One of the integral components of mitigating the risk of COVID-19 is testing faculty, staff, and students. Employees must undergo testing and have a negative result prior to return to campus. Students must undergo testing and must have a negative result before moving in to on-campus housing or attending class.
COVID-19 testing can be done at the Campus Health Center, the Living Well Clinic, or a Tulane Testing Center. The TSSW community will most likely access the Downtown Testing Center.
For this return to campus testing, Campus Health has a planned schedule for testing to occur over the next several weeks, and you shoul have received an email when it is your time to schedule a test. You do not need to call or email to schedule testing until you've received a notification email.
The TSSW community will access the Downtown Testing Center located next to the exit of Tulane Hospital's La Salle Garage exit at 226 South Villere Street, New Orleans 70112. Do not visit this location if you do not have an appointment. The center will only administer tests to individuals with appointments. Please remember to arrive on time while wearing a mask and have your Splash ID card or number readily availble. If you do not have your Splash ID card, you will need to have a picture ID for verification of identity. If you feel sick or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come for your test and contact your healthcare provider immediately.
The Tulane School of Medicine Laboratory is processing the tests, and their projected turnaround time is within 24-36 hours. You will receive an email and/or phone call with your results. When your results are ready, you will receive an email letting you know to log back into the same portal where you scheduled your appointment to read the secure message with the result and any follow-up instructions. If you do not receive your test results within 48 hours of the test being perfomed, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Splash ID and the date of your test.
Throughout the Fall semester, the University is providing free COVID-19 tests for students living on and off campus, as well as faculty, staff, and other employees and contract workers.
Mandatory testing will take place monthly and will proceed as follows:
- You will receive an email from Campus Health with information on how to select a testing time.
- You will receive an email or phone call within 24 to 36 hours with your result.
- If your test is positive, the Tulane Contact Tracing Team will contact you and guide you on notifications and any necessary actions. Employees and students are expected to cooperate with the Tulane Contact Tracing Team.
- The University will not accept outside COVID-19 testing results in lieu of participating in this program.
This testing program is for asymptomatic individuals (people without symptoms of COVID-19). If you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider for evaluation.
he University is working collaboratively with the Louisiana Department of Health to effectively trace contacts of anyone who contracts the virus. If a member of the Tulane community tests positive for COVID-19 at the Campus Health Center, the Living Well Clinic, or a Tulane Testing Center, they will complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and will be contacted by a Tulane Contact Tracer. Tulane Contact Tracers will
- interview the COVID-19 positive person to identify close contacts.
- help the COVID-19 positive person to monitor their symptoms and connect them to resources to help support self-isolation.
- collaborate with Human Resources and Campus Services to assure other personnel resources are made available to the individual and cleaning of the workspace is performed.
- contact members of the Tulane Community who may have closely interacted with the person who tested positive and link them to the appropriate testing resource.
Campus Health will coordinate notification for the non-Tulane community with the Louisiana Department of Health.
Specific criteria based on CDC guidance are in place to guide determinations regarding individuals to be notified through contact tracing. Please do not take actions (i.e., cancel classes, send entire groups of people home) that impact a wide array of people. Tulane Contact Tracers will advise HR and departments regarding necessary actions. Except as required by state or federal regulations, all information related to COVID-19 testing will be kept confidential.