Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is testing required?

Testing is voluntary for everyone after students drop one PCR test as instructed, and regular testing is encouraged for those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated. Anyone showing symptoms (sore throat, cough, congestion) is encouraged to drop a test or go to Health & Wellness.

  • Boxes will be open for voluntary self-swab testing Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Boxes are located at Dimond Library: inside the 1st set of main doors (open 24 hours M-Th), Gregg Hall, Hamel Recreation Center, Health & Wellness side entrance and West Edge Hut (drive up open 24 hours M-Th)
  • Additional test kits are available at Health & Wellness, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

What happens if the test tube leaks when I flip it over to check the seal?
You need to complete a new testing sample. 

What is the absorbent pad for?
The absorbent pad is included to soak up spilled liquid in the event a sample leaks. This helps protects lab workers and prevents the contamination of other samples.

Where do I drop off my test kit?

  • Dimond Library: inside the 1st set of main doors (open 24 hours M-Th)
  • Gregg Hall
  • Hamel Recreation Center
  • Health & Wellness side entrance
  • West Edge Hut (drive up open 24 hours M-Th)

Look for the gray sample drop box and large flag at the following locations. Do not give your test kit to anyone else to handle.

  • Boxes will open by 9 a.m. Monday and be closed Thursdays at 4 p.m.
  • Anything left in the box (Monday-Thursday) after 4 p.m. will be processed the following day
  • Any samples left on top of or around a locked box (Thursday 4 p.m.-Monday 9 a.m.) will be taken to the lab and immediately rejected.
  • The lab and drop boxes will be closed on university holidays. All boxes will reopen by 9 a.m. the next morning.

What if I sabotage my test kit?
Any intentional attempts to jeopardize testing accuracy or processes (e.g. submitting someone else’s nasal swab as your own or providing invalid specimens) will result in severe disciplinary action.

How will I get more test kits? What if I run out? What if I lose my labels?
Health & Wellness, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

What if I am unable to perform a self-swab due to a disability?
Faculty, staff and students with disabilities in need of assistance should contact UNH Health & Wellness at (603) 862-9355. UNH Health & Wellness can assist in arranging an appointment for testing/swabbing.

What if I had COVID within the past 90 days?

A positive test exempts you from additional testing for 90 days. If you test positive using a home or rapid test upload the result.

How will I get my test results?
See above for instructions on how to access your test results. Results will be sent to you via your UNH email. Please update your contact information to ensure you receive your results.

What will happen after I test positive, or if someone close to me tests positive?
Students are strongly encouraged to return home or isolate in place, leaving only for food and medical care, except in extreme circumstances. Detailed information about how and when to isolate and quarantine can be found here.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination at UNH

For more information about the different COVID-19 vaccines, their efficacy and possible side effects visit the CDC website.

Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at UNH? All UNH faculty, staff and students from all three campuses. 

What if I don’t want to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Do I have to get one? No. We encourage every eligible member of our community to be vaccinated.

What if I already got my COVID-19 vaccine? Great, and thank you! Once you have completed your vaccine series, please upload proof of vaccination to MyHealth&WellnessLearn how here.

Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

For more information about the different COVID-19 vaccines, their efficacy and possible side effects visit the CDC website.

How do I prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine?  Wear clothing that allows the clinician to easily access your upper arm. Consider wearing a short-sleeved shirt or wear a short-sleeved shirt under a sweater or jacket that can be easily removed.  

What happens right after I get the vaccine?  You will be asked to wait 15-30 minutes in an observation area to monitor for any reactions.  

What are common side effects after vaccination?  Common side effects from vaccination include pain, swelling or redness where the shot was given, a mild fever, chills, fatigue, headache, and muscle and joint aches.

Can I take pain medicine (e.g. acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) to manage the side effects of COVID-19 vaccination? The CDC has stated that patients can take pain medication after their vaccination if they feel side effects (e.g. pain, headache or fever that cannot be tolerated). It is not recommended for individuals to take pain medication in anticipation of potential side effects prior to their vaccine.

Can people who have had COVID-19 receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes. Vaccination is offered to all individuals, regardless of their history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection, if you are at least 10 days from your diagnosis, have completed your isolation and no longer have a fever. 

Are there reasons to not get the vaccine?  

1.     If you were exposed to COVID-19, wait 14 days from your exposure. If you haven’t developed symptoms after 14 days, you may get the vaccine.

2.     Wait 90 days if you have received convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19.

3.     If you have already received a vaccine other than COVID-19, you should wait 14 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

4.     If you are due to receive a vaccine other than a COVID-19 vaccine, you should wait 14 days to get the other vaccine.

5.     For more information related to the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the Centers for Disease Control.

 

What is Wildcat Pass?

The university created the Wildcat Pass tool to help members of its community keep track of their ongoing compliance status. If you are compliant, your Wildcat Pass will show a colorful symbol that fits the full screen of your mobile phone, computer or other electronic device. If you are not in compliance, you will receive a small text message instead of a full-screen symbol. That message lets you know what you need to do to become compliant. Wildcat Pass will be used to reflect your status including dropping the required PCR test.

How do I access Wildcat Pass?

You can access Wildcat Pass at  https://covid-19.unh.edu/wildcatpass, via the UNH Mobile app or by selecting it as a task at https://my.unh.edu/.  

What if this is my first time with Wildcat Pass?
If you are a new student, there are two forms you are required to complete, you can view them on your WCP or through the links below:

Employee and student travel is an integral part of fulfilling the university’s educational, research and service mission. Considering changes in health and safety related to COVID and changes in our financial budget projections, we are prepared to expand travel for Fall 2021, though not to levels prior to 2020. When making plans for travel, we encourage everyone to consider the importance of the travel, the health and safety risk, the expense, and the viability of remote options. Keep in mind that the health and safety of our community is paramount. Stricter travel guidance may be forthcoming if COVID conditions in or beyond our community warrant.

As of Aug. 30, 2021:

  • Employee day-trip travel and return by car without an overnight stay or use of any public transportation is not subject to additional restrictions.
  • For travel related to research and professional development, it is highly recommended to discuss a COVID plan with your supervisor, and, if appropriate, gain funding approval. Travel supported by research and gift funds will be prioritized over travel supported by our limited operational funds.
  • Domestic student travel related to education may continue and will require a Travel and COVID plan that is approved by the dean’s offices for curricular activity and the Memorial Union Building & Student Activities Office for Durham-based co-curricular activities (e.g., clubs).
  • International study abroad travel is limited to pre-approved locations or by petition.
  • Athletic travel will follow the stricter NCAA and Northeast Conference guidelines, as well as require testing upon return to campus.
  • Travel related to all other business operations will require funding approval and a brief COVID plan discussion with the supervisor is recommended.
  • A COVID test is recommended after any overnight travel. A COVID test and quarantine may be required as part of the Travel and COVID plan for student groups.

All travel must include compliance with UNH COVID Guidance and COVID requirements of the travel destination. All state and federal travel rules must be followed. Supervisors are asked to prioritize gift funding for travel expenditures that are not grant funded. 

Any questions on the feasibility of specific COVID plans should be directed to your supervisor.

COVID plan for Educational and Student Travel