Jan. 27 - To the Salve Regina community: COVID-19 testing and close contact guidance

Dear Salve Regina community,

We hope that these first weeks of the spring semester are going smoothly and that you are settling into a routine. As always, we are continuing to manage the presence of COVID-19 on our campus in a way that best suits our University mission and core values as they relate to academics, and the overall wellness of our students and other members of our community.

Masks are Critical

Masks continue to be required in all indoor public spaces on campus regardless of vaccination status or immunity. We strongly encourage students and employees to wear high-quality masks such as an N95, KN95, KF94 or surgical mask whenever possible. Surgical masks are better than cloth, but double masking also helps.

Make sure your mask:

  • Completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Fits snugly against the side of your face and doesn't have gaps.
  • Has a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out the top.

It's critical that we all wear masks properly. Given the increased contagiousness of the omicron variant, masks help to keep our community healthy and safe. Please be respectful to others who may remind you about our guidelines. We’re all counting on each other.

Testing Positive Through At-Home or External Testing

If you are confirmed positive outside of our testing program, you must notify the University so that contact identification can be implemented immediately.

At-home tests: During business hours (8:30-4:30 M-F), email a photo of the positive test with your name and test date clearly visible to healthservices@salve.edu. Evenings and weekends, call Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325. You are also encouraged to get a laboratory-verified result for your own records, which may be needed for travel, work and internships.

External testing (state-run sites): During business hours (8:30-4:30 M-F), call Health Services at (401) 341-2904 Ext. 3. Evenings and weekends, call Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325.

Employees who test positive through either method should call Human Resources at (401) 341-2137.

Close Contacts and Quarantine

Close contact is still defined as being within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within two days prior to illness onset or date of positive test, regardless of wearing a mask. If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case at Salve Regina, we will always notify you. Notification typically happens within 24-48 hours of that case being identified.

Please keep a daily log of your activities to aid in contact tracing should the need arise. Personal information is not shared with close contacts during the identification process.

  • If you are vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact. Wear a mask around others for 10 days and get tested on day 4. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested as soon as possible.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you must quarantine for 5 days and get tested on day 4. After 5 days, wear a mask around others and get your meals to-go for 5 additional days. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested as soon as possible.
  • If you had COVID-19 within the last 90 days (confirmed with a PCR or rapid test), you do not need to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.

Booster Clinics

Booster and flu vaccine clinics for all students and employees will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Miley Hall executive dining room. Both Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available. Please bring your Salve Regina ID, insurance card and vaccine card. No appointment is needed.

Once you are boosted, upload your booster record using the student health portal (undergraduate and graduate students) or the employee submission form (faculty and staff). As a reminder, Salve Regina is requiring a booster for all vaccinated students and employees by March 1.

I already had COVID-19. Do I still need a booster?
You are required to receive the booster even if you already tested positive for COVID-19. While having COVID-19 offers some natural immunity, the level of protection may vary depending on how mild or severe your illness was and the time since your infection.

I recently tested positive for COVID-19. When can I get a booster?
You are eligible to receive a booster 10 days after you became symptomatic and/or tested positive for COVID-19.

I won’t be eligible for a booster by March 1. What should I do?
You are eligible for a booster if you completed the Pfizer or Moderna primary series more than five months ago or received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine more than two months ago. Students who won’t be eligible for a booster by March 1 should contact Health Services at (401) 341-2904 or healthservices@salve.edu. Employees should contact Human Resources at (401) 341-2137 or humanresources@salve.edu.

On-Demand Testing

As a reminder, Salve Regina does not offer on-demand asymptomatic testing at this time.

Local testing sites include:

  • Edward King House, 35 King St., Newport, 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, rapid testing only, walk-ins only.
  • Newport Wharf, 22 Brown and Howard Wharf, Newport, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, rapid testing only, appointment required.
  • Riverhead Plaza (former Benny’s), 1400 West Main Road, Middletown, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, appointment recommended.
  • East Bay Health Care, 6 John H. Chafee Blvd., Newport, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, appointment required.

To find additional testing sites and schedule an appointment, visit covid.ri.gov/testing.

We wish you a safe, healthy and successful semester. As always, you are encouraged to send general comments, questions or concerns to coronavirus@salve.edu.