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Pre-arrival Testing

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All students who are living on Grounds or in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area this spring (January-May 2021) will be required to take a LetsGetChecked (LGC) test, or another viral PCR COVID-19 test, and ensure the results are reported to the University prior to returning to Charlottesville or, if already in Charlottesville and not planning to change residential location during the spring semester, as soon as possible.

Please note: Only a LGC test or another viral PCR COVID-19 test fulfills the pre-arrival testing requirement. UVA saliva tests and/or COVID-19 vaccination do not fulfill the pre-arrival testing requirement. Antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted. Clearance of your testing hold is not an immediate process. Expect this process to take a few business days.

The pre-arrival testing requirement includes off-Grounds students living in the area and students living in their permanent residences in the region, even if their classes are all online. Students should also take extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure prior to submitting their test. UVA saliva testing does not fulfill the pre-arrival testing requirement.

Testing Process

Most students will test using the LetsGetChecked option. Please note: The test is free and for your use only, and only through the UVA portal. Please do not give your kit to anyone else, including family members or friends. Giving your kit to someone else or ordering on their behalf violates LetsGetChecked’s Term of Use, may result in you losing access to their testing service, and will result in you being charged for the kit. It may also create challenges for the health department, including delays in contact tracing. Additionally, unauthorized sharing or gifting of your kit may constitute fraud and may subject you to University disciplinary action, civil suit, and/or criminal prosecution. If you ordered a test kit in the fall and have not sent it in, please use that kit and do not order a new one. There are some situations that will warrant a different testing process, including minors, students arriving from abroad, and students who tested positive on or after October 6, 2020:

Timing

Please see Schedule for Testing below for further details on timing. Students who will not be in the Charlottesville or Albemarle County area during the spring semester do not need to fulfill the requirements below.

Schedule for Testing

Student Group (includes all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students)Order Test KitExtra Precautions*Test (for LGC: collect sample and return same day via UPS)
Students already living in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area and not planning to change residential location for the spring semesterNowTake extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure 4 days before you send in your LGC test sampleCollect your sample and return your LGC test sometime between January 4 and January 8, 2021. It is critical that sample collection and return occur on the same business day to ensure sample viability. Students who have missed this window should submit their sample as soon as possible.
Students who will be returning to the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area but are not yet living in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area

OR

Students already living in the local Charlottesville/Albemarle County area and planning to move to a different group living situation (e.g. residence hall, group house, etc.)
Portal for ordering kit will be open December 14, 2020. Order any time but at least one week prior to sample collection/return date.Begin to take extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure 14 days prior to returning to the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area, i.e., start taking extra precautions 4 days before you return your test.Collect sample and return LGC test 10 days before you arrive in Charlottesville/ Albemarle County. It is critical that sample collection and return occur on the same business day to ensure sample viability.
Students arriving from abroadLGC kits cannot be sent outside the U.S. Students arriving from abroad should communicate their arrival day/time to the International Studies Office.Take extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure for 14 days prior to returning to the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area. Follow all CDC guidance for testing prior to travel, including pre-flight test clearance. Quarantine for seven days upon arrival in Charlottesville/Albemarle County area. Test immediately upon arrival in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area through the University’s saliva testing program (not LGC). Check for the saliva test walk-in hours here. Test again once during days 3-5 of quarantine. If students experience any COVID symptoms, they should promptly contact Student Health & Wellness and should not report for saliva testing.
MinorsStudents under 18 are not able to order a LGC kit.Begin to take extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure 14 days prior to returning to the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area, i.e., start to take extra precautions 4 days before you test.Secure a PCR test through personal health care provider, CVS, or other testing source 10 days prior to arrival. Upload results to HealthyHoos Patient portal. UVA will reimburse the cost of the PCR test up to $150 for minors ONLY.
Students who have tested positive since October 6, 2020

Students exempt from requirement due to positive result since October 6, 2020: Students who have tested positive using a PCR test since October 6, 2020 are not required to submit a new pre-arrival test, but they are required to upload documentation of their positive PCR result and test date to the HealthyHoos Patient portal.Click “upload,” and select “COVID-19 Mandatory Test Results.” Students should follow any guidance provided by their local health department and/or healthcare provider before returning to Grounds, including isolation instructions based on their specific case. At a minimum, asymptomatic students should not return to Grounds until at least the 11th day after the positive test collection date.



