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Weekly Testing After Thanksgiving Break

November 23, 2020
To: 
All Students
From: 
Liz Magill, J.J. Davis and Mitch Rosner

Dear Students,

As you know, we have asked all students to return home over break and to stay there until the beginning of the Spring Term.  We do recognize that some students consider Charlottesville/Albemarle their permanent home, and that there are also a small number of students who cannot return to their home communities.  We hope that all other students will recognize that traveling back and forth presents a threat to themselves, their friends, their home communities, and our Charlottesville/Albemarle neighbors.  

Given this threat and the increase in cases that we are seeing in the region and across the country, we will continue 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, testing will be 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: we are asking University housing residents who have been approved to remain over break to test on Wednesdays if at all possible, in order to be able to assess cases in residence halls 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 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. 

Thank you in advance for taking these 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.

Sincerely,

Liz Magill
Provost

J.J. Davis
Chief Operating Officer

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