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COVID Guidance

Questions about COVID?

Who needs to be tested through the surveillance testing program?

The following individuals need to be tested weekly as part of the surveillance testing program:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students living on campus; OR those living in University Towers (floors 4-6), E.S. King or Western Manor; OR those living in Greek Village.
  • Select undergraduate, graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows employed on campus or working in research restart areas.
  • Faculty and staff designated for surveillance testing because they have high levels of engagement with others (e.g., essential campus personnel, in-person engagement, first responders).

Note: Faculty and staff have been designated as required to receive weekly surveillance testing at the discretion of their respective units/colleges. Individuals assigned to surveillance testing will be emailed directly. All others are highly encouraged, but not required, to be tested weekly.

If you should not be in the surveillance testing program (e.g., your on-campus status is incorrect or has changed and you are no longer coming to campus regularly) – contact the Biological Sciences Department Head – Carolyn Mattingly ( to change your status.

What type of test is required?
Tests must be PCR (molecular) tests. Antigen test results will not be accepted. Samples can be nasal or saliva. Check with the testing service you use to ensure the test is a molecular or PCR test.

Where can I go to get tested?

On campus:

  • Dan Allen Deck
    • Drive-through and walk-up options
    • Hours of operation:
      • Monday – Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (starting Jan. 25)
      • No weekend testing
  • Clark Dining Hall
    • Walk-up option
    • Hours of operation:
      • Monday – Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (starting Jan 25)
      • No weekend testing
  • Witherspoon Student Center

Off campus:

To find testing centers throughout the state, visit the NC DHHS Find My Testing Place resource page.

For more information – see here.

How do I submit test results/self report?

If you were tested on campus your results will be uploaded automatically.

If you were tested off campus – upload your results to the Heathy Pack Portal.

What if I test positive?

  • Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which recommend at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or from the date of the test if there are no symptoms.
  • If you were tested on campus, your result is in the system. If you were tested off campus please self-report to trigger the campus contact tracing program
  • In Biological Sciences, we’re encouraging individuals who test positive to contact their supervisor and the department head (Carolyn Mattingly, so that we can expedite informing occupants that there has been a positive case in shared spaces/buildings. Names, room numbers or other potential identifiers will not be shared without your expressed permission.

What if I am a supervisor of someone who tests positive?

If you are a supervisor who has been notified by a direct report that they have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Contact the university’s Emergency Management and Mission Continuity (EMMC) unit at 919.515.9657. EMMC will provide guidance on contact tracing, whether to sanitize shared equipment, and whether to close the workspace.
  • Ask the individual to adhere to the university’s community standards and guidelines.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or from the date of the test if there are no symptoms.
    • If the person self-reporting has provided permission to notify others, contact the department head (Carolyn Mattingly, to facilitate prompt response by departmental administration.
    • For any other person who has been in close contact with an infectious individual or for which there is reason to believe they may have been exposed, the CDC recommends at least 14 days of quarantine from the time of last contact with an infected person.
    • Testing during quarantine does not change the duration of quarantine. It would inform the individual if they are, themselves, now infected.

What do I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?

For students experiencing symptoms or who believe they may have been exposed to COVID‑19:

  • Do not go to a campus re-entry testing location.
  • Do not move into on-campus or Greek housing.
  • Immediately:

For employees who are experiencing symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, immediately:

  • Self-report.
  • Get tested and/or contact your physician as appropriate.

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