Prevalence testing tells us the number of COVID-19 cases in a population at one point in time.
Mandatory Prevalence Testing for Students
|Who:||All asymptomatic students living on Grounds or in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area*. This includes graduate and professional students as well as undergraduates.|
|What:||Prevalence testing tells us the number of COVID-19 cases in a population at one point in time. Our prevalence screening program is mandatory, quick and easy, and relies on saliva samples to detect the virus.|
|When:||Students must test weekly when they are in the local Charlottesville or Albemarle County area between January 11 and January 30, 2021. For this period, students may select their own test days and times from the walk-in hours.
Beginning on February 1, 2021 and continuing throughout the Spring 2021 semester, students must test on a designated day each week through the Time2Test platform. This is mandatory. Please see the Be SAFE website for more details on scheduling.
|Where:||Saliva screening takes place at multiple locations. Please see https://besafe.virginia.edu for a list of all locations.|
|Why:||Prevalence screening helps us identify silent carriers before they transmit the virus. Our goal is to test all asymptomatic students regularly.|
|How:||Students participate through a mandatory, free saliva screening taking less than 10 minutes with presentation of their UVA ID. Students who have lost or misplaced their UVA Academic ID should first schedule an appointment to obtain a replacement by submitting the ID Replacement Request Form online. Questions on the Academic ID process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-924-4508. For questions related to a replacement UVA Health ID, call 434-982-4009 or email email@example.com. New students obtaining their first ID should follow guidance from their school or from Housing & Residence Life.|
|Results:||Outcomes will be available within 72 hours. You will receive an email from Be Safe with a link to follow for negative and inconclusive results. Students with positive results will be contacted by phone by Student Health and Wellness. You will receive a second email from UVA Health MyChart when your medical record has been updated. If you have any issues with MyChart, please call 434-243-2500.|
*You should not test through UVA’s prevalence testing if you are currently in isolation or quarantine, if you are not living in the local Charlottesville/Albemarle County area, if you have tested positive in the last 150 days**, or if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should make an appointment with Student Health and Wellness either online or by calling 434-924-5362 to be evaluated asap.
**Testing for Those Who Previously Tested Positive: (Note - Students and employees who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must continue to follow University guidance on mask-wearing, physical distancing and gatherings of no more than 6.)
If you have previously tested positive, you should not test through the asymptomatic prevalence testing program for 150 days after your positive test date. If your positive test was from a provider other than UVA’s saliva testing, Student Health and Wellness, Let’s Get Checked, Athletics, or the UVA Health System, please submit official medical documentation of the test result through the Healthy Hoos Patient Portal.
Previously, the University only exempted those with positive results from testing for 90 days. The change to 150 days reflects CDC guidance that those who have recovered from COVID-19 may continue to test positive for several months even if they are not contagious to others. This could result in unnecessary isolation and contact tracing from prior (now non-contagious) infections. Based on UVA epidemiologists’ assessment of recent research, the risk of reinfection increases after 150 days. Students who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should contact Student Health and Wellness immediately for guidance, regardless of how many days have passed since an initial positive test.