- Entry Testing for 2021 Summer Sessions
- Surveillance Testing
- Surveillance Test Sites: Summer Sessions
- Contacts for Student Questions
- FAQs: Surveillance Testing
- FAQs for Graduate and Professional Student Testing Protocols
- Testing for Symptomatic or Exposed Individuals During the Semester
- Isolation for COVID-Positive Students
Entry Testing for 2021 Summer Sessions
All students who will be living on campus or who plan to be on campus for approved academic purposes are required to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon their arrival to campus. Please note that your DukeCard will not be activated until you complete entry testing.
Prior to arrival, students should report any positive results to Student Health through Duke MyChart and observe isolation protocols BEFORE returning to Durham. If you are in quarantine due to exposure to others with COVID-19, please inform Student Health. You should NOT return to campus or Durham until your quarantine or isolation period has ended and you are symptom-free. If you are in isolation and cannot return to campus at the designated time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and contact Student Health and your academic dean.
Testing will be self administered using the same process described below for surveillance testing. No appointment is necessary.
- Where: Penn Pavilion, West Campus.
- When: hours for entry testing will be 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted below)
- Friday, May 7 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.). School of Nursing Only
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Post-Arrival Sequester Period
After entry testing, all students are required to sequester in their residence hall or off-campus home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. Test results will be made available through Duke MyChart, likely 24 – 48 hours after testing. While awaiting your test results, students are expected to limit any unnecessary movement and activity outside of their room, and should avoid other students and staff during this time.
Any students who test positive will receive isolation instructions, under the care of Duke clinicians, and will participate in contact tracing, which is used to identify any other potential positive cases.
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 during the summer sessions will begin on Monday, May 10 for faculty, staff and students on-site. Students living on campus this summer are required to complete surveillance testing two times per week, and students living off campus are 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.
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 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 Testing: Summer 2021
Surveillance testing will be conducted Monday – Thursday during the summer Sessions. Testing will be conducted at the following sites from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted below:
- Penn Pavilion: Assembly Room 102
- Brodie Memorial Gym: Multi-purpose Room 149
- Levine Science Research Center: Lobby 100
- Inter-professional Education and Care Building: Physical Therapy Clinic
- Varsity Golf Center at Washington Duke Inn, (7 a.m. – 6 p.m.) – See map for location.
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.
Contacts for Student Questions
Undergraduates: Undergraduates with questions should email email@example.com
Graduate & Professional Students: If you have received this message and don’t plan to be in Durham for the upcoming 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.
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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.