- Surveillance Testing During the Semester
- Surveillance Test Sites
- Contacts for Student Questions
- FAQs: Screening During Fall Semester
- Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Individuals During the Semester
- Isolation for COVID-Positive Students
Gateway Testing for Students
All students traveling to the Durham area for the fall semester were asked to observe 14 days of quarantine and obtain COVID-19 tests if possible in their areas, prior to arrival.
All students who will be living on campus or who plan to be on campus for approved academic purposes were then required to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon their arrival to campus.
Students moving into Duke campus housing were tested immediately upon arrival to campus. All undergraduates living on and off campus were tested before they began fall classes on August 17. Graduate and professional students were tested from Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, September 1.
Post-Arrival Sequester Period
After students went through the check-in and testing process at Penn Pavilion and moved into their housing, students were required to sequester in their residence hall or off-campus home until results of their arrival tests are available (this will likely take 24-48 hours). Results were communicated through Duke MyChart. While waiting for test results, students were expected to limit any unnecessary movement and activity outside of their room.
During this sequester period, students living on campus were permitted to retrieve food from Duke Dining locations, run essential errands, and spend time outdoors in a manner that does not increase the potential spread of COVID-19, but had to avoid other students/staff during this time.
Non-symptomatic students living off-campus were to make appropriate arrangements for food and necessary supplies during the sequestering period.
Surveillance Testing During the Semester
Duke will conduct regular surveillance 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.
Testing will begin the week of Aug. 17 for half of the undergraduate students residing on campus and be expanded in subsequent weeks to include all on- and off-campus students, undergraduate, graduate and professionals. 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 to conduct a surveillance test on specific days.
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 version 1.6 or later). 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
Week of Sept. 28, 2020: Testing sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with exceptions noted below:
- Brodie Memorial Gym: Main Lobby
- Gilbert Addoms Residence Hall: Commons 002
- East Union/Marketplace: Classroom 200
- McClendon Tower: 1st Floor
- Bryan Center: Theater Lobby 103
- Perkins Library: Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (0153)
- Cameron Indoor Stadium: Rubenstein Lobby 119
- The Hollows B: B1003
- Conference Center at Washington Duke Inn, President’s Ballroom
- JB Duke Hotel, Meeting Room B
- Levine Science Research Building, Lobby
- Penn Pavilion
Medical Center Campus
Interprofessional Education and Care Building: Physical Therapy Clinic
Mobile Test Site
West Village: 605 W. Main St.: building courtyard
(Wed.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
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 and have their DukeCard access suspended until testing has been completed.
Testing data is updated hourly. Once a student’s test has been registered, his or her DukeCard access will be restored.
Contacts for Student Questions
Undergraduates: Undergraduates with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate & Professional Students: If you have received this message and you are not in Durham this semester, please contact your program (see list of names/emails below) and ask to be removed from the surveillance testing process.
If you are out of town temporarily, but will be returning to Durham in the near future, please contact your program and provide your return date.
If you fail to report for testing on your scheduled date, your DukeCard will remain inactive (with the exception of SOM and SON students) until you are tested, and your name will be reported to your program leadership. You do not need to contact Keep Learning about testing on the following day, rather you can simply show up one of the testing sites.
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FAQs: Surveillance Testing During Semester
Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Individuals During the Semester
Any student, faculty, or staff member who becomes symptomatic or is referred by either Employee Health or Student Health will be tested at one of five local testing sites, two of which are located on Duke’s campus.
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. The average time spent in isolation is 14 days.
- For students in Duke-provided housing, isolated students will be moved to East House, Jarvis, or The Lodge near Duke Hospital.
- 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.