Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) closely monitors updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and continuously collaborates with our local and state departments of public health.  As a result, we implemented a multifaceted approach for how to monitor and maintain the health of our community. Here are some resources and information regarding our health and safety plans.

FALL 2021 TESTING STRATEGY
(Updated: 9/13/2021)

Measures to ensure the health of our community:

What happens with testing when campus is closed due to severe weather?

When campus is closed due to severe weather:

  • If you are dropping off and picking up a self administered COVID-19 test kit at the Rome Ballroom testing drop off area, please drop off and pick up your kits any other day during that week - Monday thru Thursday from 9 am- 11 am or 1 pm - 3 pm.
  • If the inclement weather occurs on a Thursday and you were unable to participate earlier that week, drop off and pick up your kit at the Rome Ballroom on Monday the next week.
  • Please note, tests need to be collected the same day they are dropped off.
  • Symptomatic testing will remain open as an essential service during inclement weather, please call before coming in for an on-site appointment.

Storrs Residential Students

Pre-Arrival Testing
Storrs Residential students who are not fully vaccinated are required to have a COIVD-19 test 5-7 days prior to arriving on campus. Both PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.

  • Positive Tests: Students who test positive will remain at home to self-isolate until medically cleared by SHaW – Medical Care to arrive on campus.
  • Negative Tests: Students who test negative will be allowed to arrive on campus for move in.

Arrival Testing
All residential students who are not fully vaccinated will be tested upon arrival as part of the Res Life Check-In process.

  • Testing will be performed at the J lot prior to Check-In, no prior action is required.

Arrival/Residential Quarantine
Students who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to a 7 day modified quarantine upon arrival.

  • They will be tested upon arrival between day 5 and 7.
  • Dining services will be Take-Out only.
  • They will be able to attend in-person classes but no other public functions.

Exemptions

  • Residential students who are not fully vaccinated and have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to arrival do not need to participate in pre-arrival or arrival testing in alignment with Public Health recommendations.

Diagnostic Surveillance Testing throughout the Semester
Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to submit weekly surveillance tests. Unobserved self-collected testing kits will be submitted at the Rome Ballroom test drop-off area Monday - Thursday 9 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 3 pm. Students who do not submit their required testing will be subject registration holds and will be blocked from the Rec Center.

Symptomatic Testing
Any student who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical evaluation through SHaW before engaging with the campus community.

  • Use the CDC Self-Checker for a list of symptoms and to help you make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care.

 

Storrs Off-Campus and Commuter Students

Diagnostic Surveillance Testing throughout the Semester
Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to submit weekly surveillance tests. Unobserved self-collected testing kits will be submitted at the Rome Ballroom test drop-off area Monday - Thursday 9 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 3 pm. Students who do not submit their required testing will be subject registration holds and will be blocked from the Rec Center.

Symptomatic Testing
Any student who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical evaluation through SHaW before engaging with the campus community.

  • Use the CDC Self-Checker for a list of symptoms and to help you make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care.

    Diagnostic Surveillance Testing throughout the Semester for Storrs Students

    All Storrs-based students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to submit unobserved, self-collected, surveillance testing kits on a weekly basis. Students who do not submit their required testing kits will be subject to registration holds and will be blocked from the Rec Center.

    • Pick up location: Rome Ballroom- enter through entrance A side; or at SHaW- Hilda May Building
    • Drop-off location: Rome Ballroom- enter through entrance A side
    • Drop-off Dates & Times: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 3 pm

    Rome Commons Entrances for SHaW Services:

    • Surveillance Testing Kit Drop-off (A)
    • Medical Care (B)

    Test Kits Entrance

    Symptomatic Testing throughout the Semester for Storrs Students

    Any Storrs-based student who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical evaluation through SHaW before engaging with the campus community. Please call 860-486-4700 for our Advice Nurse line.

    • Use the CDC Self-Checker for a list of symptoms and to help you make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care.

    Stamford Residential Students

    Pre-Arrival Testing
    Stamford Residential students who are not fully vaccinated are required to have a COIVD-19 test 5-7 days prior to arriving on campus. Both PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.

    • Positive Tests: Students who test positive will remain at home to self-isolate until medically cleared.
    • Negative Tests: Students who test negative will be allowed to arrive on campus for move in.

    Arrival Testing
    All residential students who are not fully vaccinated will be tested upon arrival.

    Arrival/Residential Quarantine
    Students who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to a 7 day modified quarantine upon arrival.

    • They will be tested upon arrival between day 5 and 7.
    • They will be able to attend in-person classes but no other public functions.

    Exemptions

    • Residential students who are not fully vaccinated and have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to arrival do not need to participate in pre-arrival or arrival testing in alignment with Public Health recommendations.

    Diagnostic Surveillance Testing throughout the Semester
    Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to submit weekly surveillance tests.

    Symptomatic Testing
    Any student who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical evaluation before engaging with the campus community.

    • Use the CDC Self-Checker for a list of symptoms and to help you make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care.
    • Click here to find local testing options.

    Regional Off-Campus and Commuter Students

    Off-campus and commuter students, both graduate and undergraduate, for all UConn regional campuses who were approved for a medical or non-medical COVID vaccine exemption are required to participate in weekly surveillance testing.

