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Sept. 15 - To the Salve Regina community: Update on testing

Dear Salve Regina community,

The University concluded its initial asymptomatic testing of the campus population on Friday, Sept. 11. During this period, nearly 2,500 students, faculty and staff were tested, with just one confirmed positive case.

Salve Regina will conduct additional asymptomatic testing throughout the fall semester, and will also offer symptomatic testing for undergraduate students.

Asymptomatic Testing

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is part of a layered approach to protecting the health and safety of our campus community. 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.

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.

Non-Essential Travel

The University is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel at this time. If you need to travel outside of the state, you should check the latest guidelines both in Rhode Island and in the state to which you plan to travel in case travel restrictions are in place. Travel advisories fluctuate on a daily basis. Quarantine rules will apply upon return if applicable.

Flu Vaccine

Salve Regina strongly encourages all members of the University community to receive the flu vaccine when it becomes available. The University will offer several flu vaccine clinics on campus this fall. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 on the Gerety Hall south porch. No appointment is needed and there is no charge for individuals with insurance (please bring your insurance card with you).

New information will continue to be added to the Back to Salve website as it becomes available. As always, general comments, questions or concerns may be submitted to coronavirus@salve.edu or (401) 341-2329.