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.

IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES

Because of our good health and precautionary behavior such as mask wearing and physical distancing, Student Activities is hosting small in-person activities while also increasing awareness of virtual and in-person events through the uKindess site.

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.

COVID VACCINE IN CONNECTICUT

Beginning on April 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available for individuals 16 and older who live or work in the state of Connecticut at community vaccination centers. These appointments can be scheduled through the CT Vaccine Portal:

 

COVID VACCINATION RECORDS

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

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION FAQ

How can I be vaccinated for COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available for individuals 16 and older who live or work in the state of Connecticut through community vaccination centers starting on April 1st. These appointments can be scheduled through the CT Vaccine Portal.
  • SHaW will be providing COVID-19 vaccines by appointment to our Storrs based graduate and undergraduate students when they become available to us.

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

  • NO. Vaccinations at the Community Vaccination Center at the Hawley Armory and through SHaW are by appointment only.

I am an out of state or international student, can I be vaccinated in CT?

  • All enrolled students living or residing in CT are considered to be “living in CT” and are eligible to be vaccinated in CT. Vaccination sites are directed to check ID and confirm a local address. If you do not have a CT ID then a pay stub, utility bill, etc. will suffice. Bring your valid student ID if you cannot provide documentation for a local CT address.

I have been vaccinated against COVID-19; do I still need to wear a mask and undergo surveillance testing?

  • No vaccine is 100% effective and it is unknown if individuals who are vaccinated can still spread the disease.
    • Wear your mask.
    • Continue to be tested.

I have been vaccinated against COVID-19; do I need to submit it to SHaW?

If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccination please upload the vaccine documentation to your student health portal under “Document Upload."

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.

SPRING 2021 STRATEGY

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 had a scheduled appointment for Surveillance Testing in the Field House, you will receive a secure message instructing you on how to reschedule your COVID testing appointment.
  • If you are participating in the Residential Pooled Gargle Testing, continue to submit your sample on your scheduled day.
  • If you are dropping off and picking up the Vault At-Home COVID test kits in the Student Union, please drop off and pick up your kits any other day during that week - Monday thru Thursday from 9a-4p in the Student Union.  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 SU on Monday the next week.
  • Symptomatic testing remains 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 traveling to campus will complete a mail-in COVID-19 test through Vault Health 5-7 days prior to coming to campus.

  • 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.
  • Unable to Test: Students arriving from outside the U.S. may not be able to access testing through Vault Health. These students are encouraged to obtain a test prior to traveling to campus if able and will be tested upon arrival.

An email with specific instructions for obtaining and taking the mail-in test from Vault Medical will be sent to your UConn email the week of January 5th.

 

Arrival Testing
All residential students will be tested upon arrival as part of the Res Life Check-In process.

  • Testing will be performed during Check-In, no prior action is required.

 

Arrival/Residential Quarantine
Everyone on campus will operate under a residential quarantined until February 1, 2021.

  • All academic instruction will be online.
  • Dining services will be Take-Out only from 1/16-1/30.
  • The Rec Center will be closed to the public.

 

Exemptions

  • Residential students with a positive COVID-19 test result on or after November 1, 2020 will not need to participate in pre-arrival or arrival testing in alignment with Public Health recommendations.
  • There is no exemption from the Arrival/Residential Quarantine.

 

Diagnostic Surveillance Testing throughout the Semester
Surveillance testing will again take place at the north side of the Greer Fieldhouse and will be appointment based only. Testing appointments can be scheduled through the SHaW Patient Portal.  COVID-19 surveillance testing will not be available on a walk-up basis.

  • Residential students will have access to five self-requested surveillance tests in addition to any testing requested by SHaW.

 

Pooled Testing throughout the Semester
Saliva based pooled testing of all residential students will begin the week of January 24, 2021.

  • Residential students are expected to submit one saliva sample per week for pooled testing. Instructions for submitting samples will be provided when you arrive on campus.
  • Any student in a COVID-19 positive pool will be directed to individual, diagnostic, rapid PCR testing by SHaW within 24 hours of the positive result.

 

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

Starting March 1:

On-Going Surveillance Testing throughout the Semester
SHaW will provide four types of opportunities for testing throughout the Spring semester:

    1. Diagnostic Surveillance Testing by Invitation from SHaW

    SHaW will invite students for diagnostic surveillance testing, which will take place at the north side of the Field House and will be by invitation and appointment based only. Testing appointments can be scheduled through the SHaW Patient Portal.  COVID-19 surveillance testing will not be available on a walk-up basis.