    Hartford or Avery Point students who are living on the Storrs campus should follow the Storrs campus testing requirements.

    Regional campus weekly surveillance testing for COVID vaccination exempt students will continue throughout the Fall 2021 semester.

    Any student who tests positive should seek medical care and clearance from isolation from their local provider.

    Please see below for regional testing and contact information:

    Campus Contact Email Address Type of Vault Testing Days of Testing
    Avery Point avptcovidtesting@uconn.edu Student Pick-up and Drop-off Take Home Test Mondays and Tuesdays
    Hartford Campus Hartford.business_ops@uconn.edu Vault In Person On-Site Testing Wednesdays; 10am - 2pm

    Testing site most likely be in the CCC Room in the Hartford Library (may vary week to week)

    Stamford Campus StamfordCOVIDtesting@uconn.edu Vault In Person On-Site Testing Wednesdays; 11am - 2pm

    Testing site will be the Gen Re Auditorium (Room 109)

    Waterbury Campus Waterbury.COVIDTesting@uconn.edu Student Pick-Up and Drop Off Take Home Test with Zoom test supervision. Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    UConn Law School Jennifer.cerny@uconn.edu Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off Take Home Test with Zoom test supervision. Mondays and Tuesdays

    All other regional campus students who wish to get tested:

     

    Symptomatic Testing
    Any student who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 should seek immediate medical evaluation and testing before engaging with the campus community.

    • Use the CDC Self-Checker for a list of symptoms and to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
    • Click here to find local testing options.

    Please note: If you are a Storrs student experiencing any symptoms, regardless of whether you live on or off campus, please contact the SHaW Advice Nurse at 860-486-4700. The Advice Nurse is available to Storrs students 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

    Visit Eastern Highlands Health District for local info on vaccines and testing.

    COVID VACCINE IN CONNECTICUT

    All individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination. These appointments can be scheduled through the CT Vaccine Portal:

     

    COVID VACCINATION RECORDS

    All UConn students are required to share their vaccination records with SHaW through the patient portal.

     

    FALL 2021 COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT

    The University of Connecticut added a COVID vaccine requirement for students who will be enrolled and attending class at any of the five campuses, including Storrs, Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury for the fall 2021 semester. Immunization requirements are in place to protect the health of the community. This requirement is consistent with the recommendation provided by the American College Health Association.

    Demonstrating proof of vaccination

    All UConn students on the Storrs and regional campuses are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are required to report vaccination compliance to Student Health and Wellness (SHaW).
    • Students whose COVID-19 vaccination records are not in the CT-DPH database must upload their COVID-19 vaccination records into the SHaW patient portal. This includes partial vaccination records and statements of intention to be vaccinated for students who do not have access to vaccination.
    • International students shall be considered in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if they have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has either been authorized for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Check the status of your vaccine HERE.
    • International students who have received COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by the FDA or listed by the WHO will be considered “not fully vaccinated”. Check the status of your vaccine HERE. These students should be vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine upon arrival to the United States. Vaccination for Storrs based students is available through SHaW. Regional students can access vaccination appointments through the CT Vaccine Portal.

      Exemptions to the requirement 

      Immunization exemptions will be permitted under certain circumstances.

      • Two types of exemptions for COVID-19 vaccine may be pursued: a medical exemption and a non-medical exemption.
      • The deadline for submitting non-medical exemptions was July 15th.
      • Students will be notified of the receipt of their medical exemption by SHaW.
      • Students with exemptions will be required to adhere to additional precautionary measures to protect themselves and the community.

      COVID VACCINATIONS FOR STORRS-BASED STUDENTS

      COVID-19 vaccines are available to our Storrs-based graduate and undergraduate students. To view the schedule and secure a dose, visit the SHaW patient portal.

      All students who will be in-person on UConn’s campuses during the fall 2021 semester are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The goal of this policy is to help safeguard health and wellness on our campuses and in our communities by reducing the risk that the virus will be transmitted and cause illness, particularly in high-density congregant settings such as residence halls, dining halls, and classrooms.

      COVID-19 VACCINATION & TESTING FAQs
      (Updated: 9/13/2021)

      How can I be vaccinated for COVID-19?

      • COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 12 years of age and older are available.  These appointments can be scheduled through the CT Vaccine Portal.
      • SHaW is providing COVID-19 vaccines by appointment to our Storrs based graduate and undergraduate students. To schedule an appointment, visit the SHaW patient portal.

      I am a Storrs based Student, how can I be tested for COVID-19

      Our current COVID-19 testing strategy for Storrs based students includes:

      • Weekly testing for all students who are not fully vaccinated.
      • Testing for all students who are identified as a contact of a positive or presumed positive case of COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
      • Testing for any symptomatic student regardless of vaccination status. Requested COVID-19 testing outside of these parameters is considered student responsibility.

      Personal COVID-19 testing requests outside of these parameters can be located/scheduled through 211ct.org.

      Are vaccines on campus available on a walk-in basis?

      • Vaccinations through SHaW are by appointment only for Storrs-based students and regional students living on the Storrs campus.
      • COVID-19 vaccines are available to our Storrs-based graduate and undergraduate students. To schedule an appointment, visit the SHaW patient portal.

      SUBMITTING PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION FAQs
      (Updated: 9/13/2021)

      How do I submit proof of my COVID-19 vaccination to SHaW?

