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Faculty and staff COVID-19 testing information and guidelines

Posted: Sept. 1, 2020

From: Human Resources

We understand that faculty and staff have many questions with regard to COVID-19 testing. Following is information on what faculty and staff should do if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and need a test.

If you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms:

If you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider, an urgent care clinic, or the Virginia Department of Health at 540-267-8240 for instructions. Please also notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.

If you have symptoms, you should self-quarantine until you have been tested and receive your results, which may take a few days.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19:

If you think you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) regardless of whether the person was wearing a mask or not, contact your primary care provider, an urgent clinic, or the Virginia Department of Health at 540-267-8240 for instructions. Please also notify your supervisor to discuss work options available to you.

Depending on your suspected exposure date, you will typically need to wait 5 days from that date to be tested per CDC guidelines. If you have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case, you should be tested and self-quarantine for 14 days.

High contact Virginia Tech employees:

Building on Virginia Tech’s testing strategy, the university is implementing surveillance testing starting this week. “Surveillance testing” means that certain population samples are tested frequently, which allows the university to make inferences about the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Part of the surveillance testing includes high contact employees. These are employees who, due to the nature of their job or academic responsibilities, are in close contact with or have a higher interaction with the public or each other. High contact employee groups have been identified based on the exposure risk levels outlined in the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Emergency Temporary Standard Sec. 16 VAC 25-220.

If you are in a high contact employee group, you will be notified directly by your supervisor or department/college HR team. Employees in high contact groups will then receive an invitation from your HR team/department head forwarded from the Clinic Administrator to schedule a test appointment. If you receive an invitation to sign up for a time, please complete it as soon as possible as the clinic needs 72 hours’ notice for test appointments.

Schiffert Health Clinic:

With the exception of employees who have been notified directly that they are a member of a high contact group, Schiffert Health Clinic is unable to offer testing to faculty and staff. The clinic does not have the capacity required to test all students, faculty, and staff.

We ask for our employees’ cooperation and appreciate your understanding to ensure Schiffert is able to serve our student population’s health needs, including COVID-19-related testing and treatment, and administer COVID-19 tests for employees in high contact groups.

Who to call for questions:

Employees may contact one of the following offices for additional questions about COVID-19: