COVID-19 Resources

Spring 2021 Testing

Surveillance testing

  • Surveillance testing (for people with no symptoms, no exposure) began with all faculty, staff, and students at the start of the semester.
  • From week 2 to the end of the semester, a portion of the campus community is being tested on campus each week.
  • For details, see Surveillance Testing.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or a COVID exposure

  • Please complete Nazareth’s daily COVID-19 screening daily — and anytime you develop at least 2 of the symptoms listed there, or if you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. This gives the appropriate Nazareth office a heads up, to help you take appropriate next steps.
    • Students: Do not come to campus. If you live on campus, do not leave your residence hall room. Contact Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500 to discuss next steps. You may schedule an appointment at Health and Counseling Services for evaluation. PCR COVID-19 testing will likely be offered as part of a diagnostic strategy during your visit. If you live off-campus, you could visit an off-campus Urgent Care/COVID-19 Testing site if that is more convenient. If it’s after hours, contact the state Health Department COVID Hotline at 888-364-3065 or start with the state's online COVID assessment tool. Either way, also be in touch with Health and Counseling.
    • Faculty and staff: Do not come to campus. Human Resources will contact you to review your situation and discuss the next steps.

TESTING FAQS

Late arrivals: What do I need to do for a COVID-19 test if I won't be on campus until later in the semester? 

For students: Same as other students who started on campus earlier, just shifted later in time. Two tests are required for all students:

  • Get tested near home toward the end of your time away, in time to have your result before arriving. Testing is available across the country through pharmacies and other community locations; you also can check with your local health care provider or your local or state health department for testing opportunities near your home. In New York state, call 888-364-3065 or use the state's online COVID assessment tool to be guided to a testing appointment near you; you will be asked about symptoms but regardless of the answers, free testing is offered at state-run test sites for all New York residents. When scheduling, use your Rochester address. New York also has a test site finder; costs and insurance coverage may vary. Insurance typically covers testing if you've potentially been exposed, or if ordered by your health care provider.
  • If you live outside New York and beyond its neighboring states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont), New York State’s travel advisory rule requires your two tests on a certain timeline, with a 3-day quarantine between tests.
  • Upload your first test result to the student health portal (“upload” is in the upper right). Be sure your test result documentation (which can be a screenshot or photograph) includes your name, date of birth, and test date. To get all of that in one view, you may need to activate the desktop view of the site from your phone, or open the result on a computer and take a picture of it with your phone.
  • Then call Health and Counseling, 585-389-2500, to schedule your arrival test on campus.

For later-arriving faculty/staff: Contact Human Resources, COVIDHR@naz.edu.

What if I've gotten the COVID-19 vaccine?

At this time, vaccination does not change the COVID-19 testing requirements of Nazareth and of New York state. Vaccination (as available) is encouraged and important to prevent serious illness and death, but there is not yet data about whether it prevents getting and spreading COVID-19. (The initial research has only confirmed the effectiveness of vaccination to prevent serious illness/death.)

Students who've been vaccinated: Enter the date(s) of your COVID-19 vaccines and upload the official documentation into your Naz student health portal under immunizations — just as you do with other immunizations.

If I have symptoms, how long do COVID-19 test results take? What happens in the meantime?

    • For symptomatic and/or exposure testing, lab test results typically return within 2-3 days, depending on the number of tests our lab is processing at the time you are tested.
    • While you are waiting for results (when testing is due to direct exposure) you should prepare to quarantine in a designated quarantine space.
    • Students who have symptoms, but do not have a known exposure, should prepare to go into precautionary quarantine in their campus room or off-campus home, and schedule a test. While in quarantine you will be monitored and supported by Health and Counseling Services and Residential Life. You will be offered remote access to your classwork, if you feel well enough to participate in online learning. If you are too sick to participate, you should speak with a medical provider to discuss how your symptoms are impacting your ability to attend class, and a medical excuse may be provided, depending on your symptoms.
    • You will be cleared from quarantine by the Monroe County Department of Health. Nazareth alerts the state and local health departments of positive test results for COVID-19.

If I have symptoms and get tested, how do I get my test results?

    • If you are tested at Nazareth: Test results will be delivered by phone and/or email, with instructions on next steps.
    • If you are tested elsewhere: Your testing site will call or text you with your results, and/or offer you access to an online lab reporting site where you can view your results.

Do I have to pay for a COVID-19 test?

    • If you are tested as part of Nazareth’s COVID-19 surveillance, you will not be charged for a test.
    • If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test. If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies (including pharmacies and medical practices), or not-for-profit organizations, ask the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested whether you will be responsible for any fees.
    • If you have symptoms and/or were exposed to COVID-19, tests are covered by most health insurers. If you are unsure of coverage, please contact your health insurer directly to see if testing is covered.
    • Health and Counseling Services will make a clinical determination to guide you on testing. If you have COVID symptoms and are tested by Nazareth Health and Counseling, the office will bill your health insurance company.

If I have symptoms, do I still need a COVID test if I’ve had antibody testing that showed I have antibodies?

At this time, antibody testing does not guarantee immunity to COVID-19, meaning you may be able to be reinfected. If you've had a positive antibody test and develop symptoms of COVID-19 and/or are exposed to someone who tests positive, you should follow the steps above for “if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you receive a ‘red’ result on your daily Nazareth COVID screening.”


What actions should I take and what should I expect if I have a positive COVID-19 test?