      • Students whose COVID-19 vaccination records are not in the CT-DPH database must upload their COVID-19 vaccination records into the SHaW Patient Portal.
      • Select “Document Upload” from the top menu bar.
      • Select "COVID 19 Results and Clearance" in the Document Type drop-down menu.
      • To verify compliance of your COVID-19 immunization, log into the SHaW Patient Portal and view your immunization history.

      What are the acceptable types of proof of vaccination?

      • Providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination to SHaW can include a copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Card, WHO Vaccine Booklet or documentation provided by a health care professional/organization/country.
      • All documentation must include your name, vaccine manufacturer, number of doses and date received, vaccine lot number, and site of administration.
      • All documentation must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified translation at the student’s expense.
      • International students who have received COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by the FDA or WHO should still provide their vaccine information. However, they will not be considered fully vaccinated until they receive a full course of an FDA or WHO authorized COIVD-19 vaccine.

      What if I qualify for a medical exemption?

      • Any student seeking a medical exemption must print, complete, and upload the Medical Immunization Exemption Form to the SHaW Patient Portal. Use the SHaW Medical Immunization Exemption form and check the “Other” box and write in “COVID-19 Vaccine” on the form.
      • SHaW will review and accept vaccination exemptions for medical reasons only. A signed statement indicating specific medical contraindication from your medical provider is required for medical exemption.
      • Students who receive medical exemptions may be subject to exclusion from campus in the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak, and to other health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, participation in surveillance testing, quarantine, and mask-wearing.

        What if I am seeking a non-medical exemption request?

        • The deadline for applying for a non-medical exemption was July 15th.
        • Students who have received a non-medical exemption may be subject to exclusion from campus in the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak and to other health and safety requirements, including, but not limited to, participation in surveillance testing, quarantine, and mask-wearing.

        What if I already have a religious exemption on file with SHaW?

        • Students who currently have a religious exemption on file with SHaW should still file a non-medical exemption request by completing this electronic form.
        • The deadline for non-medical exemption requests was July 15th.
        • Students who receive a non-medical exemption, including for religious reasons, may be subject to exclusion from campus in the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak and to other health and safety requirements, including, but not limited to, participation in surveillance testing, quarantine, and mask-wearing.

        Will UConn accept COVID-19 vaccinations from outside the U.S.?

        • Yes. The university plans to accept all vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Check the WHO link for up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 vaccines.

        If I am living in another country before coming to UConn in the fall, should I wait to get vaccinated?

        • No. Get vaccinated as soon as possible in your home country in order to protect you, your family and community from COVID-19.
        • UConn will accept COVID-19 vaccines that has either been authorized for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or been authorized for use outside of the United States by the World Health Organization (WHO).
        • International students who have received COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by the FDA or WHO will not be considered fully vaccinated until they receive a full course of an FDA or WHO authorized COIVD-19 vaccine.
        • SHaW will be available to provide COVID-19 vaccine when you arrive on campus if necessary.

        I have obtained a vaccine outside of the United States that is not currently authorized by the U.S. FDA or WHO. Should I report this and what can I expect?

        It is important for you to complete the vaccine submission process if you have received a vaccine abroad. Having your vaccination information on file will make it easier for SHaW to communicate with you when we learn of new guidance.

        View the Will COVID-19 vaccinations from outside the U.S. be accepted? section above for more information.

         

        What if I lose my vaccine documentation?

        The CDC vaccination card you received is the best means to show you have been vaccinated. Keep it in a safe place. For any additional documentation, contact the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine. Most states require that vaccine providers keep records on paper or in a database. If you’re unable to get documentation from the provider, contact your state or local board of health for assistance.

         

        What if I have a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?

        Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus are at increased risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. Additional preventive measures are required to reduce this risk. These measures will include, but not be limited to; quarantine periods on arrival to campus and after exposure to a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19, masking indoors, surveillance testing, and isolation for presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

        These preventive measures are necessary to protect individuals who are unvaccinated and the larger UConn community.

        In the case of an outbreak of COVID-19 on any of our campuses, individuals who are not vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be excluded from the affected campus until the outbreak is declared over.

        Please note that this guidance is subject to change based upon conditions in the future (including, but not limited to, rising transmission rates, concerns about vaccine protection levels, variant spread, etc.).  Updates will be issued as needed.

         

        What do I do if I have a COVID-19 hold?

        Upload your vaccination information HERE.

        • This includes partial vaccination records and statements of intention to be vaccinated for students who do not have access to vaccination.
        • Medical exemptions can be submitted HERE.

        Once you have uploaded your vaccination record, please allow 24-48 hours to process the information.

        You can check your COVID-19 Vaccination status on your Student Health Portal.

         

        COVID-19 TESTING

        To keep our community safe and to keep the University open, UConn is employing various methods of testing to stay on top of COVID-19 transmission, preventing outbreaks and reducing the need for large-scale residential quarantines. In addition to testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, UConn is using pooled surveillance screening of both wastewater and saliva samples to identify areas of viral concentration even before individuals in those areas show symptoms or receive positive clinical tests.

        Visit covid-testing.uconn.edu for more information on our surveillance testing efforts.

