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Fall Campus Return FAQs - Faculty Section

Updated on September 11, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.

Faculty FAQ Table of Contents

GENERAL

The latest information on confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus can be found on https://www.uwyo.edu/campus-return/.

The University of Wyoming is committed to the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. The phased approach was developed in response to evolving information about COVID-19 showing that testing, contact tracing and rapid isolation -- combined with measures such as requiring face protection and physical distancing -- are crucial to minimize the spread of the virus on college campuses.

Those with questions may also call 307-766-COVD (2683) or email COVID19@uwyo.edu.

The UW Board of Trustees has approved a plan for students to return to campus this fall, with a focus on protecting the health and safety of students, employees and the public. Classes will begin as scheduled Aug. 24 and end Dec. 4. For more information, please see the Plan to Restart Campus and Restore Normal Operations.

Under the University’s phased reopening, class modality will be impacted for nearly all classes:

  • Phase 1 (Aug 24 – Sept 4):
    • Most instruction delivered online
    • Law school, WWAMI and junior nursing courses delivered face to face
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

 

  • Phase 2 (Sept 7 – Sept 25):
    • First Year Seminar continues, shifting from online to face-to-face instruction
    • All other classes continue as in phase 1 except for Pharm D – P1 courses which shift to face-to-face instruction
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

 

  • Phase 3 (Sept 28 – Nov 20):
    • Expanded mix of on-campus and hybrid / hyflex instruction
    • Fully online instruction still available, with a robust set of courses for student who choose this option
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

 

  • Phase 4 (Nov 23 – Dec 11):
    • All courses and final exams conducted online*
    • All students leave residence halls except for those granted exceptions
    • Ongoing research continues, with appropriate social distancing

Please work with your Dean and Department Chair if you have questions regarding class modality and schedule.

* Course exams that require in-person component will be tested prior to this Phase 4.

The intent is to reduce the risk inherent with students leaving campus during the semester, then returning from other locations where the coronavirus may be prevalent.

Faculty members and academic departments will develop the best mix of in-person and online instruction, with classrooms scheduled to provide for social distancing. Under the phased return, Eevery student will be offered a combination of online and face-to-face learning to allow for the greatest flexibility to provide students the in-person experience where feasible. At the discretion of the faculty, Saturday classes and/or asynchronous online instruction may be offered to flex out instructional time given buildingt environment capacity limitations to reduce density.

Faculty will work with students who are unable to attend in-person classes to find alternative arrangements. All classes must be able to shift to online delivery should conditions associated with COVID-19 require this change.

Yes. See the FAQ above for details: Are there changes to the fall semester schedule?

The UW Board of Trustees has revised and approved a plan for students to return to campus this fall, with a focus on protecting the health and safety of students, employees and the public. A phased return will begin on Aug. 24 and end Dec. 4. For more information, please visit UW’s Official Page for COVID-19 Communication.

Before returning to campus and normal operations, all students, faculty, and staff will be required complete each of the following actions:

  • Take a test for active COVID-19 disease prior to returning to campus, as directed under the Phased Return; and
  • Complete the COVID-19 online required training.

Once on campus, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to abide by the COVID-19 Policy, including but not limited to the following:

  • Wear a mask or face covering (e.g., cloth that covers both nose and mouth) while on University-owned property or when conducting University business or activities, including instruction and research. Masks and face coverings will be made available to all employees and students. The University will follow its normal processes and procedures for any exceptions to this requirement.
  • Conduct a daily temperature and symptom check and self-report the results to the COVID Pass prior to entering University-owned property or conducting University business or activities, including instruction and research. As with the wearing of masks or face coverings, the University will follow its normal processes and procedures for any exceptions to this requirement. Additionally, the University will provide ADA compliant masks/face shields upon request.
  • Immediately report symptoms that might indicate COVID-19 to Student Health Services, Employee Health or a health care provider, self-quarantine, and submit to a COVID-19 test.
  • Comply with social distancing guidelines.
  • Comply with all posted social distancing markers and navigational signs.
  • Limit gatherings based on CDC, Federal, State, and county guidelines with the goal of reducing risk. UW guidelines will change as CDC, Federal, State, and county guidelines develop.
  • Carefully consider the consequences of non-essential personal travel on the UW community. Non-essential personal travel is highly discouraged.
  • Seek approval from a vice president before embarking on institutionally sponsored travel outside of Wyoming (must be deemed mission critical). The travel policy will be updated regularly.

Compliance with these requirements is critical to the University community and will help to support UW’s goal to restart the campus for teaching, learning, and working. Non-compliance with these requirements compromises that goal and increases chance of disease transmission. Incidents of noncompliance for employees will be managed through the employee handbook and “corrective action” policies and procedures.

For further details, please see the University’s COVID Policy on the Campus Return page.

If you are sick with COVID-19, waiting for a test result on COVID-19 or showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), please stay away from campus, self-isolate and contact your health care provider for care. Contact the COVID-19 Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

Pre-Return Training for faculty and staff is available by through UW’s Employee LearnCenter. Faculty and staff have received an email directing them to the training, which should be completed before returning to campus or by Aug. 24, whichever is earlier.

