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COVID-19 Testing Program for All Undergraduates, Via Verily

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 Who Should Be Tested?

CATEGORY DESCRIPTION OF CIRCUMSTANCES TESTING REQUIRED?

Group 1

All undergraduates who are living on campus, whether or not they are working, studying, or engaging in any other campus activities. Yes, you are required to schedule and test twice weekly, once in each test window, with Verily Life Sciences at Tresidder Memorial Union, and complete Stanford Health Check daily. Testing windows are 1) Monday to Wednesday, 2) Thursday to Saturday.

Group 2

All undergraduates who are living off campus and who are coming to campus on a regular basis. Yes, you are required to schedule and test twice weekly, once in each test window, with Verily Life Sciences at Tresidder Memorial Union, and complete Stanford Health Check daily. Testing windows are 1) Monday to Wednesday, 2) Thursday to Saturday.

Group 3

Undergraduates who are living off-campus and coming to campus infrequently (once or twice quarterly). Yes, you are required to register with Verily in advance and make an appointment to be tested on the day you come to campus. Also, you are required to complete Stanford Health Check on the day you come to campus, before you arrive.   
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Test once within each test window.

Can students who live locally come on campus?

Undergraduates who do not reside on campus are not permitted on campus except when seeking medical services or participating in university-approved research.  Stanford plans to continue the research exception for juniors and seniors who live locally. Students who were granted the research exception during winter quarter do not have to reapply. Those approved students who come onto campus for research exceptions are required to adhere to established COVID testing requirements for visitation.

Scheduling your tests to comply with our twice weekly requirement

All undergraduates living on campus or coming to campus frequently are required to test twice weekly with Verily Life Sciences. For compliance purposes, a week runs from Monday through Saturday. To remain in compliance, you should therefore schedule one test from Monday-Wednesday and one test from Thursday-Saturday each week. Ideally, your tests are separated by 3 days as your schedules allow. For example, you might test on Monday and Friday, or Tuesday and Saturday. This will help you monitor your health over a 7-day period, and help us monitor aggregate campus conditions on a weekly basis, which we then summarize on the Stanford COVID-19 dashboards. 

Verily Testing Site Hours

The Verily testing site at Tresidder Memorial Union will be open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 28. These hours are subject to change. We will do our best to keep this information updated. 

Important Information 

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  • Testing is provided at no charge to undergraduates.
  • These requirements apply to everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The university is studying CDC guidance and will update the campus community about any changes.
  • If you have any trouble registering with Verily, please submit a ServiceNow ticket.
  • Student-athletes will use different protocols and should follow the instructions from their administrative units.
  • Testing for non-student partners and spouses living in RD&E-assigned housing is available. Here is more information.
  • Asymptomatic students in quarantine should continue testing through this program.
  • Students with mild symptoms may continue to test through Verily.
  • Students with high fever or other severe symptoms should instead contact Vaden Health Services or another healthcare provider for evaluation and testing.
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID in the past three months through a provider other than Verily and Vaden should send a copy of their positive COVID test results (attached to a message with the subject line "secure: test results") to Dr. Robyn Tepper through the VadenPatient portal. You will not be asked to retest for 90 days. The CDC does not recommend retesting within 90 days because reinfection is uncommon during this period and a positive PCR test without new symptoms more likely represents persistent shedding of viral RNA, rather than an active infection.
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Registration FAQs

How do I register for testing?

Use your Stanford email address to register at healthy.verily.com. 

When prompted for your home address, enter your Stanford campus address: "Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., 94305."

Then, schedule your initial COVID-19 test using the Verily web tool.

The Verily system does not allow students to book tests well in advance. Will this change? Verily provides students with options within the next several days to strongly encourage students to follow a twice weekly cadence. 

What happens if a student does not meet Stanford's testing requirements? In order to maximize the health and safety of our community, we have put in place a new protocol to support the required testing program.

After you miss a test, you will receive an email notification from the university and your Stanford Health Check onsite access badge will be red. Some Stanford locations require a green badge for entry. Information about dining access with a red badge can be found here.

