Newsletter: Required testing, state curfew extended, vaccine guidance
In This Email:
Key information about changes to prevalence testing for students, faculty and staff
Updates to IM-Rec, Dining, and University Transportation Services operations
Details about heated tents and fire pits for safe gatherings
With less than a week to go before the start of undergraduate classes both in-person and virtually, this update includes important information for UVA community members who will be living, learning, and working on-Grounds this semester. Before we get to those details, we’d like to offer reminders on four key issues.
Pre-Arrival Testing– If you are a student who is already in the area or planning to return to Grounds this semester, please fulfillyour pre-arrival testing requirements immediately.If you have not completed this requirement, you will not be cleared to return to Grounds and to use facilities like IM-Rec.
Following Health and Safety Policies– We continue to receive questions about whether people who have previously had COVID-19 are required to comply with UVA health policies. The simple answer is yes – anyone who is on Grounds this semester will be required to comply with University health policies. More information on the reasons for that approach is below.
Vaccine Eligibility– It is important to remember that only people who have been invited by either the University or the Blue Ridge Health District are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time. All others will be turned away from the vaccine clinic, even if they have scheduled an appointment. More information on the Commonwealth’s current approach to the vaccine is below.
Virginia COVID Restrictions– This week, Gov. Ralph Northam extended his executive order, which includes a curfew between midnight and 5 a.m. and a ban on on-premise alcohol sales after 10 p.m. through the end of February. More information onExecutive Order 72is in the update below.
University leaders and health experts will cover these topics and other important questions on a town hall this afternoon (Thursday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m.).You can register here.
As we said previously, increased viral prevalence and new, more contagious variants will require even greater focus and adherence to health protocols than last semester. The good news is, we know what works – masks, testing, avoiding large gatherings, remaining 6 feet apart, and staying home when you are sick – and we’ve already proven we can do it. So, let’s come together, stay vigilant, and finish this challenging year strong.
Liz Magill Provost
J.J. Davis Chief Operating Officer
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
Student Prevalence Test Scheduling Through ‘Time2Test’
All students living and learning on Grounds or in Charlottesville/Albemarle County must test once a week (defined as Monday to Sunday) through the end of the spring semester. Testing will now be scheduled through the new “Time2Test” platform. Within the next 24 hours, all students who have indicated that they will be living and learning in Charlottesville/Albemarle will receive an email with a link to more information about their appointment times and rescheduling, if necessary.
Prevalence Testing Accountability for Students
This semester, students who do not comply with prevalence testing requirements will face increasingly serious consequences. For each week missed, the consequences include:
Second: Notification to the student’s school
Third: Loss of access to University-protected networks and University resources until testing is completed
Fourth: Interim disciplinary suspension
Voluntary Asymptomatic Employee Testing
Voluntary saliva testing is available for asymptomatic employees during walk-in hours listed on theBeSafe site. Lines may be longer with greater numbers of students returning to the area, so please be patient. Stay tuned for information about scheduling asymptomatic testing appointments, coming soon. Please see additional guidance for symptomatic testing and close contact testing.
Expanded Prevalence Testing Locations
To make testing as convenient as possible, the number of testing sites has been expanded. Current locations include:
As a reminder, vaccine distribution in Virginia, led by the Virginia Department of Health, is currently limited to Phase 1A healthcare workers, Phase 1B essential workers, individuals 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions. To learn more about the local vaccination program and complete a survey to be placed on the vaccine list if you are currently eligible, visit the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD)website.
Not everyone in a single phase is eligible to be vaccinated at the same time, and BRHD is currently prioritizing certain populations within 1B. Please do not attempt to schedule a vaccine appointment through UVA unless you have received an email directly from BRHD or UVA that it is your time to schedule an appointment. You will be turned away from the vaccine clinic if you are not eligible.
Reminder: University ID Required for Student and Employee Prevalence Testing
If you have lost or misplaced your UVA Academic ID, you can schedule an appointment to obtain a replacement by submitting the ID Replacement Request Form online. Questions on the Academic ID process can be directed email@example.com 434-924-4508. For questions on a replacement UVA Health ID, call 434-982-4009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Order on Stay-at-Home Requirements, Dining and Alcohol Sales Extended
Gov. Northam’s temporary restrictions due to the coronavirus remain in effect through February. His executive order requires individuals to stay at home between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they meet one of several narrow exceptions like traveling to school or work, seeking medical attention, or caring for other individuals. The order also restricts on-premise alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and other establishments after 10 p.m. and requires all such establishments to close at midnight. More information is availablehere.
Reminder: Guidance for Individuals who Previously Contracted COVID-19
All UVA community members who are in the Charlottesville region this semester will be required to follow University health and safety policies including those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been vaccinated. There are many reasons for this approach, including:
The science around whether previous COVID-19 patients or those who have been vaccinated can contract the virus again and spread it to others again is inconclusive.
People who contract COVID-19 may shed the virus for a period of time that extends past the alleviation of symptoms or a positive test.
Fellow UVA community members have no way of knowing which people previously tested positive and which are putting themselves and others at risk by ignoring health and safety standards. Universal adherence will avoid anxiety and potential conflict.
Most importantly, following these standards is part of the commitment people who are on Grounds make to the University and to each other.
OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES
New Heated Tents and Fire Pits for Small Outdoor Gatherings
Tents with heaters and electricity have been installed around Grounds to provide outdoor spaces for individuals and multiple small groups (six people or fewer) to study, eat or relax. Physical distancing and masking must be observed. Locations include:
O’Hill Dining lawn
Runk Dining patio
McCormick Quad (2 tents)
Hume Plaza, near Newcomb Hall
Peabody Hall lawn
South end of the Lawn, near the Homer statue
Dawson’s Row, near the Office of African American Affairs
The grassy area across from the Corner
Propane-powered fire pits are also available for small outdoor gatherings (six people or fewer) in residential areas. RAs can reserve space for their residents and will share guidelines for use of eight fire pits located near residence halls on Alderman Road, Gooch-Dillard, McCormick Road, Brown College, and Hereford College. For more information visit theHRL reservation page.
UTS and Safe Ride Begin Spring 2021 Service
Effective Feb. 1, UTS and Safe Ride will be running “Spring 2021” service. Information is available atparking.virginia.edu.
UVA Dine Operations for Spring 2021
UVA Dine locations, options, and updates can be found athttps://virginia.campusdish.com/. Follow @uvadine on social media for real-time info about which dining halls are busy and which are less crowded.
IM-Rec Facility Reopenings for Spring
Ready for a workout? The AFC opens Friday, Jan. 29, and the Climbing Center opens on Monday, Feb. 1. All Group Fitness classes are free Feb. 1-7.
Feb. 1: Deadline to Complete COVID Requirements in SIS
All students need the requirements in SIS, including:
Indicate intention to live/learn on-Grounds or remotely for spring semester
Acknowledge or affirm compliance agreement/acknowledgement of risk
View or affirm previous viewing of safety video
Ensure results of COVID testing are uploaded to Healthy Hoos portal
Confirm mailing address
After Feb. 8, students who have not completed these requirements will lose access to University resources and facilities. Students who confirm they will not be living or learning on Grounds or in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area by Feb. 8 will receive a reduction of $660 in the comprehensive fee.
Deadlines for Cancelling on-Grounds Housing and Dining Contracts
Students who have on-Grounds housing contracts for the spring semester can cancel by email@example.comFebruary 8. If students move in or have belongings in the space, we will prorate based on when they vacate their housing, taking into account operational cost.