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UK Ongoing Testing

Who is required to participate in ongoing testing?

All students who are physically coming to campus this semester are required to participate in ongoing testing. Students who do not complete their mandatory test will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

If I have received the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to participate in ongoing testing?

Yes. All students who are physically coming to campus this semester are required to participate in ongoing testing. According to the CDC, it is not guaranteed that receiving the vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to others. Ongoing testing helps us keep our campus safe.

What is the deadline for getting tested this month?

Team Elzy: March 8-14

Team Greene: March 15-21

Team Lawson: March 22-28

Team Mingione: March 29-April 4

How do I know which team I am on?

Please refer to the email you received on Jan. 31. If you are still unable to identify your testing team, please email healthcorps@uky.edu.

Where can I get my COVID-19 test?

You can receive your test at one of three locations:

  • The Blue Lot at Kroger Field (drive-thru)  

  • K-Lair, located in Haggin Hall on the central campus (walk-up) 

  • The Blue Box Theater in the Gatton Student Center (walk-up) 

Can I get my test from an off-campus provider?

No. All tests must be administered by UK.

Why do I have to test through UK?

Processing all test results through UK-affiliated sites allows UK to dedicate time and people to our most important goal: enhancing the health and safety of our students. Time previously spent addressing issues with non-UK-affiliated testing documentation can be spent providing holistic support to students.  

Am I still required to participate in ongoing testing if I have already tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you are not required to complete this test. You should upload your results here, if you haven’t already. 

How often will students be required to get tested this semester?

Students will be required to get tested each month. You will receive an email from UK Health Corps when it is your team’s testing week.

What should I do if no dates in the testing window work with my schedule?

You should contact UK Health Corps at healthcorps@uky.edu or 859-218-SAFE 

General FAQs

Who can I contact if I have any questions about testing?

You can contact UK Health Corps at healthcorps@uky.edu or 859-218-SAFE.

How much do tests cost?

Tests are free to all members of the community.

What kind of test is UK administering?

UK is using PCR-nasopharyngeal nasal swab tests.

Who is administering the test?

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.

Will UK keep my information private?

Yes. Your information and health records will be kept confidential.

Do I still need to be tested even if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes after vaccination. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.  

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html 

Scheduling, Test Results and Uploading Documentation

How do I schedule a test?

You can schedule your test here.

When will I receive my results?

You can expect to receive your results within 24 hours.

How do I upload documentation if I have tested positive in the past?

What should I do if no dates in the testing window work with my schedule?

You should contact UK Health Corps at healthcorps@uky.edu or 859-218-SAFE 

Screening

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.

Do I still need to complete the daily screening if I have received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. All community members are required to complete the daily screening each day for the entirety of the semester.

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 spring 2021 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

Who is conducting the contact tracing?

UK Health Corps has a team of individuals who are conducting contact tracing. These contact tracers, also known as case managers, have a mix of expertise and experience. Some of them have advanced degrees in public health or social work, and others have case management experience. 

All of UK's case managers have been through the Johns Hopkins contact tracing course, and have shadowed public health officials that are fighting the same fight. They are also trained by UK and local health care leaders to make informed decisions on issues like quarantining that match up with CDC guidelines. When they contact an individual who may have been exposed to COVID-19, they do so by following the CDC community based exposure protocols.

Why is contact tracing necessary?

The CDC explains that contact tracing helps keep communities safe by:

  • Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested.
  • Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact.

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.