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COVID-19 Testing for Faculty and Staff

Updated January 8, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Happy New Year and welcome back! The spring semester will begin in the next few weeks. As we return to campus, it is important to stay focused on COVID mitigation strategies, including COVID testing. 

All faculty and staff scheduled to work on campus must get a COVID test to begin the semester.  Faculty and staff who work remotely and do not come to campus for any reason are exempt from getting a COVID test. In addition to initial COVID testing, the University will continue with random weekly testing. Last semester, 300 tests were performed weekly, this semester a combination of approximately 500 students, faculty and staff will be tested weekly.  Weekly notifications will be sent to faculty and staff who are selected for random testing.

Initial testing for all University staff will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 in the Health Services Department. Testing will be conducted from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Testing for all faculty will be held on January 25 and January 26, 2021 between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Faculty may choose to participate in testing on January 15, if space is available. 

It is not necessary to make an appointment for a specific testing time, but you are required to indicate during which two hour period you will report to Health Services for your test using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WNECOVIDTESTING

This semester, testing will be done through the Broad Institute’s testing program. Utilizing this vendor will provide faculty, staff and students with the option of obtaining their test results. The Broad Institute will send an email to the patient when a test result available.  The patient must log in, and create an account to see the test result. Last semester, many community members expressed a desire to be notified of positive or negative test results.  The Broad Institute requires that every patient provides a phone number before a test is administered. Please go to Colleague self-service and enter a valid working telephone number in your profile. You may provide your home or cell phone number or both, but one of these fields must be completed. If a valid number is not available through Colleague, you will instead need to provide a valid number when reporting for testing.    

I know the spring semester will be as successful as the fall semester if we continue to be vigilant in practicing COVID mitigation strategies.  We all must continue to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, sanitize hands regularly and participate in the University’s testing program.

Please contact me with any questions.