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COVID-19 Screening Testing 

 

As a part of our ongoing measures to ensure a safe learning and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff, the University of Louisiana Monroe is implementing a mandatory COVID-19 Screening Testing program. Screening tests will allow the University to proactively detect infection and prevent further transmission of the virus.

Faculty, staff, and students who do not fall into one of the following exemption categories will be tested every week: 

Those who do not fall into an exemption category for COVID-19 testing will receive an email containing information about the testing location, pre-registration process, and test expectations.

Testing Site Location

The testing site is located upstairs in the Student Union Building (Hangar), near the rear of the building closest to the water fountain. Testing on campus is free and available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

COVID-19 Test (PCR) Expectations

Under observation by trained test site personnel, employees will self-administer the test by nasal swab. During the test, individuals will swab both the left and right nostrils and place the cotton swab in a tube. Testing site personnel will be available to ensure that this is done correctly. Once testing is complete, individuals will be able to resume their normal activities.

Face coverings and social distancing are required at the testing site. The only time you will not be required to wear a face-covering is during the collection of your specimen.

COVID-19 Test (PCR) Results

Approximately 3-5 days after testing, test results will be made available. If someone tests positive, they will be contacted by phone. All COVID-19 test results will be available by:

 

COVID-19 Testing FAQs

 

  1. Why am I being asked to test?

The University’s decision to test employees and students on campus will help ensure a safe learning and working environment for the campus community. It aligns with our continued commitment to do all we can to ensure your health and well-being.

 

  1. Can I opt-out of testing if I do not fall into an exemption category?

No. The University of Louisiana System now requires that all students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an exemption recorded before they register for Spring 2022 classes. Spring 2022 registration at ULM begins Nov. 9th. Even those who upload a vaccination waiver will be required to take part in mandatory testing. 

 

  1. Where can I upload my testing exemption information?

Proof of vaccination, positive COVID-19 results falling within the previous 90 days, and exemption waivers opting out of vaccination must all be uploaded to this portal. 

 

  1. What type of COVID-19 test is being administered?

The COVID-19 testing site on campus administers a Molecular/PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that detects a virus' genetic material. To date, this test is the "gold standard" for diagnostic detection of the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

You will self-administer the test by nasal swab under the observation of trained test site personnel. During the test, you will swab your left and right nostrils and place the cotton swab in a tube.

 

  1. I am currently studying or working remotely. Do I have to report COVID-19 testing?

Employees who are working remotely do not have to be tested. Employees/students with any on-campus presence for work, such as a hybrid work arrangement, are subject to COVID-19 testing. Students who are completely off-campus, meaning they do not have any classes on campus, do not live on campus, and will not participate in on-campus activities/events will not have to test as well.

 

  1. If I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, will I be required to test?

No, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to submit to testing once they have uploaded proof of vaccination to the portal. 

 

  1. If I am partially vaccinated, will I be required to test?

No, individuals who have received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine AND intend to receive their second shot when scheduled are not required to submit to testing once they have uploaded proof of vaccination to the portal. 

 

  1. I have previously tested positive for COVID-19. Do I have to report for COVID testing?

If you have received a positive COVID-19 test results within 90 days, you are not required to report for testing at this time. Instead, you must submit proof of a positive result to the portal. 

 

  1. How often will I be required to test?

If you do not fall into an exemption category for COVID-19 testing, you must report for testing every week.

 

  1. What do I do if I cannot report for testing?

Anyone unable to complete the required testing in any given week must immediately email COVIDtesting@ulm.edufor further instructions. 

  1. Will receiving the COVID-19 vaccine cause a positive test result?

According to the CDC, neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

 

  1. What are the expectations upon arrival at the testing site for COVID-19 testing?

When arriving at the testing site, you must:

 

 

  1. Can I utilize an alternative testing site?

          Those required to take the COVID-19 test must utilize the on-campus testing site located upstairs in the 
          Student Union Building (Hangar).  

  1. I am concerned about being exposed to the virus when reporting to the testing site. What protective measures are in place at the testing site?

The on-campus testing site is arranged to allow for physical distancing. Individuals who are on-campus are required to wear protective face coverings at all times.

 

  1. Am I required to go home while I wait for my COVID-19 test results?

No. Those who are mandated to test for COVID-19 may resume their normal activities pending their test results.

 

  1. What happens if my COVID-19 test results are positive?

Students, faculty, and staff who receve a positive test result must follow the instructions found here                - https://www.ulm.edu/safety/positive_testing/index.html

 

Asymptomatic employees may continue to work remotely, if applicable. Employees whose job requirements must be fulfilled on campus will be placed in the appropriate leave status during their isolation period. All employees who test positive must be cleared by a health care provider prior to returning to campus. 

 

  1. Who will have access to my COVID-19 test results?

The Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Release Form you will sign prior to taking the COVID-19 test permits ULM - Student Health Services, Administrative Personnel, and Environmental, Health & Safety Officer to view your test result via a secure online portal. You will also be able to view your test result through the portal. The information that these staff will be able to view is limited and includes only your name, date of birth, contact information, and the current COVID-19 test result.

 

  1. Is the requirement to test a violation of my rights under HIPAA?

The Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996 ensures that personal health information is protected and may not be shared without a patient’s consent. Part of your testing requirement is to complete and submit an Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization of Release Form. The information authorized staff will be able to view is limited and includes only your name, date of birth, contact information, and the current COVID-19 test result.

 

Updated 10/6/2021

 

 


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