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COVID-19 testing program for all students

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TESTING WITH VERILY LIFE SCIENCES

REGISTERING AND PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST TEST

Who Should Be Tested?

 
CATEGORY DESCRIPTION OF CIRCUMSTANCES TESTING REQUIRED?

Group 1

All students who are living on campus, whether or not they are working, studying, or engaging in any other campus activities. Yes, you are required register and test twice weekly with Verily and complete Stanford Health Check daily.

Group 2

All students who are living off campus and who are coming to campus on a regular basis.

Yes, you are required register and test twice weekly with Verily and complete Stanford Health Check daily.

Group 3

Students 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.   
Group 4 Students who are living off campus and not coming to campus ever.  NO

Scheduling your tests to comply with our twice weekly requirement

All students 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

These hours are subject to change. We will do our best to keep this information updated. If you have any questions, here's how to reach us.
 
Date McCaw Hall Tresidder
Mon, 1/25/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 1/26/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 1/27/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 1/28/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 1/29/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 1/30/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sun, 1/31/21 - -
Mon, 2/1/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 2/2/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 2/3/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 2/4/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 2/5/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 2/6/21 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 2:00
Sun, 2/7/21 - -
Mon, 2/8/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 2/9/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 2/10/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 2/11/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 2/12/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 2/13/21 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 2:00
Sun, 2/14/21 - -
Mon, 2/15/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 2/16/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 2/17/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 2/18/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 2/19/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 2/20/21 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 2:00
Sun, 2/21/21 - -
Mon, 2/22/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 2/23/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 2/24/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 2/25/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 2/26/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 2/27/21 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 2:00
Sun, 2/28/21 - -
Mon, 3/1/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 3/2/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 3/3/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 3/4/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 3/5/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 3/6/21 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 2:00
Sun, 3/7/21 - -
Mon, 3/8/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 3/9/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 3/10/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 3/11/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 3/12/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Sat, 3/13/21 10:00 - 2:00 10:00 - 2:00
Sun, 3/14/21 - -
Mon, 3/15/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Tue, 3/16/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Wed, 3/17/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Thu, 3/18/21 8:00 - 4:00 8:00 - 4:00
Fri, 3/19/21 9:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 4:00

Additional Things to be Aware of

  • If you have any trouble registering with Verily, please submit a ServiceNow ticket
  • 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.
  • Student-athletes, Hopkins Marine Station students, and some medical students will use different protocols and should follow the instructions of their respective administrative or clinical advisors.
  • Here is more information on COVID testing for non-student partners and spouses living in RD&E-assigned housing.
  • Students who have test 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 (attached to a secure message) to Dr. Robyn Tepper through the Vadenpatient portal. Students who previously tested positive and have recovered and completed their isolation 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.

General Questions

How do I register for testing?

  1. Use your Stanford email address to register at healthy.verily.com. 
  2. When prompted for your home address, enter your Stanford campus address.*
  3. Then, schedule your initial COVID-19 test using the Verily web tool.
  4. Participate in testing at your scheduled time.
  • Undergraduates should enter "Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., 94305."

Where will testing occur and how should students prepare?

  • The Verily testing locations are McCaw Hall in the Arrillaga Alumni Center and Tresidder Memorial Union. 
  • Remember to wear a face covering and bring your Stanford ID.

What happens if a student does not meet Stanford's testing requirements? On-campus COVID-19 testing with Verily Life Services is required twice weekly (specifically, every 3 days) for students living on campus or coming to campus frequently. Students who are on campus occasionally are required to take a test on the day they are on campus. We now have two testing locations: McCaw Hall at the Arrillaga Alumni Center and Tresidder Memorial Union. Here are step-by-step instructions for students who are new to campus.

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.

  • Beginning Jan. 24, after you miss a test, you will receive an email notification from the university, your Health Check onsite access badge will be red, and you will lose access to Stanford locations that require a green badge for entry.
  • These locations include Stanford Libraries and dining halls. Beginning Feb. 1, 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 Health Check.
  • 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 Health Check.

Students who receive notifications for missed tests will be given a link to submit a ServiceNow ticket in case they believe they received the messages in error (because, for example, they are temporarily away from campus and therefore unable to test with Verily) and/or lost access to campus buildings in error. We are committed to responding in a timely manner during business hours.

We expect few students to lose access to shared spaces; our observation is the vast majority of students 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.

Why does the Verily consent say that testing is voluntary, but it’s required by Stanford? For the health and safety of our community, Stanford is requiring regular COVID-19 testing of all graduate and professional students who are currently living in on- or off-campus Stanford housing assigned by R&DE, or may be coming to campus this autumn, and all undergraduates approved to live on campus. To enable easy and convenient screening, Stanford has engaged Verily as a vendor to provide COVID-19 testing for students. Verily as our vendor is not itself requiring testing – which is reflected in their standard consent form.

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

What measures will be taken if I am unable to get tested during a week due to travel, medical needs, etc.? Please make an appointment to be tested as soon as you are able to do so. 

Safety Measure at the Testing Site

Will students who are currently living on campus be tested in the same locations and at the same times as students who are newly arrived? Yes. However,  as a reminder, the COVID screening program conducted by Verily is meant for asymptomatic students. All 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. 

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.

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 is the difference between Verily’s symptom tracker and Stanford’s Health Check? Do students 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 students have to complete it at registration and to make an appointment, it is not necessary to complete it on a daily basis. 

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. 

Testing Positive

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. 

Protecting Data

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.


General Information

Campuswide Testing Information

Is there a cost associated with the testing program? Testing will be provided at no charge to students, faculty and staff. 

What are the requirements for students? Pre-arrival testing is optional for all students. Same-day arrival testing is required for undergraduates. Twice weekly testing is required for all students who are live on campus or come to campus frequently.

What are the requirements for faculty and staff? Here is an overview of the university surveillance testing program.

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

Who Should Be Tested

Should a student with COVID symptoms be tested 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.

Should a student who has tested positive for COVID in the past three months through a provider other than Verily and Vaden be tested through this program? No. A student in this situation should send a copy of their positive COVID test (attached to a secure message) to Dr. Robyn Tepper through the Vadenpatient portal. Students who previously tested positive and have recovered and completed their isolation 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.


Is there testing for partners/spouses of students? Optional new-to-campus and return-from-travel testing is available to partners/spouses of students who will be residing in Stanford housing assigned by R&DE. Graduate students should contact the Graduate Life Office (GLO) for a referral to this spouse/partner testing resource. This service will be provided at no cost to the student or spouse/partner. Note that we are not able to conduct pediatric testing through the campus testing program. 

Travel 

If I travel during the quarter, what should I do? Students should follow the current university guidelines for travelers.

If I follow these guidelines and test positive before returning to campus, what should I do? If students test positive before coming back, they need to wait until they are out of their isolation period to return to campus. Students should send a copy of their positive COVID test (attached to a secure message) through the Vadenpatient portal. Students will not be asked to retest for 90 days.

The Campus Compact

Will missing one test be considered a campus compact violation? No. Students will be reminded to reschedule their tests.

Will a positive test result be considered a campus compact violation? No. Students who test positive will be referred to Vaden Health Services for care.

COVID Testing Quarantine and Isolation

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 Graduate Life Office (GLO) deans, 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 or Graduate Life Office dean to be assigned to a designated quarantine space.

Students who test positive will be relocated by the RD or GLO dean to a designated isolation space, and Vaden as well as the residence dean or graduate life 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.

Seeking Additional Information? We welcome your questions. The best way to reach us is by submitting a ServiceNow ticket here.