Routine Weekly Testing
Routine weekly testing is the backbone of our strategy for a successful, in-person fall 2020. Students are required to take a COVID-19 test once every 7 days. Our test center is located in the former Burack Lounge on the first floor of the Davis Center. Hours of Operation
In order to be tested, students, faculty and staff should make an appointment – see Information on scheduling below. Plan on 30 minutes for testing. Enter through the tent located on the west side of the Davis Center across from Howe Library. (Please do not enter from the Olin Atrium.) Six-feet physical distancing will be strictly enforced and everyone is required to wear facial coverings, consistent with University and State of Vermont policy. Please do not be accompanied by others who are not testing.
11/4/20 UPDATE: If you have recently attended a party/gathering without social distancing and/or masking, we expect you to get a test in addition to your 7-day requirement. You should also self-quarantine until you receive a second negative test.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR BREAK: You are strongly encouraged to get tested no earlier than 48 hours before you leave and wait to receive results prior to your departure so you can reduce the risk of spreading the virus to family or friends at home. View testing center hours here.
Scheduling your COVID-19 Test Appointment
All students, faculty, and staff who complete a test at the Davis Center should schedule their appointment using the CoVerified app. More information on CoVerified is available here. Each test must be completed within 7 days of the last test. If you need to adjust your weekly testing schedule, you can do so by “walking backward” in 6-day intervals – schedule your next test for 6 days after your most recent test, and the following test for 6 days after that, until you have reached a weekly testing schedule that fits best for you.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please DO NOT come to the Davis Center for your weekly test. More information for symptomatic tests is available on the symptomatic testing page.
Taking the Test
Before you enter the building, you will clear your nasal cavity (blow your nose) two times, using the tissues provided, and sanitize your hands. You will then register with a Test Center assistant, who will check you in and give you your testing kit (a test tube with a label on it).
Please bring your CATCard to aid this check-in process. You will be directed to a testing table where an observer will show you how to administer the test to yourself. The nasal swab process is depicted in this short video, and is described in this PDF.
Once you are done, you will sanitize your hands once more and leave the Testing Center.
Information about the Tests
UVM has partnered with the Broad Institute Clinical Research Sequency Platform (CRSP) to provide routine COVID-19 testing. The CRSP SARS-CoV-2 Real-time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Assay is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs collected from individuals. The sample collection process is an observed self-administered anterior nasal swab. Samples are packaged and shipped daily to the Broad Institute for analysis. Results are typically returned to the individual within 24 hours of the receipt of the sample at the Broad Institute.
This test was validated to be 100% accurate on even low levels of viral presence. Like all tests administered in large numbers, a small fraction of inaccurate results is still possible due to a range of individual and contextual factors (such as the presence of other infections in an individual). To guard against what is expected to be a very small number of “false negatives,” face coverings, social distancing and enhanced cleaning/disinfection routines will remain in place across all UVM facilities for the entire semester.
Who Needs COVID-19 Testing
All students, including employees or alumni enrolled in courses, are required to participate in the on-campus testing protocol. The only exceptions are as follows:
- Students who are approved for the at-home option are exempt from the UVM testing protocol for COVID-19 with the exception of students residing in Burlington, South Burlington, or Winooski. Students living in these municipalities will still need to follow the UVM testing Protocol. Students are able to request an exemption as long as they do not plan on coming to campus and are not living, meeting, or socializing with any student, faculty, or staff who are coming to campus.
- Graduate Students enrolled in internships, practica or field courses that occur outside of Chittenden County. Contact your placement coordinator to see how to qualify.
- Students who have been approved for an exemption.
- Medical Students enrolled in clinical rotations occurring outside of Chittenden County with no intention of physically visiting the UVM or UVM Medical Center campus(es). Contact Medical Student Services with any questions.
- Medical Students enrolled in remote curriculum with no intention of physically visiting the UVM or UVM Medical Center campus(es). Contact Medical Student Services with any questions.
If you believe that you should be exempted from the on-campus testing requirement for any other reason than the exemptions listed above, please check the Exemptions page.
Based on your affiliation with UVM as a student, staff member or faculty member, this table provides a useful summary of your COVID requirements for training and daily health check-in.
If you are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to someone who has tested positive, please contact Student Health Services at (802) 656-3350; they will schedule an appointment for you for testing in one of two on-campus symptomatic testing trailers.
Positive Result or Exposure
If you receive a positive or inconclusive result on your COVID-19 test, you will be contacted directly by Student Health Services, who will advise you of next steps and begin the contact tracing process.
For on-campus residents:
On-campus residents with a positive COVID-19 test result will be moved into isolation housing. Student Health Services will also begin the contact tracing process.
If you are an on-campus resident and are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted and moved into quarantine housing by Student Health Services. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Student Health Services at (802) 656-3350.
For off-campus residents:
Off-campus residents with a positive COVID-19 test result will be contacted by Student Health Services and required to isolate. Student Health Services will help students create a plan for isolation. Student Health Services will also begin the contact tracing process.
If you are an off-campus resident and are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will be required to quarantine -- Student Health Services will work with you to make a plan for your quarantine. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Student Health Services at (802) 656-3350.
Testing Exemption for Positive Result
The CDC and Vermont Department of Health recommend the following testing and quarantine guidelines for people who have previously tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Special rules apply to you for 90 days from the onset of your COVID-19 symptoms or for 90 days from the date of your positive test if you were asymptomatic. During these 90 days:
- You do not need to be tested for any reason if you remain asymptomatic.
- You do not need to quarantine if you have close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you become symptomatic during this period, you may need to quarantine and get tested for reinfection based on the recommendations of a healthcare provider.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 at UVM, Student Health Services will coordinate your testing exemption and inform you of your “re test” date – the date by which you must resume testing on campus.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 with a test not administered by UVM you must submit documentation of your positive test to Student Health Services. Please email CHWBSHSnotifications@uvm.edu to determine next steps on how to submit your positive test results and what testing will look like for you going forward.
For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to the Vermont Department of Health website.
Students who have been vaccinated are still required to test every seven days. It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available in addition to testing—continue to wear a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from people not in your household, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.