Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine

Weekly Testing for On-Campus Students

Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order requiring every institution of higher education to test each in-person student for COVID-19 every two weeks. This does not apply to students who are 100% online. The Governor’s executive order regarding weekly testing doesn’t apply to faculty or staff.

COVID-19 testing is now available on campus. The free, non-invasive tests will be given to students on a first-come-first-serve basis. Testing appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through December 17. Schedule an appointment at one of the links below. 

Testing for Students with NO COVID Symptoms

Testing for students with NO COVID symptoms will be available in the Student Center Ballroom, please book an appointment for a rapid COVID test. Make sure you bring your Student ID and T-Number. If you have trouble booking an appointment or if all available slots have been filled, walk-ins are allowed in order to accommodate our students.

Testing for Students with COVID Symptoms

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT come to the Student Center Ballroom. Symptomatic testing is available in the parking lot of the J. Reuben Clark Building (previously the Alumni House) by appointment. Individuals can walk or drive through and will be asked to wait for their results. Make sure you bring your Student ID and T-Number. If you have trouble booking an appointment or if all available slots have been filled, walk-ins are allowed in order to accommodate our students.

 

Results will be emailed to you after 5 p.m. on the day of your test. If the test is confirmed positive, you will be asked to complete the SUU online report form and self-isolate for 14 days.

General Testing Information

Follow these steps for testing, quarantining/isolation, and contact tracing. These sections are broken out in greater detail below:

  1. Monitor your health daily. Each morning, when you wake up, be honest with yourself about your health.
  2. Feeling Sick? If symptoms of COVID-19 are present, faculty, staff, and students must contact their doctor (or other local health professional) to see if they should be tested. Or they can visit the Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 website.
  3. Testing. If the medical professional recommends a test, proceed to a local testing facility, get tested, and then isolate yourself in your home/apartment until test results are received.
  4. Contact Tracing. If results are positive, the faculty, staff, or student will isolate for 14 days, participate in contact tracing led by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, and report their positive test results to SUU.
  5. Isolation & Quarantine. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay isolated from other people for 14 days from the date of symptom onset, and until you have been symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
  6. Negative Test. If the results are negative, stay home until you are symptom free.
    1. If the medical professional does not recommend a test, stay home until you are symptom free from whatever illness you have.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form to help with contact tracing.

SUU is working closely with Dr. David Blodgett, Director and Health Officer at Southwest Utah Public Health Department, to ensure that enough tests are available for SUU students and the Cedar City community.

For free COVID-19 testing in Cedar City, you must first visit the Intermountain Healthcare COVID-19 website. The COVID-19 hotline has been discontinued.

At the Intermountain Healthcare website, there is a chat bot (an automatic text window) that is a COVID-19 symptom checker. It will help determine if you qualify for a COVID-19 test. If you qualify, you then schedule an arrival window of time to receive the COVID-19 test. Please do not go to the test site without having scheduled an arrival window.

The local Cedar City Intermountain site for COVID-19 testing is in the parking lot next to the Cedar City InstaCare, at 962 Sage Drive in Cedar City. The test is free of cost. In Utah, additional testing information can be found on the state's COVID-19 testing locations website.

Intermountain is transitioning to saliva-based COVID-19 testing for patients ages 6 and older. The saliva sample collection method is more comfortable and less invasive than the nasal swabs previously used. This method of sample collection requires 3 mL of saliva, which may not seem like a lot, but be mindful it will take a bit of time to produce that much saliva for sample. Patients shouldn’t take anything by mouth at least 30 minutes before their sample collection. This includes eating, drinking, brushing teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum, using mints, smoking, or chewing tobacco.

Cedar City’s InstaCare

  • 962 Sage Dr, Cedar City, UT 84720
  • Phone: (844) 442-5224

Testing Hours:

  • Sun: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Mon- Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SUU has developed a COVID-19 Reporting Form for students, faculty, and staff to report known incidences of infection to help with contact tracing. If you are having symptoms or have tested positive, complete the reporting form within 24 hours.

Contact Tracing

When a student, faculty, or staff member reports a positive COVID-19 case via the University’s online reporting form, an automated email is sent to the Dean of Students Office for processing. The following steps are then followed:

  1. The case is assigned to a Contact Tracer who has been specifically trained for this task.
  2. The Contact Tracer will reach out to the positive individual to learn which university buildings, offices, and classrooms they have visited in the preceding days.
    1. If the positive individual has been in a class, the Contact Tracer will reach out to the course instructor to (1) inform the faculty member that someone who is now positive was in their class in the preceding days, and (2) to request a current class roster including emails.
      1. NOTE: We are asking faculty to supply their attendance roll, including student emails so we can contact students. There is no need to send a separate email to the students in the class, the Dean of Students will email all students.
    2. If the positive individual has been in any offices on campus, the Dean of Students Office will notify the supervisor of the office and they will notify their employees who work in that office of the possible exposure.
  3. The Dean of Students Office then sends an email to all the students in the course to let them know that a classmate has tested positive.
    1. In this email, we remind students of the directives from state and local health officials which are that individuals who have been exposed, but are not symptomatic, are still allowed and encouraged to come to campus and attend class. We also remind students to vigilantly self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
  4. Finally, the Dean of Students Office and the Contact Tracers check-in daily with all students, faculty, and staff who report as testing positive for the duration of their standard isolation period.

Simultaneous to the University’s contact tracing efforts, the Southwest Utah Health Department also engages in contact tracing and will notify individuals who were in close contact (6 feet or closer for more than 15 minutes) with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

One last point related to contact tracing is the importance and requirement to track attendance at all campus activities, events, and in-person meetings. You can track attendance using our COVID-19 Contact Tracing Record Form, by swiping student ID cards, or by noting attendees in meeting minutes. In the end, the goal is to help us contain and hopefully reduce the spread of the disease and be able to inform the health department of who has been in contact with whom in any given situation. If you are planning an on-campus event, please make sure you refer to SUU’s guidelines for holding events and activities.

Isolation & Quarantine

If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay isolated from other people for 14 days from the date of symptom onset, and until you have been symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication. This means you did not use medicine to lower your fever and all your other symptoms are gone. Other people in your home should monitor their symptoms daily and immediately contact their health care provider if they develop any symptoms.

Supervisors of employees who have become ill with COVID-19 should not require sick employees to provide COVID-19 test results or healthcare provider’s notes to qualify for sick leave, or return to work. Please contact SUU Human Resources for additional guidance on interfacing with employees regarding COVID-19 issues.

If you live in on-campus housing, please follow the protocols outlined on the housing page.

Anyone who reports a positive test to the University will be provided with information and instructions for self-isolation and care. The University will regularly check in with them while they are recovering.

If you test positive, you should self-isolate in your personal apartments or homes. Households (which includes roommates) who have been living with the student or employee will be likely to be contacted by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department contact tracing team and will be required to quarantine in their home or apartment for 14 days. The safe and effective way to self-isolate at home is to stay in one room away from any others living in the home and use a separate bathroom if possible.

 

Frequently Asked Questions