UVA’s COVID-19 testing program is designed to help maintain the safety of the UVA community and the surrounding Charlottesville area. Plans are subject to change based on evolving public health conditions, available resources, etc. Students and employees are not subject to disciplinary action for a positive test result or for any information disclosed as part of contact tracing. The goal of these testing efforts is to quickly identify cases and contain the virus.
Overall Testing Strategy
Strategies are subject to change based on available resources.
- Pre-arrival testing for all students living on Grounds or in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area
- Mandatory prevalence weekly testing for all students living on Grounds or in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area
- Voluntary testing for faculty and staff who wish to test, even if they are asymptomatic
- Wastewater testing at residence halls
- Testing for all faculty, staff, and students with symptoms of COVID-19 and/or who are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- Cooperative contact tracing through the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), followed by appropriate isolation and quarantine
- Regular community testing events for Charlottesville/Albemarle community members
- Pre-arrival Testing – mandatory testing that occurs prior to a student’s arrival in Charlottesville/Albemarle or prior to the start of the semester if student is already in the area
- Prevalence Testing – testing to understand the number of COVID-19 cases in a population at one point in time
- Voluntary Testing – testing for those who wish to test, even if they are asymptomatic
- Symptomatic Testing – testing for individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficult breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea
- Close Contact Testing - testing for individuals identified through contact tracing as a “close contact” of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, meaning the individual was within six feet of an infected individual for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period and/or exposed to the respiratory secretions of an infected individual within the past 14 days
- Isolation & Quarantine – Isolation is the separation from others of an individual who has a confirmed infection of COVID-19. Quarantine is the separation from others of an individual who is awaiting their COVID-19 test result and/or has been in close contact of someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19
UVA Testing Chart
|Pre-arrival Testing||Asymptomatic (Mandatory Prevalence & Voluntary) Testing||Symptomatic Testing||Asymptomatic (Close Contact) Testing|
|Benefits eligible (Full-Time and Part-Time) academic faculty and staff|
(Includes SOM and SON)
Academic Division temporary workers & non-benefits eligible (Full-Time & Part-Time) wage employees; Post-doctoral fellows; ROTC personnel
|Visiting Professors & Scholars|
|University contractors & employees working outside the Central Virginia region|| |
Please refer to the UVA Testing Chart above for information on how to get a test.
Self-Reporting Positive Test Results
We encourage students and employees to use University-provided testing when possible. Employees who receive positive test results outside of UVA Health/ Employee Health are required to notify Employee Health (434-924-2013 or email@example.com) of their results. Students who are living on Grounds or in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area and receive positive test results outside of Student Health and Wellness (SHW), UVA Health clinics, Athletics, or UVA saliva testing, are required to upload documentation of their positive result and test date to the HealthyHoos Patient portal. Click “upload,” and select “COVID-19 Mandatory Test Results.”
Travel is not advised during the Spring 2021 semester. If you must leave the area, you should follow the Public Health Measures guidance, which includes testing, when planning your travel and your return.