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Testing, screening, and contact tracing

The campus offers free COVID-19 testing and has a COVID support team dedicated to assisting students and employees who have COVID-19 or have been exposed.

Updated: August 25, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fully vaccinated students and employees with no symptoms should be tested in three to five days after a known exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • The Student Health Center provides COVID-19 testing for students at no cost and offers free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kits for student and employee use.
  • The campus has a COVID support team whose role is to check on the situation of a student or employee who has (or may have) COVID-19 or been exposed, help connect them to support resources, and provide guidance.

The Student Health Center provides COVID-19 testing for students at no cost. The diagnostic test is a PCR test administered through a nasal swab.

The Student Health Center also has a supply of free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kits for student and employee use. Learn how to get a free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kit.

Typical turnaround times are one to two days for Student Health Center tests and two to three days for EverlyWell test kits.

While awaiting diagnostic test results, students and employees should self-isolate and avoid close contact with others.

After receiving test results, students and employees should follow guidance from the university and their health care provider regarding the duration of their isolation or quarantine.

Testing for fully vaccinated individuals

Fully vaccinated students and employees do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people without symptoms be tested three to five days after a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and that they wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. Fully vaccinated students and employees should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if they are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case, and they should isolate and be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.

Testing for individuals who have had COVID-19

According to the CDC, people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and completed their isolation do not need to self-isolate or be tested again for up to three months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. They should continue to monitor their health, stay home when they do not feel well, and consult a health care provider if they develop COVID-19 symptoms again.

Health self-screening

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, students and employees are encouraged to monitor their health and stay home when sick. The university has a health self-screening form that provides questions you can use to check your health. Use of the form is optional but encouraged.

The health self-screening form is available at selfscreen.utk.edu or through the Tennessee app.

Complete the COVID-19 self-isolation form if you are required to self-isolate. Anyone who needs to self-isolate will be contacted to determine the best options for their situation.

COVID support

The campus COVID support team’s role is to check on the situation of a student or employee who has (or may have) COVID-19 or been exposed, help connect them to support resources, provide guidance, and help contact others who may need to take precautions.

Anyone who submits a COVID support form is contacted by the support team—generally within 24 hours, but the response time can vary depending on case loads.

Students and employees are asked to promptly respond to communications (text, call, or email) from the support team.

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