Jan. 26 - To students and families: Testing and screening updates

Dear students and families,

Salve Regina is continuing its partnership with the Broad Institute and will offer both asymptomatic and symptomatic testing on campus throughout the spring semester. Results are typically available in 24-48 hours.

As a reminder, all students are strongly encouraged to utilize the University’s testing program so that we can provide resources and track data. If you are confirmed positive outside of our testing program, please provide notification to coronavirus@salve.edu so that contact identification can be implemented immediately.

Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing

Salve Regina is administering up to 1,100 tests each week through our asymptomatic surveillance testing program. Undergraduate students will be tested at least once every two weeks. Testing is conducted on a random sample of the campus population based on the results of our daily Salve-Health screenings.

Participation in surveillance testing is mandatory as required by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Students who do not comply with testing requirements will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for formal conduct action.

Testing is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday in Gerety Hall, Room 103. When you are selected for testing, you will receive an email from the COVID-19 Central Oversight Unit with the date you must report to the testing site. Please make every effort to report for testing on your scheduled date.

Symptomatic Testing

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.

Symptomatic evaluation and testing are held at the respiratory clinic located at 51 Shepard Ave. Students who need immediate attention may be transported to Newport Hospital.

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

On-Demand Testing

While Salve Regina is not offering on-demand testing at this time, both PCR and rapid testing are now widely available in Rhode Island. Current testing sites in Newport include:

  • Stop & Shop, 199 Connell Highway – PCR testing, available Monday through Saturday by appointment only
  • Brown & Howard Wharf (off lower Thames Street) – Rapid testing, available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, no appointment necessary
  • Edward King House, 35 King St. – Rapid testing, available from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, no appointment necessary
  • Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. – Rapid testing, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, no appointment necessary

To schedule an appointment or locate additional testing sites, visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website.

Daily Health Screening

All students who are attending in-person classes must complete the Salve-Health screening survey daily. If you are planning to be on campus, you must complete the survey before leaving your residence. Even if you are not coming to campus, we need to know who will be on campus and when for potential tracking purposes. Activities are still scheduled on weekends, so the survey must be completed on Saturday and Sunday as well.

Participation in the daily health screening is mandatory as required by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Students who do not complete the daily screenings will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for formal conduct action.

Look Out for One Another

Each of us plays an important role in having a successful spring semester. Let’s look out for one another and for the greater community. Please be respectful to others who may remind you about state and University guidelines for containing the pandemic. If someone is standing too close, take a step back. If you see someone not wearing their mask or not wearing it correctly, respectfully remind them. We’re all counting on each other.