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COVID-19 Testing FAQ

What are students who are not housed in the welcome center (juniors, seniors, off-campus, graduate students) instructed to do about housing and coming on campus before they receive their initial COVID-19 screening test result?

Do not come to campus until you receive a negative test result. If you are waiting on your test result and it has been more than 36 hours since your test, please contact CHTestResults@wave.tulane.edu.

For students and faculty who are expected to report to class, but are still awaiting their initial screening test result, what should they do?

If you are waiting on your test result and it has been more than 36 hours since your test, please contact CHTestResults@wave.tulane.edu. Faculty who are scheduled to teach who haven’t received their test, should indicate this in their message to the address above. If a student has not received his or her test result and confirmed that it is negative prior to the first day of class, he/she should plan to join their classes online until the negative test result is confirmed. Faculty scheduled to teach who have not received his or her test result and confirmed that it is negative prior to the first day of class should arrange to teach remotely until their negative test result is confirmed.

After I get a follow-up screening test later in the fall semester, do I have to stay off campus until I get that test result (and confirm that its negative)?

No. Follow-up testing is a tool to monitor COVID-19 spread within the community. Those tested in the follow-up testing can continue coming to campus without their test result.

Can I make an appointment to be tested at one of the testing centers on my own, if I just want to get tested but I did not get an email asking me to schedule another test?

No. Faculty and staff who want to get tested in-between the regular testing schedule should contact their healthcare provider. Students who feel they should be tested outside of the monthly schedule should contact Campus Health to discuss their options. DO NOT go to the testing center if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

If a student tests positive, what should they do? Do they have to tell their professors that they had a positive test, or just tell them that they need to attend class online or stay home?

If you test positive for COVID-19, Campus Health will help you determine whether to isolate/quarantine at home. You should contact Campus Health or your personal healthcare provider for further guidance. Tulane Contact Tracers will also contact you to determine any close contacts that may need to be notified and determine what areas on campus may need to be disinfected. You should notify your professor that you will be out due to health reasons, but you do not need to disclose why. Tulane Contact Tracers will not disclose the name of any person with COVID-19 to the contacts that are notified through the tracing program.

If I’m sick, where should I go for testing?

Faculty and staff who are sick should call their healthcare provider. Students who have campus health access and are sick should contact Campus Health. Students who did not pay to have campus health access should contact their healthcare provider.

If I get a COVID-19 test outside of the Tulane screening program and it comes back positive, what should I do?

If a student receives a COVID-19 positive test outside of the Tulane screening program you should complete the Illness Reporting Form (https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?TulaneUniv&layout_id=17).

Faculty and staff should complete the Illness Reporting Form so that contact tracing can be implemented and the workspace can be cleaned. If you are an employee, you should also let your supervisor know that you are sick (you do not need to disclose the nature of that illness).

If I have a positive test, what will the contact tracers ask me? What will happen to the people who they notify about my positive test? Will they tell them that I tested positive?

Tulane Contact Tracers will discuss with you the isolation protocol and discern who you have been in “close contact” with during the last several days. Contact Tracers contact identified close contacts and tell them they were exposed to a known covid+ case and facilitate that person going into quarantine for 14 days. A close contact is someone you were closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. The name of the covid+ individual is not shared.

What should I do if I do not receive the symptom check text messages?

If you are not getting the daily symptom questionnaire, check that your mobile phone is registered for emergency messages from Tulane. Visit this page for step-by-step instructions. Learn more.

What happens if I don’t want to answer these text messages, or arrange to block them?

Tulane’s daily symptom questionnaire is required for all employees and students who will be physically on-campus. For the safety of our community, everyone is expected to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms by completing a brief daily COVID-19 symptom questionnaire prior to coming to campus for class or work or participating in a Tulane sponsored event off campus.

If I am not coming on campus at all, can I opt out of the symptom checking program?

Students and employees who are not on campus consistently but make occasional visits on-site, must complete the questionnaire for each instance that they come to campus. Employees working remotely and students learning remotely do not need to complete the questionnaire.