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Self-quarantine and Mandatory Testing for Students Prior to their Return

All undergraduate and graduate students who planned to be on Grounds this fall were required to take a COVID-19 test and present their results to the University. UVA contracted with a third-party vendor to provide testing for students at their homes, at no charge to the students. Students were strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to Grounds.

Daily Health Check

All students, faculty, and staff planning to be on Grounds or working in a UVA Health facility are required to complete a daily check on symptoms related to COVID-19 through the HOOS Health Check app (available in Apple and Google Play stores) or website. HOOS Health Check is designed to make individuals aware of their symptoms, to encourage personal responsibility, and, if the individual exhibits symptoms, to provide resources and next steps. For more information, please see FAQs on HOOS Health Check.

Ongoing Monitoring and Testing

Monitoring and testing for COVID-19 will occur throughout the fall semester to help maintain the safety of the UVA community and the surrounding Charlottesville area. Plans are subject to change as public health conditions evolve.

  • Symptomatic Testing. Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 is asked to stay home, quarantine, and seek medical advice. Students should contact Student Health at 434-924-5362 to be evaluated. Employees should contact Employee Health at 434-924-2013 to be evaluated.
  • Asymptomatic Testing. Students who are not exhibiting symptoms but believe they have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19 should call Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362. In addition, students may be contacted by the Virginia Department of Health if they have been identified as being a close contact of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and may be asked to be tested, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms. Faculty, Academic Division staff, Medical Center and University Physicians Group team members, and contracted workers who are not exhibiting symptoms but would like to be voluntarily tested will have the option to do so. A limited number of testing slots will be allocated based on available lab capacity and resources. See UVA Today and the FAQs below for more information.
  • Outbreak Testing. If there is an outbreak of cases in a particular area of Grounds or in particular groups of people, we may ask those who are associated with those areas or groups to be tested.
  • Ongoing Grounds surveillance: The University has instituted a mandatory testing program for all students who are living/ learning on Grounds and in the Charlottesville/ Albemarle area this fall. There are three parts to this program:
    1. Each day, a group of students will be notified via email that they have been selected for mandatory testing at the Student Activities Building near Scott Stadium. This test involves a nasal swab and results will be available in 24 to 48 hours.
    2. The University also is instituting a mandatory large-scale screening program of asymptomatic students using saliva samples. There will be multiple screening locations across Grounds. More details will be shared when the program launches later in September.
    3. In addition, UVA will analyze residence hall wastewater, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. If the wastewater from a residence hall indicates the presence of new COVID-19 infections, UVA will conduct virus testing of all the occupants of that residence hall.

    Any students with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who believe that they have been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive should contact Student Health at 434-924-5362 for assessment.

    Students will not be subject to disciplinary action for a positive test result or for any information disclosed as part of contact tracing. The goal of these testing efforts is to identify and contain the virus.

  • Community Testing. The UVA Health System, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, has been providing ad hoc on-site testing in the community as the need arises. Sites are identified by community members and are also selected based on emerging patterns of COVID-19 positive cases.

Case Management and Containment

  • Contact Tracing. If a member of the UVA community (students, faculty, or staff) is identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with an infected individual, they will be referred for testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or their health care provider. UVA will be partner with VDH to help facilitate the referrals and the testing. It is important that everyone in the UVA community engages with UVA and VDH teams during case investigation and contact tracing so that we can have the maximum opportunity to limit the further spread of the virus.
  • Isolation and Quarantine.
    • Students. Isolation is the separation from others of an individual who has a confirmed infection of COVID-19. Quarantine is the separation from others of an individual who is awaiting their COVID-19 test result and/or has been in close contact of someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Being in quarantine or isolation means not sharing a bedroom and/or bathroom with others, if possible. There is no such thing as quarantining with others. Students living off-Grounds will be expected to quarantine or isolate from ALL their housemate(s) at their off-Grounds housing. Students who can safely travel home to isolate or quarantine will be encouraged to do so. Students residing in University housing will be provided isolation or quarantine housing by the University, and will also have the option to return home if they choose to do so. The local health department will recommend the duration period for isolation and quarantine.
    • Employees. Employees will need to isolate if they test positive for the virus, and to quarantine if they have been exposed. The health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined. Employees will need to be cleared by Employee Health prior to their return to work to ensure that they have met their isolation requirements.
    • Current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health on isolation and quarantine.
    • For Student Health and Wellness resources on quarantine and isolation, visit their COVID-19 webpage.

