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COVID-19 Testing for Students

Beginning fall semester 2020, Student Health Services (SHS) on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses will offer COVID-19 testing in-house when the following criteria are met:

  1. Students are expected to call for appointment and maintain self-isolation until appointment time at SHS.
  2. Student presents to clinic with COVID-19 symptoms and a test is deemed appropriate after an evaluation by clinician. Tests will be ONLY be performed on symptomatic patients.
    1. Current protocol indicates flu and strep be ruled out per testing prior to COVID-19 testing.
    2. Students who have paid the Student Health Fee ($65) will receive appropriate testing (flu, strep, COVID-19) at no additional charge. Students who have NOT paid the Student Health fee will be assessed the Student Health fee upon treatment and will receive appropriate testing (flu, strep, COVID-19) at no additional charge.

Who can be tested?

We will test currently enrolled UNG students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms during an evaluation by a clinician. Per current protocol, flu and strep should be ruled out prior to COVID-19 testing.

Students from any campus can make an appointment for evaluation.

Students who have paid the Student Health Fee ($65) will receive appropriate testing (flu, strep, COVID-19) at no additional charge. Students who have NOT paid the Student Health fee will be assessed the Student Health fee upon evaluation or treatment.

Type of Testing Offered

We will provide rapid testing utilizing molecular and antigen testing, as available. Both provide quick, reliable results.

If COVID-19 test indicates POSITIVE:

  1. SHS staff will notify the Dean of Students Office and Corps of Cadets, Residence Life, Global Engagement, as appropriate. The Dean of Students Office will assist the student in communicating with faculty to provide flexibility in course assignments and deadlines.
  2. Students diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to report diagnosis using the UNG COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form and leave campus immediately. Isolation procedures from the CDC, DPH and USG must be followed, and the student cannot return to any UNG campus until the return to campus criteria are met. No medical documentation is required for a student to return to campus. Links to the Self-Reporting form can also be found in the UNG Mobile app and the UNG LiveSafe app.
  3. Contract tracing will begin after disclosure of a positive COVID-19 case. Students in direct contact with a COVID-19 case will be directed to self-isolate as directed by the CDC and GDPH guidelines.

If COVID-19 test indicates NEGATIVE:

  1. Despite a negative COVID-19 test, if the clinical symptomatology, along with in-house screening supports a clinical diagnosis, patients will be instructed and expected to follow CDC, GDPH guidelines regarding self-isolation.
  2. If the patient receives a negative result on the COVID-19 test and the clinical symptomatology does not support a clinical diagnosis, the patient will be instructed to self-monitor symptoms, but may return to activities with caution to continue social distancing and other safety measures.
  3. Follow-up confirmatory PCR (molecular testing) will not be routine and will only be ordered when SHS clinician deems appropriate.

Additional Guidance

  1. SHS will not be able to support mass screenings.
  2. SHS will not test faculty or staff.
  3. Routine COVID-19 testing will not be performed on asymptomatic students even when student has been notified of potential exposure to COVID-19 case. These students will be referred to local urgent care center or DPH for testing.
  4. SHS will not accept outside orders for tests from a non-UNG clinician.

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