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 approved to be on campus to increase or access testing on an as-needed basis and allows Cornell to extend testing access to remote employees. Supplemental testing has proven to be an effective strategy in protecting our community and will continue to be available throughout the spring semester.

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 who is 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.

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.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Supplemental testing does not replace or satisfy regular surveillance testing requirements, and students should only access supplemental testing if more frequent or off-cycle testing is needed. As the prevalence of the virus changes, some students may be asked to schedule an extra test through this mechanism. Supplemental testing may also be used to support international students who need to meet specific testing requirements when departing from campus.

Employees Approved to Work on Campus

Faculty and staff who are approved to be on campus and need to be tested beyond their scheduled surveillance testing frequency are encouraged to access supplemental testing. Use of supplemental testing should not become routine. If the need routinely arises for more frequent testing, contact your Human Resources representative to review your surveillance testing frequency.

Remote Employees Not Approved to Work on Campus

Faculty and staff who are not currently approved to be on campus, and therefore are not part of the surveillance testing program, may choose to access supplemental testing at off-campus test locations only. To make an appointment, log into the Daily Check portal and click on the “Schedule A Supplemental Test” button.

The off-campus test locations are:

  • Collegetown, Dryden Road and College Ave
  • Downtown Ithaca, 130 East Seneca Street
  • East Hill Plaza, Human Resources Training Room, Suite 345