Chancellor Malatras Statement on Extending Upstate Medical COVID Testing for Saranac Lake Central

January 16, 2021

“As we are ramping up vaccinations across the state, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic. As this process continues we need to remain vigilant, particularly testing—an important way to monitor and control this virus. SUNY Upstate Medical’s saliva test—ranked number one in the world by the FDA—has helped us pinpoint and contain cases on our campuses, and I am pleased that we have the capacity to help others. The latest testing partnership between the Saranac Lake Central school district and SUNY Upstate Medical University, which began this week to test staff and will continue to do so in the coming weeks, is a testament to SUNY’s commitment to community. Together, we will beat this virus.”

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