Yes. Daily COVIDPass health screening will help the UW community identify signs of COVID and support students, staff and faculty in taking timely action. This daily self-reporting tool is a responsive website accessible by smartphones or computers. COVIDPass uses the current CDC symptom list to ask members of the UW community if they are experiencing symptoms and then generates a pass or fail regarding for coming onto campus that day. There is no cost to students, faculty or staff. Detailed instructions for using COVIDPass can be found on WyoWeb under the COVID Information tab.

Each day, staff and faculty members will be expected to take their own temperature and, using the health monitoring tools (such as COVIDPass), and complete a brief health screening that checks for COVID-19 symptoms. Detailed instructions for using COVIDPass can be found on WyoWeb under the COVID Information tab.

Masks are mandated for all students, employees and visitors to campus. To view the full COVID Policy, please see visit the Campus Return page. Exceptions must be approved through HR and will be aligned to federal, state and local guidelines. Face coverings may be removed in private offices when no other person is present.

You’ll face potential discipline under the UW employee handbook. These requirements are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 so that the fall semester can be completed successfully.

If you are high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and would like to explore a possible exception or accommodation, please visit the Human Resources website or reach out to HR.

The fixed route services will resume in phases starting on August 24th with limited services, including SafeRide, and expanding / modifying services to meet the needs of campus in each new phase. Visit the Transportation Services website for more details.

The university plans to have in-person classes with fewer restrictions, but that will depend upon whether the pandemic situation improves.

PRE-RETURN TESTING

Pre-Return Testing Updates due to shift to Phased Return

The Pre-Return Testing Program has been modified to align with the University’s move to a Phased Return. Faculty should consult their Dean and Department Chair to confirm which phase they are expected to return to campus.

The table below describes the Pre-Return Testing requirements by phase:

Population Return to Campus Date Pre-Return COVID-19 Test (Vault Test)

Phase 1

Faculty approved by Dean for return to campus in Phase 1, who are not able to socially distance themselves.

August 24 th – September 4 th

You are required to complete your Pre-Return Vault Test. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required. If you have not completed your test, please do so immediately.

Phase 2

Faculty approved by Dean for return to campus in Phase 2, who are not able to socially distance themselves.

September 7 th – September 25 th

You are required to complete your Pre-Return Vault Test. If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required.

If you have already ordered your test kit but haven’t taken it, please hold on to your test kit and take the test one week prior to your arrival.

If you have not ordered a test kit, please order your test kit at your earliest convenience.

Phase 3

All faculty welcomed to campus.

September 28 th – November 20 th

You are required to enroll in the Surveillance Testing Program.

If you already have a test kit in hand, you are encouraged to hold onto your test kit and take it one week prior to your arrival.

If you have not ordered a test kit, no further action is required.

*Pre-Return Testing is no longer required during Phase 3 due to establishment of Surveillance Testing Program. See related FAQ.

Faculty who are able to completely socially distance regardless of phase

Any faculty who are able to completely socially distance (e.g. work in a private office without contact with others) themselves at all times on campus.

N/A

You are not required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test.

If you have already completed your test, no further action is required.

If you have ordered but not yet taken the Vault test, you are encouraged to complete the test, ideally one week before you return to campus.

If you have not yet ordered your test, no further action is required.

Fully Remote Faculty

Remote employees include all employees who plan to work from home and will NOT return to campus at any time during the semester.

N/A

You are not required to complete the Pre-Return COVID-19 Vault Test.

If you have already completed your test, no further action is required.

If you have ordered but not yet taken the Vault test, you are encouraged to complete the test, hold on to the test for potential use at a later time, or dispose of the test.

The Vault Test is no longer a Pre-Return requirement for Faculty returning in Phase 3 (still required for Phase 1 and 2) because the University is establishing a comprehensive Surveillance Testing Program scheduled to be ready by Phase 3 that will test all students, faculty and staff regularly throughout the remainder of the semester. This program has been created to identify potential COVID-19 cases that may have been missed as part of the pre-return testing program. So, whether you have taken your Pre-Return Vault Test in July or in the week prior to your arrival, the on-campus testing program will provide as another layer of defense against the potential spread of COVID-19 in the UW community.

Depends on which phase you return to campus. If you return in Phase 1 or 2, then a negative pre-return COVID-19 Vault test is required to return to campus.

For Phase 3, faculty are allowed to return to campus as long as they participate in the University’s Surveillance Testing Program. The Vault Test is no longer a Pre-Return requirement in Phase 3 (still required for Phase 1 and 2) because the University is establishing a comprehensive Surveillance Testing Program scheduled to be ready by Phase 3 that will test all students regularly throughout the remainder of the semester. This program has been created to identify potential COVID-19 cases that may have been missed as part of the pre-return testing program. So, whether you have taken your Pre-Return Vault Test in July or in the week prior to your arrival, the on-campus testing program will provide as another layer of defense against the potential spread of COVID-19 in the UW community.

If you have questions regarding your testing requirements, please contact the COVID Hotline at covid19@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2683.

If you have already ordered your test kit but haven’t taken it, please hold onto your test kit and take the test one week prior to your arrival. If you have questions, please contact the COVID Hotline at covid19@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2683 for further instruction.

If you have already received your negative test results, no further action is required.

No. Faculty who plan to work from home and will NOT return to campus at any time during the semester are not required complete the Pre-Return Vault Test.

Faculty who do not plan to return to campus at any time during the semester are not required complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test.

If you have ordered but not yet taken the Vault test, you are encouraged to complete the test, hold on to the test for potential use at a later time, or dispose of the test. However, you are not required to complete the pre-return COVID-19 Vault test.

