Dashboard Frequently Asked Questions

Surveillance testing numbers reflect both testing of early-arriving, on-campus students beginning January 19, and community-wide testing from February 3 to May 17, 2021.

Villanova has a contact tracing program to provide health education and guidance to minimize the spread of the virus. They are guided by protocols to obtain symptom history and relevant health information of affected individuals.

Students who test positive will have an intake assessment, which includes instructions for a 10-day isolation period, as well as identification of close contacts.

Faculty and staff members who test positive should self-report to their supervisor and also contact the VU contact tracing team to identify close contacts.

The "Isolation/Quarantine Capacity for Students" section of the dashboard reflects the number of beds available either on campus or in the local area for students who need to isolate or quarantine. Beds are located in designated on-campus residence halls, the Student Health Center, off-campus houses, the Inn at Villanova and other local hotels. Prior to the Fall 2020 semester, Villanova proactively reserved 250 beds in a local hotel in case of a surge of cases on campus; on Sunday, January 31, a rise in the number of positive tests prompted the University to activate additional beds, both on and off campus. Currently, a total of 430 beds are available to students for isolation and quarantine purposes. Note: Students who live within 300 miles of the University are sent home to isolate or quarantine, and are not included in the dashboard bed counts. 

Close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Note: This is irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment.

If you are a student and you feel sick, you should call the Student Health Center at 610-519-4070. You will have a telehealth appointment and the medical provider will decide whether you should be tested for COVID-19. If the medical provider decides you need to be tested, it will be done at the Student Health Center. Similarly, if you are deemed a close contact by the Villanova contact tracing team, you will be notified by a member of the team and will be tested at the Student Health Center.

If you have no symptoms and you have had only casual contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, you will not be tested for COVID-19 at the Student Health Center.

If you are a faculty or staff member and you feel sick, you should stay home and contact your primary care provider. Any faculty or staff who is diagnosed with COVID-19—or a student diagnosed with the virus at a medical facility other than the Student Health Center—should notify the VU contact tracing team regarding their positive results at 484-432-7950, and the team will follow up on all COVID-19 positive test results. 

The University is regularly reviewing many data elements to inform planning efforts and assess the health and safety of the community. These include the dashboard metrics, testing program data, medical trends, isolation and quarantine capacity and public health information at the federal, state and local levels.    

Following pre-arrival testing in January, ongoing surveillance testing for the Spring 2021 semester will begin on Monday, February 1. Once that testing starts, data about the University’s ongoing testing efforts will be reflected on the dashboard.