Monitoring & Testing
Self-quarantine and Mandatory Testing for Students Prior to their Return
All undergraduate and graduate students who planned to be on Grounds this fall were required to take a COVID-19 test and present their results to the University. UVA contracted with a third-party vendor to provide testing for students at their homes, at no charge to the students. Students were strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to their return to Grounds.
Daily Health Check
All students, faculty, and staff planning to be on Grounds or working in a UVA Health facility are required to complete a daily check on symptoms related to COVID-19 through the HOOS Health Check app (available in Apple and Google Play stores) or website. HOOS Health Check is designed to make individuals aware of their symptoms, to encourage personal responsibility, and, if the individual exhibits symptoms, to provide resources and next steps. For more information, please see FAQs on HOOS Health Check.
Ongoing Monitoring and Testing
Monitoring and testing for COVID-19 will occur throughout the fall semester to help maintain the safety of the UVA community and the surrounding Charlottesville area. Plans are subject to change as public health conditions evolve.
- Symptomatic Testing. Anyone with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 is asked to stay home, quarantine, and seek medical advice. Students should contact Student Health at 434-924-5362 to be evaluated. Employees should contact Employee Health at 434-924-2013 to be evaluated.
- Asymptomatic Testing. Students who are not exhibiting symptoms but believe they have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19 should call Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362. In addition, students may be contacted by the Virginia Department of Health if they have been identified as being a close contact of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 and may be asked to be tested, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms. Faculty, Academic Division staff, Medical Center and University Physicians Group team members, and contracted workers who are not exhibiting symptoms but would like to be voluntarily tested will have the option to do so. A limited number of testing slots will be allocated based on available lab capacity and resources. See UVA Today and the FAQs below for more information.
- Outbreak Testing. If there is an outbreak of cases in a particular area of Grounds or in particular groups of people, we may ask those who are associated with those areas or groups to be tested.
- Ongoing Grounds Testing and Screening: The University has instituted a mandatory testing and screening program for all students who are living/ learning on Grounds and in the Charlottesville/ Albemarle area this fall. There are three parts to this program:
- Each day, a group of students will be notified via email that they have been selected for mandatory testing at the Student Activities Building near Scott Stadium. This test involves a nasal swab and results will be available in 24 to 48 hours.
- The University also is instituting a mandatory large-scale screening program of asymptomatic students using saliva samples. There will be multiple screening locations across Grounds. More details will be shared when the program launches later in September.
- In addition, UVA will analyze residence hall wastewater, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. If the wastewater from a residence hall indicates the presence of new COVID-19 infections, UVA will conduct individual virus testing of all the occupants of that residence hall.
Any students with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who believe that they have been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive should contact Student Health at 434-924-5362 for assessment.
Students will not be subject to disciplinary action for a positive test result or for any information disclosed as part of contact tracing. The goal of these testing efforts is to identify and contain the virus.
- Community Testing. The UVA Health System, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, has been providing ad hoc on-site testing in the community as the need arises. Sites are identified by community members and are also selected based on emerging patterns of COVID-19 positive cases. UVA students should not go to community testing sites.
Case Management and Containment
- Contact Tracing. If a member of the UVA community (students, faculty, or staff) is identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with an infected individual, they will be referred for testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or their health care provider. UVA will be partner with VDH to help facilitate the referrals and the testing. It is important that everyone in the UVA community engages with UVA and VDH teams during case investigation and contact tracing so that we can have the maximum opportunity to limit the further spread of the virus.
- Isolation and Quarantine.
- Students. Isolation is the separation from others of an individual who has a confirmed infection of COVID-19. Quarantine is the separation from others of an individual who is awaiting their COVID-19 test result and/or has been in close contact of someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Being in quarantine or isolation means not sharing a bedroom and/or bathroom with others, if possible. There is no such thing as quarantining with others. Students living off-Grounds will be expected to quarantine or isolate from ALL their housemate(s) at their off-Grounds housing. Students who can safely travel home to isolate or quarantine will be encouraged to do so. Students residing in University housing will be provided isolation or quarantine housing by the University, and will also have the option to return home if they choose to do so. The local health department will recommend the duration period for isolation and quarantine.
- Employees. Employees will need to isolate if they test positive for the virus, and to quarantine if they have been exposed. The health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined. Employees will need to be cleared by Employee Health prior to their return to work to ensure that they have met their isolation requirements.
- Current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health on isolation and quarantine.
- For Student Health and Wellness resources on quarantine and isolation, visit their COVID-19 webpage.
FAQs for Students
FAQs for Students
If your roommate, housemate(s), or someone else you’ve been in close contact with tests positive for COVID-19, you should begin to quarantine from others. Follow this guide for more information about quarantine and next steps for you to follow.
Suggested items to include in your Go Bag can be found in this preparation guide.
Since the University does not have the capacity to provide quarantine or isolation housing for students living off Grounds, you and your house-mate(s) should view yourselves as a family unit. Please take some time to discuss COVID-19 expectations—wearing a mask or facial covering whenever you are in public, physical distancing six or more feet when you are with people outside of your family unit, and carrying hand sanitizer with you whenever you don’t have access to soap and water. Please also plan for how you would approach the need to quarantine or isolate. In some cases, the best solution may be to move back to your permanent home if safe to do so, especially if you need care. You might also make prior arrangements to stay elsewhere with a friend should a housemate be diagnosed with COVID-19 and you have been told that you don't need to quarantine.
If returning to your permanent home or staying with a friend are not options, you should follow Virginia Department of Health guidance for living in close quarters. Remember that classes are offered remotely, so you have flexibility on where you live and learn.
The Dean on Call will provide details about where you will go for isolation or quarantine and how to access the space. Students already living on Grounds will be assigned to an isolation or quarantine space either in dorms, apartments, or in local hotels. A student may choose to go home if safe to do so and they do not wish to isolate or quarantine in University managed spaces. Please remember that you are not permitted to return to Grounds until cleared by Student Health and Wellness (for isolation) or the Virginia Department of Health (for quarantine). See Isolation & Quarantine Procedures and Resources for Students in University-Managed Housing for more details.
Students living off-Grounds may choose to return home if safe to do so or should plan to isolate or quarantine in their living accommodations off-Grounds if the space is suitable. For information regarding discounted hotel rates for isolation or quarantine, please contact the Dean on Call. The University will do all it can to support you in these circumstances and provide the resources you need to continue to study, access medical care, and remain connected to others for personal assistance. Unfortunately, except in the most extreme circumstances, the University is unable to provide housing support for students living off Grounds. See Isolation & Quarantine Procedures and Resources for Students Off Grounds for more details.