COVID-19 Resources

Surveillance Testing

Who: 

  • Summer 2021: Students living on campus.
  • Fall 2021: To be determined based on pending guidelines from Monroe County Department of Health and New York state.
  • Student athletes are tested separately and regularly through the Athletics Department. See FAQ below.
  • Exceptions:
    • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the 90 days before your test date, you do not need to participate in this testing initiative at this time. If you get an email saying you were randomly chosen, follow the instructions in the email to provide documentation of your positive test — students through the student health portal, and faculty/staff to COVIDHR@naz.edu.
    • If you are fully vaccinated (meaning it's at least 2 weeks past your final dose) and not a student-athlete, you are exempt from surveillance testing. (Student-athletes continue surveillance testing.) Students who are fully vaccinated: Enter the date(s) of your COVID-19 vaccination and upload the official documentation (can be a photo of your card) into your Naz student health portal under both the "immunizations" and "upload" tabs. If you have questions or problems, contact health@naz.edu.

What: 

  • These rapid antigen tests are specifically for campus community members without COVID-19 symptoms or any known exposure. (If you have symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed, instead take action as listed on the symptoms/exposure info on the Testing webpage.)

Why

  • Surveillance testing identifies people without symptoms, including pre-symptomatic individuals, and helps avert potential outbreaks before they occur. People without symptoms can be contagious.
  • Everyone’s cooperation and participation is vital to a successful response to COVID-19.

Things to know:

  • If you are ill with symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home, complete the Naz online COVID-19 screening (so you get a red badge), and the appropriate staff (Health and Counseling for students, Human Resources for faculty/staff) will contact you.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Rapid antigen testing is performed using a self-collected nasal swab, described below. 
  • If your test result is positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by phone within one hour of your test and be asked to self-isolate and to help identify close contacts. You will be provided with documentation of your positive test result. See positive COVID-19 test on the Testing page for more information.
  • If you don’t get a call within one hour, your test was negative; if you are unvaccinated, it’s still important to continue to follow all prevention guidelines — masks, social distancing, washing hands, immediately reporting COVID symptoms, etc. If you are fully vaccinated, please continue routine hand washing and take safety measures if you do develop symptoms of COVID-19:

FAQs

What about athletes?

Testing for student athletes is guided by both the NCAA and the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.

Athletes, follow the testing schedule you receive and report directly to the athletic training area (just past the restrooms, off the lobby) in Golisano Training Center to check in.

What if I'm getting tested frequently for my job (at a nursing home)? Can I provide those results, rather than surveillance testing on campus?

If you are unvaccinated and your testing is weekly or biweekly, yes, that can substitute for on-campus surveillance testing. Please send your results to health@naz.edu and put in the subject line "COVID test result in place of surveillance testing."

How does a surveillance test happen on campus?

The COVID-19 rapid antigen test steps:

  1. You will be given a swab to gently insert less than one inch into one nostril, rotate 5 times or more against the nasal wall, and slowly remove.
  2. You use the same swab to repeat the sample collection in your other nostril.
  3. You place the swab inside a hinged card for processing, and rotate the swab clockwise (to the right) three times.
  4. To maintain physical distancing and accommodate everyone, you must leave the testing area right after completing the swab steps.

How will I get my test results?

  • If your result is positive, you will be contacted by Health and Counseling by phone within 90 minutes of your test and be asked to self-isolate and help identify close contacts. See positive COVID-19 test on the Testing page for more information.
  • If you don’t get a call, your test was negative; it’s still important to continue to follow all prevention guidelines — masks, social distancing, washing hands, immediately reporting COVID symptoms, etc.

Do I need a follow-up test to confirm the results?

Nazareth follows the state Department of Health guidelines for rapid antigen tests:

  • During periods of outbreaks on campus or within the surrounding community (such as an area designated an orange or red zone by the state) or on campus, a positive rapid antigen test result is considered a final result. There is no requirement for a confirmatory PCR test and the person who tested positive goes into isolation. Nazareth employees isolate at home. Nazareth students who live on campus are guided by Residential Life to isolate on campus within a designated isolation space, or may choose to isolate at their family home, if feasible. For more, see positive COVID-19 test on the Testing page.
  • During periods without an outbreak on campus or within the surrounding community, a positive rapid antigen test result is considered a preliminary result, and requires a confirmatory PCR test. 
    • In that case, a student whose rapid test is positive would be given instructions for a PCR test on campus and stay in isolation while waiting for the PCR test result. If the PCR is negative, the student is released from isolation. If the PCR is positive, the student remains in isolation; see positive COVID-19 test on the Testing page for more information.
    • Employees needing a confirmatory PCR test will need to set up an appointment with their primary care provider or visit a local urgent care for follow-up PCR testing.

Why is this surveillance testing required?

  • Although cases in New York state and the U.S are decreasing due to the increased rate of people being vaccinated, there are still those who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine. Further, those who are unvaccinated are at risk for being infected with new variants of the virus. Lastly, those who have received an organ transplant or are being treated for diseases like cancer may be on very strong immunosuppressive medications. These folks have difficulty producing antibodies to fight the virus, even after they are vaccinated. Because of all this, cases of COVID-19 continue to occur.
  • Vaccination and catching cases early, for appropriate isolation and support, is the key to stopping the spread and protecting yourself and others.  
  • A significant number of people with COVID-19 have no symptoms but are still contagious.
  • Controlling the disease and its spread are necessary to protect people’s health and to enable the in-person, on-campus student experiences that Nazareth is committed to offering.

Is there a fee for on-campus COVID-19 testing?

No.

What if I’ve had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 90 days prior to my test date (and have been released from isolation)?

Don’t come for surveillance testing. Students: Upload the documentation to the Nazareth student health portal (using “uploads” in the upper right).

I’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still need COVID-19 testing?

See "Exceptions" at the top of this page.

I am a student who tested positive for COVID-19 and completed the isolation period. I am planning to go out of state soon. Do I have to quarantine and/or get tested when I return?

There are no quarantine or testing requirements for travel within the U.S.

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