Student Testing, Screening and Tracing FAQs
UK Entry Testing (Jan. 14-30)
What is the deadline for entry testing?
The deadline to receive your entry test is January 30, 2021.
Where can I get my entry 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 entry test from an off-campus provider?
No. All entry 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 entry testing if I have already tested positive for COVID-19?
If you have:
Tested positive on or after Oct. 16, you are not required to participate in re-entry testing.
Tested positive before Oct. 16, you are still required to participate in re-entry testing.
Tested positive at a non-UK site, you need to upload your testing documentation here.
Tested negative at a non-UK site, you are still required to test through UK between Jan. 14-30.
Who can I contact if I have any questions about testing?
You can contact UK Health Corps at email@example.com or 859-218-SAFE.
Should I still be tested at UK if I am symptomatic?
If you are symptomatic, please schedule a test through University Health Service.
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.
Does UK have plans to administer ongoing tests throughout the semester?
Following the entry testing period, ongoing student COVID-19 testing will continue throughout the spring. We will provide more information on ongoing testing soon.
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.”
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?
Do I need to provide documentation if I tested negative in the past?
No. You only need to provide documentation if you've already tested positive for COVID-19.
What should I do if no dates in the testing window work with my schedule?
You should contact UK Health Corps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-218-SAFE
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.
Who is conducting the contact tracing?
Our UK Health Corps has a team of contact tracers, also known as case managers, who are work tirelessly to maintain some level of comfort and safety in a time that feels just the opposite. Health Corps has hired a mix of folks to be contact tracers; 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. Health Corps has created a streamlined process for case managers to follow while on our front lines.