        There are three types of monitoring:

        Wastewater Testing

        What: Scientists at the University continually test wastewater samples from areas all over the Storrs campus to detect the presence of SARS-Cov-2.

        How: Use the restrooms in your residential area as normal. No further action is required.

        Why: Individuals infected with SARS-Cov-2 shed viral particles in their feces even before showing symptoms, allowing us to detect where COVID-19 might be spreading. If a wastewater sample indicates the presence of the virus, we can test further in in that area to isolate cases, catching infections before they become outbreaks and keeping residence halls open.

        Pooled (Gargle) Testing

        What: Groups of 10 saliva samples are pooled together and tested for presence of the virus.

        How: In the comfort and privacy of your dorm room, gargle the solution in your provided test tube, spitting it back into the tube and closing it. Deposit the tube in a designated bucket once per week on a specified day.

        Why: If the virus is detected in a pooled sample, each individual in the pool can be clinically tested to isolate cases, catching infections before they become outbreaks and keeping residence halls open.

        Exception: In alignment with Public Health recommendations, students with a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 90 days will not participate in pooled testing.

        Individual Diagnostic Testing

        What: Nasal swabs are tested individually for the presence of the virus.

        Why: Routine, random diagnostic tests of the population help identify asymptomatic cases and isolate them before they spread, keeping residence halls open.

        How: Storrs students will make a testing appointment through the SHaW Patient Portal and report to the Field House at your appointment time to have a swab taken. You may receive an email from SHaW asking you to make an appointment. In addition, residential students and off-campus students with an on-campus commitment can have five self-requested clinical surveillance tests throughout the semester. Off-campus students with no on-campus commitments can have three self-requested surveillance tests in addition to any testing requested by SHaW.

        Exception: In alignment with Public Health recommendations, students with a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 90 days will not participate in surveillance testing.

        Submitting External COVID-19 Test Results

        All students, including those from our regional campuses, who obtain testing results outside of the UConn testing program should upload their results through the SHaW Patient Portal.

        • Select “Document Upload” from the top menu bar.
        • Select "COVID 19 Results and Clearance" in the Document Type drop-down menu.

        ISOLATION
        (Updated: 8/23/2021)

        What is the difference between medical quarantine, and isolation?

        QUARANTINE keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

        • Medical quarantine is a period of time when a student who has been potentially exposed to the virus is medically advised to limit their in-person interactions with others.
          • Residential Students who are in this type of quarantine will not be able to attend in-person instruction and their movement around campus will be limited.  This prevents more individuals from potential exposure to the virus.
          • Off-campus and Commuter Students will not be able to come to campus while in quarantine.
          • The quarantine period is calculated based on the timing of the exposure. Students can re-join the campus community once the quarantine period is completed. No clearance is required. 

        ISOLATION keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

        • Isolation is required when an individual is diagnosed with COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. Individuals in isolation must remove themselves from all face-to-face interactions until they are no longer infectious and are released by their medical provider.
        • Repeat testing is not recommended.
        • Students who have completed their isolation and have been medical released by their health care provider are able to return to in-person classes and activities. Students should not be compelled to provide documentation to faculty as private health information (PHI) is protected. Students are trusted to communicate their ability to attend in-person activities. 

        All students are strongly encouraged to have an isolation and quarantine plan.

        Isolation Instructions for Students Living in University Housing

        Isolation is used to keep individuals have COVID-19 away from others while they can spread it to others. This is a critical public health measure that prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

        Your isolation period will last for a minimum of 10 days from the date of the onset of your symptoms or the date of the positive test if you do not have any symptoms.

        DURING THE ISOLATION PERIOD:

        • DO NOT leave your designated isolation location except to seek medical care in coordination with SHaW or public safety authorities.
          • Meals will be delivered by dining services. (Take-out delivery is not permitted at the Graduate Hotel isolation site)
          • Do not allow anyone in your isolation unit unless assigned there by SHaW.

         

        • DO attend your scheduled medical visits by telemedicine or phone.
        • DO monitor your symptoms daily.
        • DO wash your hands frequently.
        • DO communicate with your faculty, instructors, and employers.
        • DO continue with online learning.
        • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
        • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu for needed help and support.
        • DO contact SHaW for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you!

        Self-Isolation Instructions for Non-Residential Students

        Isolation is used to keep individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 away from others while they are contagious. This is a critical public health measure that prevents the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

        Your isolation period will last for a minimum of 10 days from the date of the onset of your symptoms or the date of the positive test if you do not have any symptoms.

        During the isolation period:

        • DO NOT leave your designated isolation location except to seek medical care in coordination with SHaW.
        • DO attend your scheduled medical visits by telemedicine or phone.
        • DO monitor your symptoms daily.
        • DO communicate with your faculty instructors and employers.
        • DO continue with online learning.
        • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
        • DO wash your hands frequently.
        • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu (Storrs students), or appropriate Regional Student Services Offices (regional students) for needed help and support.
        • DO contact SHaW through for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you.

        The UConn Pack Ambassadors are available to provide an additional source of peer-to-peer connection and support. Their goal is to help fellow students feel connected with our community.

        • Students in isolation can request a contact by one of the Pack Ambassadors using this link.
        • Within a few days a Pack Ambassador will reach out via the student’s preferred means (call, text, email or WebEx) to touch base and chat. 

