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Fall 2021 Path Forward

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

COVID Testing Protocols

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 means closely monitoring the incidences of COVID-19 on campus with regular testing. COVID Testing on campus is administered by:

  • For Students - Dana Lloyd (x5249) in Student Health Services
  • For Employees - Desiree Mack (x5092) or (dmack9@spelman.edu) in Human Resources

All COVID tests performed on campus are FREE.

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Updated COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Due to the current surge in local and statewide positivity rates, as well as the high transmissibility of the delta variant, even in vaccinated individuals, the College will now require vaccinated individuals to take one weekly rapid test on campus.

The College will also perform randomized PCR diagnostic testing each week of randomly selected faculty, staff and students. Only those contacted directly by HR (employees) or Student Health Services (students) via email will participate in this testing. There will be a PCR test for the entire on-campus community every six weeks.

All COVID tests performed on campus are FREE.
Details about testing protocols can be found below.

 

Vaccinated Student and Employee Testing Protocols

Frequency

Weekly
Fully vaccinated students and employees are required to take one weekly rapid test on campus.

Location & Schedule

Beverly Daniel Tatum Suites Dining Hall
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
No appointment necessary. Walk-ins welcome.

The number of daily tests being administered for those who are vaccinated may result in long lines. For faster service, please return to the testing site throughout the week.

Vaccinated Testing FAQ

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Do I need an appointment?
No. The testing site will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Feel free to stop in at any time.

COVID Test VialWill I need to wait for my test result?
No. If you have a positive result, you will be contacted immediately by HR (employees), or Student Health Services (students).

Who will administer the test?
A medical professional will administer the test for you.

What kind of test will I take?
A nasopharyngeal rapid test (BINAX rapid test). If you are medically unable to take this test, please contact Human Resources (employees) or Student Health Services (students).

When will testing begin?
Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

Where should I report for testing?
Beverly Daniel Tatum Suites Dining Hall (Testing Site #2).

What do I need to bring with me?
Your student/employee ID number and ID badge or driver's license.

Do I have to pay for this or will my insurance be charged?
No, this testing is at no charge to you. The College will absorb all costs.

Individuals may be exempt from the weekly rapid test for a given week(s) based on the following criteria:

  • Currently not on campus, or will not access campus
  • Isolating due to COVID-19 positive test
  • Quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure

 

Unvaccinated Student and Employee Testing Protocols

Frequency

Twice Weekly
A rapid test twice a week is required for students and employees who are unvaccinated with a waiver or not fully vaccinated.

Location & Schedule

Beverly Daniel Tatum Suites Private Dining Room
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Appointments are scheduled through email.

If you are an unvaccinated employee and have not received a letter with testing instructions, please contact Desiree Mack at (x5092) or dmack9@spelman.edu.


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Weekly Randomized PCR Diagnostic Testing

The College will also perform randomized PCR diagnostic testing each week of randomly selected vaccinated and unvaccinated community members.

Only those contacted directly by HR (employees) or Student Health Services (students) via email will participate in this testing.

Frequency - Random

Weekly
Only those contacted directly by HR (employees) or Student Health Services (students) via email will participate in this testing.

Location & Schedule

Beverly Daniel Tatum Suites Dining Hall
Wednesdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
No appointment necessary. Stop by any time if you have received an email to do so.

Weekly PCR Testing FAQ

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Do I need an appointment?
No. The testing site will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesdays. Feel free to stop in at any time.

COVID Test Vial-blueWill I need to wait for my test result?
No. If you have a positive result, you will be contacted by HR (employees) or Student Health Services (students).

Who will administer the test?
A medical professional will administer the test for you.

What kind of test will I take?
A nasopharyngeal PCR test. If you are medically unable to take this test, please contact Human Resources (employees) or Student Health Services (students).

When will testing begin?
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

Where should I report for testing?
Beverly Daniel Tatum Suites Dining Hall (Testing Site #2).

How will I know if I have been selected for testing?
You will receive an e-mail on the Friday or Monday prior to your Wednesday test.

What do I need to bring with me?
Your student/employee ID number and ID badge or driver's license.

Do I need to take a rapid test that week if I have been selected to take a PCR test?
No.

Do I have to pay for this or will my insurance be charged?

No, this testing is at no charge to you. The College will absorb all costs.

 

Community PCR Testing

PCR testing will be performed on the full on-campus community every six weeks. Dates and additional details are forthcoming.