Student COVID-19 Testing
As previously announced, all UA students will receive FREE coronavirus testing through the statewide GuideSafe Entry Tesitng Program (formerly known as Stay Safe TogetherTM) for Alabama. The testing program, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act), is part of the University’s Plan for a Return to Full Operations and UA System’s re-entry plan.
Test within 2 weeks (14 days) before you return. All students MUST receive their negative result before returning to campus and your first campus activity – before Greek recruitment, before move-in, before classes. Plan so that we receive the results in time for your return.
Those planning to drop-off their belongings in on-campus residences and then leave should plan to be tested before they return to stay. You do not have to have your test result before dropping off your belongings if you are dropping them off and not interacting with others on campus.
Emails with testing information for a staggered return are being sent to crimson.ua.edu email addresses, scheduled as follows:
- Those known to be returning within the next week should have already received testing instructions.
- Campus entry dates between Aug. 6-12 should receive e-mail instructions on Aug. 3 with either information about an in-home test kit OR instructions on signing up for in-person testing in Tuscaloosa.
- Campus entry dates between Aug. 12-19 should expect to receive e-mail instructions by Aug. 7.
- Campus entry dates between Aug. 19-24 should expect to receive e-mail instructions by Aug. 10.
Students should monitor their UA email accounts for a message from email@example.com for details about testing. Please check your crimson.ua.edu email regularly.
Students with known campus arrival dates prior to Aug. 6 who have not received testing instructions may use their @crimson.ua.edu e-mail address to schedule an appointment at https://healthy.verily.com. If you cannot schedule your appointment online, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember – you may not come to campus to stay until you receive a negative test result.
Students have options:
- GuideSafe Entry Testing Program (formerly known as Stay Safe TogetherTM) will provide free tests to every student. You will receive an email from email@example.com in the next couple of weeks, with sign-up instructions. The email from firstname.lastname@example.org will tell you about the way you will get your coronavirus test. Act promptly, so the results can be processed in time for arrival.
- At-Home Kit. GuideSafe Entry Testing Program (formerly known as Stay Safe TogetherTM) has contracted with providers for UPS Health to send self-administered at-home test kits. This is likely how many out-of-state students and early arrivals will be tested. This test will require swabbing just inside the nostril – not the more invasive process you may have heard about — and sending the sample back in the pre-paid packaging. If you get a kit, complete and return it immediately.
- In Person. There will be 13 locations throughout Alabama to test in person. Pilots will begin July 26 in limited locations, with additional locations coming online the following week. Please note: these are NOT for day-of arrival at UA! You need to visit this location at least 3 days before you plan to return to campus, so you can have your results in hand when you arrive in Tuscaloosa.If you are participating in on-site testing in Alabama, you will receive information about what test site you should go to and how to register through Verily. The invitation to register with Verily will come from email@example.com.
Anyone testing at one of the 13 official GuideSafeTM (formerly Stay Safe Together) testing locations in Alabama MUST register and have an appointment to be tested. Walk-in testing is not available.
One GuideSafeTM testing location is located here on UA’s campus. A scheduled appointment is required.
- Private Option. If you want your doctor to test, you can do so, but at your expense. Simply have the test done within 14 days of return and send the results to the Student Health Center (SHC).If you had your COVID 19 test done at a private clinic or doctor’s office (including SHC&P) you must upload the lab test report. Go to ua-app01.ua.edu/covid-upload/public and follow the directions. You must write your CWID number and date of birth and expected date of arriving or returning to campus at the top of your lab test report before scanning it.
Those who are 18 or younger have been sent a separate e-mail with a link to a parental consent form. Please have your parents complete and virtually sign the three consent forms located here.
Testing involves a simple swab just inside the nose that you will do yourself. It allows for results within 48 hours via an email from firstname.lastname@example.org for in-person testing, or from email@example.com for mail-in testing. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by phone within 24 hours of the email and given instructions for next steps.
If you test positive
This will happen for some – even with no symptoms. Those who test positive must follow the isolation and quarantine protocols of your state or location. You must receive clearance from a health care provider before you return. Ask your local health department or physician for more instructions, and please let us know so we can provide you information and assistance. (205) 348-CV19 is your one-stop-shop for help at UA.
If you already had COVID-19
You should NOT retest through GuideSafe Program (formerly known as Stay Safe TogetherTM) if you had COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks. Provide those results and clearance from your current health care provider to the SHC. Go to ua-app01.ua.edu/covid-upload/public and follow the directions on uploading your documents. You must write your CWID number and date of birth and expected date of arriving or returning to campus at the top of your lab test report before scanning it.
What to do with your results
GuideSafe Entry Testing Program (formerly known as Stay Safe TogetherTM) will submit student test results to the University on behalf of students who use the at-home test kit or test in person at one of the 13 testing sites. Those who test privately, or need to share a prior positive, will need to upload their official lab report through their MyBama account. Go to ua-app01.ua.edu/covid-upload/public and follow the directions. You must write your CWID number and date of birth and expected date of arriving or returning to campus at the top of your lab test report before scanning it.
What to do next
Look for your email from firstname.lastname@example.org with additional details and instructions. Follow those instructions promptly. Get your negative test result and/or clearance, and come back to campus as soon as you can. We are waiting for you!
Why testing is needed
The University’s ability to test every student entering campus this fall will go a long way in helping us maintain a safe environment. On our campus, testing will supplement other strategies to maintain a safe environment such as face coverings and physical distancing as well as daily symptom and exposure reporting. Faculty and staff are also being tested.
- Get tested.
- You will receive a training module from UA. Complete it.
- Through UA’s HealthCheck, start checking your symptoms daily at ua.edu/healthcheck.
TEST + TRAIN + CHECK = WELCOME BACK!
For a list of frequently asked questions about student testing and notifications, visit the Student Testing and Notifications FAQ section of the Return Plan FAQ page or Call 205.348.CV19 (205-348-2819) for help.
We are all #TideTogether and will Stay Safe Together. Roll Tide and see y’all soon.