Screening and Tracking

On this page, you can find information on the following:

  • Daily Symptom Checker and Health Check-In Stations
  • Potential or Confirmed COVID-19 Infections
  • COVID-19 and Antibody Testing
  • Tracking Campus COVID-19 Infections
  • Exposure Alerts through the COVID Alert NY App



Daily Symptom Checker and Health Check-In Stations

Anyone who wishes to visit our campus must answer health screening questions in the Everbridge Daily Symptom Checker that is now standard across all CUNY buildings and offices.

Students, faculty, & staff should download the Everbridge app (iOS/Android), and complete the Daily Symptom Checker on the day you plan to visit, before you arrive. (You can find detailed instructions by clicking here).

The Daily Symptom Checker takes less than two minutes to complete. The questions asked are an important reminder to consider whether you have symptoms of—or have been exposed to someone with—COVID-19 before you step foot on campus.

When you’ve answered all the questions in the Daily Symptom Checker, you’ll see one of two tokens.

  • If see a green check mark ✔ token, you’re approved to visit. You'll need to show this token and your Hostos ID to the health check-in station staff when you arrive. ​Image of green "Approved" token from Everbridge Daily Symptom Checker

  • If you see a red no entry/prohibited 🛇 token, you have not been approved to visit and should stay home. You will be contacted by the Coronavirus Campus Liaison or their designee.Image of red "Not Approved" token from Everbridge Daily Symptom Checker

The college has health check-in stations at building main entrances, plus the B/C Building parking lot entrance. These health check-in stations are used to identify someone who may be sick with or a carrier of COVID-19, so we can keep them from entering our buildings.
Several of our nursing students have been employed by the college to help conduct health check-ins. One of these nursing students or a Public Safety officer will check that you’ve been approved to visit through the Daily Symptom Checker. You’ll need to show them the Everbridge green check mark ✔ token and your Hostos ID. They will also confirm that you do not have a fever of 100.4ºF or higher by taking your temperature with a no-touch infrared thermometer. This part of the screening process takes about 1-2 minutes per person, provided there is no wait.
If you’re allowed to enter based on the health check-in process, you’ll also receive a color-coded wrist band that shows you were cleared to enter for the day. If you need to visit another campus building that same day, please show the color-coded wrist band and your ID to them before entering.
The Everbridge app uses CUNY login credentials, which are based on the same username and password you use to access CUNYfirst. If you don’t have a smartphone that can run the Everbridge app, you may sign up for daily email reminders through the Everbridge member portal (using your CUNY login credentials) to complete the Daily Symptom Checker.

Approved visitors who are not members of our campus community or do not have a CUNY login should complete the sign-up process for visitors in the Everbridge app. If you’re an approved visitor and do not have a smartphone that can run the Everbridge app, Public Safety will provide you with information to complete the Daily Symptom Checker through email.
If you need to come on campus, you’ll also need to email to contact Public Safety and make sure you get approval before traveling here. As a part of the above screening process, Public Safety personnel will keep a log that records who visited the campus during the day, and which areas they visited. This information will be shared with Housekeeping staff to help them target cleaning and disinfecting at night, and may be used for contact tracing if needed.

All responses to the screening will be kept confidential. CUNY guidelines require the college to maintain a record of who was screened, as well as if they passed screening or were instructed to return home. No other health information is recorded or stored. The limited information we do collect is handled and kept secure in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Potential or Confirmed COVID-19 Infections


Any potential or confirmed cases should be reported immediately to the Coronavirus Campus Liaison (Diahann McFarlane, Director of Environmental Health and Safety) by email or phone (718-518-4349). 

If you begin to feel sick with COVID-19 symptoms on campus, stay where you are and call Public Safety at extension 6888. Key college personnel have the tools to place you in isolation wherever you are and further evaluate you.

Do not come to campus if you begin to have symptoms of COVID-19; test positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms); or had close contact with someone who may have COVID-19, and contact the Coronavirus Campus Liaison immediately

If you complete the Daily Symptom Checker and receive a red "not approved" token, you must stay home; the Coronavirus Campus Liaison will be notified automatically. The Campus Liaison or their designee will contact you directly, following CUNY protocol. You will not be permitted back on campus without clearance.
If you arrive at the check-in station and have a fever of 100.4ºF or higher, you will be asked to return home. The screener will then notify the Campus Liaison.

