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Testing and Self-Monitoring

All faculty, staff and students who will be on campus this fall will be tested for COVID-19 and required to self-monitor for symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing

Before classes begin, WVU System faculty, staff and students will be tested for the COVID-19 virus using nasal swabs and the latest technology that makes testing quick and painless. A detailed plan for initial testing will be shared in the coming weeks.

WVU will continue to conduct surveillance testing throughout the fall semester.

Required Self-Monitoring

All faculty, staff and students will be required to conduct symptom self-monitoring each day.

At this time, symptoms for COVID-19 are 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. You should immediately notify your supervisor and/or professor, and follow guidelines for seeking medical care and self-quarantining.

Self-Quarantine After Travel (Employees)

Upon return from personal domestic travel, employees returning to a WVU campus from any location outside the state of West Virginia are subject to a five-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. This does not include employees who normally commute to work from another state.

Upon return from a cruise or international travel, employees returning to a WVU campus are subject to up to a 14-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. Employees can have COVID-19 testing during days 5-7 to determine if the full 14-day quarantine is required.

Employees must notify their supervisor and work with them for a remote work assignment during the self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. If a remote assignment is not available, please contact your HR Partner for additional options.

Due to the nature of their work, WVU clinical faculty, residents and fellows will follow WVU Medicine guidelines.

Contact Tracing

The University is working with the Monongalia County Health Department and other local health departments on a robust contact tracing program if a positive case is identified.

Over 100 new individuals have been trained to perform contact tracing, and we’ve established a HIPAA-compliant data system that will help us manage contact tracing throughout campus and in the larger community in collaboration with local health departments.

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.

What You Need to Know

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