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For Immediate Release
August 25, 2020

United University Professions President Frederick E. Kowal on SUNY Plattsburgh’s decision to use pool testing to screen for COVID-19

What follows is a statement by UUP President Kowal on a decision by SUNY Plattsburgh to institute pool testing to detect COVID-19 on campus:

“We commend SUNY Plattsburgh and the leadership of President Alexander Enyedi, for taking quick action to crack down on student parties to stem the spread of coronavirus and instituting a more aggressive COVID-19 testing regimen to keep students, staff and the community safe.

“Since June, UUP has aggressively called for the safe reopening of SUNY campuses, including consistent surveillance testing, rapid contact tracing, physical distancing and wearing a mask. The health and safety of our communities, faculty, staff and students is paramount.

“SUNY Plattsburgh’s decision to use pool testing to detect COVID-19 on campus is laudable and UUP strongly supports the move. The testing, approved by the state Department of Health for SUNY, uses saliva collected from those being tested. These pooled tests will allow for as many as 25 people to be screened at a time.

“We look forward to working with new SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras to make this type of surveillance testing mandatory across all of SUNY’s campuses.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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