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An update on COVID-19 pre-arrival testing for Spring 2022

12/21/2021

my dear students,

I’d like to share some important updates on SUNY Cortland’s plans for the Spring 2022 semester.

To create the safest possible environment upon your return in January, all students who will be on campus for any reason will be required to take a pre-arrival exam. Students must submit a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Cortland. Details about the test, as well as information about the on-campus access test, will be shared with you soon.

This test, recommended in consultation with our partners at the State and County Department of Health, is essential to help protect the campus and the greater Cortland community. Keeping as many people as possible in good health prevents Cortland County’s fragile healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. It also maintains access for those who need emergency care other than COVID-19.

I encourage you to do the following:

  • Schedule a pre-test to access now. Availability of New York State Online database of COVID-19 testing sites.
  • Get a flu shot and a COVID-19 booster if you qualify. Vaccine boosters have been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms for those who develop a superinfection. It is very likely that reinforcements will be imposed on students in 2022. It is in your best interest to have the reinforcement during the winter break. You can make an appointment through State Vaccine Site. flu vaccine, Which you can schedule onlineAn important part of staying healthy this winter, too.

Science has shown that a combination of testing, face coverings, and vaccines is the best way to keep communities safe from COVID-19. Mode with variable fluid omicron and We planned It might change. Please be aware that SUNY Cortland will continue to listen to expert advice and recommendations from county and state health departments to determine the best way to implement these actions.

Your safety is my top priority. Our collective commitment to testing, face coverings and vaccinations will give us the best chance of having a healthy and productive Spring 2022.

Thank you for everything you did last semester. Please have a safe and enjoyable winter holiday.

All the best,

Eric J. Peterbaum

President


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