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Testing

Key things to do

  • Nazareth encourages and supports testing for students, faculty, and staff with COVID-19 symptoms, and if you have been in close contact (defined below) with someone who has tested positive. Test results in these situations are very important to prevent the spread of the virus to your family, friends, classmates, professors, and others.
  • Students, faculty, and staff: Complete Nazareth’s daily COVID-19 screening, which is required for you to be on campus. 
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you receive a “red” result on your Nazareth daily COVID screening, do not come to campus, or, if you are a residential student, do not leave your residence hall room. You will get instructions about what to do next.
    • Students: Contact Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500 to discuss next steps. 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
    • Faculty and staff: Human Resources will contact you to review your situation and discuss the next steps. If you need a COVID-19 test, testing site information is available by calling 888-364-3065 or start with the state's online COVID assessment tool.
  • Added 7/29/20: Students, if you tested positive for COVID-19 within the 12 weeks before coming to campus: Email a copy of your PCR positive test to Health and Counseling Services, health@naz.edu, so it's on file. Having that record may allow you to not have to take a second test if you develop symptoms, because the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines consider you to not be at risk of becoming reinfected. If you develop symptoms of a new COVID infection, please speak to a medical provider about next steps.

Key things to know

  • Nazareth College’s screening and testing approach is based on the latest guidance from county health officials, local testing sites, and partners as well as the guidelines on testing for college populations from the American College Health Association, from New York State, and from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
  • Broad testing would give point-in-time information. Without simultaneous quarantine protocols and retesting for all, it is not a reliable predictive method. Limited options exist currently to test asymptomatic individuals and even if testing was required (such as within 14 days of arrival on campus), that would not measure whether an individual contracted or was exposed to the virus in the interim period. Nazareth health and safety officials are in daily contact with state and regional partners for the latest updates and will adjust our protocols as conditions warrant.
  • A limited number of tests are expected to be available on campus for students with symptoms or who have been in close contact (defined below) with someone who has tested positive. If you are tested on campus, your results will be delivered by phone and/or email, with instructions on next steps. Nazareth expects to have access to both molecular tests (sent out to a lab) and rapid antigen (in-house) COVID-19 tests by the fall semester.

Testing FAQs

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

  • Lab test results typically return within 1-4 days, depending on the number of tests a lab is processing at the time you are tested. 
  • While you are waiting for your results, you should prepare to quarantine in a designated space. Students, while you are 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?

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 have symptoms of COVID-19, tests are covered by all New York State health insurers. If you are from out-of-state, please contact your health insurer directly to see if testing is covered.
  • Once we have rapid tests available at Health and Counseling Services, clinical determination will be made to see if a rapid test is right for you. If you are tested with a rapid test, you will be charged $25 up front (cash/check). You may submit the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.

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 you receive results from an off-campus lab, please call Health and Counseling, 585-389-2500. If it's after-hours, contact Campus Safety at 585-389-3333 to report the positive result.
  • 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 7 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 their 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.
  • You must sign a Release of Medical Information form, provided by Health and Counseling, for Nazareth staff to be able 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 and have meals delivered. Residential Life will check in regularly (virtually) 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 live off campus: Prepare to isolate at home, with support from Health and Counseling. See CDC isolation guidance.
  • 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 48 hours prior to your symptom onset or test. (Close contact is defined as meeting all 4 criteria: either you or the other person was not wearing a mask, in contact for 15 minutes or more, at a distance of 6 feet or less, and the exposure occurred within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or within 48 hours of a positive test if the person isn't having symptoms).
  • A contact tracer will then contact those who were exposed and ask them to quarantine, watch for symptoms, and possibly be 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 will regularly report COVID-19 positive test results regarding any Nazareth student, staff, faculty, or visitors who have been on campus during the period of potential contagion. The communication will contain 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 by meeting the criteria for close contact will be contacted directly through contact tracing.

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.
  • As noted above, Nazareth expects to have access to a limited number of both molecular tests (sent out to a lab) and rapid antigen (in-house) COVID-19 tests by the fall semester.
  • 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.

Has Nazareth considered large-scale surveillance monitoring to detect potential hot spots, such as wastewater surveillance?

In determining Nazareth’s testing approach, we researched extensively, consulted with the Health Department and area physicians, and decided to follow the American College Health Association (ACHA) and Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) guidelines. 

Broad testing would give point-in-time information. Without simultaneous quarantine protocols and retesting for all, it is not a reliable predictive method. Further, limited options exist currently to test asymptomatic individuals and even if that was required (such as within 14 days of arrival on campus), would not measure whether an individual contracted or was exposed to the virus in the interim period.

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