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HR Issues Message on COVID-19 Tests for Employees

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Human Resource Services has issued a message concerning COVID-19 testing for employees. The message reads as follows:

Coning Back Safe and StrongStony Brook University remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of our employees, students, patients and residents. To that end, COVID testing has been, and continues to be, available to all Stony Brook University employees at Stony Brook University’s South P Lot.

SUNY has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UUP, PEF, CSEA and PBANYS which stipulates that employees follow the same COVID testing protocols as students on the campus.

Currently the University requires nasopharyngeal testing of students. In accordance with the MOU, employees may continue to have nasopharyngeal testing done on a voluntary basis at the University’s South P Lot Testing site.

At this time the University is preparing to introduce mandatory pooled saliva testing for commuter students. Once this saliva testing is underway for students, UUP, PEF, CSEA and PBANYS represented employees as well as MC and Research Foundation employees will also be required to submit to this testing, which will be provided at no cost to employees. Testing may be done during the employee’s normal work shift/day. Employees are expected, as always, to coordinate any time away from work with their supervisors. We are working with union leaders as we continue to develop the plan logistics.

Starting later this week, letters will be sent to the first group of West Campus employees advising them of the testing process and informing them of testing dates. Testing for SBUH and Clinical Faculty who work on East Campus will follow within the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime we urge everyone to continue to practice good hand health hygiene, wear your face covering over your nose and mouth and maintain social distancing.

Thank you for your dedication to the University and for all you do to keep Stony Brook Strong.

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