UMW is providing COVID-19 testing for all students accessing campus in Summer 2021 as follows:
- entry testing for residential and commuter students;
- prevalence testing weekly for students accessing campus;
Entry and prevalence testing will occur in the Anderson Center.
UMW’s testing protocols are as follows:
Entry and Prevalence Testing
- Entry and prevalence testing will utilize rapid antigen testing, including Abbott BinaxNOW, and will be offered in accordance with the University’s announced testing plan.
- Students who test positive at entry or prevalence will be:
- Given a PCR test (with a turnaround of approximately 24-72 hours) by the Student Health Center (SHS) at the Marshall Hall clinic when the SHC is open.
- Directed to isolate in a reserved space on campus if a residential student and at an appropriate space off-campus if a nonresidential student.
- Students who are part of a sponsored program will be asked to return home if they test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact unless otherwise directed by the Rappahannock Area Health District.
- Requests for a second rapid antigen test will be declined.
Testing for Symptomatic Students
- Symptomatic students should contact the Student Health Center (SHC) immediately and should not go to the Anderson Center and participate in entry or prevalence testing.
- The Student Health Center will be closed over the summer from July 10-August 9. During this time, students who exhibit COVID-like symptoms should contact Dave Fleming, COVID Monitoring and Tracing Coordinator, who will direct them to the nearest Urgent Care Center or Mary Washington Hospital.
- Students who, following a telehealth appointment with the SHC or FONEMED (if after hours), are determined to be candidates for symptomatic testing will be tested at the Marshall Hall Clinic by SHC staff with a rapid antigen test when SHC is available. Students who speak to FONEMED after hours should contact the SHC to set up this appointment.
- Students with a positive result will be directed to isolation.
- Students with a negative result with symptoms indicating a high likelihood of COVID-19 will be directed to isolation and will be given a PCR test.
Testing for Close Contacts of Confirmed Positives
- Students who are determined by RAHD or UMW to be close contacts of a confirmed positive individual may be tested after contact as determined by the SHC and may arrange for this through either the SHC or their primary care provider.
- Close contacts exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection)
- Costs associated with testing for symptomatic students and close contacts who are UMW students are covered by the University
“At Will” or “On Demand” Testing
(For individuals who have not been determined by RAHD or UMW SHC to be a close contact.)
- Students seeking a test outside of the above parameters outlined in these protocols can be tested when the SHC is open and available. Contact the Student Health Center at 540-654-1040 for further information.
Quarantine and Isolation Protocols
Close contact quarantine length: UMW is and will continue to work with the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) to determine the appropriate length of time for quarantine for close contacts of positive individuals. UMW continues to follow a full 14-day quarantine period (1 incubation period) for all close contacts of identified COVID-19 cases as the safest strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19. More information is available on VDH’s Isolation / Quarantine / Movement Restrictions / Public Health Monitoring page (see the last question). Students who develop symptoms or test positive will be moved to isolation and their isolation period will be determined based on circumstances. We are aware that a few other institutions of higher education (IHEs) in Virginia have reduced the length of time required for quarantine, however, that comes with higher risks, ones UMW and RAHD are not currently willing to endorse.
COVID-19 vaccinated students: Students who have been fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine upon exposure if they fully meet the criteria under VDH and CDC guidelines. Students will need to show proof of vaccination. Students can upload their vaccine cards through the Student Health Center portal.
Compliance and Adherence
If you are directed to participate in testing or isolate/quarantine by a University official, you are expected to do so and failure to do so may become a student conduct issue.
Developed and approved by the COVID-19 Implementation Team, 4-27-2021
Entry and Prevalence Testing FAQ for Summer 2021
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