Supplemental Testing

Supplemental testing is designed to increase surveillance of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases and help maintain low virus prevalence on campus. The service is a way for students, faculty and staff to increase or access testing on an as-needed basis. Supplemental testing has proven to be an effective strategy in protecting our community.

Supplemental testing does not replace or satisfy regular surveillance testing requirements. Instead, it should only be used when an individual has a need to secure testing outside of their regular surveillance frequency or on an as-needed basis. Most importantly, supplemental testing should not be used by anyone experiencing symptoms, or by unvaccinated individuals who are concerned they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. In these cases, students should seek testing from Cornell Health; faculty and staff should seek testing from a Cayuga Health System location. Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who are concerned they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 may use supplemental testing.

Accessing Supplemental Testing

As with surveillance testing, supplemental testing requires scheduling an appointment in advance as walk-ins are not allowed. To make an appointment, log into the Daily Check portal and click on the “Schedule A Supplemental Test” button. Appointments become available at 4 p.m. for the following day. There is no advanced scheduling beyond this window. Supplemental testing follows the same location and hours of operation as surveillance testing.