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COVID-19 Employee Testing Information

If you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms:

If you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider, an urgent care clinic, or the Virginia Department of Health at 540-267-8240 for instructions. Please also notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.

If you have symptoms, you should self-quarantine until you have been tested and receive your results, which may take a few days.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19:

If you think you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) regardless of whether the person was wearing a mask or not, contact your primary care provider, an urgent clinic, or the Virginia Department of Health at 540-267-8240 for instructions. Please also notify your supervisor to discuss work options available to you.

Depending on your suspected exposure date, you will typically need to wait 5 days from that date to be tested per CDC guidelines. If you have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case, you should be tested and self-quarantine for 14 days.

If you test postive for COVID-19:

Employees who test positive through their primary care physician or an urgent care facility are encouraged to self-disclose their diagnosis to the university’s Environmental Health and Safety Occupational Health Nurse and take advantage of the service provided through case management. 

  • Faculty, staff, and wage employees and graduate students contact the Environmental Health and Safety Occupational Health Nurse at 540-231-8733. Faculty, staff, and wage employees must also notify their supervisor so that work schedules and leave can be determined.
  • Contractors or vendors contact their project manager or university contact who then reports the positive test result to the Environmental Health and Safety Occupational Health Nurse at 540-231-8733.

Once a positive test is reported and using a set of established guidelines, Virginia Tech's Case Management Team, which includes representatives from different areas of Virginia Tech, serves the entire university community, helping those who test positive navigate what they need to do. The team also supports VDH’s contact-tracing efforts.

Required Surveillance Testing - High-contact Employees:

As announced in President Tim Sands message on Sept. 30, 2020, employees who have been identified as high-contact are required to participate in the university's surveillance testing. The university's surveillance testing program is for individuals who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Employees in high-contact groups, due to the nature of their job or academic responsibilities, may consistently be less than 6 feet apart for longer than 15 minutes, with or without protective equipment, and/or where administrative controls to reduce risk are not possible, or have a higher interaction with the public. This definition aligns with Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Emergency Temporary Standard §16 VAC 25-220.
  • Virginia Tech has identified approximately 1,100 employees who are in high-contact groups.
  • The university has made surveillance testing required because it is important that we regularly test employees in these groups to control, mitigate, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the university community. Employee participation is important and provides important information to help us continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 at Virginia Tech and in our surrounding communities.

Visit this page for more information and frequently asked questions on required surveillance testing for high-contact employees.