Students to complete COVID-19 home testing prior to return on campus
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Before arriving on campus, Notre Dame students will be required to provide a specimen for a COVID-19 PCR test, the coronavirus response unit said in an email Wednesday.
Students will be mailed a home collection kit to their current place of residence by LabCorp, who will process the results. Specimen collection will be staggered depending on when students plan to arrive on campus, and by July 15, all students will be notified by when they must complete their test.
“The kit package will include a set of instructions for how to collect a home specimen from the anterior nasal passage and how to send it back to LabCorp for processing,” Christine Caron Gebhardt, assistant vice president for student services and Tracy Skibins, senior director of emergency management, said in the email.
The specimen must be returned to a FedEx Drop Box on the same day as collection. Otherwise, it cannot be processed and students will be charged a $75 replacement fee.
LabCorp will provide University Health Services (UHS) with the results, and once they are confirmed, students will receive an email to view the test results. Students who test negative will be cleared to return to campus.
“UHS will let Residential Life know the on-campus students who are cleared to return to campus, though test results will not be shared,” the email said. “Students moving on-campus will receive a confirmation email from Residential Life confirming their move-in appointment.”
Students who test positive may not return to campus even if they are asymptomatic, and UHS will contact these students for clearance.
“If you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 between the time of your test and your arrival, you must delay travel and contact your health care provider for evaluation,” the email said.