Information on Testing at Gibbons House
February 9, 2021
Last night, the University informed students, including resident staff, in Gibbons residence hall of an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 within the building. Residents were asked to remain in their rooms for at least the next 24 hours so that another round of testing can be performed to determine the extent of viral spread and what steps may be necessary to prevent additional cases.
As of this posting, the University has identified 17 cases of COVID-19 in Gibbons since February 3.
Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will be moved to University isolation housing. Residents who were close contacts of people infected with COVID-19 will be moved to University quarantine rooms. UVA coordinates closely on all positive cases with the Virginia Department of Health and Blue Ridge Health District to support contact tracing and limit the spread of the virus.
The University will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Gibbons residents, as well as enhanced personal protection equipment. Enhanced cleanings of common areas within the building will also take place. University staff continue to provide support for students as they await their test results. Students, parents, or UVA employees who have questions or concerns should contact 833-454-6902 or email email@example.com.
Members of the University community are strongly urged to double down on practices that stop the spread of the virus: wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, avoiding large social gatherings, staying home when you are sick, and complying with testing requirements. The presence of more contagious viral variants in Virginia means that viral transmission is even easier, and more vigilance is required to limit the spread. For more information on the University’s COVID-19 response plan, please visit the University's Coronavirus Information site.