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What You Need to Know: Testing, Tracing and Results

Bradley University will conduct ongoing COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) surveillance testing of all students, faculty and staff who will physically be on campus in the fall. 

REMEMBER: If students or employees are tested off campus and receive a positive test or are self-quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, they must report that information. Students should notify Bradley Health Services. Faculty and staff should report to their immediate supervisor or HR. 

 

SURVEILLANCE TESTING   |   SYMPTOM TESTING FOR STUDENTS EXHIBITING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS   |   CONTACT TRACING   |   EMPLOYEES   |   COVID-19 REPORTING AND MONITORING

 

SURVEILLANCE TESTING

Who Will and Won't be Tested

  • Approximately 250-300 individuals will be randomly selected each week — from Aug. 24 to Nov. 20 — for no-cost surveillance testing conducted through Bradley University’s Health Services. The math department helped create the appropriate sampling size.
  • Surveillance testing monitors the status of the virus on Bradley's campus; employees working remotely and students taking classes exclusively online will not be a part of the surveillance testing.
  • Those randomly selected for testing will be notified via email on Monday each week and instructed to make an appointment at Health Services for some time that week.  
  • Based on the random selection process, some individuals might be tested multiple times over the semester, while others might not be tested at all.
  • Students who are selected for the weekly sample will be tested for free at Bradley’s Health Services. For students who exhibit symptoms or who have a known contact with a positive COVID-19 case, a student’s insurance will be billed. 
    • If a student is not randomly selected as part of the weekly randomized sample and they are not showing any symptoms, but they still want to have a test, they will be asked to pay $160 for the test or may visit one of the state testing sites in the Peoria area.  
  • Employees who are randomly selected for the weekly sample will be tested for free at Bradley's Health Services.  Those who are not part of the weekly surveillance sample will not be tested at Health Services. You must visit your primary physician or visit one of the state testing sites in the Peoria area.
  • Testing sites in the Peoria area may be utilized, but they do not qualify for completion of a surveillance testing request.

Penalties

  • For students, failing to take the COVID-19 test and/or consistently disregarding Bradley's safety recommendations (distancing, masks, testing and contact tracing, etc.) may result in disciplinary action, up to removal from campus.
  • Employees who fail to take the COVID-19 test and/or consistently disregard Bradley's safety recommendations (distancing, masks, testing and contact tracing, etc.) may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to being placed on administrative leave without pay.

Scheduling Your Test - When Selected

  • You will receive an email to your Bradley account on Monday if you have been selected for random surveillance testing that week. 
  • Call Health Services at (309) 677-2700 to schedule your test; appointments will be scheduled to occur every 10 minutes.
  • Health Services will provide you instructions on how to access the testing site. Please do not use the main entrance to the Health Center.

Accessibility

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), COVID-19 testing sites for Bradley University students and employees will be in locations accessible to students with varying abilities.  Students that are unable to access COVID-19 testing locations, please contact the Office of Student Access Services at 309-677-3654 or sas@fsmail.bradley.edu.  

Bradley University faculty and staff should contact Bradley's Department of Human Resources at BUHR@fsmail.bradley.edu for accommodation concerns.

Test Day Procedure

  • The testing procedure should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Be sure to wear a mask to your appointment and arrive on time.
  • Upon arrival, you will check-in and verify your information. 
  • Bradley's Health Services will perform a nasal live-virus, anterior swab test, which is less invasive and results in less discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory areas.
  • Please do not use the main entrance to the Health Center and enter through the designated location identified in your email.
  • The test kits will be processed through OSF Healthcare.  

After Testing (Getting your Results)

Results should be available within three to five days of your test.

  • If your test is negative (no presence of COVID-19), you will receive an email confirmation of test results. No further action is needed.
  • If your test is positive, you will receive a phone call from Health Services with additional action and information needed for contact tracing and isolation.

Testing information regarding patients is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines and will be kept confidential.  

Universitywide testing results, in compliance with HIPAA, will be published for the university community.  

Students, Faculty and Staff with a Positive Test Result

  • Health Services will notify students, faculty and staff if they have a positive test result.
    • If a student tests positive, Bradley Health Services will initiate contact tracing.
    • If an employee tests positive, they will be referred to their local city/county health department to initiate contact tracing but they should still report their positive status to HR or their immediate supervisor.
  • Facilities Management will be alerted to perform enhanced cleaning and disinfection of areas where persons confirmed to have COVID-19 have been, following CDC cleaning and disinfecting recommendations.
  • Sick employees should follow steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not return to work until they meet the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider. 
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to return to their permanent residence for isolation. If that's not possible, they may be asked to relocate to the school's COVID isolation location. Health Services and Student Affairs will work with students on procedures for isolation, notifying your instructors, keeping up with classwork, and returning to class. 
  • If you are employed by or volunteer at an outside company or organization, or if you are enrolled in a clinical, internship or other experiential learning opportunity with an outside company or organization, you are responsible for contacting them regarding a positive test. 

