COVID-19 Resources

Surveillance Testing

Who: 

  • Fall 2021: Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff (who were required to have an approved exemption to Nazareth's vaccination requirement) are required to get tested once per week.
    • Rapid testing is offered from noon-1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays in the 1924 Room in Shults
    • Testing reminders will be sent via email on Thursdays and Sundays.
    • If the Monday and Tuesday times are impossible, contact Health and Counseling to schedule a weekly appointment: health@naz.edu or ​​585-389-2500
    • Or if you are tested elsewhere, you may submit a weekly test result to health@naz.edu.
    • Anyone who doesn’t meet this weekly testing requirement will be referred — to Student Conduct (for students) and Athletics (for student-athletes), or to Human Resources (for faculty and staff).
    • Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff are required to have a Nazareth-approved exemption from the College’s vaccine requirement.
  • Unvaccinated student athletes are tested through a collaboration between Athletics and Health & Counseling Services. 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. 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), you are exempt from surveillance testing.

What: 

  • Surveillance testing is specifically for unvaccinated campus community members without COVID-19 symptoms (If you have symptoms, take action as listed on the Testing webpage.)

Why:

  • Surveillance testing helps with early identification of illness, and helps to avert potential outbreaks before they occur by identifying people without symptoms, including pre-symptomatic individuals. 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 and follow the steps on the Testing webpage.
  • At surveillance testing, wear a mask.
  • Rapid antigen testing is performed using a self-collected nasal swab, described below. 
  • If your surveillance 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 develop symptoms of COVID-19, see above.

FAQs

What about athletes?

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

Athletes who are unvaccinated are required to do both:

  • Get tested weekly — Mondays or Tuesdays between noon and 1 p.m. in the 1924 Room in Shults.
  • Have a rapid test within 48 hours of any team travel to competition, coordinated and administered by Nazareth Athletics.

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 at least weekly, 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, students will be contacted by Health and Counseling by phone within one hour of their test and be asked to self-isolate and help identify close contacts. Faculty and staff will be contacted by Human Resources. See positive COVID-19 test 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 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. 
  • 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 quarantine while waiting for the PCR test result. If the PCR is negative, the student is released from quarantine.  If the PCR is positive, the student is moved to 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?

  • Those who are unvaccinated are at risk for being infected, getting sick, or spreading COVID-19 to others, who may become very ill or die from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination and catching cases early, for appropriate isolation and support, is the key to stopping the spread and protecting yourself and others.  
  • A 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. 


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

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