These locations include Stanford Libraries and dining halls. Students with red badges will be directed to pick up meals at a designated area rather than entering our dining halls. Your green badge will be restored within 24 hours of taking your next test and completing a Stanford Health Check.

If you miss one or more tests, a university appointed COVID lead or a staff member of the Dean of Students Office may contact you to help ensure compliance with campus testing requirements. 

After three missed tests, you will be subject to a Dean of Students administrative review for a Campus Compact violation and you will lose access to Stanford locations that require a key card for entry, except your campus residence. These locations include departmental buildings and labs. Your access will be restored within 24 hours of taking your next test and completing a Stanford Health Check.

If you will be away from the university campus temporarily, please let us know by completing this form, which will pause automated testing reminders during your absence. Testing compliance messages you will receive (should you miss a test without notifying us of your absence) will also prompt you to provide this information. We expect few undergraduates to lose access to shared spaces; our observation is the vast majority of undergraduates are doing everything they can to test on schedule and contribute to the overall health and safety of the university community. Again, we would like to extend our gratitude to all of you for your efforts.

If I travel during the quarter, what should I do? If you plan to travel, you should submit this form with the date you plan to return. If you test positive before coming back, wait until you are out of your isolation period to return to campus. You should send a copy of their positive COVID test (attached to a secure message) through the Vadenpatient portal. You will not be asked to retest for 90 days. If you plan to travel more than 150 miles away from Santa Clara County’s borders, schedule an appointment with Verily Life Sciences so that you can test immediately upon return. 24 hours after your first test with Verily, make an appointment for your next test. While you await the results of your first and second tests, you may leave your residence for medical care, to pick up meals if you have a Stanford Dining meal plan or if you have groceries or prepared food delivered, and for solo outdoor exercise. 

Why does the Verily consent say that testing is voluntary, but it is required by Stanford? For the health and safety of our community, Stanford is requiring regular COVID-19 testing as specified above. To enable easy and convenient screening, Stanford has engaged Verily as a vendor to provide COVID-19 testing for undergraduates. Verily as our vendor is not itself requiring testing – which is reflected in their standard consent form.

What is the difference between Verily’s symptom tracker and Stanford’s Health Check? Do undergraduates complete both? Students screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and self-report their health status by using Stanford Health Check on a daily basis. Health Check was developed to help the campus community monitor their daily health and identify any symptoms of illness early on, thereby limiting the viral spread of COVID-19. Verily’s symptom tracker is built into their webtool. Although undergraduates have to complete it at registration and to make an appointment, it is not necessary to complete it on a daily basis.  

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Safety Measures at the Testing Site

Will undergraduates who are currently living on campus be tested in the same locations and at the same times as undergraduate students who are newly arrived? Yes. However,  as a reminder, the COVID screening program conducted by Verily is meant for asymptomatic students. All undergraduate students, including new arrivals, need to observe infection prevention practices, such as physical distancing, face coverings, and frequent handwashing. Testing is conducted by appointment to minimize crowding. We want to encourage new arrivals to obtain testing as soon as they come to campus so that we can identify, confirm, monitor, and offer support to any students who test positive for COVID. 

Will testing be conducted outdoors? If not, what is the airflow situation, how crowded will the testing facility (including lines) be at a given time, and what steps are being taken to minimize contact between students during the testing process (other than standing six feet apart)? Testing is conducted by appointment only to minimize crowding. Students will line up outdoors, and be asked to comply with infection prevention protocols including remaining 6 feet apart. There will be no lines inside the hall. The testing site is designed to minimize contact between students. Testing stations are spaced far apart and there will be limited contact between the student and healthcare worker observing the self-administered test. Although appointments are for 15 minutes, each test takes approximately 5 minutes, allowing time for sanitization between students. The room ventilation is designed so that fresh air is brought in from the outside, and air is pushed out of the room, rather than recycled. The Hall will have two doors open on opposite sides to facilitate air circulation. 

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Test Type and Results

What type of test will be used? The test involves a mid-turbinate nasal swab that is performed by the student, while being observed by a Verily healthcare worker. Analysis is by RT-PCR, performed at a local laboratory operated by Verily.

