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Mandatory Weekly Testing

Dear Students,

In light of the increase in COVID-19 cases that we are seeing in the region and across the country, we are continuing our asymptomatic prevalence testing for all students who are here after Thanksgiving break. If you are in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area between November 30 and December 18, it is mandatory for you to be tested once per week. 

In order to make it as convenient as possible for you to comply with this testing requirement, you may select the day and time for your weekly test.  Testing is available on a walk-in basis on weekdays and Sunday afternoons at the Central Grounds Parking Garage.  You do not need to make an appointment.  Instructions and the complete schedule are available on the Be Safe website.  Note: University housing residents who have been approved to remain over break should test on Wednesdays if at all possible, so that cases in residence halls can be assessed as a group. 

Testing will be through saliva screening.  The testing process is quick and usually takes less than 10 minutes.  Test results will be available in approximately 24-48 hours. Students with negative results will receive an email and text (if you have provided a mobile number in SIS).  Student Health and Wellness will call students who test positive to answer questions and discuss next steps.  Students with positive results will need to isolate and participate in contact tracing.

As always, if you feel sick or have COVID-like symptoms, do not go to prevalence testing; please stay home and call Student Health and Wellness for guidance at (434) 924-5362. 

As you know, we have asked all students to return home over break and to stay there until the beginning of the Spring Term.  Traveling back and forth to Charlottesville presents a threat to students, their home communities, and our Charlottesville/Albemarle neighbors.  We do recognize that some students will continue to be in the area because they consider Charlottesville/Albemarle their permanent home or because they cannot return to their home communities.  Those students who remain in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area should expect a reduction in University services.  For example, North Grounds Recreation Center will be the only facility available for indoor recreation, although outdoor courts and fields will remain open for use by reservation, weather permitting. Transit schedules, dining, and library hours may also be reduced. To keep track of when various offices and services are available, please bookmark the University’s Operations Status Board.

Thank you for all you have done this semester to stay safe.  And thank you in advance for taking the next important steps to protect our community – by staying home until Spring Term or, if you are in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, by testing weekly and following public health protocols.  Each of us has the obligation – and the ability – to help stop the spread of the virus.

Best wishes for exams and the end of the semester,

Liz Magill

J.J. Davis
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Mitch Rosner
Chair, Department of Medicine
UVA COVID-19 Response Chief Medical Adviser


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