Entry Testing – Spring 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I request a Spring entry PCR test?
Each community member residing on campus or authorized for regular access to campus may request one at-home Spring entry PCR test at no cost to them, beginning Monday, January 4. Requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students moving into The House for the spring semester will be provided with details regarding move in and testing.
How much is the at-home PCR test?
Community members residing on campus or authorized for regular access to campus may request one at-home Spring entry PCR test at no cost to them.
When do I need to take my Spring entry test to gain access to campus buildings?
Tests should be taken as close to your return to campus as possible. You must submit a negative PCR (not rapid) test within the last 7 days before accessing academic spaces.
How often will I be tested after submitting my Spring entry test?
After submitting a negative PCR (not rapid) test, you will be eligible to participate in weekly surveillance testing.
How can I get tested for COVID-19 outside of the campus surveillance or entry testing?
For those living in NYC looking to obtain a diagnostic COVID-19 test, you can find a free testing site near you here. For additional locations in the United States, use this tool to search by your zip code. Please note that there may be fees associated with the test. You should call ahead to find out if there is a fee. If you are getting a test for the purpose of notifying Cornell Tech of your status, only non-rapid tests will qualify.
Am I exempt from surveillance testing if I received a COVID-19 vaccination?
While the vaccine should protect you from getting sick, it unfortunately does not protect you from contracting or spreading the virus. As a result, you will be required to participate in surveillance testing (and to quarantine should you at any point test positive).