SUNY Cortland COVID-19 Testing Site Starts Friday (Updated Info Included)

SUNY Cortland. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith).

SUNY Cortland’s state-run COVID-19 testing will open its doors to the general public this Friday.

The site joins 10 other testing operations at SUNY schools across New York announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this week. SUNY Cortland’s site will be located at 1096 Lankler Dr. in the Carl A. “Chugger” Davis Building. It will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

According to SUNY Cortland officials, those interested in making an appointment may visit the Quadrant Biosciences website. Fred Pierce, the university’s director of communications, noted there will be limited walk-ups spots. He encouraged residents to set up appointments. 

“As a member of this special community, SUNY Cortland is always eager to help,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said in a statement. “During times like these, all segments of the community must collaborate and work together.” 

Pierce said parking will be available in the Stadium West Parking Lot, located just west of the stadium complex on Lankler Drive. 

The test is an oral, saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Results may take a few days to return, Pierce said. 

The following guidance was issued in a statement by SUNY Cortland officials: 

  • Face coverings will be required to enter the building
  • Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash an hour before testing
  • Do not eat or drink anything (this includes chewing gum, mints or lozenges) and do not smoke, vape or use smokeless tobacco products 30 minutes before testing
  • Bring legal and valid identification

Pierce also encouraged SUNY Cortland students who experience COVID-19 symptoms to call Student Health Service at 607-753-4811 to schedule a test. Additional information about testing for SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff will be communicated via campus email.