No. If you have already taken your COVID-19 Vault test and received a negative result, no further action is required.

You’ll face potential discipline under the UW employee handbook. These requirements are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 so that the fall semester can be completed successfully.

General Overview

In order to keep COVID-19 out of the UW community to the greatest extent possible, we are requiring students, faculty, and staff returning to campus in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the new Fall Return Phased Approach to take a test for the active COVID-19 disease prior to returning to campus.

The University of Wyoming community has shown incredible strength and compassion over the past few months. This commitment to supporting and protecting one another will continue to be essential as we come back together on campus. Our commitment to upholding the UW Community Standards – the five guiding principles for our students, faculty and staff – is more important than ever. These principles uniquely apply to our return to campus this fall:

  • Community: We, as faculty, staff and students, recognize we all have a role to play to protect our greater campus community. We understand and appreciate how our decisions and actions impact others. Community members will take all necessary precautions to minimize the incidence and spread of COVID-19 on campus.
  • Integrity: We conduct ourselves with honor and honest even in the most challenging times. We understand the need to adhere to safety guidelines and following protocols. The true test is what we choose to do when no one else is present to hold us accountable.
  • Social Consciousness: We respect the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing University community. We understand each member of our community may be facing distinct impacts during this unprecedented time. We will discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to the welfare of others.
  • Respect: We commit to showing positive regard for each other and for the community, especially in times of uncertainty and change. This means we will appropriately engage with one another to communicate and to acknowledge what is needed to reduce the risk on campus.
  • Responsibility: We acknowledge we are accountable for our learning, personal behaviors, and future wellbeing. All UW community members should use sound judgment and take personal responsibility for our actions.

UW’s Community Standards reflect our collective commitment to our great campus community. It will take every community member doing our part to create a safer environment for everyone. We all have a responsibility to stay up to date on changes. UW’s COVID Policy will evolve and we expect it will be revised throughout the academic year as understanding of the virus deepens, best practices change, and therapeutic measures become available. Updates will be announced, and each community member must stay informed of these changes as they occur.

Current guidance provides three important practices UW community members must follow:

  1. Monitor and Report
  2. Prevention
  3. Provide Space

No. Vault Health COVID-19 tests can be shipped anywhere in the United States.

No. The purpose of going through a specific provider (Vault Health) is to gather baseline data for our campus community in one place. We cannot support requests through alternate providers at this time.

Negative: Congratulations! You may travel to campus. Please be thoughtful in the choices you make as you prepare to return to campus. Our baseline testing is aligned to our principal of keeping the virus out as much as possible. Where you can, please maintain physical distance and put into practice the principles outlined in our COVID-19 Policy once you have completed your test.

Positive: You cannot come to campus. Please quarantine, and the University will follow up with next steps.

Inconclusive: You must be tested again. The University will follow up with next steps.

About the Test

*IMPORTANT:  This test is to be performed only using saliva collected during a Zoom-enabled video supervised visit with a Vault test supervisor. This is done to ensure that the right type and amount of sample is produced, which is necessary to make sure that the results of the test are correct. 

This test detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. After you provide a sample of your saliva, the virus's genetic material is extracted from it and these specific genes are looked for in a laboratory.  If they are there, the test is considered positive.

This test is NOT a do-it-yourself at-home test, but rather a test in which the saliva sample collection is ordered and supervised by a Vault Health test supervisor on a remote testing (via Zoom video call) , and the sample is then sent back to a laboratory for testing.

Knowing whether you are currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can help you to know what steps you should take for yourself and in order to protect others.

Yes, you can order and take a COVID-19 test regardless of whether you're experiencing symptoms. There is a "no symptoms" option you can select when ordering your test.

No, this is NOT a test for COVID-19 antibodies, which are produced by people who have had the disease and have recovered.

There is no “carrier” status for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If you test positive, it means you are infected with the virus, based on what we currently know. However, about 25% of people who are infected do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others because these people are still considered infected.

No, this is not an antibody test, which would tell you if you have previously been exposed to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The Vault COVID-19 test looks for the presence of virus in your saliva, which if present indicates that you have the virus.

This test is very sensitive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, with 98% of tests providing either a positive or a negative result, and only 2% of tests providing an inconclusive result. The test can detect fewer than 10 copies of viral genes per milliliter of saliva and can detect the presence of virus in the saliva within 2 days of infection and up to 28 days after infection. Across all known gene sequences of SARS-CoV-2, the test detects the ones in the genes of interest ~100% of the time, making it highly sensitive and specific for those genes.

Currently, the false positive and false negative rates for this specific test cannot be calculated, because the lab and Vault do not receive data on what happens to patients after they receive a test. We do not know if patients with a negative test go on to develop symptoms and subsequently receive a positive test result (false negative) or if an uninfected patient with a positive result then goes on to have another test that’s negative (false positive). However, emerging data about false negative rates of saliva-based COVID tests are showing that the false negative rate for saliva-based tests may be closer to 10%, which is significantly lower than those of nasopharyngeal swab-based tests, which are in the 25-35% range.

Vault test supervisors do not provide treatment for COVID-19. When you receive your test results, we will provide an explanation to you and you will be referred to the most current guidelines for what to do if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms, you will be asked to get in touch with a local healthcare provider for care. You can share your test results with your primary care healthcare provider to assist in your care.

