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From the Vice President for Finance and Management

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020

Call for Volunteers: Help with COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

In accordance with a September 3 directive from SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, Buffalo State College has implemented regular surveillance testing of its on-campus population to detect COVID-19 cases and identify pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals who may still transmit the virus. This effort will help our leadership and local public health officials identify, trace, and contain the virus quickly. 

This testing is required for Buffalo State to remain open and serve its students. To make the process a success, the college is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to help facilitate the mandatory COVID-19 pool testing of students, faculty, and staff. No medical knowledge or experience is required.

Volunteer roles (PDF, 104 KB) will primarily consist of checking in students and employees, and of organizing and distributing testing kits. About 80 volunteer shifts a week must be filled in order to ensure a successful process, so please pitch in if you are able.

All volunteers will be provided personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Training will be provided to ensure a consistent and safe process. 

Shifts will be two hours long and will take place in the Campbell Student Union. Employees should discuss their plans with their supervisors to ensure that volunteering does not disrupt their work duties.

Those interested in volunteering to support on-campus testing should register in advance.

Thank you for your assistance as we work to keep the Buffalo State community healthy and safe.