For the purposes of campus, it’s important to distinguish between our two types of testing that will be occurring in Fall Semester.
When students are symptomatic or have come in very close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we would test students. Students will call the Wellness Center (740-587-6200) to book an appointment to be tested.
What happens while I wait for my results?
Symptomatic students will enter into isolation, while waiting for results. This will often mean relocating to designated isolation housing on campus.
Close-contacts (who are asymptomatic) will enter into quarantine while waiting for results. This will often mean relocating to designated quarantine housing on campus.
- If a contact tests positive, they will move into isolation housing.
- If a contact tests negative, the contact will remain in quarantine for 14 days, from the date of exposure. Because the incubation period for COVID-19 is thought to be 14 days, it’s important that close contacts continue to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive-case. For example, you could test negative on day 4 but positive on day 13. Therefore, it is critical contacts remain in quarantine for the full duration to mitigate potential spread. You may be asking, “then why are we testing them? Why not just stay quarantined?” The reason is to identify an asymptomatic case, because we would then want to contact their close contacts and move them into quarantine. This is part of our aggressive containment strategy.
2-Weekly Random “Signal” Testing
Surveillance testing is what is used to measure the state of COVID-19 on campus; it’s an important measure in how we monitor our community’s overall health. To do so, each week a random sample of students and employees will be tested to help provide an understanding of whether there are asymptomatic carriers on campus and to provide a snapshot of our current status. The information provided by signal testing will be used to adjust operations on campus to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
How will this work?
On Thursday, the Wellness Center will email or text a random selection of students to let them know they’ve been randomly selected for testing that week. Those students will then book an appointment through their MyWellness portal. To make this more convenient for students, faculty and staff, this will occur in the tent under the East Slayter Balcony (closest to Knapp Hall).
On Monday, you’ll show up for your quick 15-minute appointment, and you’ll be swabbed.
Then, you’ll go about your day, as normal.
The Wellness Center will receive the results on Wednesday and will notify any students who tested positive for COVID and support them in transitioning to designate isolation housing.