Yes. This assay is intended for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization #200090 authorized on April 10, 2019. This is the only saliva test and saliva collection device that is FDA-authorized for at-home self-collection in the U.S. at this time.

The lab must test the sample within 56 hours of it having been produced, which means that you need to ship it back to the lab as soon as possible after producing it. As is widely done already in the medical community, specialized lab tests are routinely sent to single locations for analysis from around the country. The FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for this test states that "Saliva specimens must be transported and stored at ambient temperature and tested within 56 hours of collection.” For this reason, as well as to ensure that you can get your results as quickly as possible, Vault Health uses overnight shipping and, when necessary, insulated shipping materials, to get samples quickly back to the lab while maintaining their stability.

VAULT HEALTH WILL NOT PROVIDE RESULTS TO PATIENTS ON ANY SALIVA SAMPLE THAT ARRIVED AT THE LAB MORE THAN 56 HOURS AFTER THE SAMPLE WAS PRODUCED DURING THE ZOOM-ENABLED VIDEO SUPERVISED TESTING.

In regards to the at-home collection, Vault believes that i) this is fundamentally different from what is often thought of as traditional "at-home” collection because it is being supervised every step of the way by a test supervisor, patients are not left to their own devices; ii) remotely supervised testing interactions currently are, and continue to grow in widespread recognition of as an appropriate patient-supervised interaction, and given that Vault utilizes real-time synchronous audio/visual technology, it is no different than if a patient was standing in front of a testing supervisor in a physical office; iii) in the uncertain times we find ourselves, with social distancing showing real results of flattening the curve, plus the scarcity of PPE, Vault believes this is an effective method to maintain the safety of test supervisors and the patients to whom they provide care.

Ordering a Test

Ordering your test kit:
The kit will be delivered directly to you via overnight delivery if purchased by 3:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (MST). (All kits ordered from Friday 1:00 pm MST through Sunday will ship on Monday and be received on Tuesday).

Collecting your saliva under the supervision* of a test supervisor:
When your kit arrives and you are ready to collect your sample, log into your Vault account and you will be connected to a remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a Vault test supervisor who will guide you through producing your saliva sample and collecting it in the tube provided in your kit. The whole process takes just a few minutes. You should not eat, drink or chew gum for 30 minutes before providing the sample.

*IMPORTANT: If you do not collect saliva under supervision from a Vault test supervisor, your test results will be invalidated.

The hours of operation for a patient to receive COVID-19 remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a Vault Health test supervisor are below:

  • Sunday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Monday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Tuesday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Wednesday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Thursday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
  • Friday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm MST
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm MST

NOTE: Vault’s peak hours are from 10am-1pm MST. You should try to complete your Vault test before 10am MST or after 1pm MST for minimum wait times.

COVID-19 testing with Vault is currently accessible in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Yes, if you have a US shipping address and a valid government-issued photo ID (from the United States or any country), you may purchase a test.
Forms of valid photo ID include:

  • WYO One ID
  • a state-issued driver's license
  • a passport
  • a state ID card

Contact the COVID hotline at covid19@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2683.

No. The costs of the Vault test are covered by the University.

If you are under the age of 18, your parent or legal guardian must order the test for you.

If you get to a payment screen when ordering your test kit, do not enter your payment information. Make sure you order the test by clicking the link in your email. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the link into your web browser – Vault Health recommended Chrome or Safari. If you continue to have issues, please try the below steps to activate the link:

  1. To place an order for your COVID, open up Safari or chrome and go to File > New Incognito Window in Chrome or New Private Window if in Safari
  2. Paste this link into the browse
  3. Click "taking the test for myself"
  4. Login or create a profile
  5. Answer the questions around symptoms, exposure and sign the HIPAA authorization
  6. Click Place Order (you should see it all says $0).

If you continue to have problems, please reach out to the COVID Hotline covid19@uwyo.edu or at 307-766-2683 for next steps.

If you received your Vault test link and have difficulties accessing the ordering page, copy and paste the link into Chrome and click refresh. Note: Test links work best in the Google Chrome or Safari web browsers. If you continue having issues with ordering, please contact Vault Health at covid@vaulthealth.com.

All testing will be conducted through remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a Vault test supervisor. There is no physical location to visit to take this test with Vault, all appointments for testing will be through remote testing (via Zoom video call). Only patients who have placed orders will be able to meet with a Vault test supervisor to supervise the test.

A number have ordered, and in some cases received, their Vault test but received an email suggesting that they had not done so and were out of compliance with the current UW COVID-19 policy. This was an error, and UW will not put holds on any student accounts until we are able to definitely confirm who has and has not ordered a test from Vault.

Individuals who have received duplicate Vault tests should hold onto both kits. Bring both kits to your Zoom session with the Vault Health Coordinator and ask the Vault Health coordinator to confirm the test tube number. Once your Vault test is complete and you have received your test results, you can dispose of the second test.

Yes. We ask that you quarantine at home until you receive your test results - that is, in addition to not returning to Laramie.

If you require additional accessibility for your supervised COVID-19 remote testing (via Zoom video call) with Vault, please reach out to our Patient Experience team by email at covid@vaulthealth.com. We will respond to you directly to schedule an appointment that can accommodate your request.

