In effort to help protect members of the Duke community, the university conducts three different types of tests for COVID-19: Entry Testing for all incoming students; Surveillance Testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff; and Symptomatic Testing for those experiencing symptoms. You can find more information about these tests, including when, where and how they are conducted below.
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- Entry Testing: 2021 Fall Semester
- Testing Process
- Surveillance Test Sites
- Compliance Process
- Contacts for Student Questions
- Symptomatic Testing and Testing for Exposed Individuals
- Isolation for COVID-Positive Students
Entry Testing – 2021 Fall Semester
During the remainder of the 2021 Fall semester, entry testing will be conducted on a walk-in basis at the Washington Duke Inn testing site. When coming to this site for an entry test, student must inform staff on site that they need an entry test, not a surveillance test.
- This site is open Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- The testing site is at the Inn’s Varsity Golf Center. See map for location.
Duke will conduct regular testing of students and other campus community members who do not have any symptoms to assist in the early detection and response for potential COVID-19 cases on campus.
Unvaccinated students will be required to complete surveillance testing two times per week, and vaccinated students will be required to complete surveillance testing at least once per week. Students will receive notification emails with the day for their surveillance test. If students miss a test, their DukeCard will be deactivated at 7 p.m. on the day of the missed test; it cannot be reactivated until the missed test is made up on the next available testing day.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, unvaccinated faculty and staff must participate in weekly surveillance testing. No appointment is needed. For more information, see the Compliance Process section below.
Although not required, vaccinated faculty and staff are invited to participate in regular surveillance testing at any of the testing sites. No appointment is needed.
The self-administered process should take about 5 minutes, and collection sites will be established in multiple locations on East and West campuses for convenience. Below are the steps for the screening process:
Step 1: Select participants will receive an email with details about when to conduct a surveillance test.
Step 2: On the day for their test, participants should visit one of community screening collection sites on the campus where they reside or work.
Step 3: Participants should arrive at the test site with their DukeCard ID or phone with the SymMon app (be sure you have the latest version). You will use your SymMon app to scan your test kit or a site coordinator will scan your DukeCard ID and provide you with a test kit.
Step 4: Testing will be self-administered and should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
Testing will involve inserting a cotton swab into each nasal passage and rotating it against the inner nasal lining in a circle three times. The swab does not need to be inserted far – just enough so the cotton tip is no longer visible.
The swab is then placed into a collection tube with a bar code, which will be placed in a bag and then deposited into a cooler at the collection site.
Pooled testing of samples will be conducted by the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. Results from tests typically take about 48 hours. You will only be contacted if the results are positive for COVID-19, at which point you will receive further medical guidance and support.
Surveillance Test Sites: 2021 Fall Semester
Surveillance testing is conducted to help monitor any asymptomatic transmission of the virus within the Duke community. The frequency of how often you’re called in for testing will depend on a number of factors, including your vaccination status and whether you’ve been potentially exposed to the virus.
Beginning Aug. 23 surveillance testing will be conducted at the following sites from Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted below:
- McClendon Tower: Lounge 4T101
- Bryan Center: The Landing
- Brodhead Center: Multipurpose Rooms 067 & 068
- Rubenstein Library: Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153
- Levine Science Research Center: Lobby 100
- Fuqua School of Business: Jenkins Conference Room B177
- Washington Duke Inn, Varsity Golf Center (Mon-Thurs: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.) See map for location.
- Inter-professional Education and Care Building – Physical Therapy Clinic Lobby
- Power House, 300 Fuller Street, Multi-purpose Room 101
Students are required to complete surveillance testing on days in which they are requested to do so. Students not completing this requirement will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct or their Graduate/Professional Program. Students who miss testing may lose their ability to access campus facilities.
Beginning Oct. 1, unvaccinated faculty and staff will be required to complete weekly surveillance testing, regardless of work location. Those not completing required testing by Thursday at 6 p.m. will have their DukeCards immediately disabled until completing the required test the following week. Those on vacation should test the following week upon their return to reactivate their DukeCards.
Faculty or staff members who do not participate in required testing for three consecutive weeks will have their NetID deactivated, limiting their access to email and other Duke systems. They may also be subject to disciplinary action in violation of Duke’s safety policy. Unvaccinated individuals who are on a leave of absence will not be required to test weekly until the the end of their leave.
Weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated faculty and staff, regardless of work location. Those working outside of central North Carolina can be tested at other locations such as a local pharmacy or health department and will need to submit an image of their weekly test results (PCR nasal swab test) by Thursday at 6 p.m. through an online form to ensure they remain in compliance. Note: COVID-19 antigen tests are not acceptable for compliance. Any positive test results should be reported immediately to Employee Occupation Health and Wellness by calling the Duke COVID Hotline at 919-385-0429, option 1.
Contacts for Student Questions
Undergraduates: Undergraduates with questions should email email@example.com.
Graduate & Professional Students: If you have received a testing message and don’t plan to be in Durham for the semester, please contact your program (see list of names/emails below) and ask to be removed from the entry and surveillance testing processes.
If you fail to report for testing on your scheduled date, your DukeCard will remain inactive (with the exception of students who have been approved to access clinical and research settings) until you are tested, and your name will be reported to your program leadership.
|Fuqua*||Fuqua Testing Teamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sanford*||Sanford COVID Teamemail@example.com|
|NSOE*||NSOE COVID Teamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NSOE – Marine Lab||Marine Lab COVID Teamemail@example.com|
|SOM – Basic Science MS|
and PhD students
|The Graduate School – does not include Basic Science MS and PhD students||Helene McAdamsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
FAQs: Surveillance Testing During Semester
Symptomatic Testing and Testing for Exposed Individuals
Any student, faculty, or staff member who becomes symptomatic or is referred by either Employee Health or Student Health should not participate in surveillance testing. Student Health or Employee Health will advise where individuals should be tested.
Students experience symptoms of COVID-19 should call Student Health during business hours at 919-681-9355 and choose option 2 to speak to a triage nurse. For urgent matters after hours, you may speak to a nurse by calling 919-966-3820.
Employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Duke COVID hotline* (919-385-0429 option 1 for employees) for assessment and COVID-19 testing. You must self-isolate until cleared by Employee Health to return to work.
Close Contact of Positive Individual
Any vaccinated student considered to be a close contact of a positive individual will be required to increase the frequency of surveillance testing and wear a mask at all times. Any unvaccinated student considered to be a close contact of a positive student will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
Isolation for COVID-Positive Students
Students who test positive will be placed in isolation on campus.
- Isolation is for students who have already been diagnosed positive with COVID-19.
- Isolated students will be under the care of Duke clinicians during an isolation window.
- A Duke clinician will determine when a student’s isolation period is complete.
- For students in Duke-provided housing, isolated students will be moved to separate housing.
- If isolated, students should not leave their assigned rooms other than to take strolls outside to get air. Meals will be delivered.
Contact tracing will be used to identify other potential positive cases.