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COVID-19 Testing

Posted by on Sunday, August 1, 2021 in .

SYMPTOMATIC TESTING

Students

Students who have symptoms related to COVID-19 should visit  Student Health. Student Health will instruct the individual on appropriate next steps.

Student Health is open Monday through Friday, and will now offer testing on Saturdays in September.  Saturday walk-in hours will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 4, 11, 18 and 25.  The Student Health on-call triage line can be reached at 615-322-2427 for additional questions or concerns.

If Student Health is closed, students may call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at 888-312-0847 for information about after-hours assessment site availability. This number is answered seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. central time.

A walk-in testing location has now opened at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 7 days a week, 8 am-4:15 pm. for those with mild symptoms or are a confirmed close contact. No appointments are needed.

In addition, the VUMC emergency department is available for severe symptoms.  If symptoms are not severe enough to require an emergency visit, then for the safety of others it is extremely important to avoid prolonged close contact with others, wear a face mask/covering and practice strict hand hygiene while awaiting the Student Health Center to open.

An individual who lives on campus awaiting test results should shelter in place in their room or will be moved to quarantine housing, depending on their living situation. Students who live off campus should remain at home off campus minimizing exposure to others and keep their instructors/department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status.  Once a negative test result is received, the individual should return to campus work, research, classes, and other activities. If a positive test result is received and the student tested at a facility other than Student Health, then the individual should remain off campus and immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.

Faculty, Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows

Faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows who have symptoms related to COVID-19 can be tested 7:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Occupational Health Express Care Clinic located in Suite 112 of the Medical Arts Building on main campus.

A walk-in testing location has now opened at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 7 days a week, 8 am-4:15 pm. for those with mild symptoms or are a confirmed close contact. No appointments are needed.

Staff with symptoms can also call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to be assessed and directed to the nearest open testing site. Additional options include the Vanderbilt Health Walk-In Clinics noted here and the Vanderbilt Health Clinics at Walgreens noted here.  If options listed above are not open and the symptoms are severe enough, the individual should go to the VUMC emergency department.

An individual awaiting test results should remain at home, off campus minimizing exposure to others and keep their department chair/supervisor/mentor/lead researcher informed of their return-to-campus status.  Once a negative test result is received, the individual should return to campus work, research, classes, and other activities. If a positive test result is received, then the individual should remain off campus and immediately notify the Vanderbilt Command Center through this webform.

ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for students arriving from abroad for the fall semester is available at the testing center on campus. International students must continue to follow the protocols previously communicated to them.

The asymptomatic testing program includes the following individuals:

  • Asymptomatic vaccinated close contacts will be able to test at the testing center and will receive instructions from the Command Center Contact Tracing team after they have reported they are a close contact or have been identified as a close contact.
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated with an approved accommodation will be required to test weekly. Tests taken outside of the testing center or Student Health will not be accepted for the weekly requirement.  Individuals should visit the testing center once a week to be compliant with this requirement as outlined below.  Individuals who were unvaccinated and are in a pending status (i.e. going through the process to become vaccinated) will need to continue to test until after their final dose of the vaccine is received and they have uploaded their vaccination information to the vaccine portal.
  • As a part of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 response and in light of increasing case numbers in Nashville and the surrounding community, the university is implementing random asymptomatic testing—or “sentinel” testing—to detect and forecast possible infection trends and provide early warning signs of outbreak. Sentinel testing captures a random sample of vaccinated individuals from the campus community to help monitor the prevalence of COVID-19. This type of testing is a common technique with vaccine-preventable diseases, per the Centers for Disease Control. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and faculty are eligible for the sentinel testing program and will be selected at random.

In addition, the asymptomatic testing program will include:

  • When needed, immediate targeted testing upon identifying a potential host spot based on data trends observed by the Command Center.

Please note that individuals who were previously positive with COVID-19 should not test for 90 days from their positive test date. If you received a positive test outside of the university in the last 90 days and have not reported it to the Command Center, you must report your previously positive test to the Command Center in order to be exempt for the 90-day period.  If the Command Center is already aware of your positive test, you do not need to test for 90 days from your positive test date.

The COVID-19 asymptomatic testing center is located on campus at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center in the auxiliary gym.  Individuals can park in lot 102 and will need to enter through the large doors at the back of the Recreation and Wellness Center, by the recreation fields and lot 102.  Signage will direct you to the indoor testing center. Additionally, a limited number of drive-up testing parking places are available in reserved locations in lot 102 for those with mobility challenges or who otherwise prefer to remain in their cars.

The testing center will be open:

  • Mondays from 7am-3pm
  • Tuesdays from 7am-3pm
  • Wednesdays from 7am-3pm
  • Thursdays from 7am-3pm

Individuals do not need to schedule a time in advance to test and can visit the testing center during open hours. We will communicate with the community if the testing center hours should change in the future. Individuals should not eat or drink for 60 minutes prior to taking their test.

We highly recommend individuals download the Safer Community app in advance of visiting the testing center the first time.  The app speeds up the check-in process and will also display testing results.  More information on the app can be found on the following pageInformation on the testing vendor (type of test, etc.) can be found here.

Individuals who need an asymptomatic test for purposes of travel or other special circumstances are welcome to visit the testing center during open hours. Please keep in mind, the VU Testing Program is designed to satisfy the COVID-19 testing requirements of the university and are not designed necessarily to meet specific test result requirements for every possible form of travel. If the testing results sent via email and the app do not satisfy an individual’s specific proof of test result requirements, or testing is needed outside of open hours, individuals should explore tests performed beyond the university testing center. Options include one of the Metro Nashville or TN assessment sites or other facilities including CareNow and American Family Care.

Individuals with symptoms should NOT visit the testing center and should follow the instructions for symptomatic testing outlined at the top of this page.