Student Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Testing

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus? Is there a re-entry testing requirement?

 

 

Prior to arrival testing was required for unvaccinated students and for students living in Campus Housing. Read more in this campus message.

If you receive a positive result, do not return to campus for five days per CDC guidance and potentially put others at risk. After you have completed your isolation period, you are free to return to normal activities including moving back to campus and attending classes.

Please isolate in your current location and you will need to notify your instructors if you miss classes. Instructors should be as flexible as possible during these initial weeks of the semester as we anticipate some students will be delayed in their return.

If you cannot find a free community testing center, the University will reimburse testing costs for students required to get prior-to-arrival testing up to $65 with a receipt. Please save the receipt.

You can enter reimbursement information in ConnectCarolina using the Student Requirements Dashboard. Click on the COVID-19 Test Reimbursement tile. Reimbursement receipts are being accepted until March 25.

Reimbursements are only available if a COVID-19 test was required, i.e. for unvaccinated students and for students living in Carolina Housing. If you believe you are eligible for a reimbursement and are not seeing information in ConnectCarolina, please e-mail the COVID Student Care Hub at covidcareforstudents@unc.edu

What are the current isolation requirements? Where can students learn what happens if there is possible exposure to COVID-19?

 

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What are the current isolation requirements? Where can Students learn what happens if there is exposure to COVID-19?

Campus Health has complete information about COVID -19 on their FAQ, including answers about the latest CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine.

We anticipate we will have cases on campus and are relying on our community members to make good decisions in support of one another.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or believe you are a close contact of someone who is positive, you should follow quarantine and testing instructions from the CDC.

Residential students who test positive can isolate at home (strongly preferred) or in their residence hall room (only leaving for food pick-up and medical care). Detailed information can be found on the Carolina Housing website.

Others can help limit the spread by avoiding large gatherings and wearing a mask as much as possible, including inside your residence hall.

Testing for is available at the Carolina Together Testing Program by appointment only via Hallpass. Symptomatic testing is available Campus Health Services for students. Faculty and staff should continue to seek testing through their community health care provider.

If you have questions about any of these steps, contact Campus Health at campushealth.unc.edu or 919-966-2281

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or believe you are a close contact of someone who is positive, you should follow quarantine and testing instructions from the CDC.

Where can students and employees learn about the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 testing?

 

Carolina Together Testing Program

Since last fall, complete information about the Carolina Together Testing Program has been updated regularly on the Carolina Together website.

The CTTP webpage is frequently updated with information on testing locations and hours and updated testing requirements for students, faculty and staff.

Vaccine attestation is required for all students. Students whose attestation is not marked as completed in ConnectCarolina should complete it immediately. 

Testing at the Carolina Together Testing Program is by appointment only via HallPass.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines on the Carolina Together COVID-19 vaccine webpage. Vaccine attestation is required for all students. Students whose attestation is not marked as completed in ConnectCarolina should complete it immediately. To track the percentage of students and employees who are currently vaccinated, visit the Carolina Together Dashboard.

What can Faculty & Staff communicate about positive cases?

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What can Faculty & Staff communicate about positive cases?

School or Department Communications

If you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case or infection, there are limited circumstances where it will be appropriate to share that personal health information with others. Since last fall, Carolina has been clear how positive cases of COVID-19 are communicated and this information has been posted on the Carolina Together website:

Consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations, schools, departments and units should not communicate about COVID-19 positive cases broadly to their populations. Individuals who have been potentially exposed to the positive case will be notified through the University’s contact tracing procedures, making broad communications unnecessary.

In some circumstances this fall, it will be appropriate for communications to be sent about specific campus populations and in those cases, decisions will be made based upon approved guidelines and in careful consultation with Campus Health, EHS, OCHD and the affected schools, departments and units.

Communicating with Students

As with any health concern, communications with students or your colleagues about individual health information are personal and private. All of us are bound by the same state and federal laws from sharing this information widely.

Campus Health and Student Affairs encourage students who test positive for COVID-19 to reach out to their instructors to alert them of their absence or make accommodations to make up the work. Students may choose not to disclose if they have tested positive since this is confidential health information, but if they do, please keep that information private and be discrete.

In addition, students who test positive for COVID-19 will be approved for a University Approved Absence. For all other illnesses when students are experiencing symptoms and absences due to quarantine or isolation, remember that faculty have the flexibility to work with students, and we strongly encourage you to exercise this flexibility in all cases.