Testing center adds hours; defined: close contact, quarantine

Dear University community,

The COVID-19 testing center on the Oshkosh campus has added appointment times; also below you will find important information to help you understand if you are a close contact and what steps to take if you are asked to quarantine.

Testing appointments are open 

The testing center in Albee Hall on the Oshkosh campus is open and beginning today has expanded the number of appointments available. Oshkosh campus residence hall students who haven’t been tested must schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. Please download the Prevea app to schedule your appointment. You will find information on scheduling a test on the UWO Mobile app under the COVID-19 resources link, follow the link for testing.

Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been directed by a contact tracer to get tested also must schedule an appointment using the Prevea app.

Testing center hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. 

Close contacts and quarantine 

What does it mean to be a “close contact” of someone with COVID-19?  

You are considered a “close contact” if ANY of the following occurred while you spent time with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 (even if they didn’t have symptoms):

  • You had direct physical contact with the person (e.g. hug, kiss, handshake).
  • You were within 6 feet of the person for more than 15 minutes (with or without a face covering).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed or coughed on you (or somehow got respiratory droplets on you).
  • You stayed overnight for at least one night in a household with the person.

Who needs to quarantine? 

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have documentation of having COVID-19 within the past 90 days

How do you quarantine?  

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • Stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

What if you test NEGATIVE? 

Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, if you have been deemed a close contact you still need to quarantine since symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Residence hall students 

Quarantine housing is available on the Oshkosh campus for Oshkosh campus residence hall students who are not able to return home. After being referred to quarantine housing in Gruenhagen Conference Center, students can pick up their key at the Gruenhagen front desk between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Food delivery will be provided throughout your stay.

Next steps 

Students under quarantine should contact your instructors to notify them you will not be able to attend class in-person for 14 days due to quarantine. Instructors will provide options for how to keep up with your coursework online. If you work on campus, notify your supervisor that you will not be able to work on campus for 14 days.

Don’t leave your room unless it’s necessary, such as going to the doctor or picking up groceries or medication. So basically, it’s time to study, cue up some of your favorite Netflix shows and schedule Zoom dates with your family and friends. 

Answer the call from the contact tracer  

  • You will receive a call from a contact tracer. Contact tracing staff will always identify themselves as representatives of the University or a local public health department and verify who they are talking with on the call—before they even begin to talk about contact tracing.
  • Once the contact tracer verifies they are speaking with the correct person, the contact tracer will explain why they are calling.
  • The contact tracer will tell you that you have been exposed, but won’t identify the person you were in contact with or where it might have happened.
  • The contact tracer will provide quarantine recommendations and sign you up for self-monitoring. Contact tracers will never ask you for credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers. They also will not send you a text with a link to click.

For more information on quarantine, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold