Student Testing, Tracing and Screening
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.
Step 1 Schedule Your Test
For on-campus testing, students will use an easy web-based application to schedule.
Students will receive a text message with a link that will direct them to the private and secure portal to schedule their test. Students should schedule before arriving at the testing location.
After scheduling and selecting a testing location, students will receive a text message with instructions to register (a different process than scheduling), during which time they will provide other important information.
Students who are under the age of 18 will receive a consent form for their parent or guardian to sign before they come to campus.
Step 2 Go to Your Testing Location
Make sure you have scheduled and registered with Wild Health before arriving at your testing location.
Step 3 Get Your Test Results
Students who test negative will be notified via email that their results are available; those results can be accessed via link to a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal on the web-based application.
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 quarantine 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.
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.
Students also will have the option to supply the university with test results conducted outside of initial testing on campus. That test must be an approved PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test conducted within seven days of the student’s arrival date on campus.
- For students living in on-campus housing, their arrival date is defined as their scheduled residence hall move-in date.
- Students living off campus, who want to complete their test off campus, should do so within seven days of the date they first plan to arrive on campus for any reason (e.g. to buy books, etc.)
- Instructions for uploading test results are available here.
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 self-isolate while waiting on my test results?
You are only required to self-isolate if you are experiencing symptoms. 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.
I have not received a text message or email to schedule my test. How can I schedule?
What is my deadline to get tested?
If you plan to receive a test off campus, you should do so within 7 days of the date you first plan to arrive on campus (for students living on campus, this is your move-in date).
If you plan to participate in on-campus testing, the last available testing date is Aug. 22. You should schedule your test in advance of this date.
When can I receive my test?
Testing will take place from Aug. 3 - Aug. 22, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The university can test up to 2,000 students a day, with projected test results delivered in about 24 hours.
Where can I receive my test?
Testing sites will include:
- The Blue Lot at Kroger Field.
- UK-owned houses between State Street and University Street.
- The area between Boyd Hall and the former Blazer Dining facility.
- Greek Park off of Rose Lane.
- William T. Young lawn at Hilltop Avenue and Woodland Avenue.
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.
Do students have to have their WildCard ID to get a test? What if I have not yet received mine?
Students who have already received their WildCard IDs should bring them to the test site. First-year, transfer and any other students who have not yet received a WildCard ID should be prepared to provide their student ID numbers, which can be found in the myinfo tab on myUK.
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). Minors also will need to bring a consent form (which they will receive from the university soon).
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.
How do students and minors give consent to be tested?
The university will provide minors a consent form for their parents or guardians to sign.
Can I get a COVID-19 test on my own before I come to campus?
Yes. Students have the option to supply the university with test results conducted outside of initial testing on campus. That test must be an approved PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test and conducted within seven days of the student’s arrival date on campus.
For students living in on campus housing, their arrival date is defined as their scheduled residence hall move-in date.
Students living off campus, who want to complete their test off campus, should do so within seven days of the date they first plan to arrive on campus for any reason (e.g. to buy books, etc.)
I plan to get tested off-campus. What happens if I get my test conducted in the 7-day window before my arrival, but I have not yet received my results, which I may not receive for multiple days after my test?
The 7-day window for off-campus testing relates to the date of the test itself. Students who are awaiting their results should continue with their plans to arrive on campus, as long as they are not displaying symptoms. Results should be uploaded to University Health Service as soon as students receive them from their off-campus testing sites.
Do students in Paducah, Northern Kentucky, Morehead and Bowling Green and students at the Center for Rural Health have to be tested, and if so, how can they get the free test from UK in they’re not in Lexington?
UK students at satellite or partner campuses will receive communication from their colleges with instructions for testing.
I need to reschedule my test. How do I do that?
If you need to reschedule, please text your full name and date of birth to 209.910.5853. Include in your text message that you wish to reschedule.
If I've already tested positive for COVID-19 prior to move-in, do I still need to be tested?
Per CDC guidelines, You do not need to receive another test, as long as you're not experiencing any symptoms and as long as you were tested within 90 days of move-in. However, you will need to submit your previous positive results and can find more information on that here.
In addition, you should also provide your ‘release from isolation’ or ‘release to work’ order from their local health department prior to traveling to campus.
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 24-72 hours.
What happens if I test negative for COVID-19?
Students who test negative will be notified via text that their results are available; those results can be accessed via link to a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal on the web-based application.
How will I receive my results?
Students who test negative will be notified via text that their results are available; those results can be accessed via a link to a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal on the web-based application.
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.
Will my health information be kept private?
Yes. Students will be notified via text that their results are available; those results can be accessed via a link to a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal on the web-based application.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.