        QUARANTINE
        (Updated: 8/23/2021)

        What is Modified Quarantine?

        modified quarantine means that all quarantine procedures below apply with the exception that these students are permitted to attend class and work in person and participate in essential research functions conducted at UConn. They must continue to wear masks, physically distance, and avoid crowds and social gatherings. Students with a meal plan should utilize “grab and go” dining services only. In addition, they should complete their daily online symptom check and follow all medical advice.

        Students in clinical rotations should follow the recommendations of their clinical setting.

        How can I Quarantine at home safely?

        If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and choose to quarantine at home, follow these precautions:

        • Obtain a COVID-19 test and have the result before you leave campus.
        • Do not use public transportation to travel home.
        • Ensure that you have a quarantine space in your home that is not shared by others.
        • Wear a mask when you are not in your designated quarantine space.
        • Wash your hands frequently.
        • Spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
        • Monitor your symptoms daily and take your temperature twice a day.
        • Call SHaW and seek testing if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your quarantine period.

        Quarantine Instructions for Students Living in University Housing

        Quarantine is used to keep individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 away from others. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur from people without symptoms.

        The quarantine period lasts for 14 days after the last known contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Most Residential students may quarantine in place; however, some may need to relocate to a designated quarantine location.

        Students with a meal plan will be directed to a designated dining hall for the period of their quarantine.
        DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD:

        • Stay in your designated quarantine location.
        • Monitor your health daily and submit your Daily Symptom Check.

         

        • DO NOT enter public places except to access take-out dining services from your designated dining hall.
        • DO NOT attend in-person instruction.
        • DO NOT go to work.

         

        • DO communicate with your faculty instructors and employers.
        • DO continue with online learning.
        • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
        • DO spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
        • DO wear a mask whenever you are not in your designated quarantine space.
        • DO wash your hands frequently.
        • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu for needed help and support.
        • DO contact SHaW for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you!

        Quarantine Instructions for Off-Campus & Commuter Students

        Quarantine is used to keep individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 away from others. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur from people without symptoms.

        The self-quarantine period lasts for 14 days after the last known contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
        DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD:

        • Stay in your designated quarantine location.
        • Monitor your health daily and submit your Daily Symptom Check.

         

        • DO NOT enter public places including the UConn campus.
        • DO NOT attend in-person instruction.
        • DO NOT go to work.

         

        • DO communicate with your faculty instructors and employers.
        • DO continue with online learning.
        • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
        • DO spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
        • DO wear a mask whenever you are not in your designated quarantine space.
        • DO wash your hands frequently.
        • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu (Storrs students), or appropriate Regional Student Services Offices (regional students) for needed help and support.
        • DO contact SHaW for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you!

        I have been identified as a close contact of an individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and am fully vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2. Do I need to quarantine?

        According to CDC, individuals fully vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2 do not need to quarantine but should follow these preventive measures to protect themselves and others:

        • obtain a COVID test 3-5 days after exposure and if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19
        • wear a mask in doors in all public places for 14 days after exposure
        • monitor for COVID symptoms daily for 14 days after exposure
        • avoid crowds
        • cover coughs and sneezes
        • wash hands often

        Clinical students with academic placements should defer to the guidance of their clinical site.

        Calculating the Start and End of Quarantine

        When do I start and end Quarantine?

        Quite simply, you should quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

        See the scenarios below to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others. For all of these scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

        Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—will not have further close contact

        quarantine scenario

        Scenario 2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact

        quarantine scenario

        Scenario 3: Under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19

        length of quarantine scenario

        Scenario 4: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact

        scenario for quarantine

        UPDATES & COMMUNICATIONS

        01-30-21 | COVID Testing Reminder for Off-campus/Commuter Students

        For those students who already did their reentry testing, please remember to drop off your completed Vault At Home test in the Student Union Ballroom.

        How to use your home based Vault testing kit:

        • Log in to your Vault account at COVID.VLT.CO
        • Register your testing kit.
        • Schedule your Zoom supervised self-collection appointment within 24-36 hours of drop off.
        • Return your completed sample within 24-36 hours to the Student Union Ballroom, Monday-Thursday between 9am-4pm  DO NOT MAIL BACK YOUR KIT.
        • Pick-up your Vault testing kit at the SU for the following week.

        For those off campus Storrs students who are registered for in-person instruction or who will be regularly working or doing research on campus and have not yet submitted a re-entry test result to SHaW, go to the Student Union Ballroom, Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm, to pick up a Vault At-Home test kit.

         

        ELLYSSA EROR, MD | she/her/hers
        MEDICAL DIRECTOR
        UCONN STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS

        01-26-21 | National Guard Service and Testing for COVID-19

        Thank you for your service in the National Guard or Reserves. We recognize that you may be called to Active Duty over the next several months and we want to help make your return as safe and seamless as possible.

        We can offer an enhanced COVID-19 testing protocol upon your return from Active Duty with testing upon your return followed by additional testing on day 7 and after day 10. In addition, we advise a modified quarantine where you refrain from in-person social gatherings for the 14 days following your return.

        Please contact us if you are called for Active Duty and we will arrange for testing upon your return.