FAQs for Students

Refer to the Students on Grounds site for Testing FAQs for Students.

FAQs for Faculty & Staff

Am I required to take a COVID-19 test before returning to Grounds? Will I need to take a test later?

Tests are not required for UVA employees before returning to their workplace. Monitoring and testing for COVID-19 will occur throughout the fall semester to help maintain the safety of the UVA community and the surrounding Charlottesville area. Plans are subject to change as public health conditions evolve.

  • Symptomatic Testing. Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 is asked to stay home, quarantine, and seek medical advice. Students should contact Student Health at 434-924-5362 to be evaluated. Employees should contact Employee Health at 434-924-2013 to be evaluated.  
  • Asymptomatic Testing:  Students who are not exhibiting symptoms but believe they have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19 should call Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362.  In addition, students may be contacted by the Virginia Department of Health if they have been identified as being a close contact of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and may be asked to be tested, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms.  Faculty, Academic Division staff, Medical Center and University Physicians Group team members, and contracted workers who are not exhibiting symptoms but would like to be voluntarily tested will have the option to do so. A limited number of testing slots will be allocated based on available lab capacity and resources. See UVA Today for more information.
  • Outbreak Testing. If there is an outbreak of cases in a particular area of Grounds or in particular groups of people, we may ask those who are associated with those areas or groups to be tested.
  • Ongoing Grounds surveillance: Please see the Student FAQs for details about mandatory testing for students.

The goal of these testing efforts is to identify and contain the virus.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Contact Tracing. If a member of the UVA community (students, faculty, or staff) is identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with an infected individual, they will be referred for testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or their health care provider. UVA will be partner with VDH to help facilitate the referrals and the testing. It is important that everyone in the UVA community engages with UVA and VDH teams during case investigation and contact tracing so that we can have the maximum opportunity to limit the further spread of the virus.

Isolation and Quarantine. Students. UVA has plans to isolate students living on Grounds who test positive for the virus, and to quarantine students living on Grounds who have been exposed to someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Students living off-Grounds will be expected to quarantine or isolate at their off-Grounds housing. Students who can safely travel home to isolate or quarantine will be encouraged to do so. The local health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined.

Employees. Employees will need to isolate if they test positive for the virus, and to quarantine if they have been exposed. The health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined.

Where can I find more information about leave types if I test positive or a member of my household does?

Several new types of leave were introduced to support employees throughout the pandemic. UVA HR has provided detailed guidance on the Managing Leave During the Coronavirus webpage.

