September 25, 2020
First, thank you for your continued efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at SDSU and keep yourselves and our faculty and staff on campus and in the classroom. Every day we are together is another day closer toward reaching this semester’s goal of providing in-person instruction until the Thanksgiving break.
The university continues to monitor key indicators of the impact COVID-19 has on campus. These include, but are not limited to, community and campus spread of COVID-19, quarantine and isolation housing capacity for SDSU students, impact of testing at our Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services and overall impact on our health partners in the Brookings community.
To date, we have managed the pandemic impacts at the university with your help and we continue to have capacity to handle the impact of COVID-19. This includes increasing our capacity for on-campus testing.
Hopefully, the following testing updates will answer your questions and establish the importance of COVID-19 testing during this pandemic.
Who should get tested? Any student experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 or who believe they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to get tested. Some students may receive special invites to get tested.
Why should I get tested? Getting tested is important for a couple of reasons:
- Testing helps to protect others around you, including faculty and staff on campus. Keeping students in the classroom, faculty teaching and our support services in place is critical to our success.
- Testing helps to determine any “clusters” or exposed areas of campus through tracing. Multiple infections can create considerable risks to various parts of campus given how easily COVID-19 spreads. You have all been working hard to avoid “hot spots” and we want to continue that success.
How do I get tested? The first step to participate in COVID-19 testing is to complete the COVID-19 Notification Form if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. This will be your invitation to test on campus if you have symptoms or have been exposed. You will need to disclose your reason for needing the test.
Remember – Stay home if you are feeling sick! The only exception would be to get tested.
Once you complete the COVID-19 Notification Form, you will receive an email confirming your submission, and if applicable, this confirmation email will include a testing invitation. Even if you do not fill out the COVID-19 Notification Form, you may receive an email from the COVID-19 Response Team inviting you to participate in select population testing. Testing will take place at the drive-thru/walk-up testing location outside of Frost Arena, Monday through Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You do not need an appointment, but you do need your submission confirmation or COVID-19 Response Team testing invitation email.
Before arriving at the testing site, there are three important things you need to review:
- Review the HIPPA Privacy Notice;
- Review the Privacy Notice Acknowledgement Form;
- Review the Informed Consent for Release of Health Information.
Important: You will be provided the above forms at the testing site when you arrive to complete on site. You should not complete these in advance and bring them with you.
How quickly do I get my results? Normally results for tests completed at SDSU are received within 24 hours.
How much does it cost? When a student goes through the SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services, there is no cost for the test on campus. Costs may apply to students who test off campus at a local health care provider. Additional costs may occur if additional medical services are required.
How many days do I quarantine if I have been in close contact with a person who is diagnosed with COVID 19? It is normally a 14-day quarantine period from the last date of exposure. Please reference the South Dakota Department of Health for more information.
What if I do not have symptoms of COVID 19 but I have a positive test? Normally you are asked to isolate for 10 days from the date you tested, but always follow the directives of your health care provider and the South Dakota Department of Health.
Will SDSU be notified if I test off campus? Individuals may seek medical services from their provider of choice.SDSU will be notified by the South Dakota Department of Health if a student has received a positive test, regardless of the student’s testing location. Contact tracing involving students who have had direct exposure may also result in the SD-DOH contacting the university.
What if I have a negative SARS2 test result while I do not have symptoms and am in quarantine? If you have been identified as a direct contact, you will still be required to quarantine for the full 14 days. It can take up to 14 days after close contact with an infected person for the virus to give a positive test or for symptoms to develop. Currently, the South Dakota Department of Health is not allowing individuals to test out of staying in quarantine. Those participating in surveillance testing through their athletic team or select population testing via the email invitation, do not have a known exposure, and thus do not have to quarantine while awaiting test results.
Thank you for your attention to this very important issue. We strongly encourage any student meeting the criteria for testing to complete the COVID-19 Notification Form and get tested.
Your efforts to keep everyone at the university this semester has not gone unnoticed. We appreciate what you are all doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Response Team