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ASYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS: Ongoing COVID-19 testing is available at the testing site outside The 90 and the new student drive-through lane at 1505 College Way

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SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS: Limit contact with other people and schedule a COVID-19 test or telehealth appointment with University Health Service

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All students who are, or will be, coming to campus were required to receive a baseline test between Aug. 3 and Aug. 22. The university then, guided by the data collected in Phase I, required specific student groups to be retested. This includes a regimen of random COVID-19 testing that the institution announced on Sept. 18. 

Ongoing testing, provided by our partner, Wild Health, is now available for any asymptomatic students who wish to be retested at the testing site outside The 90 and at 1505 College Way. These sites are operational seven days a week. 

These students should follow the same process, as they did during the baseline testing period, of scheduling and registering for their test. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 through an off-campus test, irrespective of the type of test conducted, are required to communicate their results to UK Health Corps at healthcorps@uky.edu. Read more.

University Health Service

If you have been instructed to get a COVID-19 test, and would like to schedule one with University Health Service, click here. If you would rather call to schedule your COVID-19 test, call the University Health Service appointment line at (859) 323-2778 (APPT). Please note, the appointment line is available Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can schedule an appointment online at any time. By scheduling here with University Health Service, you are scheduling an appointment for a COVID-19 test only, and not a full appointment with a provider.

Step 1 Schedule Your Test With Wild Health

For on-campus testing, students may use the link above to schedule. 

After scheduling, students will receive a text message with instructions to register (a different process than scheduling), during which time they will provide other important information. 

Step 2 Go to Your Testing Location

Make sure you have scheduled and registered with Wild Health before arriving at your testing location.

  • The 90: 440 Hilltop Ave, Lexington, KY 40506

  • UK's community site: 1505 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502

Step 3 Get Your Test Results

Students who test negative will be notified via email.

Students who test positive will be contacted by phone by a member of the UK Health Corps team. The team will provide the students with instructions, resources and other necessary support.

Students who test positive will be required to isolate in accordance with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and state public health guidelines. UK Health Corps will support them with the resources they need to ensure their health. 

Wild Health

Testing will be offered through a third-party expert – Lexington-based testing and genomics company, Wild Health – that has been retained by the university. 

Wild Health already has developed and conducted testing processes for other large area employers such as Keeneland and Churchill Downs. The Lexington-based company is operated by well-established medical health professionals, clinicians and scientists.

 

Photo of students receiving COVID-19 test

Students receive their COVID-19 test

 

Testing Overview and Process

 

Who is conducting the testing?

UK has retained Lexington-based company, Wild Health, to conduct and analyze tests. Wild Health (https://wildhealth.com/) already has run testing programs for both Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Multiple Wild Health staff members will be stationed at each testing site to facilitate the process. UK also is hiring 15 members of a newly established Health Corps, which will include contact tracers and wellness coordinators, who can help students and members of campus access health resources and education.

Do I need to quarantine while waiting on my test results?

You are only required to quarantine if you are experiencing symptoms or if you have been instructed by Health Corps because you were exposed to the virus. However, all members of the community are expected to follow CDC health and safety guidelines at all times, including social distancing and wearing a mask.

When can I receive my test?

Ongoing testing for students is available throughout the rest of the semester. The testing site is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week. 

Where can I receive my test?

The testing site outside The 90, across from William T. Young Library. 

Why is UK requiring the PCR test and not accepting the rapid response antigen test?

Research demonstrates that the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is more reliable than the rapid response antigen test.

My classes are all online. Do I need to have a test or complete the daily screening?

Students who are enrolled in all online classes are not required to be tested or to participate in the daily screening. These students can receive a test and participate in the screening, just like all other students, if they choose. However, if a student plans on coming to campus for any reason, they will need to complete a test and the daily screening beforehand.

If you are not physically coming to campus, but you are still receiving daily screening reminders, please email coronavirus@uky.edu

What do I need to bring with me when I’m getting tested? Can I bring a parent/guardian/friend for support?