Why doesn’t the University require students who test positive to stay away until they have a negative test result?
Studies have shown that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to shed viral RNA and test positive for the virus several weeks after they are no longer contagious. The CDC does not recommend testing within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, for most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. For persons who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
Why isn't the University requiring faculty and staff to be tested before returning to work on Grounds as it is requring of students?
The majority of UVA’s workforce has been working remotely since late March and living locally. We are requiring students to be tested to reduce introduction of the virus to the local community by students who may be asymptomatic but test positive prior to their return.
Will I be notified if someone in my workplace tests positive for COVID-19?
Yes. UVA HR has developed guidance for managers about notifying employees if someone in their workplace tests positive for COVID-19.  Identifying information will be protected to fullest extent and will not be shared beyond what is needed to ensure public health and compliance needs are met.
If I want/need a test during the Fall semester, what should I do?
Symptomatic employees should stay home and call Employee Health at 434-924-2013 to be evaluated. Employee Health is open from 7:30 am until 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesdays, they are open until 4 pm. If an employee needs assistance after hours, they should contact their healthcare provider and follow up with Employee Health during normal business hours. Call 911 if it is an emergency. Asymptomatic employees in the Academic Division:  Beginning Monday, August 31 asymptomatic full-time, benefits-eligible faculty and Academic Division staff who are working on Grounds and completing the required daily HOOS Health Check may order a free self-test kit from Let’s Get Checked, and the kit will be shipped directly to them. These test kits will be available on a limited basis. You may not pick up a Let’s Get Checked test kit on Grounds. Asymptomatic employees in the Medical Center or UPG: Medical Center and University Physicians Group team members can schedule a test at a satellite UVA Health testing clinic by calling 434-981-6750. 
I do not have symptoms, but I have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If you have had a significant exposure, which is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, stay home and distance yourself from others.  If the local health department contacts you, please answer the call.  If you have not been contacted by the Virginia Department of Health within 48 hours of exposure, contact Employee Health at 434-924-2013 for guidance.  For more information, please see What To Do If Someone Around Me Tests Positive for COVID-19.
I work in the School of Medicine. I don't have symptoms, but I would like to be tested. Should I follow the asymptomatic testing process for the Academic Division or the Medical Center?
School of Medicine faculty with clinical privileges, residents, and fellows should follow the Medical Center’s procedure for asymptomatic testing without significant exposure. Call 434-981-6750 to schedule an appointment at a satellite UVA Health testing clinic. School of Medicine staff and faculty without clinical privileges should follow the Academic Division process for asymptomatic testing without significant exposure by ordering a free self-test kit from Let’s Get Checked, and the kit will be shipped to them. Testing will be limited to ensure that supplies are available for those who need to be tested for medical reasons. 
Who will be notified of my test results?
You will receive your test results via the Let’s Get Checked portal (faculty and Academic Division staff) or MyChart (Medical Center and UPG team members and SOM faculty with clinical privileges). All test results also will be sent to UVA Employee Health.  If your tests results are positive, this information will be shared on a confidential basis with the local health department and a small number of University officials, including your supervisor, who need to take appropriate health and safety measures Employee Health will also contact you to provide guidance.
Will the University provide opportunities for students to be tested for COVID-19 during the fall term? Is testing mandatory for students?

Yes, the University has instituted a mandatory testing program for all students who are living/ learning on Grounds and in the Charlottesville/ Albemarle area this fall. There are three parts to this program:

  1. Each day, a group of students will be notified via email that they have been selected for mandatory testing at the Student Activities Building near Scott Stadium. This test involves a nasal swab and results will be available in 24 to 48 hours.
  2. The University also is instituting a mandatory large-scale screening program of asymptomatic students using saliva samples. There will be multiple screening locations across Grounds. More details will be shared when the program launches later in September.
  3. In addition, UVA will analyze residence hall wastewater, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. If the wastewater from a residence hall indicates the presence of new COVID-19 infections, UVA will conduct virus testing of all the occupants of that residence hall.

Any students with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who believe that they have been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive should contact Student Health at 434-924-5362 for assessment.   

Students will not be subject to disciplinary action for a positive test result or for any information disclosed as part of contact tracing. The goal of these testing efforts is to identify and contain the virus.

FAQs for Community

I am a contracted worker. I do not have symptoms, but I would like to be tested. How can I get a test?
UVA will offer free self-test kits to asymptomatic workers of the nine major contractors who have workers on Grounds on a daily and long-term basis. These contractors are Aramark, BMS, Bright Horizons, Crothall, Exela, KinderCare, Morrison/Compass, RMC, and Towne Park. Details about how and when to pick up a test kit will be provided to eligible contracted workers directly by their employer. Test kits are limited, so employees and contracted workers should consider whether they need a test kit before requesting one. They should not request a test if they are not currently working on Grounds, they do not plan to work on Grounds this fall, or they are simply curious.
I am a contracted worker. I have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If you are a contracted worker who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, contact your healthcare provider to be assessed. Anyone who does not have a healthcare provider can get a referral by calling 434-98COVID.
I am a contracted worker. Who will be notified of my test results?
Contracted workers who self-test using a Let’s Get Checked test kit will receive their test results via the Let’s Get Checked portal, which will also be shared with the University. The local health department will be notified if your test results are positive.

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