COVID-19 Screening and Testing for Emory Students

2020-2021

 

RETURN TO CAMPUS (Onboarding) COVID-19 TEST: 

Emory is committed to creating a safe environment for our community as we return to campus. This includes procedures to ensure our community is healthy upon arrival to campus. COVID-19 screening appointment dates have been pre-determined by your school based on program start dates. COVID-19 screening appointments will continue to be scheduled through the Emory Forward website.

  • Students moving into the residence halls (January 19, 22, 23, 24): COVID-19 "move in screening” is required for students who plan to live in a residence hall during the spring term. The rapid nasal swab will be administered at this appointment and you will receive your results within the hour. Students should schedule their on-campus screening appointment to align with the day they move in. Weekly screening will be required after move in.

  • Students who have remained on campus over winter break will not be required to schedule a rapid nasal swab appointment, but rather should continue their weekly COVID-19 saliva-based screening.

  • Off-Campus students accessing campus (undergraduate, graduate students and professional schools' students) (Screening program begins January 2): If you are living off campus, but plan to access campus at any time during the Spring term, you are required to be screened for COVID-19 and complete the full onboarding process.

Students who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 should not access testing through this method and follow the directions listed below under "For Students with Symptoms or Exposures"

Please visit the Student Health Services website for further information related to ​isolation, quarantine, or contact tracing for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Testing FAQs


If a student on the Atlanta campus becomes symptomatic or has a concern about an exposure, they are instructed to access care through the Student Health Patient Portaland send a message to the “COVID-19 Assessment Provider,” who will arrange testing if necessary. If the student has urgent symptoms or questions after hours or over the weekend, the student should call Student Health Services at 404.727.7551 and presses “0” for the medical call center.

Yes, COVID-19 screening is mandatory each week for those who reside in on-campus housing.

You can now schedule your appointment for the coming week on the Emory Forward website

No one should return to campus until they have been cleared with a negative test and have completed all of their onboarding elements.

Emory currently has an operating condition status of “orange”. In this operating status, everyone who is on campus is required to wear a face covering.

No, the university is covering the cost of COVID-19 screening.

You should prepare and bring the GO BAG (suggested items list below) with you or at least have it packed and sitting in your room ready for the isolation team to retrieve from your room. 

  • Chronic medications to last for 2 weeks
  • Computer, cell phone, headphones and accessory items like chargers
  • Academic items and books
  • Clothes and underwear (enough for a week as laundry is available) 
  • Personal items – toothpaste, toothbrush, hair products, feminine products, deodorant, glasses/contacts, retainer, and skin medications
  • Pillow and other comfort items

 

Beginning November 23, Emory will transition to a saliva antigen-based test on a platform called Quanterix. Test results will take 24 to 48 hours to return. 

If you are a student traveling to a destination that requires a PCR test, please contact Student Health Services through the Student Patient Portal. A COVID Assessment Provider will call you back to make an appointment. Tests can also be accessed off-campus through the following providers/resources:

The following services offer IgM antibody tests:

  • Answer: No

  • Explanation: The new Quanterix Saliva testing platform is an extremely sensitive and specific test. It also streamlines and makes the compliance process consistent.

  • Answer: Maybe

  • Explanation: Anyone who tests positive and/or has developed COVID-19 symptoms in the past is not required to test for 90 days following the day of the positive test or the onset of symptoms. To request an exception go to the undergraduate testing website.

  • Instructions: Students who test positive and/or experience COVID-19 symptoms should go to the student patient portal and provide the following information: 

    • Send a message to the COVID-19 Assessment Provider to let them know that you have a COVID-19 infection and when the symptoms started (or the date of the positive test).

    • If the positive test was not done at Student Health Services, go to the portal, go to “forms” and click “immunization forms.” At the bottom of the form there is a link to upload documents. Upload the copy of the tests (Antigen/PCR result). 

  • Answer: Yes, with a few exceptions.

  • Explanation: Frequest testing is an important tool we have available to keep our community healthy and safe and control the spread of COVID-19.  Testing compliance is imperative to ensure that we do not have uncontrolled outbreaks. 

    You can request an exception in a few circumstances, such as: you are in isolation or quarantine, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you are out of town, you had a test at student health or the hospital, etc. You can request a testing exception using the “Request a Testing Exception” link at https://www.emory.edu/forward/undergraduate/index.html.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs


When it is time for your cohort to be vaccinated you will receive a RAVE text message and an invitation to sign up from noreplywebchart@med-web.com. The email will include instructions for you to complete a vaccination consent form before you can schedule your appointment. If you are eligible based on the current phase and have not received an email, please check your junk or clutter folders. A step-by-step guide for the HOME registration process can be found here.
Yes. We will continue to alert eligible members of our community of their status, and we encourage you to get vaccinated through Emory Healthcare or elsewhere based on availability.
Vaccine availability is subject to change based on supply at the state and federal levels. Please note, however, that both vaccines are equally effective and have been through the same rigorous safety protocol.

Yes. Most students will onboard before receiving the first vaccine and definitely before the second. Therefore, screening is still required. 

If you are currently undergoing mandatory COVID-19 testing, via onboarding or weekly screening, you still need to complete those tests even if you are vaccinated. 

CDC and Georgia DPH have already begun administering vaccinations to people who fall into the 1a and 1b phases of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. 

Please note that each phase is subject to modification by the state. We are currently in phase 1A+ of this process, which was recently expanded to include adults 65+. Phase 1B includes essential workers and the state includes educators among this group. We are working to better understand if and how this designation applies to Emory’s community in advance of this group’s eligibility. 

We have not received guidance on specific dates or windows of time for people who fall outside of these phases to receive their COVID-19 vaccination but will continue to closely monitor CDC and DPH guidelines on vaccine distribution and update the Emory community accordingly. The state of Georgia determines how and when eligibility is expanded for future phases. Emory Healthcare will distribute its vaccine allocation to members of the Emory community as quickly as possible based on the state’s tiering guidance and vaccine availability.



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We have not received guidance on specific dates or windows of time for people who fall outside of these phases to receive their COVID-19 vaccination, but will continue to closely monitor CDC and DPH guidelines on vaccine distribution and update the Emory community accordingly.

  • The university has a multidisciplinary team working on making the vaccine available according to CDC and DPH guidelines.

  • When it is time for your cohort to be vaccinated you will receive a RAVE text message and an invitation to sign up from noreplywebchart@medweb.

Yes, even with a vaccine you still need to watch your distance and wear a mask. There is not enough information currently available for CDC to determine when it will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Experts need to understand more about the protection that vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Student Health COVID Services

If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing, or any another type of medical emergency, call 911 or 404-727-6111 on campus.

COVID Phone Numbers

SHS COVID Screening 404-727-7551 and Press 0

Contact Us

Location

1525 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Hours and Location/Directions

COVID Student Patient Portal

Send a message to the “COVID Assessment Provider” on your online patient portal and fill out the form to recieve a call back for further directions.

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