Dear Carolina Community,
Today we are sharing news about an exciting raffle program for attesting to your booster and additional information for on-campus and at-home testing.
In the past week, we have had a testing positivity rate of 12.56% at the CTTP and 34.5% at Campus Health over the last seven days. As a comparison, we were at 10.47% at the CTTP and 35.5% at Campus Health last week. These numbers are similar to those across our country and state, which have had a 31.6% positivity rate during the same time period. The cases that Campus Health sees continue to have mild to moderate symptoms, and the Carolina community continues to follow our COVID-19 Community Standards and CDC guidelines for isolation.
Boosters and Golden Ticket Raffle
The best tool against COVID-19 and the omicron variant is being up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination.
Last week we shared that all Carolina community members can now attest to receiving their booster on the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form. We are excited to announce that everyone who attests to getting their booster will automatically receive a Golden Ticket from the Carolina Together Ambassador Program and be entered into a raffle for exciting prizes, including 100 $25 gift cards to the UNC Student Stores, tickets for the men’s basketball game versus Syracuse, a Nike apparel package and more.
Get your booster and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Certification form prior to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 to be entered.
Also, we have received questions about how soon you can receive your booster if you tested positive for the omicron variant of COVID-19. According to CDC guidance, you can get your booster as soon as you are not infectious and have completed isolation, which is usually 5-10 days after an infection for a healthy person and up to 20 days for an immunocompromised person or hospitalized patient. In addition, immunocompromised patients are eligible for a fourth dose of the vaccine five months after their third dose.
The Carolina Together Testing Program location remains available for all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff by appointment only through HallPass. Symptomatic testing continues to be available at Campus Health for students. Faculty and staff should continue to seek symptomatic testing through their health care provider. All students should report positive results from off-campus testing or at-home tests to Campus Health. Employees should report positive test results to Occupational Health.
At-home tests are becoming widely available again. While they can be a valuable tool, it is important to follow the instructions provided in the test exactly to get a credible result. UNC Health has provided helpful tips on how to best choose and use an at-home test.
The federal government has made at-home tests available, so you can sign up for delivery to your household. In addition, the North Carolina State Health Plan will cover the cost of an at-home test kit if you show your State Health Plan ID card at the pharmacy and the cost of at-home tests purchased at other stores or online will be reimbursed for plan holders.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and others during this winter season, and thank you for your commitment to each other.
The Carolina Together Testing Program Team