Will testing be available to students, faculty, and staff in the D.C. metro area?
The D.C. metro area locations follow the Virginia Tech guidelines for the implementation of public health measures. Virginia Tech has established a protocol to support off-campus students being tested for, or confirmed to have, COVID-19.
According to Virginia Tech’s testing, tracing, and case management plan students living in university residence halls were required to take an initial test administered by the Schiffert Health Center. The Gallery residence hall in the D.C. area follows this protocol.
Testing is not required for faculty/staff/students living off-campus, but off-campus students who are at-risk – those who believe or know they have been exposed to the virus, traveled to the D.C. metro area from another hot spot, or have symptoms or other indications of exposure – should contact Schiffert Health Center or their primary care physician to determine whether they should be tested. All students who are tested are expected to self-quarantine until results are returned. Any student who is unsure whether they should be tested is encouraged to contact Schiffert to determine if a test is warranted.
Employees should also report to Human Resources and/or Environmental Health and Safety if their health care provider or the Virginia Department of Health indicates they should be tested for COVID-19. Students should inform the Dean of Students Office if Schiffert, their primary care physician, or the Virginia Department of Health indicates they should be tested for COVID-19.