COVID-19 Planning and Information

October 2, 2020 - Update: COVID-19 Testing of All Resident Students to Begin

October 02, 2020 at 10:12 p.m.

Dear Students,

 

You have all done a remarkable job following preventive guidance and wearing masks, maintaining social distance and following hygiene practices. Duquesne is grateful for your diligence. It is the University’s top priority to ensure academic continuity for our students and the health and safety of our campus community. 

 

Because we have seen a slight increase in the number of positive COVID cases identified in resident students, the next phase in the University testing protocols will begin early next week. For all students living in a residence on the Duquesne campus, testing will be required for campus residence. Resident students will be the first group to be tested. Plans for students living off-campus but attending in-person classes will be communicated soon. 

 

Early next week, the University will provide you a link to visit in order to sign up for a time that works for your schedule. When it arrives, please sign up as soon as possible so that we can begin all resident student testing on Thursday, October 8, 2020.  

 

All students must be tested, regardless of whether you have been tested previously. 

 

All testing results are maintained in strict confidence by Health Services personnel, and all test results will be conveyed to participants as soon as received by the University. For any student whose test result is positive, the individual will be provided detailed instructions for next steps. 

 

Your participation is required to maintain campus residency, and it is your personal and community responsibility to participate. The test will be charged to your health insurance. There will not be any co-pay. If your insurance denies payment, the University will pay for the test. 

 

This testing does not replace the need to monitor the Daily Health Screen Question or take other expected steps to monitor your own health. If you fail your screening questions or otherwise experience symptoms, please contact Health Services. 

 

It is important to remind the campus community that all case reports are differentiated only as student or employee. The reason for this is to encourage reporting. If individuals or groups are stigmatized as a result of reporting, it will result in people avoiding self-reporting and testing. Because our collective safety requires that people feel comfortable being tested and reporting symptoms, if they experience them. Individual results are kept confidential and results are only reported in total numbers. 


Sincerely, 

Duquesne University Health Services

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