Students do not need to notify Student Health & Wellness separately after loading a prior positive to the HealthyHoos Patient portal. If the positive result was previously reported to Student Health and Wellness, the student does not need to resubmit.



If the positive PCR test was collected on or after October 6, 2020 at Student Health and Wellness, a UVA saliva testing site, or the UVA satellite clinic at the Student Activities Building, the positive result is already documented; students do not need to upload documentation.



If a student previously uploaded a positive result collected on or after October 6, 2020 and they completed the COVID self-report form in the HealthyHoos Patient portal, they do not need to re-upload documentation. Antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted.

Begin to take extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure 14 days prior to returning to the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area.Upload documentation of your positive PCR result and test date to the HealthyHoos Patient portal. Click “upload” and select “COVID-19 Mandatory Test Results.” If documentation of a positive viral PCR test since October 6, 2020 is not available, students will need to take extra precautions to minimize risk of exposure and fulfill self-quarantine and pre-arrival testing requirements.
Students in executive format programs (MSMIT, MSBA, EMBA) and other special programs (MSDS, SCPS)School program administrators will provide specific details on testing.

* Extra precautions mean the student should stay home, separate from others outside the home, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. These are protective measures that limit exposure to individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 and can transmit the virus.

If a student is unable to take extra precautions, it is essential that the student minimize contact with others during this period. Students should be vigilant in physical distancing (maintaining at least a six-foot distance between the student and others), using a face covering, washing hands frequently, refraining from touching their face without washing hands first.

Test Type

Students may submit a PCR test result from another source, at their own cost, which should be uploaded to the HealthyHoos Patient portal. Only a LGC test or another viral PCR COVID-19 test fulfills the pre-arrival testing requirement. UVA saliva tests and/or COVID-19 vaccination do not fulfill the pre-arrival testing requirement. Antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted. Clearance of your testing hold is not an immediate process. Expect this process to take a few business days.

Test Results

LetsGetChecked will post your test results to your LGC account and will simultaneously notify Student Health and Wellness and the Health Department.

Once the result is received at UVA, it will be recorded in the system that the student has met the pre-arrival testing requirement. Please note that it may take several business days for this clearance to take place.

If a student has tested positive since October 6, 2020, that student will not be required to submit a new pre-arrival test, but they will be required to submit documentation of their positive viral PCR test result and test date to the HealthyHoos Patient portal. Students should isolate for 10 days following the positive test collection date. Students should follow any guidance provided by their local health department and/or healthcare provider before returning to Grounds, including isolation instructions based on their specific case. At a minimum, asymptomatic students should not return to Grounds until at least the 11th day following the test collection date.

Students do not need to notify Student Health & Wellness separately after loading a prior positive to the HealthyHoos Patient portal. If the positive result was previously reported to Student Health and Wellness, the student does not need to resubmit. If the positive PCR test was collected on or after October 6, 2020 at Student Health and Wellness, a UVA saliva testing site, or the UVA satellite clinic at the Student Activities Building, the positive result is already documented; students do not need to upload documentation. If a student previously uploaded a positive PCR test result collected on or after October 6, 2020 and they completed the COVID self-report form in the Healthy Hoos portal, they do not need to re-upload documentation. Antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted.

If a student tests positive in the 10 days before their arrival to the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area (whether through a LGC kit or another testing method), they should follow any guidance provided by their local health department and/or healthcare provider before returning to Grounds, including isolation instructions based on their specific case. At a minimum, asymptomatic students should not return to Grounds until at least the 11th day following the test collection date.

If a student is already living in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area and tests positive, they will also need to follow any guidance provided by the local health department and/or their healthcare provider before resuming their regular activities.

Detailed Instructions for LetsGetChecked

Questions?

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