If You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms After Testing Negative

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after testing negative, you should be evaluated by a physician. Employees should not come to campus if they feel ill; students should self-quarantine in their current residence until they can schedule an appointment at the health center.

 

SYMPTOM TESTING FOR STUDENTS EXHIBITING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS 

In addition to ongoing PCR surveillance testing of everyone on campus, Health Services will conduct testing for students only who exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive. 

  • Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should self-quarantine in their current residence and contact Bradley Health Services at (309) 677-2700 to schedule an appointment.
  • Be sure to wear a mask to your appointment and arrive on time. You will need to provide your Bradley ID.
  • Results should be available within three to five days of your test.
    • If your test is negative (no presence of COVID-19), you will receive an email confirmation of test results. No further action is needed.
    • If your test is positive, you will receive a phone call from Health Services with additional action and information needed for contact tracing and isolation.
  • Students should self-quarantine in your current residence until your test results are available.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to return to their permanent residence for isolation. If that's not possible, they may be asked to relocate to the school's COVID isolation location.
  • For students who exhibit symptoms or who have a known contact with a positive COVID-19 case, a student’s insurance will be billed. 
    • If a student is not selected  as part of the weekly randomized sample and they are not showing any symptoms, but they still want to have a test, they will be asked to pay $160 for the test or may visit one of the state testing sites in the Peoria area.  

 

CONTACT TRACING

The goal of contact tracing is to identify those specific individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 through a series of interviews. Contact tracing will determine and be communicated as such:

  • Close contact - If you were identified as someone who was within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call and/or text message from Bradley’s Health Services. Action will be needed. 
  • Contact - If you have some connection with a person who has tested positive and you are not considered a close contact, you will receive an email message from the university with information indicating you are a contact. It is recommended you monitor yourself for any symptoms, but action in this case is NOT needed unless you begin to develop symptoms. Risk of transmission is considered low.
  • No contact/no communication received -  Secondary contacts or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 are generally not at risk of infection. Unless the health department or Bradley University identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, casual contacts or secondary contacts are not identified.  

Confidentiality and privacy of all students, faculty and staff will be maintained during any efforts to identify potential close contacts.

Close Contact

If you are defined as a close contact:

  • Students will be instructed to schedule a time with Health Services to take a COVID-19 test. The student’s insurance will be billed for this test.
  • Faculty/staff will be instructed to contact their primary physician or visit one of the state testing sites in the Peoria area. Testing will not be performed at Bradley’s Health Services.
  • Close contacts will be asked to quarantine. Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may only be released from quarantine if they have no symptoms for a 14-day period. This quarantine is required even after receiving a negative test result.

Contact

It is recommended you monitor yourself for any symptoms, but action in this case is NOT needed unless you begin to develop symptoms. You do not need to self-quarantine.

When to Self-Quarantine

  • You must self-quarantine if you exhibit COVID symptoms or are a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, everyone known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms. 

 

EMPLOYEES

For testing that occurs off campus and outside of Bradley’s random sampling process.

  • All Bradley employees are required to notify their supervisor or HR of a positive test for COVID-19 or if they are required to self-quarantine due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19.
  • The local health department will contact employees who test positive for COVID-19, complete an initial case investigation and initiate contact tracing. The university will support these efforts by providing contact information, personnel and other resources as requested.
  • Individuals who are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive will be asked to quarantine and may only be released from quarantine if they have no symptoms for a 14-day period. This quarantine is required even after receiving a negative test result.
  • Supervisors will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.
  • Those identified as contacts do not need to quarantine and are eligible to return to work or class.

 

COVID-19 REPORTING AND MONITORING

Testing and contact tracing are important pieces to a multifaceted strategy to assist the campus community to understand and control the spread of COVID-19.

  • Beginning in the fall, we will issue a weekly update on our website of the number of positive cases identified within the university community. Surveillance testing results will also be provided.
  • Notification to campus of positive COVID cases will not happen on each occurrence. The university will follow its crisis management plans for notification of the campus community as appropriate.
  • Bradley specific testing data, along with local and regional trends, will be continually monitored by university, local and state health officials to determine if and when additional strategies may be required.

This page is intended to provide information about the novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.