Monitoring & Testing
Post-Thanksgiving Testing Period
UVA expects and encourages all students to return home for the Thanksgiving break and not return to the Charlottesville community until the spring semester. For students unable to return home over the break or whose home is in Charlottesville/Albemarle, UVA will continue mandatory prevalence testing. With cases increasing in our region and across the country, prevalence testing is an important tool to help keep the UVA and Charlottesville/Albemarle communities safe.
Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 18, students (including undergraduate and graduate/professional students) must test once per week while in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.
Students living off-Grounds must test once per week and may select their testing days and times, with walk-in hours available on weekdays and Sunday afternoons. No appointment is necessary.
Students who have been approved to remain in University housing should test on a notice to test on Wednesdays, if at all possible, so that we can assess cases in residence halls as a group. If it is not possible to test on Wednesday, please test as close to Wednesday as possible.
Mandatory Testing for Students Prior to the Spring Semester
Just as 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, testing will be required again for all students prior to the start of the spring semester. Details will be provided in the coming weeks.
Testing and screening for COVID-19 will continue to take place throughout the academic year to help maintain the safety of the UVA community and the surrounding Charlottesville area. Plans are subject to change as public health conditions evolve. Students are not 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.
- Ongoing Prevalence Testing and Screening for Students:The University has instituted a mandatory testing and screening program for all students who are living/ learning on Grounds or in the Charlottesville/ Albemarle area. Students who live on Grounds are tested on a regular schedule. Students who live off Grounds are randomly selected for testing and are provided with instructions when they receive their notice to test. In addition, UVA is analyzing residence hall wastewater to detect the presence of new COVID-19 infections and to guide additional testing.
- Symptomatic Testing. Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 is asked to stay home, self-isolate, and seek medical advice. Students should make an appointment with Student Health and Wellness either online or by calling434-924-5362 to be evaluated. Employees should contact Employee Health at 434-924-2013 to be evaluated.
- Close Contact/Exposure Testing.Students who are not exhibiting symptoms but believe they have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19 should self-quarantine and call Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362 in order to receive a referral for asymptomatic testing, if deemed necessary. Academic Division employees who believe they have been a close contact should email firstname.lastname@example.org for assessment and referral. In addition, those who believe they have been exposed 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.
- Asymptomatic Voluntary Testing for Employees and Contracted Workers: Academic Division faculty and staff, Medical Center and University Physicians Group team members, and contracted workers who are not exhibiting symptoms but would like to be voluntarily tested have the option to do so. Asymptomatic full-time, benefits-eligible faculty and staff (including those working in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing), and non-employee postdoctoral fellows may order a free self-test kit from Let’s Get Checked, and the kit will be shipped directly to them. Part-time salary, wage and contracted workers may request a free test kit by emailing email@example.com. UVA Health team members have received detailed information via email about scheduling testing appointments.
- 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.
- Community Testing. The UVA Health System, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, 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. UVA students should not go to community testing sites.
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. The app does not inform Student Health and Wellness or any other healthcare provider; this is the responsibility of students and employees. For more information, please see FAQs on HOOS Health Check.
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 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.