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Testing and Self-Monitoring

All faculty, staff and students are required to self-monitor for symptoms.

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Required Self-Monitoring

All faculty, staff and students are required to conduct symptom self-monitoring each day by completing a daily wellness survey. You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to campus.

At this time, symptoms for COVID-19 include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New gastrointestinal symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, do not report to campus for work or class. Students should call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200. Employees should contact their primary care physician or WVU Medicine’s COVID-19 phone number at 304-598-6000 (Option 4).

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Self-Monitoring Apps

WVU is encouraging the voluntary use of NOVID, a symptom-monitoring mobile app that will allow users to proactively make decisions based on their risk of infection.

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Fall Semester: Ongoing Testing

Sample Testing

In addition to testing symptomatic individuals, WVU is sample testing certain groups of students and employees to quickly assess and limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Sample testing will continue through Thanksgiving.

  • Individuals who may be asked to participate in sample testing include:
    • students with in-person classes
    • residents of WVU residence halls and University Apartments
    • athletics and performing arts participants
    • specific faculty and staff populations
    • random samples of students and employees — regardless of whether they have a known exposure or are showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Some groups (e.g., student athletes, resident assistants and residence hall coordinators) may be asked to complete testing weekly based on their potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • A prior negative test result reflects a point in time and is not indicative of any potential COVID-19 exposures someone may have had since their previous test.
    • As such, some individuals may be asked to participate in sample testing more than once, including those who are randomly selected.
    • Waste water surveillance from campus buildings may guide these efforts.
  • Individuals asked to participate in sample testing will receive an email notification on Friday afternoons from CovidTesting@mail.wvu.edu with instructions to register for testing.
    • Participants will sign up for a testing date/time via StarRez (WVU’s housing portal).
    • Time slots are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WVU Student Recreation Center.
    • Participants should receive test results within three to five days and should continue to follow the University’s safety protocols.
    • Students and employees who are identified to take part in WVU’s sample testing program are required to complete COVID-19 testing. Those who fail to comply with the request to undergo testing may be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.
  • Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days will not need to complete sample testing.
  • Those currently isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test result or in quarantine should continue to follow those orders and will not need to complete sample testing.

Voluntary Testing for In-Person Class Instructors

In-person class instructors on the Morgantown campus may undergo free COVID-19 testing on a voluntary basis.

  • Register for a time slot via StarRez.
  • Time slots are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WVU Student Recreation Center.

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Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing

Close Contacts

While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicates that the disease is unlikely to spread through casual contact.

The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

In these situations, close contact is defined as:

  • Having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • A person can be determined a close contact up to 2 days before illness onset and/or test date of an infected person.

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When to Quarantine

  • You must quarantine if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day quarantine/monitoring period.
  • Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection.
    • Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts.
    • Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.

What to do if You're in Quarantine

  • All WVU community members are required to report if they are quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19.
    • Students should notify the WVU CARE Team and answer or return follow-up calls from WVU Shared Services (304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006).
    • Employees should notify WVU Medical Management.
  • Students who become aware outside of the University that they have had a positive exposure, are a close contact or are instructed to quarantine by a physician should also notify the CARE Team for all necessary resources.
  • Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may be released from quarantine if they have no symptoms for a 14-day period.
  • Supervisors and WVU Medical Management will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.

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What You Need to Know

Review the measures WVU is taking to provide for a methodical and thoughtful phased re-opening of the WVU System that also ensures the safety and health of our faculty, staff, students and communities.

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