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Required Surveillance Testing - High-contact Employees

Overview of required surveillance testing for high-contact employees:

  • The required surveillance testing program is for non-symptomatic employees who have been identified as belonging to a high-contact group.
  • 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 1,000 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.

Additional information:

  • If you have a fever or symptoms, you should not visit the testing center. Instead, contact your healthcare provider or an urgent care clinic for additional instructions. Read this campus notice for more information.
  • If you have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days, you should not be tested as part of surveillance testing.
  • Once your surveillance test appointment is scheduled, it is important that you arrive during your scheduled time to help manage wait times and facilitate physical distancing.
  • Please bring your Hokie Passport to the testing site and have it ready to show at check-in. You will not need a health insurance card and there is no cost to you for these tests. 
  • Even if you have been tested as part of the surveillance testing program previously, you will need to complete a demographic form each time you complete a test.
  • Because surveillance testing is for those with no symptoms of COVID-19, it is not necessary to quarantine or take leave between completing your test and receiving results.
  • Negative test results will be securely reported to you via your university email account within two to three business days from ARCPoint Labs, the university's testing partner.
  • If a test result is positive, a representative from the case management team will contact you directly to advise on next steps.
  • Please note that if results are received later into the night, you may not be contacted until the next morning.

If high-contact employees have questions about required surveillance testing, contact:

Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia Tech has identified approximately 1,000 employees who are in high-contact groups. Surveillance testing is required for all identified high-contact employees.

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.

The university has made surveillance testing required because it is important that the 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.

Approximately 500 high-contact employees will be tested each week.

Every high-contact employee can expect to be tested every 2 weeks.

High-contact employees who will be tested will receive an email with additional information on Wednesday. They must then sign up for a testing appointment by noon on Friday of that same week. All testing appointments will take place the following week. If selected, high-contact employees are required to participate in testing.

ARCPoint Labs, the university's testing partner, uses a nasal swab test. The type of swab being used is a mid-turbinate swab. 

Once tested, employees should receive their results in 48 – 72 hours of their test. If their test results are negative, they will receive a secure email from ARCPoint Labs, the university’s testing partner. If a test result is positive, a representative from the case management team will contact you directly to advise on next steps. 

If results are received later into the night, you may not be contacted until the next morning, which may be after the 72-hour period. Occasionally when analyzing tests, there is an invalid or insufficient sample. In these cases, you may be asked to retest.

No, because surveillance testing is for those with no symptoms of COVID-19, it is not necessary to quarantine or take leave between completing your test and receiving results.

No, there is no cost to the employee for the surveillance test through the university.

Yes, employees who are required to test can record the time it takes them to get a test as time worked.

Surveillance testing will take place at Lane Stadium, Gate 1. 

Employees visiting Lane Stadium (Gate 1) for COVID-19 testing who do not have a parking permit may park in the highlighted portion of the Stadium Lot below without a permit during their test appointment. These spaces will have cones/signs that say "Reserved parking."

Map of parking at Lane Stadium Gate 1 for required surveillance testing.

Your testing appointment should take approximately 30 minutes. 

No, if you have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, you should not visit the testing center. Instead, contact your healthcare provider or an urgent care clinic for additional instructions. Read this campus notice for more information.

The majority of high-contact employees will not be able to opt out of testing. An employee may receive a testing exception if:

  • They do not work on the Blacksburg campus and/or should not be included in the high-contact group.
  • They prefer to be tested by another source within a week of their assigned time. Virginia Tech will not reimburse for testing done at alternative facilities. The employee will need to submit proof of the test when requested.
  • They are currently sick and unable to get to the testing facility during their assigned week.
  • They have been ordered by a public health official/provider to maintain quarantine/isolation. The employee will need to submit proof of the order when requested.
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. The employee will need to submit proof of the test when requested.
  • They have a disability that would physically preclude me from having the test done. They employee should contact ADA and Accessibility Services adaaccess@vt.edu as quickly as possible to discuss their personal situation. An employee will remain on the testing list until the ADA and Accessibility department has made a determination.
  • They have a sincerely held religious belief. 
  • If they are on leave during the scheduled testing window. 

High-contact employees who refuse to be tested as part of the surveillance testing program may be subject to disciplinary action. 

Contact employeetesting@vt.edu or call 540-231-3368.

Contact employeetesting@vt.edu or call 540-231-9331.