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COVID-19 Testing On Campus

Weekly employee walk-in testing begins November 30.

Testing Dates

Mon, Nov 30

Employee walk-in testing 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Wed, Dec 02

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Wed, Dec 09

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Wed, Dec 16

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Mon, Jan 04

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan 06

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan 13

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Wed, Jan 20

Employee walk-in testing 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Tolles Pavilion

Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, Monday through Friday, between 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. (times are subject to change) — 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.
    • As of Oct. 26, the current testing schedule for students is 3 times each week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
    • Employees working on campus who have contact with students should test two times each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other employees working on campus should get tested once each week.
    • 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!

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.

Where is the COVID-19 test center on campus? When is it open?

The on-campus COVID-19 test center is in the Tolles Pavilion. Reservation times are available from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (closed 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, Aug. 24 (times are subject to change).

When does COVID-19 testing for employees begin?

Reservation times are available from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (closed 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, Aug. 24 (times are subject to change). Appointment times will be released every Friday for the following week.

All other employees who are working on campus should begin testing the week of August 24 by appointment only. 

Who is expected to get tested and how often?

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.

Students on campus are expected to get tested two times every week.

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. Reservation times are available from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (closed 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, Aug. 24 (times are subject to change). Appointment times will be released every Friday for the following week.

Appointments are required beginning Aug. 24. The morning of Aug. 19 is the only day for walk-in testing, and it is reserved for faculty teaching on campus and other employees who have close contact with students.

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 restrictions will be in place while students await their first on-campus test results?

Students will move into their rooms and remain there until the first test results are back (approximately 48 hours). Meals will be delivered to residence halls during the quarantine period. Leaving the room to use the bathroom or grab a meal from the residence hall delivery point (not dining halls) is allowed — however, lingering is not permitted and physical distancing, cloth face coverings, and hand hygiene protocols must be followed. For students who are able to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to campus and travel directly to campus (assuming that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19 during the 14-day period), we expect that the room quarantine will end as soon as the first test results are back — within 48 hours is expected. Should there be a delay in testing results, quarantine will take longer. 

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?

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 14 days or until the person suspected of being infected tests negative. If you are well, you may continue your studies virtually. Employees are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days or until the person suspected of being infected tests negative.

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.

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.

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