Adjusted hours for COVID-19 testing center Feb. 18-29
Due to the heavy snowfall expected Feb. 18-19, Bryant’s COVID-19 surveillance testing clinic in the MAC will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, and reopen at noon on Friday, Feb. 19
Move to twice-weekly testing for students through March 1
Positive cases of COVID-19 are up across the country, particularly at universities in the Northeast. Bryant is no exception. Since students returned to campus we have begun to experience a rising positivity rate and because our contact tracing protocols are very thorough this has resulted in a significant number of quarantines. This is what our plans for the spring semester anticipated. Bryant’s cases of COVID-19 are still relatively low and we have sufficient space for the necessary quarantines.
Out of an abundance of caution, starting on Monday, Feb. 22, we will transition to surveillance testing for all students twice each week. The increased testing frequency will continue until Monday, March 1, and a further decision will be made at that time. Nearly 30% of Bryant students, including commuters and student-athletes, are already being tested twice or three times each week.
HOURS FOR THE BRYANT UNIVERSITY TESTING CENTER
- Regular spring semester hours will be: M/T/W: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Th/F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All students, faculty and staff on campus are asked to monitor themselves daily for symptoms using the Bryant Health Checker app.
Campus entry and access to buildings and classrooms will require a green checkmark response.
- Anyone presenting a red X cannot come on campus (commuter, guest, or employee).
- Anyone presenting a black X should be in quarantine or isolation (resident student) OR have never been tested and need to be tested immediately.
- Black X and red X = NO ACCESS TO BUILDINGS, CLASSROOMS, OR CAMPUS.
- Yellow X means you need to get retested, preferably the day you get the yellow X. YOU ARE ALLOWED IN BUILDINGS, CLASSROOMS, DINING FACILITIES, AND (IF A RESIDENT) YOUR RESIDENCE HALL.
Known risk factors and/or symptoms should be reported on the Health Checker, even on days when individuals are not planning to come to campus or leave their residence.
The Testing Clinic is on the third court of the MAC in the Wellness Center. Please enter by the rear doors of the MAC that face the AIC. There will be signage.
All students will be tested weekly (or more often for some populations) throughout the spring semester. Please note the testing day designated for your class year below:
- Monday: Freshmen
- Tuesday: Sophomores
- Wednesday: Seniors
- Thursday: Juniors
- Fridays will be reserved for students who miss their scheduled day.
- Grad Students can come for testing on any day M-Th.
To Schedule an Appointment via Bryant Mobile
- For Students: Look for the icon that says Student COVID Bookings (You must be logged into the Bryant Mobile app to see the icon)
- For Employees: Look for the icon that says Employee COVID Bookings (This is for all Bryant employees or any employees working on Bryant’s campus)
You are able to book a day and time through the app. Please fill this out before coming to the Testing Clinic in the MAC. Please bring a form of ID and be ready to show your Health Checker green check.
To schedule an appointment via the web
Graduate Students and All Employees
Graduate students and all employees can schedule an appointment on any day Monday – Thursday.
The Testing Procedure
Our testing program utilizes a self-administered nasal swab, equivalent to a Q-Tip, to collect the sample.
Individuals will be required insert the cotton swab approximately 1/4 inch into each nostril. The procedure has been proven to be both comfortable and safe and requires no contact between the tester and the person observing the test, thus allowing social distancing at all times.
All faculty, staff, and students should acquire a test for COVID-19 before returning to campus if possible. The intent of this testing is to prevent those currently infected from entering the campus. Information about testing is available at state health department websites.
Faculty, staff, and students receive a RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). A PCR – or polymerase chain reaction test – detects the presence of viral RNA (ribonucleic acid). According to the CDC, this type of test is the recommended method for diagnosing infection.
Weekly testing takes place in the Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC) with designated areas for students and faculty/staff. The test is a self-administered nasal swab conducted in the presence of a health services professional. Samples will be processed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard lab, which processes COVID-19 test samples from patients across New England.
Faculty, staff, and students returning to campus must comply with campus entry protocols and self-certify, on a daily basis, that they have no COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors using Bryant's Health Checker, also available via the mobile app. Those with a fever or other symptoms/risk factors should stay home or in their dorm and not come to campus.
Weekly testing of faculty, staff, and students will use the same process as initial testing. This is intended to identify asymptomatic individuals early enough to prevent on-campus transmission at a significant level. Testing intervals can be shortened as necessary to accommodate for increase in case-positive rates.
Ongoing weekly testing takes place in the Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC) with designated areas for students and faculty/staff. The test is a self-administered nasal swab conducted in the presence of a health services professional. Samples will be processed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard lab, which processes COVID-19 test samples from patients across New England.
Results will be available to Bryant Health Services personnel in less than 24 hours via a proprietary reporting system. Those who test positive will be sent home when possible. Those who cannot safely get home will stay in isolation in a designated facility on campus. Once a positive case is identified, trained campus personnel, in coordination with RIDOH, will conduct a thorough investigation and contact tracing to determine if others are at risk and should be tested and quarantined.
During the school day, should you feel sick, you should call Health Services and arrange to be tested on campus. A new COVID clinic, located in the community center next to the townhouses, has been set up to evaluate and test symptomatic individuals.
After hours, students should self-isolate immediately, call DPS, and tell them they are ill. DPS will arrange for a DPS officer to meet the student while maintaining physical distancing. Students will be sent to the hospital if severely ill, isolated in their room if they can be on their own, or referred to the isolation unit if necessary.
The University leadership will take a daily account of the COVID status on campus and make decisions, in coordination with the RIDOH, regarding risk mitigation. This may include cutting certain services, reducing capacity of certain locations, closing areas of communal gatherings, or even a phased closure of the campus.
An order by the state or a development of a campus outbreak that overwhelms our campus capabilities would lead campus leadership to implement a phased campus closure and transition to remote learning.
All Rhode Island university plans to re-open their campuses were reviewed by the RIDOH, and advice was provided to the institutions. Bryant has implemented all of the recommendations.