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COVID-19 Testing Policy

Amended: January 7, 2022

In addition to daily health screening, testing and contact tracing are effective disease control strategies that can be used to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

These strategies must protect individual privacy and confidentiality and be consistent with applicable laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as applicable.  

Any student, faculty or staff member that self-identify as having signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, who reasonably appear to be experiencing signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or asymptomatic students, faculty, or staff with recent known or suspected close contact exposure to COVID-19 will be referred to the Covenant Hotline (989-583-3568 or 989-583-3135, Press 1) for guidance regarding potential testing and quarantine. The call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Individuals who provide proof of receipt of a complete COVID-19 vaccine do not need to pursue testing if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and suspect a close contact exposure. If the individual has not previously registered their vaccination status, proof of receipt can be sent to SVSU’s contact tracers at covidreport@svsu.edu.

Individuals who meet criteria established by Covenant HealthCare in collaboration with the Saginaw County Health Department will be provided with directions for COVID-19 testing by the call center.  

On-campus testing is limited to those who are NOT currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been directed by the Hotline to be tested. Testing for these individuals may be accomplished at the Covenant MedExpress Saginaw (2970 Pierce Rd. Saginaw, MI 48604). Individuals may also pursue testing in their home communities. All testing site locations can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-99891_99912-531745--,00.html or by calling the Michigan.gov COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (#1). 

If testing is recommended, students, faculty and staff should not return to work or class until testing is complete and they are cleared to return by their healthcare provider and in coordination with Human Resources or COVID Case Management as appropriate. 

Individuals will be responsible for the cost of their telehealth appointment and prescribed testing unless uninsured.

Students who have been tested must contact their instructors immediately for instructions regarding alternate, remote assignments. They must also report to COVID Case Management at covidreport@svsu.edu. Students must follow up with COVID Case Management with their results whether they are positive or negative if their test was done at a non-Covenant lab. With patient’s permission, Covenant labs will contact Case Managers with test results directly. 

Faculty who have been tested must notify their Department Chairperson and the Dean of their respective college of their inability to work and COVID Case Management (covidreport@svsu.edu) of their testing status.  Face to face activities will be prohibited and all course work will be delivered in a remote format if feasible. If a faculty member is unable to continue delivering the course work, alternate arrangements will be made in collaboration with the involved faculty member, Department Chairperson, and Dean. Faculty must follow up with COVID Case Management with their results whether they are positive or negative if their test was done at a non-Covenant lab. 

Staff who have been tested must notify their supervisor of their inability to work and COVID Case Management (covidreport@svsu.edu) of their testing status.  If feasible, work may be conducted remotely and face to face activities are prohibited. If a staff member is unable to complete the requirements of their position, the absence will be managed by Human Resources in collaboration with the involved individual and their supervisor. Staff must follow up with COVID Case Management with their results whether they are positive or negative if their test was done at a non-Covenant lab. 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • You must isolate for at least 5 days and notify covidreport@svsu.edu. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving (no fever for 24 hours) after 5 days, you may return to campus -- upon receiving notice from SVSU’s contact tracing team -- and adhere to strict mask usage for an additional 5 days.

If you are exposed to COVID-19, you should continue to strictly mask, but you do not need to quarantine if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have received a booster shot
  • Received your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the past 5 months
  • Received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past 2 months
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days

If you are exposed to COVID-19 and do not meet the above criteria:

  • You must quarantine for at least 5 days.
  • If you develop symptoms, call the Covenant Hotline at 989-583-3568.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, you may return to campus -- upon receiving notice from SVSU’s contact tracing team -- and continue to follow SVSU’s mask requirements.

Individuals must provide documentation that they have completed their quarantine period when returning to normal face-to-face activity. Those who call the Covenant-SVSU hotline will receive documentation of their scheduled “return” date. Individuals who contact their provider should request similar documentation. Before returning to on-campus activities, students should submit their documentation to the SVSU Case Manager, and employees should submit their documentation to the Office of Human Resources. 

Helpful resources on test result communication flow and quarantine for residential and non-residential students can be found at this link: https://www.svsu.edu/nestplan/policiesguidelines

References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2020, May 6). What To Do If You Are Sick. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2020, May 26). When You Can Be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
  3. Saginaw Valley State University Human Resources Office. (2020, June). COVID-19 Case Management. Retrieved from https://www.svsu.edu/nestplan/covid-19casemanagement/

A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Even with appropriate safety precautions in place, there is a risk of contracting COVID-19. By entering this campus, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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