UNIVERSITY WIDE COVID-19 TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING PROGRAM

University-Wide COVID-19 Testing

Villanova University is instituting a COVID-19 surveillance testing program as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.

Villanova’s Surveillance Testing Program

The University launched a COVID-19 surveillance testing program—in partnership with Vault Health—after Labor Day that continues through the end of the semester as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.

Villanova students, faculty and staff who are randomly selected for the program will receive an email (sent on Fridays) requiring them to sign up and register for a test. Instructions regarding what to do prior to—and the day of—the test are contained in the email.

Those eligible to be assigned for testing include any student currently enrolled at the University and living on campus or taking an in-person class, as well as faculty and staff currently reporting to work on campus.

Testing is being administered in the lobby of the Finneran Pavilion between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, and participants are notified of results within 48 hours.

Participation is required. There is an exemption form to complete within the participant email for the following:

  • You are currently sick and cannot get to the Finneran Pavilion for testing.
  • you have a disability that would preclude you from being tested.
  • You have a religious belief or health concern that would exempt you from being tested.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
  • You are currently in isolation or quarantine and unable to attend.
  • Your in-person teaching is complete for the semester.
  • You have not started to teach on campus yet this semester.

Diagnostic Testing

Students

Students who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must call the Student Health Center, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 610-519-4070.

Protocols have been instituted with regard to COVID-19 screening, intake, assessment and contact tracing. Student Health Center testing capabilities include molecular testing for active infection and serum antibody testing, in addition to rapid point-of-care molecular testing and rapid point-of-care antigen testing. 

Faculty or Staff Members

Any faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must: 

  • Notify your supervisor and the VU contact tracing team at 484-432-7950 or by email for further information and instruction. VU contact tracers will help identify members of our community on campus who may be close contacts of an affected faculty or staff member.
  • Contact your primary care provider regarding treatment and monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Not return to work until 10 days have passed from the time you tested positive and until symptoms are improving; you are fever-free without fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours; and a note has been received from your primary care provider—and presented to the Office of Human Resources—clearing your return to work.

As a faculty or staff member, if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • Notify both your supervisor and the VU contact tracing team at 484-432-7950 or by email for further information and instruction.
  • Contact your primary care provider, who will advise you regarding the treatment of symptoms and COVID-19 testing recommendations.
  • If your primary care provider recommends testing, you should not return to campus until the test results are known.
  • If the test results are negative and symptoms are improving, you may return to campus.
  • If the test results are positive, please follow the protocol stated above for faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19.

If any faculty or staff member has been in close contact with another individual diagnosed with COVID-19, you must:

  • Notify both your supervisor and the VU contact tracing team at 484-432-7950 or by email for further information and instruction. The contact tracers will help identify next steps and determine if you should quarantine at home for 14 days while self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Contact your primary care provider if COVID-19 symptoms develop. They will advise you regarding the treatment of your symptoms and COVID-19 testing recommendations.
  • If your primary care provider recommends testing, you should not return to campus until the test results are known.
  • If the test results are negative—and you have not developed symptoms of COVID-19—you may return to campus.
  • If the test results are positive, please follow the protocol stated above for faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Program

As part of Villanova’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community, the University has implemented a COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing program. The program consists of a team of individuals who are contact tracers who operate out of the Student Health Center and in partnership with the Office of Human Resources and the colleges.

VILLANOVA CONTACT TRACERS

The mission of the Villanova (VU) contact tracers is to promptly communicate with patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19, and rapidly identify and communicate with their “close contacts” in our campus community. 

The VU contact tracing team is a resource for all members of our community, providing 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. As such, they will provide the following

  • Instructions for students regarding self-quarantine and clinical services as needed.
  • Consultation and guidance for employees who will also be counseled to follow up with their own primary care providers when necessary. 

FOR COVID-19 POSITIVE STUDENTS

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will have an intake assessment conducted by a VU contact tracer from the Student Health Center. This intake assessment will include education and instructions for a 10-day isolation. Students living within a 300-mile radius of campus will be expected to isolate at home.
  • Students unable to travel home will be isolated away from the campus community in a designated area for 10 days.
  • Students will be assessed and monitored for symptoms of COVD-19 daily by the Student Health Center staff.
  • The VU contact tracer will identify close contacts from the positive COVID student.
  • The COVID-19 positive student will remain in isolation for 10 days. At the end of the 10-day isolation period, the VU contact tracer will review the student’s health status and determine that they are able to return to campus.

FOR STUDENTS' CLOSE CONTACTS EXPOSED TO COVID-19

  • The VU contact tracer will notify close contacts (without identifying the COVID-19 positive student) that they were exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 individual.
  • VU contact tracers will educate and instruct the close contact on the 14-day quarantine. Those who are within a 300-mile radius will be expected to return home immediately. Students whose primary residence is greater than 300 miles will be placed in designated Villanova quarantine locations.
  • Students in quarantine will be sent a daily survey to check on their health status and temperature.
  • At the end of the 14-day quarantine, the VU contact tracer will review the student’s health status and determine their ability to return to campus.

FOR COVID-19 POSITIVE FACULTY AND STAFF

  • For those faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, they should contact their primary care provider for medical advice.
  • Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19—or are considered a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual—should self-report to their supervisor.

FOR FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS' CLOSE CONTACTS EXPOSED TO COVID-19

  • Faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should also contact the VU contact tracer at 484-432-7950 or email for further information and instruction.
  • VU contact tracers will help identify members of the Villanova community on campus who may be close contacts of an affected faculty or staff member.