If you require a video appointment conducted in a language other than English for your supervised COVID-19 test with Vault, please reach out to our Patient Experience team by email at covid@vaulthealth.com. We have translation services available for 200 languages (including American Sign Language) and can connect with you to meet your translation needs for your testing appointment.

After completing your sample collection with a Vault test supervisor, please attach the overnight shipping label included. Find the nearest drop-off location that matches your label and send your test kit back.

You should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending your completed test kit back for processing. Please reach out to our patient experience team at covid@vaulthealth.com. Please include your first and last name, email address and phone number.

When your results are ready, a Vault test supervisor generates an email notification with a link to your test results along with recommended next steps depending on your results. The test results will be ready within 48-72 hours after the sample arrives at the laboratory.

No. Vault’s SARS-CoV-2 test will only be performed in the laboratory after (1) a licensed test supervisor orders the test for you and (2) your sample collection is observed by a test supervisor (via Zoom-enabled video supervised testing). Once the sample has been received by and tested in the laboratory, you will receive your results via electronic reporting.

If you do not collect saliva under supervision from a test supervisor, the test results will be invalidated.

We understand that some employees may have made an error in ordering their Vault test (such as the wrong address), or their test has been delayed in shipping. Any questions related to the test from Vault need to be directed to Vault at covid@vaulthealth.com. If you ordered your test to your UW address but do not currently reside there, please contact Residence Life at reslife-dining@uwyo.edu or 307-766-3175.

 

Yes. The initial testing requirement applies to every enrolled student, regardless of enrollment type or current or intended place of residence for the fall 2020 semester. The intention is for UW to be able to get a baseline of the health of the entire campus community, including online students. Students do not need to pay for this test; if you have difficulty ordering your free Vault test, please email covid@vaulthealth.com and copy covid19@uwyo.edu.

Test Results

If you have a positive test result, it indicates that RNA from several genes in the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) were detected, and that you were infected with the virus at the time that you produced the sample. If you have a positive test result, then you are presumed to be contagious, and if you have symptoms such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath, it is very likely that you have COVID-19.

If you are having mild symptoms, per guidance from the CDC, you should self-quarantine, meaning that you should stay home and stay as far from other people living with you as you can. If you have symptoms, you should also get in touch with your healthcare provider, so that they can monitor your symptoms and be ready to provide care if your symptoms get worse. ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including, but not limited to, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or the inability to arouse, and/or bluish lips or face, you should seek immediate medical attention. ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative result) in some people who are either infected with SARS-CoV-2 or who have symptoms of COVID-19. If you do have symptoms of any illness, you should contact your healthcare provider, who will take into account the test results along with your symptoms and your medical history–including possible exposures, and where you have recently traveled–in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your own primary care healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

While a negative test result does not mean that you should stop following the current state, local or CDC guidelines for your area, it may help you to make decisions about your potential risk of infecting others.

Importantly, a negative test result also does not mean that you cannot contract COVID-19 in the future.

If you opted into results over email, you will receive an email with your test result approximately 2-3 days after your sample is received by the lab.

If not, you will receive an email notification with a link to your test result approximately 2-3 days after your sample is received by the lab.

You can receive your results in two different ways:
If you opted into results over email, you will receive an email with your test result. If not, you will get an email notification when results are ready to view in your Vault account. There will be a link to your results in that email.

Vault test supervisors will make general recommendations for you based on your test results, but you will need to follow up with your own healthcare provider if you require care.

If you experience severe symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please seek medical attention immediately.

If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please seek medical attention. A negative test result indicates no presence of virus at the moment of sample collection. A negative test result cannot guarantee that you have not contracted the virus after you submitted your sample to the lab for testing, and in very rare cases, can represent a false negative result, in which case you have the virus but the test result is negative.

If you have a positive test result, then you are presumed to be contagious, and if you have any of the symptoms outlined below, it is very likely that you have COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include, but are not limited to:


  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of sense of taste/smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Generally not feeling well (malaise)
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Purple / blue discoloration of one or more toes

If you are having mild symptoms, per guidance from the CDC, you should self-quarantine, meaning that you should stay home and stay as far from other people living with you as you can. If you have symptoms, you should also get in touch with your healthcare provider so that he or she can monitor your symptoms and be ready to provide care if your symptoms get worse. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html).

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including, but not limited to, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or the inability to arouse, and/or bluish lips or face, you should seek immediate medical attention. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

For immediate treatment and care for any acute symptoms you may be experiencing, please contact your local primary care healthcare provider. For specific questions related to your SARS-CoV-2 test results, you can contact Vault here or you reach out via the COVID Hotline.

Vault test supervisors do not provide treatment for COVID-19. When you receive your test results, we will provide an explanation to you and you will be referred to the most current guidelines for what to do if you have symptoms. If you have symptoms, you will be asked to get in touch with a local healthcare provider for care. You can share your test results with your primary care healthcare provider to assist in your care.

No, a negative test result does not mean you should stop following the current state, local and CDC guidelines for your area (which may include wearing a mask when in public or social distancing). It may help you to make decisions about your current health and your potential risk of infecting others. Even if you test negative, you must comply with the University’s COVID-19 policy.

Vault reports COVID-19 testing results as required to applicable health care government authorities for their public health activities.

