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Aug. 18 - To the Salve Regina community: Testing procedures

Salve Regina has contracted with the Broad Institute to offer both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing on campus. The tests that the University will be using are PCR tests, which are considered to be the most accurate and reliable method.

All students, faculty and staff will be tested as they return to campus this fall, with results available within 24-48 hours. Resident students will be tested as part of the move-in process, and off-campus students will be tested prior to the start of classes.

You must have a valid Salve Regina University ID to be tested. First-year students will receive their ID at the testing site.

Tests will be administered at the Rodgers Recreation Center. During the testing process you will be asked to provide your date of birth, gender and zip code at check-in to later obtain your test result from CareEvolve. The zip code to use is 02840.

  • Early arrival students and resident students are being notified of their testing dates/times by Residence Life or the University office overseeing their arrival.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students living off campus will be tested Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9. Make an appointment for testing.
  • Students living at Newport Marriott will be tested at the hotel on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, during the move-in process. Additional information will be sent to Marriott resident students directly from Residence Life.
  • Salve Regina faculty and staff can schedule appointments for testing beginning the week of Aug. 24.

Salve Regina Students must sign the Pledge for the Protection of our Community by Aug. 24 in order to participate in the move-in/testing process. Students should also complete the testing consent form prior to testing if possible.

The University will also offer testing for symptomatic students throughout the academic year, along with asymptomatic testing and surveillance testing among the campus population.

Watch video: Johanna Mancivalano, director of conferences and events/logistics coordinator for coronavirus testing, provides an overview of the testing process.

FAQs

Should I be tested before I arrive on campus?
While Salve Regina is not requiring or collecting test results prior to arrival on campus, students who are traveling from great distances should consider getting tested in their home state in order to avoid unnecessary travel, expenses and inconvenience should they test positive and need to return home. All students will still be tested upon arrival to campus.

What type of coronavirus test will Salve Regina administer?
The test will be a self-administered nasal swab performed under the supervision of a trained staff member.

Are there any fees for testing?
No. The University will cover the cost of all asymptomatic and symptomatic testing administered throughout the semester.

When will off-campus students be tested?
Students living off campus will be tested Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9. Make an appointment for testing.

When will graduate students be tested?
Graduate students will be tested Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9. Make an appointment for testing.

How often will Salve Regina conduct surveillance testing?
Surveillance testing is part of a layered approach to protecting the health and safety of our campus community. It will be conducted Monday through Friday on a random sample of our population based on the results of a daily health screening.

How will test results be provided?
Individuals will be notified of negative results via email from CareEvolve. Individuals testing positive will be notified by Health Services staff.

What is the process for students who test positive?
Resident students who test positive will be moved to isolation housing unless room assignment allows for isolation. Families will be asked to come get their students who test positive for recuperation at home whenever possible.

If I test positive and need to isolate, can I attend classes remotely?
Yes. All undergraduate and graduate courses will be offered remotely to allow for students to attend virtually wherever necessary. Classroom spaces have been outfitted with technology to enable livestreaming and lecture capture to access in real time or on demand, allowing learning continuity for students who are in quarantine or isolation.

Will the University community be notified of positive cases?
All members of the University community will be notified when the University records its first positive case on campus. Thereafter, additional positive cases will be regularly noted through a dashboard on the Back to Salve website.

I would like to travel outside of Rhode Island. Can I be tested first?
Students will be tested by Salve Regina upon returning to campus and as part of our surveillance or symptomatic testing programs. Testing is not done on campus as an on-demand service.

At this time the University is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel once students arrive on campus. If you have plans to travel outside of the state, you should check on the status of COVID-19 cases in both Rhode Island and the location you plan to travel to in case travel advisories are in place. Travel advisories fluctuate on a daily basis. Quarantine rules will apply upon return if applicable.

TIP: Which Type of Mask is Best?

You may have seen recent news reports on tests of various mask styles. Salve Regina is not recommending any particular style however, it is strongly recommended that you review the information available to you to make the right choice to keep yourself and others adequately protected.

Research has shown that masks with plastic exhaust vents affixed within the mask with no additional layer of added cloth protection, along with gaiter masks without carbon filters or additional layers for protection are not effective at all in the fight against COVID-19. Fleece masks have also proven to be highly ineffective.

In general, three-layer masks are still recommended by the Rhode Island Department of Health, the CDC and WHO. Cotton has tested well as a material.

If you prefer the vent or gaiter style, please ensure you have the recommended layers of protection, which include 3-5 layers of filters (carbon insert, anti-sticking and filter cloths).

If still in doubt – try blowing a candle out. If you can successfully blow out a candle while wearing your mask – it is not effective in the fight against Covid-19.

Remember that it is a mask and proper social distancing that keeps individuals safe.