Prevention. Detection. Response. As we’ve shared since we began writing you about the Return to Grounds this summer, our preparations for a return to Grounds have centered around those three categories.
Providing UVA community members with PPE, changing the layout of buildings across Grounds, and designing new policies around key behaviors to limit transmission of the virus are all part of our effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Before students arrived, we went to great lengths to build the detection infrastructure we need through testing, wastewater monitoring, and our partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Health District on contact tracing.
And the ongoing work we are doing to expand quarantine and isolation space, monitor key indicators surrounding the virus in our community, and preserve capacity in our health system is about the active management of positive cases and our ability to respond to them.
Now that so many students are back on Grounds and the semester is underway, we all have a role to play in prevention, detection, and response to limit the spread of COVID-19. The testing and temporary quarantine at Balz-Dobie is just one example of our collective effort to stay one step ahead of the virus.
At the individual level, prevention means doing the things we have been talking to you about for weeks – wearing a mask, staying home when you’re sick, staying six feet apart, and avoiding large gatherings. Detection means using Hoos Health Check every day, calling a health care provider if you have symptoms, and cooperating with contact tracers in the event they call. And response means being prepared to follow University instructions around quarantine and isolation in order to keep yourself and others safe.
In the first weeks of this semester, we have seen the tremendous effort UVA community members are devoting to keeping each other safe, and we thank you. This virus is unpredictable and unforgiving, and we expect there to continue to be positive cases on Grounds. But if we remain committed to our efforts around prevention, detection, and response, we can limit the spread of the virus and make this semester a success.
Liz Magill Provost
J.J. Davis Chief Operating Officer
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
UVA COVID Tracker 2.0
As part of its ongoing effort to keep the community informed, UVA this Friday will add new metrics and resources to the UVA COVID Tracker, which provides key public health statistics from UVA Health, Student Health, and Employee Health. The tracker is updated Monday through Friday by 4 p.m.
Key Health and Safety Reminders
Hoos Health Check: Everyone is required to use Hoos Health Check each day they come to Grounds. Have questions? Visit the FAQ’s.
COVIDWISE: Use your phone to fight COVID-19 by downloading COVIDWISE, the Virginia Department of Health’s exposure notification app.
Student Testing: Students with symptoms should call Student Health & Wellness for assessment. Mandatory prevalence testing for asymptomatic students has begun. For more information visit UVA Today. Students seeking either symptomatic or asymptomatic tests are encouraged to contact Student Health and Wellness first. Students will not be subject to disciplinary action for a positive test result or for any information disclosed to contact tracers.
Community Testing Update
The University is conducting multiple community testing events in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area every week. Students and UVA employees who come to these events seeking tests will be redirected to appropriate testing sites within the University.
Providing PPE to Front-Line Workers
The University is committed to keeping front-line workers safe by providing PPE and taking additional steps to maintain physical distancing and limit the spread of the virus. For more information visit the Return to Grounds community page.
Guidance for Quarantine and Isolation
Do you know the difference between quarantine and isolation? Check out the University’s resources on actions you may need to take in the event of a positive test or exposure.
University Library Update
Millions of digital and physical items are newly-available online through Virgo. Ask a Librarian is another resource to find what you need.
Brown and Clemons study spaces are open. Bring your mask and your UVA ID to study, or ask questions. Library stacks will not open to the public in fall 2020; Special Collections is open by appointment. For up-to-the minute information, check the Library’s status dashboard.
Contactless ID Cards Required
If you have an older style UVA ID card, you may not be able to access libraries and other places on Grounds that use contactless card readers. If you have an older ID card or your card has been damaged and is no longer working in contactless readers, schedule an appointment with the University ID Card Office to get a replacement.
There are now many more dependent care resources available to employees from back-up care to school and tutoring support due to increasing need. UVA HR has provided detailed information on all of these resources on the new Dependent Care webpage.
Safe and Healthy Activities for Students
COVID-19 has made many activities impossible – but there are still many ways to have fun and stay active. A few examples include: