If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is critical to get tested and isolate until you know the status of your results. Symptoms for COVID-19 typically begin a few days after being exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. There are two different types of tests available:
PCR Test: This is a diagnostic test that determines if you are infected by analyzing a sample to see if it contains genetic material from the virus.
Antigen Test: These tests work by looking for the presence of specific proteins associated with the coronavirus. If they are detected, a positive result appears on a test strip in a matter of minutes, much like a home pregnancy test.
Testing Locations in Buffalo, NY
WNY Rapid Testing: Test Results: 15 Minutes Test Price: $65.00
Buffalo Niagra Airport (Located within Baggage Claim) - 4200 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14225 | Monday-Sunday 9:30am - 1:00am
Peace Bridge – 211 Porter Ave Buffalo, NY 14201 | Monday-Sunday 10:00am - 8:00pm
KSL Diagnostics: Test Results: 20 Minutes Test Price: $65.00
Downtown Buffalo - 28 Best Street Buffalo, NY 14209 | Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Niagra Falls Rainbow Bridge - 102 Niagra Street, Niagra Falls, NY 14303 | Monday-Sunday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Walden Galleria Mall - 1 Walden Galleria Buffalo, NY 14225 | Monday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm
To make an appointment at Wellnow Urget Care, please click here to find a location near you
If you reside outside of the Buffalo area, please reference the New York State Coronavirus webpage to find a testing location closest to you.
Boosters are no longer required to attend Buffalo State. However, they are strongly encouraged as they may reduce quarantine and isolation time if you contract COVID-19.
For more information on the COVID-19 Booster, please visit our Coronavirus webpage.
To keep our campus safe for students, faculty, and staff, we all must adhere to the following CDC, and Buffalo State College, COVID-19 protocols, and guidelines.
Buffalo State will require that all students with an on-campus presence during Summer/Fall 2022 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full vaccination status is considered to be effective two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine. Students must be fully vaccinated to register for Summer/Fall 2022 in-person classes.
All students, faculty, and staff who are not vaccinated will have to wear a mask while on Buffalo State campus (in classes, library, the union, and walking on campus, etc). Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will have to participate in weekly surveillance testing. Site, date, and time to be announced.
Students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine), are not required to wear a mask outdoors or social distance while on campus. Please continue to wear your mask indoors. Weekly surveillance testing is not necessary.
SUNY urges any student, faculty member, or staff member who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to do so immediately. Don’t wait. Make a vaccine appointment today by visiting suny.edu/KnowYourVax. The vaccines are safe, effective, and free. We’re all looking forward to getting back to the things we’ve missed over the past year and a half—mask-free conversations, concerts, student clubs, and gathering with friends. That all starts with being fully vaccinated.
While Buffalo State is not currently restricting the activities or access of unvaccinated individuals with exemptions, other outside entities are. With the increased demand for proof of vaccinations comes the temptation for some to consider getting fake Covid-19 vaccine cards (or negative test results). In addition to potentially endangering your own health by faking a vaccine status you don't have, you are also potentially compromising the health of others who may be led to believe one thing based on your presented status.
Presenting a fake card is against the law, and providing false documents is definitely against the Student Code of Conduct. You could jeopardize your ability to remain at Buffalo State student by providing false information such as this.
Scammers are also seeing the potential to turn a profit by selling false credentials. Please educate yourself on the dangers of purchasing false cards. The Federal Trade Commission is a good resource for information.
For more information on COVID-19 Surveillence Testing, please visit the Coronavirus Information webpage.
SUNY Buffalo State College policy requires that all students receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
A religious exemption may be granted if (1) the individual holds sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of vaccination, (2) completes this form, and (3) provides the required documentation to support the exemption request. Buffalo State College is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive experience for all and recognizes true and genuine observance of faith as it pertains to the practice of immunization.
A temporary medical exemption may be granted upon receipt of a completed medical exemption form as well as medical documentation from your medical provider (not related to the submitter). Medical Exemptions expire when the medical condition(s) contraindicating the COVID-19 vaccination changes in a manner which permits vaccination or upon graduation. The assigned expiration is at the sole determination of Buffalo State College.
Required documentation includes:
Completes a medical exemption form (linked below)
Submit a letter from a medical provider stating the need for a temporary medical exemption (submit within the form)
A temporary remote-learning exemption may be granted to students with a 100% remote schedule that will not have a presence on the college campus. A remote exemption may be granted if (1) the individual is registered for 100% online or off-campus courses, (2) the individual does not participate in on-campus activities (i.e. sports, clubs), and (3) the individual will not be utilizing on campus services and (4) the individual has written approval by their faculty member to attend their course remotely.
Individuals who may have a special arrangement with their faculty member for a course that is listed in-person must submit documentation from their faculty member stating the individual will not be attending the course in-person. This documentation can be submitted to email@example.com.
NOTE: Fully online, unvaccinated students identified as having been in-person on the Buffalo State campus utilizing in-person services or facilities will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
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