COVID -19 TESTING

Effective Date: 
Fri, 05/01/2020
Revised: 
Tue, 03/30/2021
Policy: 

Testing to screen for COVID-19 is one component of a comprehensive strategy to help protect students, faculty, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19.  UCSC Student Health Services (SHS), in collaboration with the UCSC Molecular Diagnostic Lab (MDL) provides testing for COVID-19.

Testing populations, mandates, and frequencies are determined by UCSC Campus administration based on guidance from regulatory agencies including but not limited to the CDC, Santa Cruz County and California State Public Health Departments, and the University of California Office of the President.

 

Procedure: 

ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING

Asymptomatic students and staff/faculty can schedule their tests on-line by logging into the SHS secure messaging system Health e-Messenger, using their CruzID and gold password.  Appointments can also be made by calling the SHS appointment line at 831-459-2500.  Once an appointment is made regular reminders are sent electronically.  Asymptomatic testing, voluntary or mandatory, is provided at Kiosk testing locations throughout campus. Kiosk testing site locations were evaluated and selected in collaboration with the Campus EH&S (Emergency Health & Safety) department and the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department.  (See attached Kiosk Testing Process for more detailed steps)

 

SYMPTOMATIC TESTING

To decrease the risk of COVID transmission, symptomatic students and asymptomatic students that are confirmed close contacts of a known COVID-19 case are directed to the SHS or the Nurse Advice line for evaluation.  If testing for COVID-19 is indicated it will take place at the SHS.   When available a COVID Rapid Antigen test is  collected and run at the same time as the PCR test is obtained.  Symptomatic students testing at SHS without a clinician visit self-collect both the rapid antigen and PCR swabs; a baseline O2 Saturation test is also done at this time.  

Staff and Faculty who are symptomatic are directed to their off campus Primary Care Provider for evaluation and testing.

Currently, the majority of testing is done via an anterior nares self-collected PCR swab.   If the test is collected during an in person visit, appropriate Infection Control measures are taken, including proper PPE donned by staff observing the collection and post collection room cleaning.   Infection Control measures are in-place at the testing Kiosk sites (see attached COVID-19 Testing Kiosk Procures).  Test results are available within 24-72 hours and if negative are sent electronically to the Health e-Messenger portal.  Patients with positive results are called by the SHS Medical Director or designee, and Case Investigation and Contact Tracing is initiated.