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Sept. 23 - To the Salve Regina community: Testing dashboard and related updates

Dear Salve Regina community,

The University recently implemented a new coronavirus testing dashboard, which is designed to inform our community of the pandemic’s impact on campus. The dashboard is updated as new testing results become available, typically by the end of each workday.

The dashboard reflects tests conducted by Salve Regina in partnership with the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If a student or employee fails to disclose that they have tested positive outside of our testing program, we will have no way of knowing and communicating that information. As a result, the dashboard reflects only those cases confirmed through our testing program.

Confidentiality laws prohibit Salve Regina from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals. Students who test positive will be isolated, and those believed to be at risk for exposure will be asked to self-quarantine. Faculty and staff who test positive will also be asked to isolate and those believed to be at risk for exposure will be asked to self-quarantine. Any impacted individual must receive clearance from the University to return to campus.

Testing

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.

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.

Undergraduate students who are symptomatic should schedule a test by calling Health Services at (401) 341-2904 during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) or the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 outside of business hours and on weekends. Graduate students and employees who are symptomatic and want to be tested should contact their primary health care provider or a local clinic.

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.

Travel

The University is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel at this time. Travel heightens your risk of exposure and, by extension, the spread of disease on campus. Remember that Rhode Island’s travel advisory includes any state with a significant rate of transmission (positive test rates over 5 percent). If you travel to an impacted state, quarantine rules will apply upon return.

In addition, Rhode Island is currently included in the travel advisories for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Students who travel to any of those states must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Connecticut and Massachusetts will also accept a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival or at any time following arrival.

Quarantine

If you have been asked to quarantine by an outside agency such as the Rhode Island Department of Health due to a confirmed close contact, please alert the Dean of Students Office via email to deanofstudents@salve.edu. If you are a resident student, you should also alert your RA or area coordinator as soon as possible.

Masks

All members of the Salve Regina community are expected to follow state and University guidelines on masks and face coverings. You are required to wear a mask while in campus buildings, common areas and public outdoor campus spaces, and should wear a mask when off campus as well. Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth and chin without any gaps.

Masks with two or more layers of a washable, breathable fabric are recommended by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Remember that the use of gaiters or face shields is not recommended. If you choose to wear a disposable mask, please be sure to dispose of it properly. We have observed a recent uptick in littering around campus.

Flu Vaccine

All members of the University community are strongly encouraged to receive the flu vaccine this fall. Our first flu vaccine clinic 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.