In all the above situations, the Campus Liaison or their designee will contact you directly, following CUNY protocol. You will not be permitted back on campus without clearance.



COVID-19 and Antibody Testing

(updated December 2, 2020)

Priority Testing for COVID-19

Priority testing for COVID-19​ is available for CUNY faculty, staff or students who: currently reside in a CUNY dorm; or regularly work on a CUNY campus; or attend or teach in-person or hybrid classes including those at clinical sites off-campus.

The priority testing site closest to the college is at Lincoln Hospital (234 East 149th Street). Testing is given on a walk-in basis. 
  • Testing is available Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.
  • To get tested, use the West entrance on Park Avenue & 149th Street and walk toward the Emergency Room. Testing is located at the end of Corridor A.
  • Make sure to have your campus ID card with you. Staff, faculty and students working or learning in person from Human Resources or Student Affairs stating eligibility.
  • If you have health insurance, bring your insurance card but note that testing is free with or without insurance.
For a full list of priority testing sites, visit the City’s Priority Testing for School-Based Staff and Students page.

Eligible CUNY staff can work with their managers to schedule a 45-minute work break twice a month in order to get tested. Be sure to request and retain proof of testing at every visit as it may be required for timekeeping purposes.

Everyone must present a valid campus identification card at the testing site. Staff, faculty and students working or learning in person can request a letter from Human Resources or Student Affairs to take with them to the testing site stating eligibility for priority testing.


General COVID-19 and Antibody Testing

If you're not eligible for CUNY’s priority COVID-19 testing or if youneed to get an antibody test, you have several options:

  • Lincoln Hospital (234 East 149th Street) is offering free, walk-in testing to New Yorkers, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. Testing is given on a walk-in basis (no appointment required).

    • Testing is available Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:30PM; Saturday and Sunday 9:00AM to 3:30PM.
    • To get tested, go to the main entrance on Morris Avenue and speak with hospital staff. Make sure to have a photo ID with you. If you have health insurance, bring that card as well.
  • Visit the NYC Health + Hospitals COVID-19 Testing Sites page for other NYC Test & Trace Corps locations in the five boroughs, or call their COVID Hotline at 1-212-COVID19 (1-212-268-4319).
  • See the COVID-19 Rapid Testing page or check the COVID-19 Information Portal to find COVID-19 testing and antibody testing information.
  • To find testing locations outside of New York City, try the Castlight COVID-19 Test Site Finder. (Note that some sites listed here may charge for testing.)
Note: Hostos Community College is not conducting COVID-19 testing directly.


Tracking Campus COVID-19 Infections

The Coronavirus Campus Liaison is responsible for submitting a daily COVID-19 report to CUNY Central Office.

This information is made publicly available through the NY Forward COVID-19 School Report Card, and kept up-to-date by the NYS Department of Health. This report includes the number of positive cases; information on quarantine/isolation rooms; and hospitalizations and fatalities of employees and staff.

Please note: charts for campus-administered testing on the COVID-19 School Report Card will remain blank, as our college is not conducting testing directly. Anyone who needs to undergo COVID-19 testing should check the COVID-19 Rapid Testing page, the comprehensive COVID-19 Testing page, or information above for testing site locations.


Exposure Alerts through the COVID Alert NY App 

COVID Alert NY is an app launched by New York State to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We encourage our college community to install and use this app, which can alert you if you’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

Knowing you may have been exposed to COVID-19 will help you self-quarantine right away and get tested earlier, reducing the risk of illness for your family, friends, communities, and others.

This free app uses a feature developed by Apple and Google for their smartphones. The app uses a phone’s Bluetooth signal and does not track location data or share personal information. The technology is designed to protect privacy while improving contact tracing.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Anyone who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey can use it, as long as they're at least 18 years old. It’s available in several languages.

Learn more about the app on New York State's COVID-19 website.