Shipping & Logistics

After receiving your test kit, you will be able to log into a designated link that allows you to join a live online queue for a Zoom-enabled video supervised testing appointment with a Vault test supervisor. Then you will proceed to collect your spit sample with video guidance from the Vault test supervisor. Afterwards, you will send the sample back (via the included overnight shipping label) to the lab for testing. Your testing kit includes everything you need to send back your sample, including a pre-printed return label for either FedEx or UPS.

If your kit comes with a UPS label, use this link to find your closest UPS drop box. If your kit comes with a FedEx label, use this link to find your closest FedEx drop box.
Do NOT drop off your sample at a pharmacy or convenience store even if it has a drop off option. Please ONLY use stand-alone drop boxes or UPS and FedEx store locations.

If your test kit shipment arrives damaged, please contact Vault Health with your contact information (first and last name and email) to let us know. Expect a response from our team within 48 hours, thank you for your patience!

If you do not receive your testing kit when expected within 24-48 hours after your purchase, please send Vault Health a note with your contact information (first and last name and email) to let us know. Expect a response from our team within 48 hours, thank you for your patience

Safety & Privacy

Yes, Vault is HIPAA compliant and we will ensure that personal health information stays secure by employing modern security best practices and standards.

Vault reports COVID-19 testing results as required to applicable health care government authorities for their public health activities.

Vault Health does keep your data on file for six years. This is a HIPAA requirement that we unfortunately cannot work around on a case-by-case basis.

When going through the process to order your test, there is a checkbox that reads, “By clicking here, I would like to receive my results by email. I aware that these are not secure means of communication and that there is a risk that my protected health information could be accessed by unauthorized third parties.” Checking this box is OPTIONAL.

If you check this box, your test results will be emailed directly to you. If you choose not to check this box, you will receive an email from Vault Health that your test results are ready. This email will contain a link to your Vault Health portal, where you can login to see your test results.

Using Zoom & Video Call Questions

No, this is NOT a test you can do alone. If you do not collect saliva during a video call under supervision from a Vault test supervisor, the test results will be invalidated.

Visit the Zoom website to download instructions for your correct device. Once you have downloaded Zoom, follow the link that is sent to you via email to enter into Zoom. You will need to enable your 'video camera' and 'join with audio' to complete your Vault remote testing (via Zoom video call) with a test supervisor.

To enable your audio, ensure you click on the 'Join Audio' icon located on the bottom left of the Zoom screen.

BRIDGE TESTING

Approximately 45% of students, faculty, and staff will be randomly selected to take a COVID-19 Vault test on campus during each week of Phase 1 and Phase 2 (August 24th – September 25th). The Bridge Testing Program is designed to alert you if you are currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, particularly if you are not experiencing any symptoms. Early detection can help prevent disease transmission and protect others in the community.

The table below describes who will participate in the Bridge Testing Program during each phase:

Population Return to Campus Date Bridge Program COVID-19 Test (Vault Test)

Phase 1 Students:

  • Athletes
  • Resident Assistants
  • FSL on-campus students
  • ROTC
  • Speech Language Pathology Graduate students
  • WWAMI
  • Junior nursing students
  • Law Summer Institute & first year law students
  • Bridge Program
  • Graduate students with Dean approval
  • Students who met the housing exception

Phase 1 Employees: Employees approved by Dean or VP for return to campus by Phase 1, who are not able to socially distance themselves.

August 24 th – September 4 th, and earlier for those who moved into on-campus housing, including university’s apartments prior to the start of classes.

Approximately 45% of the population within each cohort and department will be randomly selected to submit a sample during the first week of Phase 1 (August 24 th - 28 th). Those who are not selected to participate during Week 1 can expect to be selected in Week 2 (August 31 st - September 4 th).

 

All testing will be conducted in the lower-level Gardens at the Wyoming Union using the same Vault test that was required before returning to campus.  Students and employees will use their existing Vault login credentials to receive their test results.

Phase 2 Students:

  • All phase 1 students
  • Freshman students taking face-to-face First Year Seminar
  • All first year students in residence halls
  • All Law students
  • LRCC
  • PharmD-P1 students

Phase 2 Employees: Employees approved by Dean or VP for return to campus by Phase 2, who are not able to socially distance themselves.

September 7 th – September 25 th

Phase 2 Bridge Testing will operate the same as Phase 1 testing described above.  However, the frequency of testing will be increased as the campus population grows.  Students and employees who are randomly selected during each week of Phase 2 can expect to be tested twice between Monday – Friday.

Phase 3 Students & Employees:

All students and employees welcomed to campus. 

 

September 28 th – November 20 th

All students and employees will be tested twice a week throughout Phase 3 in a separate surveillance program.

Employees who are able to completely socially distance throughout Phase 1 & 2

Any employees who are able to completely socially distance (e.g. work in a private office without contact with others) themselves at all times on campus.

N/A

You are not required to participate in the Bridge Testing Program.  However, you will still be required to participate in the Phase 3 Surveillance Program beginning September 28 th.

 

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Distant Learners not returning to Laramie or Albany County and Fully Remote employees

Distant Learners include all students who will NOT be returning to campus at any time during the fall semester.

 

Remote employees include all employees who plan to work from home and will NOT return to campus at any time during the semester.

N/A

Yo u are not required to participate either in the Bridge Testing Program or the Phase 3 Surveillance Program.

 

Please complete this online form confirming your exemption status.

