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Coming Back Safe and Strong Update (October 29, 2020)

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Pooled Testing Gets High Marks; Ramps Up
COVID-19 testing is helping ensure the health, safety and well-being of our entire campus community and surveillance testing is helping identify asymptomatic individuals to prevent disease spread.

Coming Back Safe and StrongFaculty, staff and non-resident students are continuing to receive individual emails providing details, instructions and schedules for mandatory saliva pooled COVID-19 testing. Feedback to date has been very positive and those tested have noted it’s been a quick, easy process.

For your convenience, we are pleased to share that additional testing sites have been added at the Southampton Campus and Health Science Center. Collection will take place in Southampton Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:30 am to 2 pm, and the Health Science Center third floor galleria Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am to 2 pm. There are also efforts being made to accommodate different evening and night shifts.

Similar, free-of-charge, pooled saliva testing will be also conducted for Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) employees beginning Monday, November 2. Collection will take place Mondays through Wednesdays, 7 am to 4 pm in the Galleria, located on the third floor of the Health Sciences Tower. Employees will receive an email notification with their scheduled week. No appointment is necessary, but employees must report to the testing on their assigned week. For more information, SBUH employees can refer to the Testing FAQs located on ThePulse (network connection required) or by contacting HR at 631-444-4700 or

Breaking News on Pre-Thanksgiving Break Testing
A new SUNY system-wide policy seeks to ensure that all students test negative for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving break. The policy also strongly recommends that faculty and staff get a test during the same period. This should not be too difficult for our campus since testing is ongoing throughout the semester. Details to follow.

Have Health Screening and Testing Questions?
Visit the Health Screening and Testing FAQ page on the Coming Back Safe and Strong site for up-to-date details on general information, quarantine and isolation, and the employee saliva pool testing program.

The Flu and You
As part of a robust campaign to inform people about the importance of getting their flu shots, Stony Brook Medicine has published a website you may want to check out The Flu and You; What You Need To Do.

Our next Influenza Vaccination clinic, partnering with CVS, will take place Thursday, November 5, 12 pm to 3 pm on West Campus in the SAC auditorium, and on Wednesday, November 4 at the Student Life Center on Southampton Campus.

Help Keep Us All Safe
●    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 mask.
●    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.

Have an Idea? Need an Answer?
Visit our continuously updated return to the workplace FAQs on our Coming Back Safe and Strong website, or send your questions to

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