        Best Regards,
        Medical Care Staff
        Student Health and Wellness

        01-20-21 | Message to Off-campus/Commuter Students re: Spring Arrival Testing

        COVID Testing - Off-Campus & Commuter Students with On Campus In-Person Commitments

        Storrs off campus and commuter students (graduate and undergraduate) registered for in-person instruction or who will be regularly working or doing research on campus, are required to have a COVID-19 Reentry Test in January before coming to campus and weekly testing through February.

        Here are the details:

        JANUARY REENTRY TESTING DETAILS:

        • Testing will be available at no cost in the Student Union (SU) Ballroom (330/331 third floor) on January 25, 26, 27 & 28 from 9:00 a. m. – 4:00 p.m.
        • Free parking is available in the North and South parking garages 1/25-1/28. Follow the signage from the garage to the designated SU testing entrances.
        • Follow the same signage for accessible entrances to the SU. There will be additional signage in the building for accessible access to the 3rd
        • Follow the schedule below to access testing. Testing is not by appointment.
          • Students unable to be tested at their designated times may access testing during any of the hours of operation if absolutely necessary.

        Testing Schedule - Last Name Beginning With:

        ABCD Monday, Jan. 25, 9:00 – 10:00 am
        EFGH Monday, Jan. 25, 10:00 – 11:00 am
        IJKL Monday, Jan. 25, 11:00 -12:00 noon
        MNOP Monday, Jan. 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
        QRST Monday, Jan. 25, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
        UVWX Monday, Jan. 25, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
        YZ Monday, Jan. 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
        MNOP Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9:00 – 10:00 am
        QRST Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am
        UVWX Tuesday, Jan. 26, 11:00 -12:00 noon
        YZ Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
        ABCD Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
        EFGH Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
        IJKL Tuesday, Jan. 26, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
        YZ Wednesday, Jan. 27, 9:00 – 10:00 am
        UVWX Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10:00 – 11:00 am
        QRST Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11:00 -12:00 noon
        MNOP Wednesday, Jan. 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
        IJKL Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
        EFGH Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
        ABCD Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
        ABCD Thursday, Jan. 28, 9:00 – 10:00 am
        EFGH Thursday, Jan. 28, 10:00 – 11:00 am
        IJKL Thursday, Jan. 28, 11:00 -12:00 noon
        MNOP Thursday, Jan. 28, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
        QRST Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
        UVWX Thursday, Jan. 28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
        YZ Thursday, Jan. 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

        FEBRUARY WEEKLY SURVEILLANCE TESTING DETAILS:

        • You will receive a Vault testing kit for the first week of February after you complete your re-entry testing.
        • Follow the instructions for this home based test.
        • Return the completed test February 1st – 4th: 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Student Union Ballroom.
        • You will receive another Vault testing kit, to be completed the following week, after you return your test.
        • This process will continue Monday – Thursday through the month of February.

         

        INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOTH RE-ENTRY TESTING AND FEBRUARY WEEKLY TESTING:

        • Bring your UConn ID.
        • Do not eat anything, drink anything, chew gum or smoke for a half hour before your test.
        • Students who have had a positive COVID test result in the past 90 days do not need to be tested.
          • Upload positive COVID testing results if you have not already done so.

        01-07-21 | Email to Storrs Residential Students re Pre-Arrival Testing

        REQUIRED: COVID-19 Testing Before Returning to UConn

        The University will provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for you. IT IS REQUIRED unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 since 11/1/2020.

        HOW: You will receive an email from VAULT Health with a link to order your personal test kit.

        WHEN: This week.

        WHAT TO DO:

        Order your test kit the day you receive your email from VAULT Health. You will need the kit to schedule your Zoom supervised sample collection with VAULT Health.

        DO NOT schedule your sample collection until you receive exact dates from Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) timed to your return to campus.

        We will inform you by email when you may begin scheduling your sample collection.

        Drop off the completed kit at your nearest UPS store or drop box the day you collect your sample. The results will be sent directly to SHaW.

         

        Submitting External COVID-19 Test Results:

        If you have tested positive for COVID-19 (PCR or Antigen) since 11/1/2020, upload your test result through the SHaW Patient Portal if you have not already done so and do not take the Vault pre-arrival test.

        • Select “Document Upload” from the top menu bar.
        • Select "COVID 19 Results and Clearance" in the Document Type drop-down menu.

         

        Contact Student Health and Wellness at shaw-covid@uconn.edu with any questions or concerns.

        Best Regards,

        Medical Care Staff

        01-05-21 | Arrival Testing Message for Students with prior COVID positive test result

        If you tested positive 11/1/2020 or later, you DO NOT NEED testing prior to coming to campus.

        Please upload a copy of your test result if you have not already done so.

        • Select “Document Upload” from the top menu bar.
        • Select "COVID 19 Results and Clearance" in the Document Type drop-down menu

        You will not require additional COVID-19 testing until 90 days after the date of the positive test.

        12-21-20 | Email to Student Athletes re: Pre-arrival Testing

        REQUIRED: COVID-19 Testing Before Returning to UConn

        The University will provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for you. IT IS REQUIRED.

        HOW: You will receive an email from VAULT Health with a link to order your personal test kit.

        WHEN: This week

        WHAT TO DO:
        Order your test kit the day you receive your email from VAULT Health.

