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Testing and Quarantine

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Testing on Campus

Salve Regina has renewed its contract with the Broad Institute to provide asymptomatic and symptomatic PCR testing on campus during the 2021-2022 academic year. Test results are typically available in 24-48 hours.

Asymptomatic testing: As required by the Rhode Island Department of Health, all members of the Salve Regina community who are not vaccinated will participate in regular surveillance testing. The rate of testing will vary and will be tied to community transmission rates. Individuals who are fully vaccinated may also be required to participate in surveillance testing should rates of community transmission increase.

Symptomatic testing: Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to utilize on-campus testing so that the University can provide resources and track data. During business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), students should call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 for evaluation and testing. During evenings and weekends, students should call Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 for evaluation and possible transportation to an off-campus testing site.

On-demand testing: Salve Regina does not offer on-demand testing at this time. To find local testing sites and schedule an appointment, visit covid.ri.gov/testing. Members of the Salve Regina community who are confirmed positive outside of the University’s testing program should provide notification to coronavirus@salve.edu so that contact identification can be implemented immediately.

Quarantine and Isolation

In accordance with state and federal guidelines, individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days do not have to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a positive case. Fully vaccinated undergraduate students who are identified as a close contact will be tested as soon as possible and again on day five, and will be asked to quarantine if they become symptomatic.

Unvaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts of a positive case will be required to quarantine for seven days. Unvaccinated undergraduate students who are identified as a close contact will be tested as soon as possible and again on day five.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to isolate for 10 days regardless of their vaccination status.

Undergraduate students who need to quarantine or isolate are strongly encouraged to return home to their permanent residence. However, the University does provide quarantine and isolation housing for students who cannot return to their permanent residence or who wish to remain on campus. Observation housing is also available for symptomatic students who are awaiting test results.

Undergraduate students who are placed in quarantine or isolation housing have food delivered on a regular basis, are provided with basic supportive medicines and have their health monitored via telemedicine. Students are also responsible for contacting each of their course instructors individually to develop a plan for their coursework during the quarantine or isolation period.