Testing and Self-Monitoring
All faculty, staff and students are required to self-monitor for symptoms.
Mandatory Fall Testing
Return to Campus Testing
- If you verified your COVID-19 vaccination with the University by Aug. 1, you were not required to undergo testing at the beginning of the semester.
- Students and employees who are on campus this fall and did not verify their vaccination by Aug. 1 were required to provide a valid negative COVID-19 test result to WVU.
- Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days did not need to provide a test result but had to contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 and provide proof of a positive result to be exempted from testing.
- Those who failed to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements may be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.
Submit Your Results
- Students had until Tuesday, Aug. 24, to turn in a negative test result to Shared Services.
- After Aug. 24, students will be asked to provide their negative test result during a Student Conduct investigation.
Accepted COVID-19 Tests
- For return to campus testing, WVU only accepted live-virus reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results dated after Aug. 1.
- Rapid antigen test results were not accepted.
- Results from testing providers from within and outside of West Virginia were accepted if they met the above criteria.
Random Sample Testing
WVU is conducting weekly random sample testing among certain groups of students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the University.
- WVU will identify those who may be asked to participate in sample testing based on their role or academic discipline — regardless of whether the individual has a known exposure or is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Certain groups may be asked to complete testing on a weekly basis based on their potential exposure to COVID-19 and vaccination status.
- At this time, students and employees who verified their vaccination with WVU are exempt from random sample testing.
- Those asked to participate in sample testing will receive an email notification from CovidTesting
@mail.wvu.eduwith instructions to register using StarRez (WVU’s housing portal).
- Testing will be conducted at the Student Rec Center.
- Participants should continue to follow safety protocols while awaiting their results.
- Results should be available within three to five days.
- Those identified to take part in WVU’s sample testing program are required to complete COVID-19 testing. Those who fail to comply may be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.
You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be on campus. At this time, symptoms for COVID-19 include one or more of the following:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- 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).
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
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.
What to Do If ...
When to Quarantine
- You must quarantine if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, and testing is recommended as soon as possible.
- If you are unvaccinated: You must quarantine if you have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Testing is recommended in 3-5 days after the last date of exposure.
- If you are vaccinated: If you have had contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you wear a mask for 14 days from last exposure or until you receive a negative test result from testing 3-5 days after the last date of exposure.
- 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 and monitoring period.
- If you are considered a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and are unvaccinated, you must quarantine for the full 14-day period due to added concern of increased transmission of variants.
- Any individual who is vaccinated should monitor for symptoms and wear a mask to prevent possible transmission until a negative test result 3-5 days after last exposure.
- 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.
- Individuals who have received both doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic, are beyond two weeks following the receipt of their second vaccine and are within three months following the receipt of their second vaccine. They are expected to wear a mask for 14 days or until a negative test result is received after testing on day 3-5 after last exposure.
- Health Sciences clinical faculty, fellows and residents should adhere to WVU Medicine policy and requirements for COVID-19 exposure. For information, call WVU Medicine's Employee Health COVID-19 hotline at 304-974-3200. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
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 and employees should notify Shared Services at CareServices@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-6006.
- Be sure to answer or return all follow-up calls from WVU Shared Services (304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006).
- 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.
- Supervisors and Shared Services will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.
Anyone with COVID19 symptoms should not report to work or school until further evaluation by a healthcare provider.
What You Need to Know
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