    1. Self-Requested Diagnostic Surveillance Testing:
      • Off-campus students with an on-campus commitment will have access to five (5) self-requested surveillance tests in addition to any testing requested by SHaW.
      • Off-campus students without an on-campus commitment will have access to three (3) self-requested surveillance tests in addition to any testing requested by SHaW.
      • Self-requested testing appointments are scheduled through the SHaW Patient Portal.  COVID-19 surveillance testing will not be available on a walk-up basis.
    1. Pooled Gargle Testing: Program Ends on April 7th.

    Saliva-based pooled gargle testing is available on a volunteer basis to off-campus students with an on-campus commitment. This program concludes on Wednesday, April 7th. Any student in a COVID-19 positive pool will be directed to individual, diagnostic, rapid PCR testing by SHaW within 24 hours of the positive result.

    1. 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.
      • Click here to find additional local testing options.

     

    February 1 - 25:

    WEEKLY TESTING for Storrs Off-Campus/Commuter Students with an On-Campus Commitment:

    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 and pick up your testing kit for the next week.

    How to use your home based Vault testing kit:

        • Log in to your Vault account at COVID.VLT.CO  - DO NOT USE ANY OTHER LINKS SENT IN PREVIOUS EMAILS FROM VAULT.
        • 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 of collection to the Student Union Ballroom, Monday-Thursday between 9am-4pm  DO NOT MAIL BACK YOUR KIT.
        • Pick-up another 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.

     

    January 25 to February 1:

    Spring Semester Arrival Testing
    Off-campus Storrs students, both graduate and undergraduate, who are registered for in-person instruction or who will be regularly working or doing research on campus are required to be tested 5-7 days before coming to their on-campus commitments.

    • On-site testing will be available at no additional cost on campus:
      • Student Union (SU) Ballroom (330/331 third floor)
      • January 25, 26, 27 & 28.
      • 9:00am – 4:00pm.

    Exception:  Students with a positive COVID-19 test result on or after November 1, 2020 will not need to participate arrival testing in alignment with Public Health recommendations.

     

    Off-campus Arrival Quarantine
    Off-campus/Commuter students are directed to quarantine in place for 14 days prior to coming to their on-campus commitments.

        • There will be no on-campus commitments for off-campus students before February 1, 2021.
        • COVID-19 testing should take place during your second week of quarantine.

    Stamford Residential Students

    Pre-Arrival Testing
    Stamford Residential students traveling to campus from U.S. locations will complete a mail-in COVID-19 test through Vault Health 5-7 days prior to coming to campus.

    • Positive Tests: Students who test positive will remain at home to self-isolate until medically cleared to arrive on campus.
    • Negative Tests: Students who test negative will be allowed to arrive on campus for move in.
    • Unable to Test: Students arriving from outside the U.S. may not be able to access testing through Vault Health. These students are encouraged to obtain a test prior to traveling to campus and will be tested upon arrival.

    An email with specific instructions for obtaining and taking the mail-in test from Vault Medical will be sent to your UConn email the week of January 5th.

     

    Arrival Testing
    All Stamford residential students will be tested upon arrival as part of the Res Life Check-In process.

     

    Arrival/Residential Quarantine
    Everyone on campus will operate under a residential quarantine until February 1, 2021.

    • All academic instruction will be online.

     

    Diagnostic Surveillance Testing
    A subset of Stamford residential students will be selected for weekly diagnostic testing.

    • These students will receive notifications when they need to obtain a COVID-19 test.
    • Instructions for how and where to obtain that test will be sent to selected students each week.

     

    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.

    Regional Off-Campus and Commuter Students

    Off-campus and commuter students, both graduate and undergraduate, for all UConn regional campuses who are registered for in-person instruction or who will be regularly working or doing research on campus are required to submit verification of a COVID-19 negative test result prior to attending their on-campus commitments

    • This test must be collected within 7 days of the start of in-person classes on February 1, 2021.
    • The university is making COVID-19 PCR testing available through a mail-in option at no cost through Vault Health. Email instructions will be sent the week of January 10, 2021.
    • Students may also obtain testing on their own at their own expense and upload the results through the SHaW Patient Portal.

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

     

    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.
    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.

    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.

    APRIL SCHEDULE FOR INDIVIDUAL DIAGNOSTIC TESTING
     
    Week of April 5th:  Monday through Thursday, by appointment
    Week of April 11th:  Monday and Tuesday, by appointment
    Week of April 18th:  Monday and Tuesday, by appointment
    Week of April 25th:  Monday and Tuesday, by appointment

    ISOLATION

    What is the difference between residential quarantine, medical quarantine, and isolation?

