive test results will be communicated by phone.

There are a variety of reasons for invalid test results. Participants should not be alarmed if they do not receive test results at the same time as their peers. Invalid test results will simply require a new test.

What happens when a student tests positive for COVID-19?

Someone will call you if you test positive. Any student with a positive test result will be immediately isolated in a dedicated facility and will receive ongoing medical, emotional, dining, academic, and residence life support. Contact tracing will begin immediately.

What happens if a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

If the positive result comes through the on-campus testing:

  • The employee will be called with the result by Christine from Bassett and both the Hamilton Human Resources Office and the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) will be notified.
  • If the employee is on campus when the phone call is received, the person should leave campus immediately, isolate at home, and call their healthcare provider
  • If the employee is at home when the call is received, the person should isolate at home and call their healthcare provider
  • OCHD will reach out to the employee to discuss next steps, complete contact tracing, and provide contact numbers based on the county in which the employee resides. HR will also reach out to the employee to follow up regarding any leave of absence needs (e.g., discussion about notifying supervisor or, in the case of faculty, notifying backup and department chair) and do minor contact tracing. HR will notify relevant office and departments on campus in order to initiate cleaning protocols, update dashboard, etc.

If the positive result comes from testing outside the College:

  • The employee must notify HR who will discuss any leave of absence needs (e.g., discussion about notifying supervisor or, in the case of faculty, notifying backup and department chair) and do minor contact tracing. HR will notify relevant offices and departments on campus in order to initiate cleaning protocols, etc.
  • The county health department where the test was conducted should automatically be notified and should reach out to the employee to discuss next steps, complete contact tracing, and provide contact numbers.

Returning to work:

  • Any employee who tests positive will need to remain in isolation until cleared by their local county health department. Health department personnel will check in with the employee on a regular basis and provide a release letter once they see fit to do so. In order to return to work the employee will need to present the release letter to HR indicating that they are no longer required to be in isolation.

What is contact tracing and who are deemed contacts? [Rev., Jan. 30]

Tracing includes warning people who have been within six feet of you for more than 10 minutes in recent days, with or without wearing face coverings. For privacy protection, contacts will only be informed that they may have been exposed to a person who tested positive; your identity will not be revealed.

If you are identified as a contact of someone suspected of having COVID-19, you will be required to enter quarantine. Students will quarantine at a location provided by the College for 10 days (assuming they are asymptomatic). If you are well, you may continue your studies virtually. Employees are required to self-quarantine at home for 10 days without symptoms.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define quarantine and isolation as follows:

Quarantine — separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

Isolation — separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

In both cases, you are not allowed to leave for any reason other than a medical emergency. New York State has defined specific shelter requirements.

What if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine? [New, Jan. 14]

Even after receiving the vaccine, all Hamilton community members must follow the College’s health and safety guidelines. Please bookmark the new COVID-19 Information website for reference throughout the Spring 2021 semester.

How will Hamilton respond to those who do not comply with the on-campus COVID-19 testing mandate?

The College takes seriously its responsibility to provide a healthy and safe environment for all members of our community. Although we anticipate that everyone will do their part to keep our campus safe, students who choose to put the health and well-being of their peers, employees of the College, and the broader community at risk by not adhering to these policies will be sanctioned. For students, a first violation will result in a warning, and a second violation will result in an immediate evaluation to determine whether a student will be allowed to remain on campus. For employees who do not comply, the College will follow progressive disciplinary action.

It is essential to recognize that studying on campus during this pandemic creates an unavoidable risk of exposure to COVID-19. To mitigate risk of contracting the coronavirus, everyone must cooperate and follow public health guidance and related College rules and communications. Honoring them is a condition of Hamilton’s COVID-19 Community Standards; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

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