Yes, if you will be returning to campus during either Phase 1 or Phase 2. The Pre-Return Testing program administered by Vault Health was designed to establish a baseline for infection in the UW community and protect against people bringing the virus that causes COVID-19 to campus. The Bridge Testing Program enhances these efforts by providing an early warning if cases are found on campus within the first several weeks of classes.

If you have been randomly selected to be tested during any given week in either Phase 1 or Phase 2, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for an appointment at the Gardens, located in the lower level of Wyoming Union. Please arrive on time. There will be signs at Union directing you to the testing center downstairs, where saliva tests will be administered.

No, you will not be charged any additional fees for the Bridge Testing Program.

No. Students, faculty, and staff should expect to be tested at least every other week – if not every week – from the time their phase begins. Given our understanding of how quickly the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread, it is important that you get tested regularly to determine whether you may be infected, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.

The same Vault saliva sample collection method used during Pre-Return Testing will be used during the Bridge Testing Program. Instead of collecting samples using a Zoom-enabled video, samples will be collected in-person at the Gardens in the lower-level of Wyoming Union and supervised by trained UW staff.

No. All testing during the Bridge Program will be administered at the Gardens, located in the lower level of Wyoming Union.

Yes, the testing location is ADA accessible and the staff on-site will make reasonable accommodations to assist you with the testing process.

If employees cannot come onto campus to participate in the Bridge or Surveillance Testing Programs, they should request an exemption by contacting the COVID Hotline at 307-766-COVD (2683) or COVID19@uwyo.edu.

Employees will be instructed to fill out a Employee Exemption Form. Exemptions will be provided to individuals who will not be coming onto campus during the semester or those who are able to provide a doctor’s note to exempt them from this process.

You can expect to spend 10-20 minutes in the testing process. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Bridge testing will continue throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2 (August 24th – September 25th).

Yes. Starting in Phase 3 (September 28th), UW will implement a new Surveillance Testing Program where all students, faculty, and staff will be tested twice a week.

No. The Bridge Program is designed as an early warning system for those who are not currently experiencing symptoms. Research shows that about 25% of people who are infected do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.

If you are having mild symptoms, per guidance from the CDC, you should self-quarantine, meaning that you should stay home and stay as far from other people living with you as you can. If you have symptoms, you should also get in touch with your healthcare provider, so that they can monitor your symptoms and be ready to provide care if your symptoms get worse. Please see the CDC page for steps if you are sick for more information.  

 

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, including, but not limited to, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or the inability to arouse, and/or bluish lips or face, you should seek immediate medical attention. Please see the CDC page on COVID-19 symptoms for more information.

If you have other questions, or you are unable to keep you testing appointment, please contact the COVID Hotline at COVID19@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2683.

INSTRUCTION

The university will provide central resources and support for its faculty and researchers while also allowing for decentralized and flexible decision making at the college and unit level. Flexibility and efficiency are critical to teaching and student success. Decisions in appropriate areas must remain fluid and based on the dynamics of the virus, new information, and other important factors.

With guidance from the Office of Academic Affairs and College Deans, begin departmental planning now. Unit heads may use the decision tree and planning tools developed to support their decision-making for course assignment and delivery.

Units will classify their fall 2020 offerings as those that:

  • Must be taught entirely face-to-face.
  • Can be taught entirely online in either a synchronous or an asynchronous manner.
  • Have some components that can be taught online and some that must be taught face-to-face (mixed).
  • Can be broken into one small face-to-face class and one (typically large) online class with students in the online class participating through synchronous simulcasting.
  • Can be taught on a rotating face-to-face basis, where a portion of the class meets face-to-face, with different students participating face-to-face on different days of the week, and the other students learning synchronously online.



Regarding course delivery mode, faculty members are encouraged to talk with colleagues, department heads and the ECTL to determine the most appropriate delivery mode for each faculty member and each class. While every effort is being made to determine a reliable list of delivery modes for each class at this time, if the environment around the pandemic changes, deans and department heads will engage faculty in further conversation about whether any designated delivery modes should change.

Academic Affairs is shooting for maximum flexibility. If conditions emerge that make it more amenable to teach online, then the faculty may do so (but should probably consult their students and department head and dean, too.)

Besides working with colleagues in your academic unit, your unit head and support groups from your college, the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning has begun to mobilize its staff and resources to support all faculty teaching online. Resources from the ECTL include:

  1. In partnership with Information Technology (IT), ECTL has created a website for teaching and working remotely. There, links to general tips for moving online are provided, as well as specific information about using many of the tools available to instructional faculty and teaching assistants. 
  2. ECTL will provide multiple intensive boot-camps to instructional faculty and teaching assistants to guide them through redesigning their courses.
  3. ECTL will provide regular, up-to-date information on webinars and blog posts that support remote teaching, such as  "Best Practices for Remote Teaching".
  4. The faculty and staff at the ECTL, who are well versed in online teaching, are available for individual consultations. Please fill out this form to  request a consultation. This form is also on the ECTL website.

Yes, all key course documents must be posted in your WyoCourses course shell. If you use additional online resources, such as those from book publishers, you should provide the link to those resources in your WyoCourses course shell.