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

    • Residential Quarantine - Residential students were required to participate in a precautionary 14-day residential quarantine before the start of the fall semester. This time period had fewer limitations than a medical quarantine. During this time period, residential students were not confined to their rooms and were provided with limited engagement opportunities that followed the State’s guidance on gatherings.  Students were expected to remain on campus.
    • 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.

    Info and FAQ from SHaW for Students in Isolation at the Graduate Hotel

    Important Numbers

    SHaW Nurse Advice Line: 860-486-4700 option #1 then #2

    Dining: 860-486-5053 or 860-486-5102 (6:00am – 7:00pm 7 days a week)

    Res Life: 860-486-2926 (Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm)  or  860-486-7020 (After Hours)

    Graduate Hotel Front Desk: 860-487-7888

     

    FAQ’s on your stay at the Graduate Hotel

    1. Am I still under the rules of my Housing Contract? YES
    2. Can I leave my room? NO, not unless instructed to do so by SHaW or Public Safety.
    3. Can I have take-out food delivered? NO
    4. May I have visitors or deliveries? NO
    5. What if I need medication or other essentials? Contact SHaW.
    6. What if there is a fire alarm? Shelter in place. The Fire Department will inform you if you need to evacuate.
    7. What if I need more towels? Call the Front Desk.
    8. What if something in my room needs to be repaired? Call the Front Desk.

    Instructions from Res Life for Students in Isolation at the Graduate Hotel

    Check-in instructions:

    • Please make sure to sign the agreement between you and Hotel within 24 hours of arrival at the Hotel. Once signed, put the agreement in the envelope that was provide and slip it under the room door into the hallway.
    • Students in isolation are expected to remain in their isolation space and not leave their room except in the case of an emergency. Please do come in contact with others except for the student with whom you are sharing the room.

     Meal delivery information:

    • Meals will be delivered three times a day. Students placed in the Graduate Hotel cannot order food delivery. Individuals attempting to deliver food will be turned away.
      • Breakfast is delivered at 7:30am Monday through Friday and 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday.
      • Lunch is delivered at 12:00pm
      • Dinner is delivered at 5:00pm.
    • Each day, after the evening meal please put trash in the bags provided by the Graduate Hotel and place in the hall outside of the room door.

     

    Policies:

    • A reminder to follow the TH&SP https://reslife.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1534/2020/07/2020-RL-THSP-Final-7.13.20.pdf during this time.  We want you and your community to be safe and stop any further spread of the virus.  Despite being in isolation, any reported violations are managed through our student conduct process.
    • In the event of a fire alarm, isolated students should shelter in place. If there is an actual emergency, the FD will notify the isolated occupants of the need to evacuate, either through the fire alarm live voice notification, or in person.
    • Students placed in the Graduate Hotel cannot order food delivery. Individuals attempting to deliver food will be turned away.
    • No visitors or deliveries other than from SHaW and Dining Services are allowed.

     

    Stay in touch:

    • Evenings after 7pm and weekends you can call the RA on Duty for South Campus at 860-377-7020.
    • If you have questions during business hours, please call 860-486-2926.  In case of an emergency, please call 911.
    • Hall Directors on Duty and the UCPD will be driving in the area of the Hotel regularly on rounds.
    • If you have any facilities related needs please contact The Hotel Front Desk at: 860-427-7888.
    • If you have medical questions, be sure to call Student Health and Wellness at 860-486-4700.
    • Contact your current RA/HD for questions and concerns, you are still part of the community.
    • If you feel up to it, please stay connected to the virtual activities available to you.

     

    While your stay in the Graduate Hotel is temporary, I hope you are comfortable and have what you need.

     

    Take care,
    Residential Life
    1346 Storrs Rd
    Storrs, CT 06269
    livingoncampus@uconn.edu

    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 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

    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 hand 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.

    What is Modified Quarantine?

    modified quarantine means that all quarantine procedures below apply with the exception that these students are permitted to attend class 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. 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.

    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 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 should continue to follow preventive measures to protect themselves and others:

    • avoiding crowds
    • covering coughs and sneezes
    • staying at least 6 feet away from others
    • washing hands often
    • wearing a mask

    In addition, vaccinated UConn Storrs students with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are placed in a modified quarantine due to the high risk of transmission in congregate settings. In accordance with CT DPH guidance, we recommend students in healthcare settings not return to their clinical sites for 14 days following exposure except under specific clinical considerations. 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.

    General Information about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

    Connecticut Department of Public Health

    Connecticut COVID-19 Response

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    COVID-19 Main Page
    Your Health
    Symptom Checker
    Resources for Colleges and Universities