Who is required to get a COVID-19 test before the fall semester begins?Students and staff who will be living on campus have been asked to obtain a test for COVID-19 7-10 days before returning to campus and report the results of the test using the online reporting form located on the Wellness Center’s webpage.
I can’t find a test site. Where can I find one?You can find a list of test sites in Maryland here. If you live outside of Maryland check with your local health department’s website. You may go to your own healthcare provider or to a local store offering the test.
I don’t have transportation or health insurance or support to get tested. What should I do?Contact Laurie Scherer at firstname.lastname@example.org to create a plan.
I’m scared to get tested. I heard it hurts to get tested. I don’t want to go to the hospital/doctor’s office/health department to get tested. I don’t want to get tested for personal/philosophical/health reasons.
The newest nasal swab tests require the insertion of a swab to the bridge of the nose. Older tests were more invasive and uncomfortable. Ask about which test will be used and find a site that will do the less invasive test.
Testing sites are set up for safety. They often allow people to stay in their cars so healthcare workers can perform the swab from the car window. If you have to go into a building, they will utilize distancing and mask wearing for safety.
If you refuse to get tested, please contact Laurie Scherer at email@example.com to discuss options. Options include living off campus or completing all classes through distance learning.
How do I report my results?
Use the reporting form found on the Wellness Center webpage. The form can be completed on a smart phone, tablet, or computer and electronically uploaded. Students upload the form to the Student Patient Portal. Use the same @smcm.edu email and password that you use to access your student portal.
The form may be printed and completed by hand then uploaded by scanning the form or taking a picture of the form and uploading the picture to smcm.medicatconnect.com.
Staff and faculty members who reside on campus and are required to take the test can email their form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if my COVID-19 test comes back positive?If your COVID-19 test is positive, call the Wellness Center immediately at 240-895-4289 and email Laurie Scherer at email@example.com. Follow all guidelines from your provider or the health department about isolation and selfcare.
How much does the test cost?Test costs vary per test site so contact the test site beforehand to inquire about cost. Insurance may cover the cost.
Which test should I get?Please get a nasal swab diagnostic test and not the blood test that checks for antibodies. Some sites are offering “rapid tests” and self-tests are available on the internet. As long as you obtain a swab for active symptoms the test is acceptable.
I heard test results are taking more than 10 days. Should I get tested earlier?Please get tested in the 7-10 day window before you return to campus. We hope the results will return quicker as testing sites get used to the increased volume of testing. If the majority of residential students and residential staff do not have test results before returning to campus, we will communicate an updated plan for procedures to use when returning to campus.
I will be on vacation and unable to get the test in the 7-10 day period before I return to campus. Should I get the test earlier?Plan to get the test closer to the time you return to campus rather than taking the test before traveling.
What if my results aren’t back when I’m ready to return to campus?We have created a procedure to identify students who have been tested but haven’t received results. Information will be shared about procedures to follow if you haven’t received test results by the time you return to campus.
The COVID-19 Reporting Form doesn’t require proof of the negative test. Aren’t you worried students will lie?
Requiring everyone to be tested and report results is asking a lot of students. We trust that our students want our community to be as safe as possible and will report results honestly. Obtaining confirmation of a negative test takes additional steps, additional time, and may incur a cost.
In addition to having a negative test report for all residents, we will enforce social distancing and mask wearing on campus. Everyone on campus will report symptoms daily and we will immediately test and isolate anyone with symptoms.
Testing before returning to campus is important and it’s one part of a comprehensive approach to safety for the SMCM Community.
I heard you can buy a form online that says you have been tested and the results are negative. What will happen if students submit false results?
We sincerely hope no member of our community would put others at risk by going to such lengths to avoid being tested. If we suspect a student has lied or paid for a false negative report without being tested we will contact the student and proceed with an investigation.
If a student contemplates lying because they have limited access to transportation, or no health insurance, please refer them to the Wellness Center for support. No one will be punished for lack of access to testing.
What do I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home or in your residence hall room and away from others (except for necessary medical evaluation or COVID-19 testing). Contact a medical provider to arrange for consultation and testing.
If you are on campus, the Wellness Center will provide testing for symptomatic employees and students during business hours. Call the Wellness Center at 240-895-4289 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to arrange for testing. Outside of normal business hours, call the 24/7 Wellness Center Helpline at 240-895-4200.
If you are off campus, call your personal healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and testing options. Location, contact information, and scheduling information for other COVID-19 test sites in Maryland can be found here.
How will I receive my test results?
If testing was administered at the Wellness Center, Wellness Center medical staff will call you with your results. If the test is administered off campus, the provider who ordered the test will notify you of your test results. Once you receive your test results, contact the Wellness Center at 240-895-4289 whether the results are positive or negative.
After being tested for COVID-19 what do I do?
If you live on campus, in consultation with Residence Life and the Wellness Center, you will be advised on the location for quarantine. While in quarantine you will separate yourself from others, continue with risk mitigation practices, and take your courses remotely. Twice daily contactless in-room meal delivery will be coordinated by Residence Life and the College’s Bon Appetit food service. Hot food will be provided as well as food you can prepare on your own.
If you live off campus, you should stay home (except to get medical care), separate yourself from others, continue with risk mitigation, and monitor your health. While in quarantine, you must submit your symptom screening.
My roommate has been tested for COVID-19 because they have symptoms, what should I do?
What happens if I test positive?
Residence Life will assign you to an isolation location for 10 days after illness onset and, at least 3 days (72 hours) after recovery with a resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you have to move out of your room to isolation housing you will bring personal items (clothing, toiletries, bedding) and anything you need for class. Residence Life will assist with this process, as needed. Twice daily contactless meal delivery will be coordinated by Residence Life and the College’s Bon Appetit food service. Hot food will be provided as well as food you can prepare on your own (e.g. sandwiches, cereal, etc.). During isolation you will participate in remote learning as is possible. The Wellness Center will check in with you on an ongoing basis. Call the Wellness Center at 240-895-4289 with any questions or concerns.
Faculty, staff, and commuter students who test positive should stay at home, separate yourself from others, continue with risk mitigation practices, and be in contact with your healthcare provider.
A St. Mary’s County Health Department case worker will check in daily. The case worker will notify you when you are able to return to campus and will provide appropriate supporting documentation for your return. During isolation, students will participate in remote learning as is possible. During isolation, employees may continue to teach or telework, as is possible. If employees are unable to complete their duties, they should contact their supervisor or Human Resources to discuss options.
What happens if I am informed through the contact tracing process that I was in contact with a COVID-19 positive person?
If you live on campus, you will be contacted by the St. Mary’s County Health Department who will advise you on next steps. Continue to monitor and record your symptoms on a daily basis.
When can I return to campus and/or in-person classes after testing positive for COVID-19?
You may return after being cleared by the St. Mary’s County Health Department which will provide documentation before employees or students can return. Individuals returning to campus must provide this supporting documentation to the Wellness Center and, if an employee, to Human Resources in order to return.