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Please read the update about testing for students in the Sept. 25, 2020, Student News Digest here.

UPDATE - OCT. 30, 2020: Less invasive COVID-19 testing with quicker results for surveillance testing

Message about surveillance and random testing for students plus companion messages for faculty and staff and families

Aug. 22, 2020

Dear students, 

Beginning this coming week, the University will launch the next phase of our COVID-19 testing program to help identify individuals who may be carrying the coronavirus, yet show no symptoms, and also to assess the spread of the virus within the campus community.

The University will test up to 1,000 individuals per week, which will include surveillance testing targeted at potential hot spots as well as random testing. 

The testing program will continue the partnership with Premier Health and Compunet, which managed the arrival testing program at the RecPlex for the University, and initially will continue to administer the nasopharyngeal PCR test for SARS-CoV-2. 

Important things to know: 

  • All undergraduates and graduate students, regardless of where they live, are subject to being tested through this program. 
  • Students will be notified that they have been selected for a surveillance test via their UD email and will have a specified number of days to be tested. The email will contain instructions on scheduling an appointment to take the test. 
  • Students should regularly check their UD email. It is your responsibility to respond and be tested. 
  • Students who do not comply and who are not tested during the specified time period will be sent home to finish the semester remotely. 
  • Students should bring their insurance card and their UD identification card to the RecPlex. Under the provisions of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, all forms of insurance must cover COVID-19 tests. The University will cover any testing costs not covered by insurance.

Faculty and staff will not be included in this phase of the testing program; however, resources for employees who wish to be tested can be found on Porches. 

Student cooperation with this testing program is extremely important in helping us continue in-person classes during the fall semester. Identifying those who are infected with the virus, but who may not know it, is essential as we seek to minimize the spread of the virus. 

It is also essential that students are vigilant about observing UD’s safety measures, and encourage fellow students to abide by them. The entire campus community appreciates your efforts to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors, to practice physical distancing, and, especially, to avoid gatherings or groups larger than 10 people. 

Please watch your email and make your appointment to be tested promptly. 

Sincerely, 
Mary Buchwalder, M.D. 
Student Health Center Medical Director 

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Dear faculty and staff, 

As part of our efforts to identify individuals who have contracted the virus that causes COVID-19, but may not know it, the University will launch a surveillance and random testing program for students this week. The email sent to students earlier today appears below for your information about the program. 

Our emphasis is detecting clusters of the virus in networks of our students, as those networks have the greatest potential for rapid, undetected transmission. 

We continue to emphasize to students that they must abide by UD’s safety measures. We appreciate your efforts to remind and encourage them to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors, to practice physical distancing, and, perhaps most importantly, avoid non-University-sanctioned gatherings or groups larger than 10 people. 

We also want to remind you that we may need to make additional adjustments as we monitor COVID-19 infection on our campus and in the local community or at the direction of public health authorities. 

While the University is not presently requiring COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff, we have identified resources for employees who become symptomatic or want to be tested as a precaution. This information is also available on Porches. 

  • If a faculty or staff member begins exhibiting symptoms while they are on campus, they should leave campus immediately and consult their primary care provider. 
  • Effective Aug. 24, the Premier Health testing site at the UD Arena is moving to the OnMain testing site, 1229 S. Main St.; enter at the former fairgrounds main entrance. UD employees may obtain a COVID-19 test at this site with a physician's order and health insurance card. The site is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Dear parents and guardians,

As part of our efforts to identify individuals who have contracted the virus that causes COVID-19, but may not know it, the University will launch a surveillance and random testing program for students. The email sent to your student earlier today appears below for your information about the program. 

Our emphasis is detecting clusters of the virus in networks of our students, as those networks have greatest potential for rapid, undetected transmission. 

We continue to emphasize to students that they must abide by UD’s safety measures. Please encourage your student to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors, to practice physical distancing, and, perhaps most importantly, avoid non-University-sanctioned gatherings of groups larger than 10 people. 

We have received a number of questions from parents about ongoing testing throughout the semester. As this is an evolving situation, we want to remind you that we may need to make additional adjustments as we monitor COVID-19 infection on our campus and in the local community or at the direction of public health authorities. 

Student cooperation with this testing program is extremely important in helping us continue in-person classes during the fall semester. Identifying those who are infected with the virus, but who may not know it, is essential as we seek to minimize the spread of the virus. 

Sincerely,
Mary Buchwalder, M.D. 
Student Health Center Medical Director