Community assessment testing

Sep 11, 2020

Ongoing testing is a crucial element of our university COVID-19 management plan. Test results give us an up-to-date picture of what is happening with the virus and help us take proactive steps to manage ASU community spread.

Because it is so important, it is required. We randomly select individuals for testing from the student, employee and business partner populations on campus.

Employees

Q. Why is ASU doing this?

A. Random testing, coupled with the daily health check, are multiple steps ASU is taking to promote a healthy environment for students and employees during the pandemic. These checks also allow ASU to proactively reach out to community members with our support services.

Q. Who will notify me if I have been selected to be randomly tested?

A. The ASU Human Resources team will notify employees randomly selected for testing by official ASU email.

Q. How soon will I need to take the test?

A. ASU employees will have two calendar days, excluding weekends and university holidays, to complete the test from when they are notified.

Q. What if I have already taken a COVID-19 test?

A. Another test is still required within two days of your email notification.

Q. What if I receive a positive test?

A. Discontinuation of isolation: Symptom-based guidance can be used to determine the date it is safe to end separation practices. Students and employees must demonstrate that they have met the following criteria set by the Maricopa County and state health departments to return to campus:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared. 

  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. 

  • Symptoms have improved. 

If you have never had any COVID-19-related symptoms, but you did test positive, you may return to campus 10 days following your test date.

As part of discontinuing isolation, employees must call the Employee Wellness Exposure Management team at 480-727-6517 for further instructions and verify medical documentation. Providers will clear students who are under ASU Health Services care. Students may also provide a letter from an outside medical provider to ASU Health Services for verification and approval.

The CDC no longer recommends COVID-19 retesting after a positive diagnosis until three months have passed from the first positive test date. Repeat testing may result in a positive diagnosis during that period. 

Q. It is possible to have a positive test, recover, obtain medical clearance, and test positive again? If an employee tests positive under this scenario, will they have to quarantine again? 

A. If ASU can obtain documentation that an employee was positive and recovered with medical clearance during the 90 days before random testing, the employee should be cleared to work as usual.

If that documentation is not available or it has been longer than 90 days since the last positive test, the employee will be required to stay away from campus for 10 to 14 days, even if no symptoms are present.

Q. Can I go to my primary care provider for this test?

A. No. ASU provides a no-cost saliva-based COVID-19 test and prioritizes testing for employees and students with a turnaround time for test results in 24 to 48 hours. It is imperative that employees and students receive priority testing, coupled with fast results.

Q. How do I register for my test?

A. Visit the ASU Employee COVID-19 testing webpage to register for an appointment.

Q. Will I be paid for the time off needed to take the test?

A. Yes, but please try to take your test during your typically scheduled work hours.

Q. Who will be notified of my test results?

A. We send the test results directly to you. We will also include them in our overall statistical analysis of our community’s COVID-19 status, which we use to inform our pandemic planning and response. The analysis will aggregate all test results rather than identifying specific people by name.

If you test positive, we will notify the Arizona Department of Health Services, as required by law, and ASU Employee Wellness. Employee Wellness will inform you about available resources and work with you and your doctor to determine when you can return to campus. Employee Wellness will also coordinate exposure management, such as cleaning your workplace or notifying others to self-isolate and monitor for possible symptoms.

We will not share your test results with your supervisor. We will only tell them whether you are cleared to be on campus. If we need to notify someone you might have been in close contact with that they should self-isolate, that notification will be anonymous.

Q. If I am not coming to campus at all, do I have to take the test?

A. Individuals will be selected for testing primarily based on the information we have from the daily health check about who has recently been on campus or who may be in the future. If you have been approved to work remotely, and will not be coming on campus or interacting with anyone in person while working for ASU, and you get a test notification, please contact the ASU Exposure Management Team via email or at 480-727-6517.            

Q. What if I don’t complete the saliva test when requested?

A. Randomized testing using the no-cost saliva-based COVID-19 test is a critical step in promoting a healthy learning and working environment. We have every reason to believe that our employees will complete it, and we have built-in reminders to help you remember. However, if we do not hear from you, we may shut off your ASU systems access until you complete your saliva test. Willful non-completion may result in disciplinary action.

Q. I am willing to test but unable to come to campus in the next two days, can I be provided with an exemption?

A. The ASU Employee Wellness Exposure management team will work with individuals who have extenuating circumstances that prohibit them from attending any ASU testing location during the two-day test window.

Students

Q. Why is ASU doing this?

A. Random testing, coupled with the daily health check, are multiple steps ASU is taking to promote a healthy environment for students and employees during the pandemic. These checks also allow ASU to proactively reach out to community members with our support services.

Q. Who will notify me if I have been selected to be randomly tested?

A. The Student Services team will notify students randomly selected for testing by official ASU email.

Q. How soon will I need to take the test?

A. ASU students will have two calendar days, including weekends, to complete the test from when they are notified.

Q. What if I have already taken a COVID-19 test?

A. Another test is still required within two days of your email notification. 

Q. What if I receive a positive test?

A. You will be contacted by student health services with specific instructions as well as details on your care.

Q. How do I register for my test?

A. Visit the ASU Testing Site and click on Register for student testing. 

Q. Who will be notified of the results of my test?

A. The only people notified of the results of your test are you and ASU Health Services. Results are available through the ASU Health Services Patient Portal

Q. If I am not coming to campus at all, do I have to take the test?

A. ASU is interested in the health and wellbeing of all members of our community.  If you will be taking classes remotely and will not be coming on campus or interacting with anyone in person, and you get a test notification, please contact the Dean of Student office.

Q. What if I don’t complete the saliva test when requested?

A. Randomized testing using the no-cost saliva-based COVID-19 test is a critical step in promoting a healthy learning and working environment. We have every reason to believe that our students will complete it, and we have built-in reminders to help you remember.

Q. I am willing to test but unable to come to campus in the next two days, can I be provided with an exemption? 

A. The Dean of Students' office will work with individuals who have extenuating circumstances that prohibit them from attending any ASU testing location during the 2-day test window. 

Additional questions

ASU has experts providing evidence-based guidance for keeping students, faculty and staff safe on campus.
Visit the COVID-19 FAQ or fall 2020 webpages for more details. Please email us about facilities and
operational questions. All ASU employees must take the Community of Care training for employees.