Testing, Tracing and Quarantine
All students who are, or will be, coming to campus are required to receive a test. (Students who take all their classes online and do not plan to visit campus for any reason are not required to be tested).
Between Aug. 3 and Aug. 22, student testing (for all students—undergraduate, graduate and professional) will be available on campus.
Testing will take place at five sites on campus and include both drive-through and walk-up locations from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day, including weekends.
We are not requiring faculty and staff to be tested, as most of our faculty and staff are coming on campus locally.
We are, however, offering testing for faculty and staff who are symptomatic and will provide information about local testing sites for faculty and staff who, while asymptomatic, are interested in testing.
Faculty and staff will participate in daily screening as well.
Tracing and Quarantine
Everything we do is guided by the principle of ensuring the health, safety and well-being of every member of the UK community. The university is working hard make it as easy as possible for our community to be safe.
To effectively implement contact tracing, UK will initiate contact tracing for incident cases (positive PCR-based viral testing) in faculty, students and staff. We will partner where possible with state and other local and national partnerships to best collect, assess and contact individuals that are exposed to infected people.
Of course, the university will ensure consent is obtained and confidentially provided for those involved in contact tracing. A process for ensuring that exposed individuals – as indicated by contact tracing – are assessed by a health care provider will be implemented. Testing and quarantining will be considered considered based on the details of the interaction and current evidence.
Individuals who quarantine for 14 days will be provided support and resources by the UK Health Corps team throughout isolation. This will include assessing and monitoring mental health needs. Isolation will continue until at least 14 days have passed from their initial symptom onset date and they have been fever-free for three days with improvement in their respiratory symptoms.