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COVID-19 Testing Policy

Amended: September 11, 2020

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.  

For residential students, voluntary testing in the student’s home community is strongly encouraged within 7 days prior to their scheduled arrival to campus.  Students who test positive must self-report to covidreport@svsu.edu and may not come to campus until they have been cleared to do so by SVSU. 

Students arriving from a country where the COVID-19 infection rate is higher than the United States are also strongly encouraged to receive a negative test prior to arrival on campus. 

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) by the #CampusClear health screening app for guidance regarding potential testing and a 14-day quarantine. The call center will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.   

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.  

Testing 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. 

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 the COVID-19 test is positiveSVSU will work with the county health departments and medical professionals focusing on the health and well-being of the individual. The university will report the case, initiate contact tracing and connect with anyone who is identified as a close contact. The student, faculty or staff member will be required to isolate and cannot return to campus until all the following conditions have been met in consultation with their healthcare provider: 

  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications and 
  • Other symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and 
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared or since the swab that yielded the positive test 

Note that residential students who test positive are required to return to their permanent residence, unless there is an exception requiring use of our limited quarantine/isolation space. 

If the COVID-19 test is negative, the ability to resume face-to-face activities is dependent on the reason for testing and guidance from COVID Case Managers (for students) or Human Resources (for employees) and the individual’s healthcare provider: 

  • If testing was due to symptoms that are specific to COVID-19, such as loss of taste and smell, continue to quarantine in case of a false negative. However, if symptoms are not specific to COVID-19 but more like a cold or allergies, quarantine is no longer needed, but social distancing, wearing a face covering and proper hand hygiene should still be practiced. 
  • If testing was due to known close contact exposure to COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure and before resuming face-to-face activities. 
  • If testing was done voluntarily and not because of symptoms or exposure, quarantine is not needed, but social distancing, wearing a face covering and proper hand hygiene should still be practiced. 

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. 

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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