Weekly voluntary COVID-19 testing resumes this week

Jan. 4, 2021

 

Dear Campus Community,

Please note the following information is applicable only to students and faculty who are on campus this spring for in-person classes, to staff (including student assistants) approved to work on campus this spring and to residents living in Fresno State Student Housing.

In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our campus community, voluntary, weekly COVID-19 testing will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the Save Mart Center (at no cost) for students living in Fresno State Student Housing, student assistants, faculty, and staff who have been approved to be on campus during winter break. The testing will be done by Valley Children's Healthcare (VCH). No appointment is necessary.  

Although the testing is voluntary, our University administration strongly encourages participation given it is our collective responsibility to help reduce the spread of the virus, especially at a time when Fresno County is experiencing a surge in the number of positive cases and related hospitalizations.

Testing is now available weekly on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Save Mart Center, through Jan. 27. No appointment is necessary.

February: Testing will revert to a monthly schedule throughout the spring semester for students, faculty and staff who have been approved to be on campus during that time frame. (Specific dates will be announced in January.)

PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL FOR TESTING

Please complete the Daily Health-Screening Tool found here, and bring your phone to the testing site to confirm that you have been cleared to be on campus. (A device will be available at the site, if you do not have a cell phone or are not able to access the Daily Health-Screening Tool.)

Arrive at the northwest entrance to the Save Mart Center.

Bring a photo ID.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TESTING

As part of the testing, VCH staff will administer a COVID-19 nasal swab test.

The University will not have access to test results for employees, which is considered private medical information. If an employee tests positive, they will be contacted directly by VCH. Please note VCH is required to report any positive cases to the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH). FCDPH would then notify the University in accordance with their required reporting and contact-tracing protocols.

The University’s Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) will have access to test results for students. If a student tests positive, they will be contacted directly by the SHCC.

For more information about the voluntary COVID-19 testing, please refer to these related FAQs.

When you participate in the testing, please adhere to standard health protocols (e.g. wearing face covering and maintaining six feet physical distance). If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home and contact your medical provider.

Thank you all for doing your part to keep each other healthy.

Sincerely,

 

Janell Morillo, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President, Student Health, Counseling and Wellness