Dear Campus Community,
As I shared with you on September 25, Shepherd University will begin COVID surveillance testing on campus. This testing is mandated by the State Government and will take place each week through the end of the semester. If your name is selected, you are expected to participate. We will test approximately 250 people per week including students, staff, and faculty. This represents 10% of the approximate number of individuals physically on campus this semester.
Please review the details below carefully.
- Testing will begin Monday, October 12 and will take place each Monday for the remainder of the semester.
- Testing will be held in the Storer Ballroom, 3rd floor, Student Center, 210 N King Street.
- Names will be chosen through a stratified, random sampling.
- Those selected will be contacted via email on the Wednesday prior to each Monday of testing.
- Day of Testing:
- Thirty minutes prior to arriving for your test, do not eat, drink (even water), chew gum, smoke, use smokeless tobacco, etc.
- Individuals will complete a short questionnaire on their smartphone or a provided iPad at the test site and will then take the saliva based test by spitting into a small tube.
- All samples will be sent to a lab at Rutgers University each Monday afternoon following the testing.
- The test will take approximately 15 minutes of your time.
- Results should be available within 24-60 hours after the test through an on-line portal accessible to each person who provided a sample. You will receive a link to the portal following your test.
- Your results will indicate: DETECTED (Positive) or NOT DETECTED (Negative).
- IF YOU TEST POSITIVE:
- Return to your home as quickly as possible (or to your residence hall if you live on campus) and begin isolation.
- If you are an employee – contact your supervisor.
- If you are a student living at home – call your doctor and email the Health Center.
- If you are a student living on campus – contact your RA immediately.
- Shepherd’s Health Center and the local Health Department will also receive your test results.
- Individuals will have no expense for this testing. The state of West Virginia is covering testing expenses.
- This testing is only for members of the Shepherd University community, and only persons scheduled by SU staff can take a test.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING COVID related symptoms, please do not participate in the surveillance testing. People with symptoms should not come to campus. Please go to your healthcare provider or a “testing site;” these facilities can safely test people who think they may have COVID-19. Surveillance testing is to gauge the spread of coronavirus in asymptomatic persons.
Holly Morgan Frye
Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Community Relations