Monthly voluntary COVID-19 testing March

March 9, 2021

 

Dear Campus Community,

In an ongoing effort to protect the health and well-being of our campus community, voluntary, monthly COVID-19 testing will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 & 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Save Mart Center (at no cost). As a reminder, this testing is applicable only to students and faculty who are on campus for in-person classes, students participating in approved internships, staff (including student assistants) approved to work on campus, and residents living in Fresno State Housing. 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 for COVID-19 during vaccine rollout - New information

It will take many months before enough people are fully vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, at this time, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) does not recommend changes to testing requirements for individuals, even those who have been fully vaccinated. As the science and evidence evolves, CDPH will issue updated guidance to reflect new information and data. This information is found on the CDPH Vaccine page, near the middle of the page.

Please refer to the following monthly schedule for the remainder of the spring semester.

April 6 & 7

May 4 & 5

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 swa

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