Binghamton University shares testing plans after colleges across the nation grapple with COVID-19
“That’s just a randomize sampling. If we can hopefully identify anyone with COVID, we can remove them and place them into isolation housing,” said Hubeny. While staff and students will be tested randomly, or if they show symptoms, the school is taking one extra step in hopes of monitoring any potential cases on campus. While there is not much oversight on ensuring everyone is completing the form, the school says they’re doing other methods of testing. At Cornell University, students are being tested twice a week. Binghamton University says they are averaging about 200 tests a day, or 1,000 a week. For more information on Binghamton University’s COVID-19 count, you can visit their COVID-19 Testing Data Dashboard. (WBNG) — While some colleges have dozens, or even hundreds of COVID-19 cases, Binghamton University is only reporting two positive cases since September 2nd. “The expectation is they will do that. There is no real good enforcement mechanism, but yes, the expectation is that it will be filled out,” said Hubeny. “We’re starting with a simple screening tool of every member of our community, from staff, students, and faculty,” said Office of Emergency Management Executive Director Dave Hubeny. Testing the waste water will allow the school to locate specific locations as to where the virus could spread. “Passively, we’re also testing waste water. We’ve been doing this for several weeks now,” said Hubeny. “Before students got back, we were able to test to get a baseline so we have something to compare it to.” Every university has come up with their own plan to battle COVID-19, but for Binghamton University, they are focusing on surveillance testing. Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced schools with more than 100 positive cases will be required to report to the state’s department of health. As schools continue to monitor for COVID-19, Binghamton University is also looking to SUNY for guidance on the next steps. “We work in partnership with the Broome County Health Department, with our own internal health services, and obviously with the SUNY system administration. We’ll adjust our testing if there is a need,” said Hubeny. Of the approximately 18,000 enrolled students, only 5,800 live on campus this semester. Each student was required to test upon arrival, and if testing negative, they were allowed to move in. Now, students and staff are required to complete a form every day, describing if they have any symptoms of illness.