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COVID-19 Testing

To keep our community as safe as possible, UConn has adopted a straightforward approach to testing: If a student or employee is coming to our campuses because they have to be there, they should be tested. This includes faculty, staff, and commuter students on every campus, both graduate and undergraduate. The University will utilize a variety of strategies to accomplish this.

Information for Students

Student Health and Wellness (SHaW)-Medical Care has been closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collaborating with local and state departments of public health to ensure the safety of our community as UConn reopens. We have developed a multifaceted approach to monitoring the health of our students. UConn will enforce Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7111.'

For up-to-date information on COVID testing during inclement weather, visit the SHaW website.

Storrs Residential Students

Pre-Arrival Testing

The University will provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for all residential students. It is required unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 since 11/1/2020.

  • You will receive an email from Vault Health with a link to order your personal test kit.
  • Order your test kit the day you receive your email from Vault Health. You will need the kit to schedule your Zoom supervised sample collection with Vault Health.
  • Do not schedule your sample collection until you receive exact dates from Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) timed to your return to campus.
  • We will inform you by email when you may begin scheduling your sample collection.
  • Drop off the completed kit at your nearest UPS store or drop box the day you collect your sample. The results will be sent directly to SHaW.
  • Positive Tests: Students who test positive will remain at home to self-isolate until medically cleared to arrive on campus.
  • Negative Tests: Students who test negative will be allowed to arrive on campus for move in.
  • Unable to Test: Students arriving from outside the U.S. may not be able to access testing through Vault Health. These students are encouraged to obtain a test prior to traveling to campus and will be tested upon arrival.

Arrival Testing
All residential students will be tested upon arrival as part of the Res Life check-in process. Residential students with a positive COVID-19 test result on or after November 1, 2020 will not need to participate in pre-arrival or arrival testing in alignment with Public Health recommendations.

Diagnostic Surveillance Testing
Surveillance testing will again take place at the north side of the Field House and will be by appointment only. Testing appointments can be scheduled through the SHaW Patient Portal. COVID-19 surveillance testing will not be available on a walk-up basis.

  • Residential students and off-campus students with an on-campus commitment will have access to five self-requested surveillance tests in addition to any testing requested by SHaW - Medical Care.
  • Off-campus students with no on-campus commitments will have access to three self-requested surveillance tests in addition to any testing requested by SHaW - Medical Care.

Pooled Testing

  • Saliva-based pooled testing of all residential students will begin the week of January 24, 2021.
  • Residential students are expected to submit one saliva sample per week for pooled testing. Instructions for submitting samples will be provided when you arrive on campus.
  • Saliva-based pooled testing is available to all off-campus students. Instructions and supplies for submitting saliva samples for pooled testing will be provided upon request.
  • Any student in a COVID-19 positive pool will be directed to individual, diagnostic, rapid PCR testing by SHaW - Medical Care within 24 hours of the positive result.

Stamford Residential Students

Pre-Arrival Testing
The University will provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for all residential students. It is required unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 since 11/1/2020.

  • You will receive an email from Vault Health with a link to order your personal test kit.
  • Order your test kit the day you receive your email from Vault Health. You will need the kit to schedule your Zoom supervised sample collection with Vault Health.
  • Do not schedule your sample collection until you receive exact dates from Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) timed to your return to campus.
  • We will inform you by email when you may begin scheduling your sample collection.
  • Drop off the completed kit at your nearest UPS store or drop box the day you collect your sample. The results will be sent directly to SHaW.
  • Positive Tests: Students who test positive will remain at home to self-isolate until medically cleared to arrive on campus.
  • Negative Tests: Students who test negative will be allowed to arrive on campus for move in.
  • Unable to Test: Students arriving from outside the U.S. may not be able to access testing through Vault Health. These students are encouraged to obtain a test prior to traveling to campus and will be tested upon arrival.

    Arrival Testing
    All Stamford residential students will be tested upon arrival as part of the Res Life Check-In process before participating in a residential quarantine.

    Diagnostic Surveillance Testing
    A subset of Stamford residential students will be selected for weekly diagnostic testing.

    • These students will receive notifications when they need to obtain a COVID-19 test.
    • Instructions for how and where to obtain that test will be sent to selected students each week.

        Symptomatic Testing

        • Any student who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical evaluation and testing before engaging with the campus community.
        • Storrs students experiencing symptoms, regardless of whether they live on or off campus, should contact the SHaW Advice Nurse at 860-486-4700. The Advice Nurse is available to Storrs students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
        • Use the CDC Self-Checker to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care based on your symptoms.
        • Find local testing options at the 2-1-1 website.

        Self-Isolation and Contact Tracing

        • SHaW will call you directly if you test positive for COVID-19. If a student is diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19, it will be recommended that they self-isolate at home.
        • Storrs campus residential students who cannot self-isolate at home will be placed in self-isolation in one of the dedicated, reserved isolation spaces on campus. UConn Dining Services will deliver food to these students.
        • Individuals in self-isolation must not have face-to-face interaction with others until they recover. SHaW will provide daily telemedicine visits for Storrs-based students in isolation.
        • SHaW will call you directly if you have been identified as a “close contact” to someone who tests positive. Close contacts are defined as household members or anyone who was closer than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes.
        • Close contacts will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following the last point of contact with the diagnosed individual. Students in self-quarantine will be supported by SHaW-Medical Care or their local health departments.
        • Any Storrs student who needs to transition to an online format due to being directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine should email the Dean of Students Office to request instructor notification.
        • Any Regional campus student who needs to transition to an online format due to being directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine should email the Student Services staff at their home campus to request instructor notification.

        For more detailed information and additional questions, read the FAQs on the SHaW website or the Quarantine and Self-Isolation page. SHaW also has created a resource page for Managing Mental Health during the pandemic.

        Vaccinations

        The state of Connecticut is preparing a vaccine distribution strategy for when vaccines are approved and available. Find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines at the CDC website and learn more about the Connecticut Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group.

        Information for Faculty & Staff

        Faculty & Staff

        Storrs: On-Campus Testing

        Through the Spring 2021 semester, COVID-19 potential exposure and surveillance testing will continue at Hawley Armory on the Storrs campus for employees. We strongly encourage an increase in testing for asymptomatic on-campus employees during the winter break, and we encourage employees to contact their managers, who should inform HR of the request for testing. Employees who are not working on campus over winter break should not return to campus for testing.

        Spring 2021 Hawley Armory Testing Schedule

        Mondays: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

        Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

        Fridays: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

        Faculty and staff eligible for testing and approved to return to campus and who are returning from out of the state for the start of the spring semester should incorporate the potential for a 14-day quarantine period into their travel plans. Please refer to the HR website for further details and a required domestic travel registry. While UConn encourages and expects those who are eligible for testing to be tested, testing is only one aspect of a successful effort to prevent the spread of the virus. The other, which is just as critical, requires every one of us to follow the guidelines mandated by the University for every individual who will be working and/or living on our campuses. This includes wearing a mask at all times, maintaining a distance from all others of at least six feet (other than those students living as a unit), frequent hand-washing or sanitizing, following signage posted in buildings and elsewhere, and not taking any unnecessary and easily avoidable risks. Following these precautions will help keep everyone on our campuses healthy. For more information on returning to campus and faculty and staff testing FAQs, visit UConn HR's Employee Covid Testing page.