We have a three-pronged approach to COVID-19 testing for the spring semester: 1) Voluntary screening testing for asymptomatic employees and students; 2) mandatory surveillance testing for asymptomatic students living in residence halls/ and 3) diagnostic testing of individuals with symptoms and their close contacts.
As the pandemic has evolved, so has the availability of testing. On Sept. 2, 2020, UNCG began hosting a series of testing clinics targeted toward different populations in our campus community. These clinics are for asymptomatic individuals (because we know people can have the virus and not feel sick) and will help us to identify potential areas of risk related to the presence of COVID-19 on our campus.
This testing program provides a more comprehensive perspective on the health of our University community. The partner we are working with will submit claims with insurance, and regardless of coverage, there will be no charge for testing. Given the size of our community, we will take this process in phases, focusing first on groups whose living or working environments are believed to put them at greater risk.
Residential Students: If you are asked by Housing and Residence Life to get tested, you should pre-register through Artemis.
Guilford County Testing
- Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m. Piedmont Hall Greensboro Coliseum – 2409 West Gate City Boulevard. Registration required
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
The University is providing testing for students living in on-campus residence halls and is required of students who live in University housing. This testing is being conducted separately from the voluntary screening testing.
Residential students were required to submit a COVID-19 test result prior to returning to campus. A second round of testing for all students is being conducted the second week of classes.
Beginning the third week of classes, a smaller sample of randomly chosen students will be selected each week for testing. Detailed information regarding mandatory surveillance testing is provided directly to residential students through Housing and Residence Life.
Cases on Campus & Contact Tracing
The University’s case management system receives information from three sources: self-reports, Student Health Services, and local public health agencies. When there are multiple entries related to the same case (e.g., a student self-reports and Student Health creates a report), the entries are linked as one case. The case management system allows us to track positive cases that occur among students or employees who are in proximity to each other (e.g., through living or learning environment, work environment, affinity group) and determine if and when, in conjunction with Guilford County Public Health, a group of cases should be defined and reported as a cluster.
The UNCG summary dashboard is updated daily, Monday-Friday. Prior to the daily update, the Emergency Management Team does a manual review to ensure that the numbers are accurate. Guilford County Public Health also reviews our data to monitor the number of positive cases and assist when possible with contact tracing.
When an individual (student or employee) has tested positive for COVID-19, UNCG staff will conduct an interview with that individual to determine exposure possibilities such as class schedule, work colleagues, and so on. With that knowledge, the University will ask close contacts of the individual on campus to quarantine. Other measures, such as intensified cleaning of potentially affected areas, will also be initiated.
UNCG will conduct contact tracing to identify and notify close contacts within the UNCG community, and share this information with Guilford County Public Health. Individuals who test positive will also be contacted by Guilford County Public Health for a more comprehensive case investigation interview and to identify those in the larger community who may have been exposed.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with a person who has tested positive with COVID-19 away from others. Isolation keeps someone who has symptoms and/or tested positive (with or without symptoms) away from others, even others in their home. For more information on the differences between quarantine and isolation, view this sheet. Students may quarantine or isolate on- or off-campus.