You should bring your cell phone and your WildCard ID (if you do not yet have your WildCard ID, bring a photo ID). 

You should not bring any individual with you who is not also getting tested. If you want to test with a friend, then you are encouraged to sign up for testing appointment times together. 

How long will my testing appointment take?

The actual test will take about a minute. You can speed up your wait by pre-registering and arriving ten minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

I need to reschedule my test. How do I do that?

If you need to reschedule, please email healthcorps@uky.edu or call 218-SAFE.

Testing Results

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students who test positive will be immediately contacted by phone by a member of the UK Health Corps team. They will provide instructions, resources and necessary support. 

Students who test positive will also be required to quarantine in accordance with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and state public health guidelines.  For positive cases, the university will employ the use of disease investigators and contact tracers to monitor symptoms and facilitate emergent needs.

How quickly will I receive my results?

We project test results will be delivered in approximately 72 hours.

What happens if I test negative for COVID-19?

Students who test negative will be notified via email. 

How will I receive my results?

Students who test negative will be notified via email. 

Students who test positive will be contacted by phone by a member of the UK Health Corps. team. The team will provide the students with instructions, resources and other necessary support.

If you have not received your results after 72 hours, please contact UK Health Corps at healthcorps@uky.edu or 859-218-SAFE.

Will my health information be kept private?

Yes. Students will be notified via email if they test negative. Students will be contacted via phone if they test positive. 

Notably, the institution notified students of an error involving personal information. You can read more about that here: https://www.uky.edu/coronavirus/updates/incident-involving-personal-information 

Screening

How do I complete the daily screening?

Daily symptom attestation will be available in the beginning on a web-based application, with the opportunity to download a iOS/Google native application. Daily screening can take place on either of those formats. Daily communication to all eligible staff, faculty and students will be sent via text message and email message as a reminder.

At any time, the daily screening form can be found at go.uky.edu/dailyscreening

What if I am not coming to campus today or do not have any classes today, do I need to complete the screening?

Yes. Students who are enrolled in in-person courses should complete the daily screening every day, even on days when they don’t have class, including weekends.

Do I need to complete the screening on weekends?

Yes. Students need to complete the daily screening every day, including weekends.

Why is it necessary to complete this every day?

The CDC recommends individuals engage in screening every day. 

What do I do if I don’t have access to the technology required to complete the daily screening?

Students without access to the necessary technology should email healthcorps@uky.edu.  

What happens if I forget to complete my daily screening?

A series of follow-up communication will be triggered. From there, a case manager will follow up via phone. Each day presents a new opportunity to complete the required daily screening. If there is prolonged non-compliance, a student will receive a follow-up from the Office of Student Conduct or Center for Support and Intervention.

What do I do if I am unable to complete the daily screening due to physical or technical issues?

There are scenarios where there may be an exception to completing your daily symptoms, although we highly encourage either self daily attestation and require the completion of the daily symptom screener, the case managers will consider and manage a list of exceptions within reason for the individual issue as it arises. E.g. Those who are high symptom on a previous screening will be exempt and those who are in quarantine or test positive are exempt.

How long will I be required to complete the daily screening?

All UK community members should complete the screening every day for the entire fall 2020 semester. 

Will the information I provide through the daily screening be kept private?

Yes. All self-reported symptom information will be kept private. At the same time,  the university health care system and WildHealth are required to report positive cases to the Kentucky Department of Health.

If I am a student within a health care college and present to the clinical setting on UK HealthCare’s campus, do I need to complete both the screening for UK HealthCare and the screening for the UK Health Corps?

All health care college students who plan on presenting to the clinical setting on UKHC campus will need to complete both the daily screening for UK HealthCare and the daily screening from the UK Health Corps. If you do not present to the clinical setting on the UK HealthCare campus, you do not need to complete the screening for UK HealthCare.

Tracing

Will the university trace my location through my use of the mobile app?

No, the university will be doing what's called active manual tracing. This does not include location tracking via GPS or any specific personal identifiable information in terms of exposure.