SUNY Cortland to host COVID-19 testing site open to the community

SUNY Cortland will be one of the 10 campuses hosting COVID-19 testing sites later this week, according to an announcement on Monday from Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The announcement comes after a rising wave of positive COVID-19 cases hit New York throughout the holiday season. 

“At this point we are still working on the details of the clinic and have no definite information regarding date, time, or campus location,” said Frederic Pierce, SUNY Cortland’s director of communications. “We will make this information available just as soon as we have it finalized.” 

SUNY testing sites to open later this week include:

  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Cortland
  • University at Buffalo
  • Buffalo State College
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • SUNY Purchase

“We are getting creative in our approach to make testing easier for New Yorkers,” Hochul said Monday. “With testing now available at SUNY campuses and Syracuse University, we are expanding access across the state to make sure that we limit the spread of COVID-19. Get tested, wear a mask, and get your vaccine, second dose, and booster to keep yourself and your community safe as we get through this winter surge.”

Syracuse University opened a testing site at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday. This site is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day and will conduct 4,000 daily tests with the aid of the National Guard.

“I want to thank our SUNY partners for hosting these additional testing locations across New York state,” acting State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. “Knowing your COVID-19 status through testing and taking the necessary precautions when you are infected are key to keeping our kids in school and our communities functioning as we push through this winter surge.”

Cortland County residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will need to call their primary care physician, according to Cortland County Health Department guidelines. Primary care doctors will coordinate any necessary testing.

Guthrie Cortland Medical Center also has a drive-through testing site located on Alvena Avenue (parking lot across from the front entrance of the Guthrie Medical Center). For more information, Guthrie can be reached at 607-299-7676 or https://www.guthrie.org/covid19testing.

Residents may also visit this state Department of Health site to find testing availability nearby.