        Once your collection kit arrives, schedule your Zoom supervised sample collection for:
        Monday: 12/28 or
        Tuesday: 12/29 or
        Wednesday 12/30

        Drop off the completed kit at your nearest UPS store or drop box the day you collect your sample.

        Contact Student Health and Wellness at shaw-covid@uconn.edu with any questions or concerns.

        Best Regards,

        Medical Care Staff
        Student Health and Wellness

        SPRING 2021 COVID-19 FAQs    (Updated: 3/26/2021)

        What are the current guidelines for out-of-state travel?

        I’m arriving to the U.S. from international travel, what are the requirements?

        I am submitting gargle samples for pooled testing every week, do I still schedule additional testing when invited by SHaW?

        • YES! Try to separate your individual surveillance test from your gargle sample submission by two days or more, but if you can’t that’s OK. It is better to do both tests.

         

        How do I choose a mask or face covering and then use it correctly?

        • CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Look here for their guidance on selection and use.

         

        How do Storrs residential students get their move-in test results?

        • Results are available through a CareEvolve portal, usually in less than 24 hours from receipt of the tests at Broad Institute's loading dock. Taking collection and shipping time into account, most results are available at or under a 24-hour turnaround time.
        • After your test on move-in day, expect an email from CareEvolve@lknotification.com. This email will contain a confirmation code and a link to the CareEvolve portal. You will need to confirm your name, birthdate, and UConn's zip code (06269). You will then fill out your profile, entering demographic information.  The Address will be your dorm name and room number, i.e. Keller 303. The exception to that is Werth Tower, where the dorm name was imported into CareEvolve as NextGen. Once you are logged in, click your test date to view your results. For a detailed presentation on this process, click here.
        • If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. UConn staff will reach out to you to initiate quarantine and isolation procedures to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Student Health and Wellness medical staff will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results, medical history, and your symptoms.
        • A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample at the time you were tested.
        • Unsatisfactory/Tests Not Processed (TNP) or invalid test results indicate an error in collection or an insufficient sample. Up to 5% of tests may result in unsatisfactory/TNP samples under normal conditions.
          • Common unsatisfactory/TNP results include, but are not limited to:Unsatisfactory_11: Solids are present in sample or viscosity of sample is too high to process. To prevent this, blow your nose thoroughly before collecting the sample.Unsatisfactory_12: The sample is not sufficient to process because something is wrong with the swab. Most commonly, this is because the swab is put in the tube upside-down. The correct placement of the swab is with the soft tip pointing down toward the liquid at the bottom of the tube.

            Invalid: A test that seemed fine and went through the testing process, but did not indicate the presence human material, which should be present on all swabs.

            In any of these situations, SHaW staff will contact you to redo your sample collection.

             

        Will I be required to have additional testing for COVID-19 during the semester?

        • UConn will be doing random weekly surveillance testing of the residential student population throughout the semester on both the Storrs and Stamford campuses.
        • Storrs based residential students will undergo weekly pooled testing throughout the spring semester.
        • Storrs based off-campus students with an on-campus commitment are required to submit weekly surveillance tests through the month of February.
        • EXEMPTION: Students with a positive COVID-19 test in the past 90 days will not participate in additional testing.

        I am a student employee, what do I need to do to be ready to work in-person on campus?

        • Student employees working on campus will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test or provide medical clearance documentation following a positive test result. If a COVID-19 clearance is required, one will be available as a Secure Message on the SHaW patient portal.

        I am a Storrs Campus residential student. What happens if I have symptoms or if I test positive for COVID-19?

        • Storrs Campus residential students who test positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic and students who test negative but have symptoms of COVID-19, are recommended to self-isolate at home.  For those who cannot self-isolate at home, they will be placed in self-isolation in one of the dedicated reserved isolation spaces on campus.
        • Individuals in self-isolation must remove themselves from face-to-face interactions with others until they are recovered.  SHaW will provide telemedicine visits for Storrs students in isolation and food will be delivered by UConn Dining Services.

        I am a commuter or off-campus student. What happens if I have symptoms or if I test positive for COVID-19?

        • Storrs-based students may receive medical care and guidance through Student Health and Wellness while Regional Campus students will continue to be cared for by their primary care providers.
        • When possible, non-residential students should self-isolate at home.  They will be given self-isolation instructions.
        • SHaW will provide medical support and instructions for Storrs off-campus students who test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 without a positive test result.

        I am a Graduate Assistant. As an employee, what happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

        GA employees who test positive for COVID-19 need to:

        • Email HR at hr@uconn.edu with the following information:
          • Supervisor name and contact information
          • Last date on campus and locations where they were

        I am an international student. Do I need to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus or attending classes?

        • International students living in residential housing will be offered testing when they arrive on campus and again within 7 days of arrival. They will need to quarantine for 7 days.
        • International students who live off-campus will have testing available when they arrive and again within 7 days of arrival. They will need to quarantine for 7 days with this testing schedule and 10 days without testing.

        What is the requirement for parents/guardians or other family members arriving from states under the travel advisory during the move in process?

        • Parents/guardians or other family members arriving from states under the travel advisory are recommended to follow Connecticut State guidance, which includes a testing option prior to arrival.  As a reminder, please note only one individual will be allowed to assist with move in according to the guidelines at reslife.uconn.edu.

