COVID-19 Testing On Campus
Reservation-only testing available for employees and students; appointment times will be released each Friday for the following week.
- Complete the electronic consent forms online before your first appointment.
- Reserve an appointment at the on-campus COVID-19 testing center.
- Testing for students and employees at the on-campus testing center is free.
- Reserve an appointment at the on-campus COVID-19 testing center.
- Show up to your appointments on time wearing a face covering.
- Please bring your Hill Card.
- Be kind to the staff who are helping keep you and our campus community safe!
Prior to Arrival Testing FAQs
- If you test positive for COVID-19, upload a copy of your positive test results to the Student Health Portal and contact the Johnson Student Health Center (315-859-4111)
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with testing questions
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days you will need to notify the health center (315-859-4111) prior to your return to campus so that an alternative arrival plan can be initiated
Who are the College’s testing partners?
On-campus tests are delivered to and processed by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. CareEvolve notifies test-takers of the results. The Oneida County Health Department takes the lead on contact tracing.
How do students and employees sign up for an appointment? Can I show up without an appointment?
Visit the testing website to make an appointment using the electronic reservation system. Appointment times will be released every Friday for the following week.
Do I have to pay for the test? Can I pay for a family member who is not an employee or student to be tested?
Tests are free for students and employees. Unfortunately, on-campus testing is not available for family members who are not employees or students.
What do I need to do before I arrive at the testing center?
After registering for an appointment, sign the electronic consent forms. You will need to login with your Hamilton credentials. You will only need to submit each consent form once.
If I have symptoms, should I show up for my test appointment as scheduled?
All employees and students should be monitoring for symptoms daily. If an employee exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, they are prohibited from coming to campus (this is not optional). They should contact their healthcare provider immediately and notify their supervisor (if applicable). If a student exhibits symptoms, they should call the Health Center (315-859-4111) immediately and not leave their room until they have further instructions.
What should I expect for the test experience?
Upon arrival at the Tolles Pavilion (wearing your face covering and practicing six feet of physical distancing), prepare to show your green emocha badge to enter the testing center. At a registration desk you will present your Hill Card for verification, and to begin the registration process. Follow directions to the testing area where you will be instructed how to self-administer a lower-nasal swab. Someone will observe you while you self-administer the test and place it in the collection package.
How long will it take to get my test results?
You will receive an email notification from CareEvolve within 48 hours of taking the test to login to a secure website portal to obtain the results. Invalid or positive test results will be communicated by phone.
There are a variety of reasons for invalid test results. Participants should not be alarmed if they do not receive test results at the same time as their peers. Invalid test results will simply require a new test.
What happens when a student tests positive for COVID-19?
Someone will call you if you test positive. Any student with a positive test result will be immediately isolated in a dedicated facility and will receive ongoing medical, emotional, dining, academic, and residence life support. Contact tracing will begin immediately.
What happens if a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
If the positive result comes through the on-campus testing:
- The employee will be called by the Hamilton Human Resources Office and the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) will be notified.
- If the employee is on campus when the phone call is received, the person should leave campus immediately, isolate at home, and call their healthcare provider
- If the employee is at home when the call is received, the person should isolate at home and call their healthcare provider
- OCHD will reach out to the employee to discuss next steps, complete contact tracing, and provide contact numbers based on the county in which the employee resides. HR will also reach out to the employee to follow up regarding any leave of absence needs (e.g., discussion about notifying supervisor or, in the case of faculty, notifying backup and department chair) and do minor contact tracing. HR will notify relevant office and departments on campus in order to initiate cleaning protocols, update dashboard, etc.
If the positive result comes from testing outside the College:
- The employee must notify HR who will discuss any leave of absence needs (e.g., discussion about notifying supervisor or, in the case of faculty, notifying backup and department chair) and do minor contact tracing. HR will notify relevant offices and departments on campus in order to initiate cleaning protocols, etc.
- The county health department where the test was conducted should automatically be notified and should reach out to the employee to discuss next steps, complete contact tracing, and provide contact numbers.
Returning to work:
- Any employee who tests positive will need to remain in isolation until cleared by their local county health department. Health department personnel will check in with the employee on a regular basis and provide a release letter once they see fit to do so. In order to return to work the employee will need to present the release letter to HR indicating that they are no longer required to be in isolation.
What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define quarantine and isolation as follows:
Quarantine — separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.
Isolation — separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
In both cases, you are not allowed to leave for any reason other than a medical emergency. New York State has defined specific shelter requirements.