Diagnostic testing

Diagnostic testing

On-campus and off-campus residing students who have any symptom of COVID-19 should contact the Decker Student Health Services Center (DSHSC) during the first day they are ill, even if symptoms are mild. Students who need a test five days after being in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 may also request a test. There are two options:

  1. Self-schedule an appointment on the patient portal with a provider to be evaluated and tested. This is the best option for someone with medical concerns about their illness or who may need more than just a COVID-19 test (e.g. strep test).
  2. Self-schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test on the patient portal. This is only for students with mild symptoms and no risk factors for severe COVID-19. These tests are now performed at a testing window at DSHSC. Follow the signs for “Diagnostic Testing” and proceed to the side of the health services building furthest from Johnson Hall. The new testing window is down the stairs. Students will remain outside, with swabbing occurring through the window. Dress appropriately for the weather. Students who are not able to use steps should call 607-777-2221 for instructions on how to get tested. 

After-hours and other testing options

Students needing testing when DSHSC is closed may seek COVID-19 testing off campus. Find a test site near you. Medical care is also available to students at several off-campus urgent care walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.

Free home test kits are available on campus while supplies last. Free at-home test kits are also available at the Broome County Health Department at 225 Front Street, Binghamton. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home tests. Order yours at covid.gov.

After testing

Symptomatic students are expected to isolate until their test results are known, at which time they will be instructed on next steps. Students should plan to go home to complete their isolation period. If that is not possible, students will be will be required to isolate in place where they reside on campus. Off-campus students testing positive will isolate either at home or in their off-campus residence. Visit the Isolation page for more information.

If you require urgent medical attention, call 607-777-2222 (Harpur's Ferry) or 911 for an ambulance and notify the dispatcher that you may have COVID-19 symptoms so first responders can use appropriate precautions.

For more information about testing, view the diagnostic testing FAQ page.

Privacy statement

As a student submitting to a COVID-19 test for the purpose of detection of COVID-19, you have the right to be assured of the confidential treatment of disclosures and records and to have the opportunity to approve or refuse the release of such information except when release of specific information is required by law or is necessary to safeguard you or the University community. All COVID-19 test results, positive or negative, are required to be reported to the New York State Department of Health. 

If you have concerns about privacy, please tell us. We want, expect and need your feedback. For concerns regarding medical care, contact the Medical Director at 607-777-2221. If you feel the issue is not resolved, you may appeal to the University’s privacy compliance officer — Office of University Counsel, Binghamton University, AD-614, Binghamton, New York, 13902-6000. Complaints may also be registered at the U.S. Office of Civil Rights N.Y. Office at 1- 800-368-1019; TDD: 1-800-537-7697.