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SUNY Schools To COVID Test 140,000 Before Holiday Break

Stonybrook COVID-19 Test Site
Brianne Ledda
Stonybrook hosted Coronavirus testing tents in a parking lot.

New York state colleges and universities will require all students who live in campus housing to test negative for COVID-19 before returning to home for Thanksgiving break. 

That means the SUNY system will need to test about 140,000 students over a 10-day period.

SUNY schools are expected to submit a testing plan to the state no later than November 5th.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to the virus within 10 days of Thanksgiving must quarantine on their campuses. All classes at SUNY schools will go fully remote after Thanksgiving.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.