ACTION REQUIRED: Spring semester COVID-19 testing for the Durham community

January 13, 2021

 

STUDENTS
Please read this entire section before starting the pre-arrival and arrival test registration process.

Every student living in campus housing (residence hall or apartment), planning to be on campus or living in the greater Durham community (Durham, Dover, Lee, Newmarket) must be tested twice prior to the start of the spring semester; once during the week of Jan. 19 (pre-arrival) and once the week of Jan. 25 (arrival). If you are an online student or taking all your classes remotely please respond to the testing opt out survey you will receive tomorrow and disregard this email. Pre-arrival testing must be 7-8 days in advance of your scheduled arrival test date. Without a negative test your Wildcat Pass will be invalid and you will not be permitted to participate in the required arrival testing. No exceptions will be made. IMPORTANT: Identify your arrival test date in order to choose the appropriate pre-arrival test date.

How to plan your testing interval example: If you are scheduled to move in Jan. 27, you must test Jan. 19 or 20. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

Scheduling Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing:
**BOTH REQUIRED unless you tested positive within 90 days prior to Jan. 31 (if you have tested positive and not yet notified UNH, upload your positive test).

  1. Schedule your arrival test and test kit pickup (test kit labels from last semester should be thrown away; leftover vials, swabs and bags can be used) at the Whittemore Center Jan. 25-31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Your Wildcat Pass must be valid in order to enter. If you live in campus housing you will receive an email with instructions for selecting a day and time for move-in. Once you have scheduled your housing move-in appointment register to go to the Whittemore Center one hour prior to your scheduled move-in time to take your arrival test and get your testing kits.
  2. Choose one of the four options for pre-arrival testing:
  • Schedule a day and time between Jan. 19-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to go to the Whittemore Center to pick up a self-swab kit. Do the test same day and drop it at any approved campus location.
  • Upload proof of a negative PCR test result (antigen testing is not permitted). This is at your own expense; most insurance companies cover the full cost.
  • If you live more than 90 miles from Durham, N.H. you are eligible for mail-in testing from Quest Diagnostics. Those who are eligible will receive a separate email with instructions later today. You must use the link provided to you; no tests outside of the UNH testing program will be reimbursed.
  • If you are currently in the winter break testing program continue to test as scheduled. You do not need to schedule a pre-arrival test or move-in appointment.

Make sure your Wildcat Pass remains valid in order to be able to attend arrival testing at the Whittemore Center. Update your profile now.

FACULTY/STAFF/CONTRACTORS

  1. If you continue to work remotely and do not plan to be on campus during the spring semester, disregard this email. Your Wildcat Pass will be invalid; if you need to come to campus email covid@unh.edu at least one week prior to receive instruction.
  2. If you tested positive within 90 days prior to Jan. 31 and have not yet notified UNH, upload your positive test.
  3. If you are currently in the university testing program continue to test as scheduled. Register here to pick up enough kits for the semester at the Whittemore Center Jan. 19-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  4. If you plan to access campus during the spring semester, register here to pick up a self-swab kit at the Whittemore Center Jan. 19-24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Do the test same day and drop it at any approved campus location.
  5. Update your profile now.

Thank you for your attention to these important steps in ensuring a safe and successful spring semester. As you make your plans to return please review the New Hampshire COVID-19 Travel Guidance, especially if coming from outside of New England. We will share additional information and resources for quarantine in tomorrow’s email.

Sincerely,

Paul Dean
Chief of Police /Associate VP for Public Safety and Risk Management and Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee

Marian McCord
Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach; and Co-Chair of UNH Testing and Tracing Committee