Randomized Testing Protocol
Tracking COVID-19 on campus
A Cornell College data team, composed of faculty, staff, and student researchers, gather data on our campus testing results and statistics in the community around us to determine how our campus will respond to the ever-changing conditions of this pandemic.
We randomly test asymptomatic individuals from our entire campus community who are physically on campus twice a week. You may be selected to participate in random testing at no cost to you. You would be notified via your Cornell email account and the message would contain detailed instructions including a link to select a date and time for the testing. To test, you would swab your own nasal cavity and provide the sample for antigen testing. The test results are available just 30 minutes later and would be shared with you and your parent(s)/guardian(s). Cornell College publishes anonymous, aggregated test results on our testing dashboard on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Looking ahead to vaccination
As we are seeing vaccines cleared by the FDA for emergency use and distribution throughout the country is getting started, we realize you may have questions about what that means for Cornell students, faculty, and staff. The vaccine is safe and effective and is an important tool in significantly reducing the spread of COVID-19, helping us get back to more normal routines.
At this time, we are not able to predict when the vaccine will be available in our area or to our campus populations. The CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, including recommendations if there is a limited supply, based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.