Part 4: Screening and Testing Preparations: Screening and Testing

As per CUNY directive, there is no requirement for the screening of COVID-related symptoms.

CUNY will implement surveillance testing for unvaccinated individuals or individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination; they will be required to submit to a test every 7 days.  Continued access to on-campus activities will be contingent on regular submission of a negative test.  Guttman, staff, and students will have access to a testing facility that will be located at the CUNY Graduate Center, located at 365 5th Ave.  These tests will be free of charge.  Additional information about hours and days for this facility can be found on the Testing Locations website.

State and local health departments will be notified immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID- 19 test result by a Guttman affiliate or essential visitor who has accessed campus.  The college will cooperate as required to trace all contacts in the workplace. Notification will be carried out by Human Resources in the case of faculty or staff, and by Student Engagement Staff in the case of students testing positive. In such situations, the state and local health department will be notified of all individuals who entered the site dating back 48 hours before the individual first experienced COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive, whichever is earlier.

Should an individual become ill or symptomatic while on campus, the individual will be immediately separated and moved to room 509A. Individuals who are sick must go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are, and they will be urged to follow CDC Guidance for caring for oneself and others. If an ambulance is required to bring someone to the hospital, Guttman will notify the first responder that the person may have Covid-19.

Guttman is not equipped to transport anyone home or to a healthcare facility, however, Public Safety will ensure that the individual is safely removed from the building and transported via other means to their home, doctor, or healthcare facility by coordinating the transport of the individual to one of those locations.

For a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, the following steps will be taken:

  • All individuals will be reminded to notify the Campus Coronavirus Liaison or HR if they show symptoms or have a positive COVID test within 10 days of accessing campus.
  • Coronavirus Campus Liaison will notify CUNY (Senior VC for Institutional Affairs), and immediately notify local health officials of the positive case(s) to initiate contact tracing. Guttman will follow the New York State Contact tracing guidelines and call “NYS Contact Tracing” (888-364-3065).
  • The College will immediately close off areas used by the affected individual and wait as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets and to allow for viral decomposition. The building staff will increase air circulation in the area. If possible and necessary, the College will wait up to 24 hours before beginning cleaning and disinfection as per CDC guidelines. (Ion mist equipment is currently on order to facilitate disinfection.)
  • Cleaning staff with appropriate PPE will clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the infected person, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces. Cleaned, disinfected spaces should be available for reuse after 72 hours.
  • If possible, the College will relocate functions from the affected areas to alternative spaces.
  • Isolation is required for all individuals when diagnosed with COVID-19. The affected individual will be notified to isolate for 10 days and may not return to campus until cleared by a negative COVID test.
  • The Coronavirus Campus Liaison will conduct on-campus contact tracing.
  • All individuals identified as close contacts will be notified that they should self-monitor for symptoms, and seek testing as soon as possible. Unvaccinated individuals must enter quarantine in the event of possible exposure.

Fully vaccinated individuals will be required to get tested 3-5 days after the exposure and will not be allowed on campus until after receiving a negative test result.

The College will submit daily reports of exposure and positive cases (without identifying the infected person or people) among members of the campus community. Using that information, the Coronavirus Campus Liaison will coordinate with CUNY and local and state health officials to monitor for and address any apparent emergent spread, cluster, or outbreak on campus. We will seek out and follow all CUNY, CDC, local and state health department guidance in response to our daily reports.

For multiple affected areas or individuals:

  • All affected areas will be closed for at least 72 hours to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets and to allow for viral decomposition.
  • As noted above, thorough cleaning and disinfection will be completed as soon as is safe and practical, given constraints on facilities staffing. The affected individuals may not return to campus until cleared by a negative COVID test.
  • All exposed individuals will be notified and given guidance to self-monitor for symptoms, seek testing and self-isolate for 10 days. In cases of broad exposure, all individuals present on campus on a given day would be notified of potential exposure and given this guidance. All individuals will be reminded to notify the College if they show symptoms or have a positive COVID test within 10 days of accessing campus.
  • If multiple areas of campus have been compromised, it may be necessary to close the facility for sufficient time to accomplish the necessary cleaning protocols, though this would be decided in collaboration with CUNY, state and local health authorities.