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Testing on Campus

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

Asymptomatic Testing

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is part of a layered approach to protecting the health and safety of our campus community. Throughout the fall semester, Salve Regina will administer up to 400 tests each week through our asymptomatic surveillance testing program. Testing will be conducted on a random sample of the campus population based on the results of our daily Salve-Health screenings.

Testing will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on the south porch of the Rodgers Recreation Center. If you are selected to participate in the testing program, you will receive an email from the COVID-19 Central Oversight Unit that will include the date and time for you to report to the testing site. Please note that participation is mandatory.

Salve Regina is not offering testing as an on-demand service at this time. If you would like to be tested for your own purposes, you will need to schedule one at a local testing site. To learn more and find testing sites, visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website.

Symptomatic Testing

While COVID-19 affects people in different ways, symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms should make an appointment for evaluation and testing as soon as possible. During business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), call Health Services at (401) 341-2904. Outside of business hours and on weekends, call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325.

All symptomatic evaluations and testing will take place at the respiratory clinic located at 51 Shepard Ave. Students who need immediate attention may be transported to Newport Hospital.

Graduate students and employees who are symptomatic and want to be tested should contact their primary health care provider or a local clinic.

Test Results

You will be notified of negative test results via email from CareEvolve. You will receive two emails from CareEvolve – the first to establish your account and the second to log in for your test results. When prompted, enter the address as 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840 to access your results.

Individuals testing positive will be notified by Health Services staff.

What type of coronavirus test does Salve Regina administer?

The University is administering PCR tests, which are considered to be the most accurate and reliable method. The test is 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.

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. You will receive two emails from CareEvolve – the first to establish your account and the second to log in for your test results. When prompted, enter the address as 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840 to access your results.

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 their room assignment allows for isolation. Families will be asked to bring their students home to recuperate 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 Salve Regina community were notified when the University recorded its first positive case on campus. Additional positive cases will be noted through the dashboard on the Back to Salve website.

I would like to travel outside of Rhode Island. Can I be tested first?

Salve Regina is not offering testing as an on-demand service at this time. If you would like to be tested for your own purposes, you will need to schedule one at a local testing site. To learn more and find testing sites, visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website.

At this time, the University is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel. If you plan to travel outside the state, you should check on the status of 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.

Health Screening Survey

A daily symptom check is critical to maintaining the health and safety of the Salve Regina community. All students who are attending in-person classes, along with faculty and staff, are expected to complete the Salve-Health screening survey daily. Anyone who intends to be on campus should be sure to complete the survey before leaving their residence. Even if you are not coming to campus, the University needs to know who will be on campus and when for potential tracking purposes. Activities are still scheduled on weekends, so the survey needs to be completed on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Students who are fully remote for the fall semester do not need to complete the screening survey and may opt out of daily notifications.

The survey contains questions related to coronavirus symptoms and other risk factors. After submitting the survey, you will be advised about your eligibility to come to campus. Should you indicate that you have symptoms or other risk factors, you will receive a follow-up communication with next steps. Please respond to any follow-up communications within a two-hour window.

The Salve-Health screening survey is administered through Rave Guardian, which is the same system that transmits alerts during campus emergencies or severe weather and allows students to report issues on campus or have a virtual escort when traveling alone.

Students, faculty and staff receive survey notifications in three ways, and may choose the method that is best for them to complete the survey.

  • Rave Guardian app alert. To download the app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once you have installed the app, log in with your mobile phone number to receive the code to confirm via text message.
  • Text to your mobile phone number. To update or verify your mobile phone number, log in to the portal and click My Salve > User Options > User Profile. In the Phone Numbers section, you can add to or edit the current information.
  • Email to your Salve Regina address. If you want to receive the survey through email alerts on your smartphone but your email is not connected to your phone, visit Tech Tips and FAQ for instructions.

Survey notifications are sent at 4:30 a.m. daily. This is early, but the survey has to serve all members of the community, including those who work early shifts, to ensure that essential operations are up and running prior to the start of classes each day.

If you are planning to attend or teach in-person classes and participate in campus programming but are not receiving the daily screening survey, please email coronavirus@salve.edu for further instructions prior to traveling to campus or leaving your campus residence.

Do I have to complete the Salve-Health screening survey daily even if I am not coming to campus?

Yes. All students who are attending in-person classes, along with faculty and staff, are expected to complete the self-screening survey daily. Anyone who intends to be active on campus should complete the survey before leaving their residence. Even if you are not coming to campus, the University needs to know who will be on campus and when for potential tracking purposes. Activities are still scheduled on weekends, so the survey needs to be completed on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Students who are fully remote for the fall semester do not need to complete the screening survey and may opt out of daily notifications.

Why do I have to download the Rave Guardian app?

The Rave Guardian app is the system that delivers the Salve-Health survey tool.

Why are there three methods of notification?

As an emergency notification system, Rave Guardian is built to provide multiple methods of notification to be sure to reach individuals in a time of emergency. Salve Regina was fortunate to have this system in place at the University and be able to adapt it for Salve-Health functions, but at this time we cannot select one method of outreach over the other.

Why are these notifications sent at 4:30 a.m.?

Salve Regina is a 24-hour operation. The early time accommodates the need to serve all members of the campus community, including those who work early shifts. These individuals are working early shifts to ensure that essential operations are maintained for students, faculty and staff prior to classes beginning, food being prepared, or daily safety measures being employed. If desired, consult your phone’s help manual to customize alert preferences.

How long does it take to complete the survey?

The screening survey requires only one response. It is important that you read and understand the risk factors/symptoms of coronavirus before completing the questions, but it does not take more than a minute or two to complete.

What happens if I have a symptom or two, but I know that it is something like allergies as opposed to coronavirus?

If you have seasonal allergies or a similar chronic condition, then do not report them if you are fairly certain that’s what you are experiencing. In many instances, however, you may not know for sure. If this is the case, go ahead and indicate that you have symptoms and wait for the follow-up communication to complete next steps.

Can I go to class if I am experiencing symptoms and have not yet received a follow-up survey?

It may be a few hours before you receive a follow-up survey if you indicated that you have symptoms. With coronavirus it is always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you feel you will be late to class or need to miss class because you are waiting for further instructions after being honest about symptoms, it is best to notify your instructor and log in remotely until you are cleared to attend class.