Diagnostic Testing FAQ

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Confirmation testing

Diagnostic testing

Home testing

  • What do I do if I have a positive home test for COVID-19 while I am in Binghamton? (Updated Dec. 21, 2021)

    Home tests for the self-diagnosis of COVID-19 have become readily available. However, a major drawback is that they do not automatically get reported to any medical provider or official at the Department of Health, so no contact with the ill person is made, and no contact investigation to identify at-risk individuals is done. 

    If you have a positive home COVID-19 test while you are in Binghamton, regardless of whether you live on or off campus:

    • Immediately put on a mask and avoid contact with other people.
    • Write your name, date of birth and the date you performed the test on the test device and then place it in a sealed plastic bag in case a medical professional requests to see it.
      • Upload a photo of the test device to the student health portal using the "COVID Positive Test Results" function.
      • In the accompanying message, indicate the EXACT date your symptoms began or that you have no symptoms.
    • Immediately report your positive test result to the Broome County Health Department using this short survey. This will ensure that you are contacted by them and individuals you have exposed are identified.

    If you live on campus:

    • If it is during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday), wait for a call from the COVID response team for further directions. 
    • If it is after hours, notify the Residential Life staff member on duty, regardless of the time of day or night, so you can be moved to isolation housing right away.

    If you live off campus:

    • follow the same process as for on-campus residing students, but isolate in the bedroom of your apartment until you are contacted.