Test, Trace, Treat
Our plan requires multiple steps, including the critical agenda to Test, Trace and Treat. See the details below so you can participate and help support the path back to campus.
Testing for the COVID-19 virus is an important component of the university’s overall reentry plan for the Fall 2020 semester.
Even if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, there’s a chance that you have been exposed and have the virus, but just not know it. By getting a COVID-19 test, you can help to make it possible for our university to gather the data needed to return to in-person learning, research, and on-campus activities as quickly and safely as possible
There are three types of tests that are being deployed during the pandemic – two that diagnose whether an individual is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus (“diagnostic tests”), and one that determines whether an individual has developed an immune response against the COVID-19 virus (“antibody test”). The diagnostic tests will be deployed for both students and employees, while the antibody test is currently only being deployed for employees through the statewide antibody testing program, which is an IRB-approved research study.
Learn more about COVID-19 antibody testing in this video with UArizona President Robbins and Dr. Nikolich-Žugich, professor and head of immunobiology.
Contact tracing is critical for stopping the spread of COVID-19 on campus. We will use both public health tracing and technology to identify possible exposures to the virus.
1. Traditional Contact Tracing
We currently provide traditional contact tracing via telephone, coordinated by the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Students and staff who volunteer with the UArizona Contact Tracing Team investigate new cases by calling up (tracing) close contacts of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in order to slow and stop the spread of the virus. Volunteers are welcome.
2. Mobile app exposure alert
The University will adopt Covid Watch to track possible COVID-19 exposures and provide notifications. Governor Ducey recently approved the pilot test of this mobile app for fast, private, totally anonymous exposure alert. No personally identifiable information is ever stored or disclosed. Instead, it uses secure Bluetooth signals to determine if and alert users when they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The app will be available soon for iPhone and Android devices.
3. Daily Wellness Screening
Employees and students are required to complete the daily Wildcat WellCheck before they are on campus or in class. This advanced screening will help reduce your risk of COVID-19 and ensure that our campus remains open for in-person learning, teaching, and research. There are no apps to download or complicated systems to navigate, just answer a few brief questions via text message or email.
Other Tracing Methods
Wastewater Surveillance — learn more on the CDC website.
President Robbins talks with Kristen Pogreba-Brown, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, about traditional contact tracing.
WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER
The road home to campus this fall takes all of us working together. As campus reentry begins, please continue to social distance, wash your hands and wear your face covering on our campuses.