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Routine Weekly Testing

Beginning June 1, any student who is fully vaccinated and confirms their vaccination status through Student Health Services is no longer required to test every seven days. Students who are not fully vaccinated and are required to test over the summer must continue weekly testing. Visit the UVM Forward website for information about vaccinations and availability.

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 doors 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.

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.

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 testing center, 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:

  • Beginning June 1, any student who is fully vaccinated and confirms their vaccination status through Student Health Services is no longer required to test every seven days. Students who are not fully vaccinated and are required to test over the summer must continue weekly testing. Visit the UVM Forward website for information about vaccinations and availability.
  • 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.

Symptomatic Testing

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.

The symptomatic testing process is the same as routine testing and utilizes the same system. Similarly, you will receive your results via the CoVerified app.

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.

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.

Vaccination

Beginning June 1, any student who is fully vaccinated and confirms their vaccination status through Student Health Services is no longer required to test every seven days. Students who are not fully vaccinated and are required to test over the summer must continue weekly testing. Visit the UVM Forward website for information about vaccinations and availability.

It’s important for everyone, vaccinated or not, to continue using all the strategies to stop the spread of COVID: 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.