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University Issues Update on COVID Testing at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus

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Lawrence M. Zacarese, Interim Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety, has issued a message concerning COVID testing at the Stony Brook Southampton campus. The message reads as follows:

Coming Back Safe and StrongThe University has learned, in the last 24 hours, of positive COVID-19 cases associated with the Southampton early-voting site on Stony Brook’s Southampton campus. According to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDOHS), a person who worked at the early-voting site tested positive for COVID-19. Five additional poll workers and four personal contacts of those poll workers also tested positive. As a result of the SCDOHS contact tracing efforts, 48 people associated with those from the polling site were identified and are now under quarantine. To date, we are not aware of any affected students, faculty or staff, and the SCDOHS stated it does not believe there has been any additional community spread.

Consistent with our practices and ongoing collaboration with our local DOH partners, contact tracing efforts will continue. In the meantime, if you would like to get tested, especially if you visited the early-voting location on campus, please see the free testing resources we have available, call our Health Information Line at (631) 632-5000 (choose option 1) or talk to your primary care physician.

For general COVID-related questions or concerns, please visit the FAQs site of our Coming Back Safe and Strong website, or contact us at with any specific questions or concerns you may have.

Stony Brook University is committed to keeping our community safe. You can play an important role by following these guidelines:

● Wash your hands or use sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.

● Try to always maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from other people.

● Wear a facial covering.

● Cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your workplace every day.

● Try to avoid using other people’s phones, desks, offices, tools and equipment.

● Stay home if you’re sick.

Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus on our campus.

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