Students who test positive:

  • If Nazareth tests you and the result is positive, Nazareth staff will call you and talk through the next steps (also outlined below).
  • Or, if you receive results from an off-campus lab:
    • Please call Health and Counseling, 585-389-2500. If it’s after-hours, follow the prompts to speak to a triage nurse for further guidance. That first step will initiate important next steps, most efficiently, including the College officially notifying your faculty, the health department, Nazareth's director of Residential Life (if you live on campus), and initiating any needed cleaning and academic accommodations.
    • Provide: Date tested, date symptoms started (if any), list of symptoms (if any), and details about where you spent time on campus — meaning more than a continuous 15-minute period within the last 2 days (for cleaning purposes). Indicate the nature of your activities in those locations, whether you were wearing a mask, whether others around you were wearing a mask, etc. Provide a list of people (and ideally their contact information) whom you were in close contact with (using the contact tracing definition of a close contact) during the 48 hours before symptoms began, or the 48 hours prior to the positive test if no symptoms. You can refer to your personal calendar and social media accounts to help recall what you were doing, and who you were with.
  • Be prepared to give verbal permission to the staff of Health and Counseling to provide information to faculty, residential life, campus safety, student accessibility, and other departments to support you as needed.
  • If you live on campus: You may choose to leave and isolate at home with your family; however, it will be important to avoid any public transportation when traveling home (train, bus, plane). See guidance: CDC isolation details. If you cannot isolate at home with family, you will be offered isolation housing on campus. Health and Counseling, Residential Life, and Campus Safety will coordinate to safely transport you and your needed belongings from campus housing to the isolation house (which has WiFi). You will be provided with information about what to expect in isolation and emergency contact numbers. You can order food online from Dining Services and have meals delivered. Health and Counseling will check in with you daily to monitor your symptoms and general well-being. Residential Life will check in regularly to see if you need supplies. If you have symptoms that worsen, you will be provided with a medical evaluation at Health and Counseling, a local urgent care, or local emergency department as appropriate. If you are needing emotional support, the counselors from Health and Counseling are available for private individual sessions via Zoom.
  • If you live off campus: Prepare to isolate at home, with support from Health and Counseling. See CDC isolation guidance.
  • The COVID-19 Process Flowchart shows how students, the Monroe County Department of Health, and the College are involved in contact tracing, monitoring, and communicating.
  • Also see more details below.

Staff or faculty who test positive:

Prepare to isolate at home, with guidance, and contact Human Resources at humanresources@naz.edu or 585-389-2065. See more details below.

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive:

    • Isolation: Expect to isolate for at least 10 days from symptom onset (or from your test date, if no symptoms), and until you've had 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medication, and your symptoms (if any) have improved, per CDC isolation guidance. While in isolation, stay at home or your designated isolation location except to seek medical care. Take infection control measures to prevent the spread of the virus to others. See CDC isolation guidance.
    • Nazareth staff or Monroe County Health Department staff will contact you with information on isolation and infection control, what to do if your symptoms worsen, and also to ask for a list of those in close contact during the exposure time period.
  • Close contact is defined as meeting all 4 criteria:
    1. either you or the other person was not wearing a mask, and
    2. in contact for 15 minutes or more, and
    3. within 6 feet, and
    4. exposure occurred within the time when COVID-19 is contagious, which is:
      • from two days before symptoms began until 10 days have passed and the person is symptom-free for 24 hours
      • or, if the person had no symptoms, then from two days before the positive test until 10 days after the test
  • A contact tracer will then contact those who were exposed and ask them to quarantine, watch for symptoms, and get tested. Your name and any identifying information will not be shared with those who were exposed.
  • Once you have been medically released, you may return to normal activities.

What happens on campus if someone who has been on campus has a positive COVID-19 test?

In addition to the isolation and contact tracing steps above, steps taken on campus include:

  • Health and Counseling and/or Campus Safety will notify Facilities of an exposure, and help determine areas on campus that need to be cleaned.
  • Affected rooms will be cleaned and disinfected within 24 hours and then need to be vacant for 2 hours after disinfection. Cleaning specialists will wear specialized first-responder equipment that may include headgear/face masks, gowns/gloves, and foot coverings.
  • The College uses the COVID-19 Case Tracker to report positive COVID-19 cases for Nazareth students and employees. The tracker contains no identifying or private information other than to state that a campus community member has tested positive. People who've had a risk of exposure through close contact will be notified directly through contact tracing.

After testing positive and being cleared from isolation, I read that I can still test positive for up to 90 days after, even though I won't be contagious? So will I need further quarantine or testing if I need to go out of state?

You are correct about the 90 days. Please send health@naz.edu a copy of your positive result so our Health and Counseling staff can forward it to the local Monroe County health department. Once they've verified your result, during that 12-week time period you don't have to retest or quarantine. After that time period, the usual protocols resume.


What type of testing is available in the Rochester area?

  • For people with symptoms, current testing of COVID-19 infection includes the use of molecular testing through a nasal swab.
  • Nazareth has access to both molecular tests (sent out to a lab) and rapid antigen (in-house) COVID-19 tests.
  • Serologic (blood) testing for antibodies is not readily available, many are not FDA approved, results do not ensure immunity at this time, and should not be used to determine diagnosis of acute COVID-19 infection.

Why do testing approaches change over time?

Nazareth health and safety officials are in daily contact with state and regional public health officials and other partners for the latest updates and adjust protocols as appropriate.

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