IMPORTANT: Changes to Spring 2022 Arrival Testing and Other Updates/Reminders

January 14, 2022

 

Dear UNH Durham Community—

Please read this message in its entirety as it contains important information about COVID-19 testing and the spring semester, including a number of changes.

BEFORE ARRIVAL (for those who have not yet returned to campus from the fall semester or are new Durham students)
We highly recommend that you take an at-home antigen/rapid test (or any testing method to which you have access) prior to arriving on campus. If you test positive stay home, upload the result and follow isolation protocols.

*** ALL: Do not use a drop box if you suspect you may have COVID, have been identified as a close contact or have symptoms. Please make an appointment with Health & Wellness for symptomatic testing; results are received quicker than from pooled testing when the positivity rate is high.

ARRIVAL TESTING (if you tested positive over break see below)
Students

  • All students must go to the Whittemore Center (Whitt) between Jan. 19 and Jan. 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. Protocols are still being finalized but you may be required to take a rapid/antigen test followed by a PCR test in order to relieve stress on the lab and allow for tests to result within 24 hours.
    • If you do not have a valid WCP you must go to the Whitt as soon as you arrive on campus.
    • If you have been testing over winter break and your WCP is valid please try to avoid the Whitt on the busiest days (Jan. 21-24)
    • If either (or both) test is positive and you live in one of the New England states or New York you will be required to return home to isolate. You will be asked to leave campus immediately if your arrival test is positive. If you are being dropped off, do not let your transportation leave until you know that your arrival rapid test (if applicable) is negative.
  • No appointment is needed for arrival testing
  • You will receive test kits and a testing schedule at arrival testing

Faculty/staff/contractors

  • If you have kits and labels
    • Drop boxes on campus will be open Jan. 17-18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and then reopen Jan. 24. Jan. 17 is a holiday; please only drop tests in boxes at Dimond Library, Health & Wellness, West Edge hut and a special one-time box at the University Police Department.
    • if you have kits please drop your arrival test one of those days and then resume your regular testing schedule.
    • If you need to submit a test between Jan. 19 and 24 go to the Whitt for arrival testing which could include a rapid test and a PCR test; otherwise, pick up your arrival testing supplies at the Whitt Jan. 25-28.
  • If you do not have kits and labels go to the Whitt for arrival testing Jan. 19-28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week; please avoid the busiest days (Jan. 21-24) when students return. Arrival testing may include a rapid test and a PCR test.
    • No appointment is needed for arrival testing; you will receive test kits and a testing schedule at arrival testing.

If you tested positive over the break or are still in the 90-day no testing window:

  • Upload your positive result to Health & Wellness if you have not already done so
  • If your WCP is active you do not need to go to the Whitt for arrival testing; resume regular  testing as indicated on your WCP. Additional test kits will be available in MUB 213, M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 31.

OTHER IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR ALL:

  • Before dropping a test review this updated list of drop box locations; box in A-lot has moved.
  • If you are not coming to campus and want to opt out of testing make the request here. A request must be submitted every semester.
  • Blow your nose before swabbing; mucus can delay test results or cause the sample to be rejected.
  • If you received a COVID-19 booster not through Health & Wellness please upload your updated card as soon as possible.
  • Find out where to get the vaccine or booster here including a clinic Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Whittemore Center lobby. Registration is required.
  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces except when eating, in private offices or in personal residence hall rooms.

Please continue to watch your UNH email early next week for changes to isolation and quarantine recommendations that will more closely align with state and federal guidelines (one example is that a booster is required for exemption from quarantine), regular semester testing and a link to a virtual Town Hall forum Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.  to ask questions and learn more.

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

Peter Degnan, MD
Medical Director, Health & Wellness

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