According to page 12 of the plan: “The decision to modify its operations will be made in consultation with county and state health officials. Though there is no exact number of cases that will trigger this protocol, UW will vigilantly communicate and evaluate its ability to operate safely as cases appear and as the environment changes.” This decision will be made in partnership with the medical community and will based on multiple factors, not the least of which are medical advances and local health care resources and capacity.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

During Phase 1, only the following buildings / facilities will be available for use and will require a key card to access:

  • Lab school
  • ECEC
  • WY State Vet Lab (restricted access)
  • Knight hall services
  • Book store
  • Union
  • Jacoby Golf Course
  • Libraries + 1 Computer Lab
  • Washakie, Panda & Pita
  • 1 IT Computer Labs/WYO One ID Office
  • Law School for STI
  • WWAMI classrooms
  • Residence Halls
  • Chemistry Stockroom
  • Hill Hall-Third Floor
  • Student Health
  • Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Psychology Clinic

 

Only students, faculty and staff included in Phase 1 will be allowed on campus. All individuals are encouraged to limit use of buildings as much as possible, and building doors should not be propped open.

A determination for which buildings need to be open in Phase 2 will be made in September.

These will be placed strategically around campus and maintained by UW Operations so that each building will have at least one station. Each department will be given a welcome-back–to-campus package of hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and disposable face coverings. Each student and employee will be sent a welcome package with two cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and a safety guide. Areas of specific concern for a department will need to be handled by the department.

Hand sanitizer and face covering stations will be placed around campus and refilled centrally. Individual units will receive a hand sanitizer bottle to place within their work area. Each unit will also receive a spray bottle with Operations-approved cleaning spray and paper towels to do additional cleaning as needed within a unit. The welcome-back unit packages and individual student/employee packages are being provided centrally.

Operations staff will disinfect and clean all classrooms. Additionally, each classroom with an occupancy of over 10 students will have a sanitization station for additional as-needed surface sanitizing.

Operations staff will clean all offices, including the daily wiping down of high-touch surfaces such as phones, keyboards and doorknobs. Additionally, each building and department will have a sanitization station with sanitizer and paper towels.

A bulk sneeze guard order has been placed. Sneeze guards will be distributed based on responses from a campuswide survey. Departments will be responsible for assembling their guards after they are delivered. Assembly should be easy; however, if you need assistance, please contact Operations.

Operations is asking each department to do their best with their communal spaces. These include lobby areas, break rooms, lounge spaces, study rooms, meeting rooms, etc. Off-site furniture storage is not an option in anything other than extreme circumstances. Configure furniture to provide 6-foot physical distancing. Departments needing assistance with moving larger items can put in a work order with Operations

Some suggestions for dealing with extra furniture are:

  • Push it to the side and place it in a way that it can’t be used.
  • Leave it in place and label it as not for use.
  • Move it to smaller conference rooms that are no longer useful given the 6-foot guidelines.

Operations will determine where and when one-way traffic flow, "stay right" signs, and single entry/exit points are appropriate. Please do not change traffic flow or put up signs without talking to Operations first.

Operations staff will install COVID-related signage in each building.

Operations follows CDC guidelines for increasing outside air ventilation where forced-air equipment exists. MERV13a filtration is installed on most UW outside air systems.

Operations staff is signing each classroom and setting up seating configurations to maximize occupancy per the reopening plan.

UW will implement adaptable and responsive work schedules and plans. Each vice president and dean, in consultation with Human Resources, will create adaptable staffing plans (remote work and flexible work schedules) that are guided by university policy and state and federal employment law. Plans must be submitted to HR no later than July 15 for implementation in August. These plans will be temporary and will not constitute permanent working schedules and conditions. Plans should reduce density in the workplace, minimize exposure, and meet the needs of faculty and staff who have, or live with someone who has, a condition that places them in a high-risk category.

Additional requirements for teaching and learning environments include:

  • Ensuring ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air to classrooms.
  • Ensuring that student and employee groupings are as static as possible and limit mixing between groups.

HR will:

  • Support UW leadership to develop and implement work schedules and methods that promote low-density environments.
  • Examine and revise policies for leave, remote work and flexible work schedules while ensuring compliance with state and federal laws, including EEOC and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Ensure compliance with evolving COVID-19 federal regulations.
  • Provide guidance for new employees with no sick leave.
  • Assist managers and supervisors with adherence to the COVID-19 Policy and advise when corrective action may be required for their employees.
  • Ensure employees who return to work after COVID-19 infection or exposure are cleared to do so by a health care provider and the Wyoming Department of Health.
  • Provide managers and supervisors with the tools required to track attendance and expenses associated with COVID-19 related absenteeism.
  • Provide guidelines to allow remote work for individuals who are in high risk categories or who reside with, or care for, others in high-risk categories.

TRAVEL

Personal travel outside Wyoming will be discouraged, but not prohibited. UW students and employees are asked to exercise personal responsibility for the good of the UW community in making travel decisions. University-sponsored travel outside Wyoming must be mission-critical and approved by the appropriate vice president.

OTHER RESOURCES

Yes. The University of Wyoming offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides benefited employees and their household members with professional counseling, as well as legal and financial assistance. UW partners with MINES and Associates of Littleton, Colo., to provide services at no cost to UW employees. Access any of the services by visiting the MINES and Associates website or by calling 1-800-873-7138.

Other FAQs


In this time of uncertainty, we’re dedicated to helping answer your questions based on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavrius) pandemic.

 

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Additional Health Information

UW’s interdepartmental task force is diligently monitoring events worldwide to try and anticipate and prepare for potential changes. Here are some essential resources for global travel alerts and warnings to visit before you travel abroad:

 

 

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