Public Health Measures
Public Health and Testing Procedures When Leaving or Returning to the Charlottesville/Albemarle Area
In accordance with policy SEC-046, the University discourages all non-essential personal travel by students, faculty, and staff.
Leaving the Area to Return Home
Students who are currently in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area but thinking of returning to their home communities prior to the end of the semester are urged to reconsider this plan. Leaving the area is not advised, given the potential of spreading the virus to family members and others.
Students who are already home or ultimately decide to go home should follow these steps:
- Review the Be Prepared infographic from Student Health and Wellness. This resource provides more insight into the quarantine process as well as important points to consider when thinking of returning home.
- If you have not left yet and you plan to return to the area at a different point in the semester, pick up a Let’sGetChecked test kit from an on-Grounds location. Please note:
- You must reserve the kit through email and pick it up during business hours (M-F, 9am-4pm), allowing at least 24 hours from the time you make your request.
- Email your request to email@example.com, including your full name, computing ID, and your preferred day and time for pickup.
- You will receive a confirmation email with pickup location when your kit is ready.
- This option should be used only when students are asymptomatic. If you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please contact Student Health and Wellness at 434-924-5362 for guidance.
- More details about using LGC kits are available at the bottom of the webpage on Pre-Arrival Testing. Remember to activate your kit with your virginia.edu email address.
- Quarantine for 10 days once arriving home. The Be Prepared infographic provides more details.
- Update your mailing address in SIS so it reflects your physical location. This will ensure you will not face consequences for missing your weekly prevalence testing appointment.
Returning to Charlottesville/Albemarle
Students who decide to return to the Charlottesville/Albemarle area should do the following:
- If you did not pick up a Let’sGetChecked test kit before leaving, order a kit or get tested through a local provider. LGC order details can be found at the bottom of the webpage on Pre-Arrival Testing.
- Ensure your test results from local providers are uploaded to the Healthy Hoos portal. (LGC results will be sent to UVA automatically; you do not need to upload them).
- Isolate at home if you receive a positive test result.
- If you receive a positive test result, wait to be cleared by your local health department before returning to Charlottesville or Albemarle County.
If your test is negative, then you may return to the area, but you must:
- Update your mailing address in SIS so that it reflects your return.
- Take a prevalence (saliva) test within 24-48 hours of returning, using Time2Test to schedule an appointment or by going to walk-in hours on Sunday afternoons. Learn more at besafe.virginia.edu.
Stay away from others as much as possible until you get your results.
Ongoing Public Health and Safety Measures for all UVA Community members
Public Health Measures
In a comprehensive effort to mitigate the risk of virus exposure and transmission throughout the academic year, the University implemented enhanced cleaning protocols based on CDC and industry guidance; adapted services and facilities to abide by state regulations; installed signs and physical barriers to promote physical distancing, along with thousands of hand sanitizer stations across Grounds; and provided PPE (two cloth face coverings) for each employee and student. The University also imposed health and safety requirements on every student, faculty, and staff member who will be on Grounds. All members of the University community must comply with policies and procedures designed to keep members of the UVA and broader community safe. All those returning to Grounds, including all students and employees, were required to complete a training module that provides key information about what is necessary to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. At the conclusion of this training, all students and employees were required to acknowledge the risks presented by the virus and agree to abide by these important safety protocols. A summary of these public health measures is provided here:
- Daily Health Check. All students, faculty, and staff planning to be on Grounds or working in a UVA Health facility are required to complete a daily check on symptoms related to COVID-19 through the HOOS Health Check app (available in Apple and Google Play stores)or website. HOOS Health Check is designed to make individuals aware of their symptoms, to encourage personal responsibility, and, if the individual exhibits symptoms, to provide resources and next steps. For more information, please see FAQs on HOOS Health Check.
- Guidance for community members who have contracted COVID-19. All UVA community members who are in the Charlottesville region this semester will be required to follow University health and safety policies around masks, physical distancing, testing, gatherings, and other key behaviors, including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been vaccinated. There are many reasons for this approach, including:
- The science around whether previous COVID-19 patients can contract the virus and spread it to others again is inconclusive.
- People who contract COVID-19 may shed the virus for a period of time that extends past the alleviation of symptoms or a positive test.
- Fellow UVA community members have no way of knowing which people previously tested positive and which are putting themselves and others at risk by ignoring health and safety standards. Universal adherence will avoid anxiety and potential conflict.
- Most importantly, following these standards is part of the commitment people who are on Grounds make to the University and to each other.
- Travel. Restrictions on all University international and non-essential domestic travel will remain in place for the foreseeable future, regardless of funding source. For details, including information about seeking approval for exceptions, please review University Policy SEC-046: Health & Safety Requirement – Travel Restrictions on International and Domestic Travel for Business & Instructional Purposes. Due to the health and safety risks associated with travel during a pandemic, the University anticipates a limited number of approvals and only in exceptional circumstances.
Effective enforcement relies on a commitment by students, faculty, and staff to remind one another of appropriate policies and guidelines, and to hold one another accountable. If you see something, you should respectfully say something. Remind them of the appropriate public health guideline and ask if you can help them. For example, you might offer to assist them in locating a mask or accessing a resource. Respectfully engaging with others to promote compliance is the best way to ensure the University maintains a healthy and safe environment for all. UVA HR has also developed guidance for managers and employees on how to promote mask wearing and proper behavior on and around Grounds.
The University has defined non-compliance of University adopted public health policies and guidelines into two categories: minor and infrequent, and significant or repetitive. Minor and infrequent non-compliance is defined as unintentional or accidental violations of the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines that occur infrequently, without the intent to harm or disrupt, and result in prompt action by the offending party to enter into compliance. Minor and infrequent non-compliance should be addressed at the lowest level possible through community ownership and active bystander engagement. Significant non-compliance is defined as intentional or reckless violations of the University’s adopted public health policies or guidelines. Such violations include engaging in conduct which intentionally or recklessly threatens the health and safety of the University community. Repetitive non-compliance refers to repeated violations of University adopted public health policies or guidelines despite informal feedback and/or bystander engagement. The University has provided a reporting platform for significant or repetitive violations. This platform can be found on the Just Report It and UVA Emergency Management websites.
In addition to the reporting platforms available to members of the UVA community, the University has developed a reporting form, specifically for persons in the surrounding community, to share concerns or to report behavior that may be contrary to our policies and the expectations of our students and employees regarding COVID-19 compliance. For more information, please visit the Community Concerns Reporting Portal.