        What if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

        • Individuals who think they may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
        • UConn Storrs students my seek medical care from SHaW at the Hilda May Williams building at 234 Glenbrook Road, Storrs. Please call first! Call 860 486-4700: option #1 then #2 to speak to a health care provider before you visit.

        What if someone I know is diagnosed with COVID-19 and I was in contact with them?

        • Contact tracing identifies individuals who have been less than 6 feet away from a confirmed positive case for greater than 15 minutes over a 24 hour period.  Regional departments of public health are responsible for contact tracing.  SHaW has been designated by DPH to contact trace UConn Storrs students.
        • On the Storrs campus, SHaW will notify students identified through contact tracing. The Dean of Students Office will work with identified students to notify their faculty.  For the regional campuses, contact tracing will be conducted by the local departments of public health.

        Will I need to be tested if I am identified as a close contact through contact tracing?

        • UConn students identified as “close contacts” are required to quarantine for 14 days.
        • It is recommended that all close contacts be tested for COVID-19 during their quarantine period, ideally 5-7 days following their contact.

        What should I bring to campus to be prepared for COVID-19 expectations or for general self-care?

        • Being prepared for COVID—19 is similar to what you typically need to be prepared for campus life.  A personal, reusable thermometer is a must-have.
        • Additional items we recommend: 
          • Travel-sized hand sanitizer
          • Sanitizing wipes
          • Masks/ face coverings (2 reusable masks will be provided for each student)
          • Non-perishable food items and favorite snacks

        I am a residential student, should I have a prepared packed isolation bag?

        • If you are directed to self-isolate you should be prepared to remain in self-isolation for 7-10 days. Residential students should have a prepared “go bag” with the following items:  
          • Thermometer 
          • Academic items: Laptop, laptop charger, phone, phone charger, pens, pencils, books, notepads, backpack. 
          • Clothing: Several changes of clothing, undergarments, socks, shoes. 
          • Bedding: Pillow, favorite blanket or throw blanket. 
          • Laundry bag or duffle bag 
          • Personal hygiene items: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, glasses, contacts, contact solution, period products if applicable.
          • Medications: Any prescription medications you take on a regular basis and any over-the-counter medication you might need. 
          • Valuables: Student ID, wallet, purse, money. 
          • Water Bottle

        I am a non-residential student, how should I prepare for quarantine/isolation?

        • If you are directed to self-quarantine you should be prepared to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine periods may extend beyond 14 days (refer to Calculating Quarantine)
        • If you are directed to self-isolate you should be prepared to remain in in isolation for a minimum or 10 days from the date of your positive test or the onset of symptoms.
        • Non-residential students are recommended to quarantine or isolate at home if they can do so safely, but may be able remain in their off-campus residence.
        • Students isolating in their off-campus residence should prepare to have non-perishable food supplies on hand to support their period of isolation. Community resources are also available.

        What do I do if I have been told to quarantine and monitor?

        • Remain at home for the recommended period of time except to seek medical care. This will depend on the reason or timing of the recommendation.
        • Monitor your health for symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
        • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day to monitor for a fever (100.4◦/38◦C or higher).
        • If you develop symptoms, call ahead before seeking medical care, and do not use drop-in urgent care sites or other locations. You may contact Student Health and Wellness to speak to a health care provider at: 860 486-4700: option #1, then #2.
        • Practice good hand hygiene with frequent hand-washing.
        • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and practice good cough etiquette (cough into your sleeve or elbow, not your hands).
        • Do not share personal items.
        • Decline requests from visitors during the quarantine period.
        • You can return to normal activities after the quarantine period is complete, there is no clearance process.
        • There are no recommended restrictions for other members of your household during the quarantine period as long as you continue to have no symptoms of COVID-19.

        What if I need to miss class due to quarantine or isolation?

        • Storrs students who need to miss class due to medical quarantine or isolation should email dos@uconn.edu to request support in notifying their faculty when they are unable to attend classes. Regional campus students should email the Student Services staff at their home campus to request support and faculty notification. 

        Can I meet with a counselor while I am in quarantine or isolation?

        • Student Health and Wellness will continue to offer all mental health routine and urgent care through tele-mental health throughout the fall semester.  Visit our Mental Health services page for additional information.  

        I have tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to be retested?

        • You should not be routinely tested for COVID-19 for 90 days following your positive test.

        What if I have COVID-19 testing results from an outside provider?

        • All students, Storrs- and Regional-based, should upload all COVID testing results to the Student Health and Wellness Medical Records Department where it will be added to their medical record.
        • All students are exempt from COVID-19 testing for 90 days following the date of their positive test.

        What precautions can I take to ensure that I am doing my part to keep the campus safe?

        • Limit close personal contact and maintain a minimum physical distance of at least 6 feet.
        • Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times when in public areas on campus - indoors, in classrooms, labs, elevators, and other common areas, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
        • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible.
        • Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects if soap and water are not readily available.

        Is the dorm considered a “public place,” in terms of the Connecticut state form and not having to self-quarantine?

        • Yes, residential halls are considered "public places" and fall under the general restrictions for self-quarantine for individuals who arrive to Connecticut from states under the travel advisory. The exception is for students who are entering a residence hall as their designated self-quarantine space.

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