February 17, 2021 - Important Announcement about Mandatory Student COVID-19 Testing
As part of its continued commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy community, the University will begin its Duquesne Testing program the week of Feb. 22, utilizing the Abbot BinaxNOWTM COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test via a nasal swab format.
Participation in Duquesne Testing is mandatory for all students who are on campus this semester in ANY capacity. Non-compliance will result in the student being prohibited from campus (including from residing in on-campus University housing) and having to complete all coursework remotely.
- Students who have received one or both doses of a COVID vaccine are still required to participate in the mandatory testing.
- Student-athletes also are required to do mandatory testing following the health and safety protocols implemented by the University and the Division of Athletics.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID are not eligible to participate in campus surveillance testing until they have passed the required 90-day window from the date of diagnosis.
Capacity is limited and appointments are required. To maintain COVID safety protocols, walk-ins are not permitted.
Testing for each student will be required every two weeks and will be conducted in the Genesius Theater. Registration and check-in will be in the Mary Pappert School of Music lobby, adjacent to the theater.
We will start testing first with the resident student population and then will expand testing to include commuter students and employees.
SCHEDULE AND PROCESS
Duquesne is using a platform called SONA to facilitate test scheduling, test-result tracking and other testing-related communications. Students will receive an email with a link to register for a test when it is their turn for testing. They will be able to log in using their DORI multipass credentials. You will be able to view available testing time slots and schedule your appointment.
The COVID test will take approximately 15 minutes. It is important that you are reachable by phone for at least an hour after the test in case follow-up communication is required based on your test result. You will be contacted via phone within one hour in the event of a positive result and contacted by email in the event of a negative result. Positive results require additional follow-up testing, so these communications will be prioritized first.
ABOUT THE SONA PLATFORM
The SONA platform was originally designed to facilitate research studies as you will notice when you access the system. Some of the terms utilized within the platform are being redefined below for the purposes of our testing needs.
- “Study” refers to the testing clinic. A new “study” will be posted every two weeks to facilitate the 14-day surveillance testing schedule.
- A “credit” will be assigned to your SONA account when you have a negative COVID test result. This credit makes you eligible to participate in the next available testing clinic at Duquesne.
- The term “unexcused no-show” will be used if you have a positive test result. You will be contacted by phone if you test positive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the chance of reinfection is not expected until 90 days after initial infection. Those who test positive will not be required to test again for the remainder of the spring semester and will be unable to schedule another test via SONA.
- The term “excused no-show” is used when an individual does not show up at the testing clinic at Duquesne. Those who neglect to go to their pre-scheduled appointment will be notified by email with a reminder to reschedule their testing appointment.
If you have questions regarding the testing process of the SONA platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and others.