Screen, Test & Trace
In order minimize the risk of COVID outbreaks on the RWU campuses, RWU believes that screening, testing, and tracing must serve as critical components of our reopening and ongoing strategies for the early identification and containment of any positive cases that arise to mitigate spread.
Last Updated: 1/12/2020
Again this semester, everyone in the RWU community is asked to complete a daily screening form. The process is simple — you will be prompted each morning by email to assess and report any COVID-19 symptoms or recent activities that might have exposed you to the virus. If you missed the morning screening notification, you will receive another reminder later that morning to complete the screening form.
The purpose of the screening is to help YOU make healthy decisions about going to class, coming to work, or deciding to contact a health care provider for evaluation. In this way, completing the daily screening is one more behavior – like wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and handwashing — in which you can do your part to maintain a healthy campus community for yourself and others. In completing this self-screening information, you will not be contacted by RWU or a health care provider about your symptoms.
Screening tools help us to be mindful of our own health, and when used consistently and collectively, serve as a highly effective public health strategy for reducing the spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19.
Self-screening reminders and requirements will also be posted at campus entrances and in building entrances. Individuals who answer yes to any of the symptoms or risk-factor questions will be required to return to their residence (on- or off-campus) and contact a health care professional. For undergraduate students, please call Health Services to report symptoms and/or risk factors; a nurse will triage the student and schedule an appointment for testing. All others are directed to call their health care provider.
Additionally, all campus visitors will be required to conduct self-screening before entering the campus.
Institutional screenings will be routinely conducted in high-traffic areas such as the dining facilities, the fitness center, and the learning commons (University Library). The University has installed several thermal temperature scanning devices for these higher-use areas.
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