One of the goals of the Husky Coronavirus Testing Program is to identify students who test positive for COVID-19 early, so actions can be taken to prevent further transmission or an outbreak. When students who test positive for COVID-19 are identified, they may have a common exposure pathway (such as being in the same place around the same time) when transmission could have occurred. In this scenario, surge testing, which involves the testing of a group of people such as students in a residence hall, may be conducted.
The purpose of surge testing is to help determine whether additional students may be COVID-19 positive and for the individuals who are impacted to take measures for self-isolation and quarantine. If surge testing is needed, you will be notified and provided information by your Community Manager and the UW about what is known, who is being asked to get tested, instructions for how to get tested, and about what you can do to stay healthy and safe.
Other measures may be taken while surge testing is taking place, such as being asked to quarantine in your residence until your sample result is received or you may be asked to quarantine for 14 days as a precaution in case you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive. EH&S will provide you with information and guidance if this situation arises.
The most important things you can do to limit the spread of COVID-19 are:
- When you are sick, stay home and avoid close contact with others
- Keep at least six feet of distance from others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (If water is not available, use hand sanitizer.)
- Wear a face covering (They are required in all common areas of HFS buildings.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid social gatherings, especially indoors
For more information, see the UW’s Coronavirus FAQ webpage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EH&S COVID-19 Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-616-3344.