Why is Stanford utilizing nasal swab testing instead of saliva testing methods? Stanford is routinely evaluating emerging technologies for mass screening alternatives. At this time, we believe the nasal swab testing is the best match for our students. Although saliva testing is easier to collect, it may be difficult to collect from some students and may still pose an aerosol risk. There is a loss in sensitivity (10-50 times less) when using saliva than when using a nasopharyngeal swab. As such, patients with low viral loads may falsely test negative. 

When and how will students receive results? The majority of results will be available within 48 hours, but may take up to 72 hours. Students will be notified by email from Verily and PWN Health (covid19@pwnhealth.com) when a test result is available. PWN Health is Verily’s healthcare partner. The test result can be viewed by logging into healthy.verily.com.

What happens if a student tests positive through Verily? Students will be notified by email from Verily and PWN Health (covid19@pwnhealth.com) when a test result is available. In addition, a PWN Health physician will contact a student with positive test results by telephone within 24 hours. Vaden will follow up with the student for clinical care and exposure notification.

How will quarantine and isolation work? To coordinate isolation housing and meal delivery service, the name of a student with a positive test will be shared with campus partners, such as Residence Deans (RDs) and Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), on a confidential, need-to-know basis. Meal delivery will be at no charge to students residing on campus. If a student lives in an apartment that has a private bathroom, or lives in couples or families housing, they can quarantine in their apartment. We ask students who live in a shared apartment where they cannot quarantine to contact a Residence Dean to be assigned to a designated quarantine space. Students who test positive will be relocated by the RD to a designated isolation space, and Vaden as well as the Residence Dean will check in with the student daily. As a reminder, isolation is for students who test positive; quarantine is for students who have not tested positive but may have been exposed. Our goal is to prevent the spread of disease and ensure students feel safe and supported. This will include carefully communicating with each student their individual timeline for quarantine/isolation. As needed, we will provide wi-fi, laundry, linens, meal delivery, care kits, disability accommodations, gender-neutral bathrooms, and similar amenities and services to meet students’ daily needs.

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Protecting Data

What will Stanford do with my information? For students, individual test results will be available to the participating student, Verily and the physicians working directly with Verily, Vaden, Environmental Health & Safety, and limited other university offices to protect the Stanford community through measures such as exposure notification, cleaning, isolation and processing the information.  For example, when students on campus test positive for COVID-19, to coordinate isolation housing and meal delivery service, the name of the student with the positive test will be shared with relevant campus partners such asResidence Deans and Residential & Dining Enterprises, on a confidential, need-to-know basis. In addition, laboratories must report all test results to public health authorities consistent with applicable laws and guidance; and Stanford must report positive test results to public health authorities, consistent with applicable laws and guidance. Further, if you miss one or more tests, a university appointed COVID lead or a staff member of the Dean of Students Office will be notified of that fact (but will not have access to your test results), and may contact you to help ensure compliance with campus testing requirements. 

Does the university share anonymized aggregate results with students, faculty and staff? Stanford has developed a dashboard to publicly display de-identified testing results.

What will Verily do with my information? Verily may use your test results and related data to perform the COVID-19 testing.  In addition, Verily may use student data in de-identified, aggregate form to improve Verily’s Healthy at Work program and generate statistics in connection with efforts to understand and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Verily may not use students’ identifiable data for any commercial purpose, and may not combine such data with any other data that Verily or its partners have previously collected. These restrictions, which Stanford has required in our contract with Verily, are in addition to any terms and restrictions that appear in Verily’s standard consent and authorization forms that students will sign before being tested. At their discretion, students may also separately choose to allow Verily to use their data in other ways, on an opt-in basis. 

Is PCR for COVID RNA the only test that will be conducted on Stanford student samples? Will Verily guarantee the remaining sample is destroyed? Student samples are only used for COVID testing, and they are not used again, nor are they used for Project Baseline. While most of the samples are destroyed, some are kept for quality control. All samples that are kept are anonymized and only used for data and quality control purposes.

Questions?

Submit a ServiceNow ticket for questions about student testing compliance (red badges, missed tests, time away from campus).

Submit a ServiceNow ticket for questions about Verily registration, services and test sites.

If you need to discuss your test results, please contact Vaden Health Services.