The purpose of this protocol is to establish the process for testing, sequestering and repeat testing for COVID-19. The protocol will identify the processes for members for the campus community to access testing, and what individuals should do following test results. This protocol is based on evolving conditions and will be updated as new guidance or regulations are presented.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, and until further notice, participation in Stanislaus State’s testing protocol is highly recommended for all faculty, staff and students authorized to work on-site at a University location in Stanislaus or San Joaquin counties (including the main Turlock campus and Stockton Campus). COVID-19 testing provides additional reassurance for employees working on-site and aligns with the University’s testing program for student-athletes.

Anyone working on-site at least one day per week is recommended to test weekly. Others who work on-site infrequently (e.g., less than one day each week or every other week), or who are approved to come on-site on a one-time basis (e.g., to pick up office equipment, drop off paperwork, etc.), are recommended to test the week prior to coming to campus; on-site testing is available at the Turlock campus or visit a local testing site.

Daily self-screening along with testing and other safety protocols including physical distancing, the use of face coverings, enhanced cleaning and good hygiene practices have helped to minimize the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

Stanislaus State will utilize the vendor HR Support Pros to provide supplies for nasal-swab testing and to collect and perform the clinical lab testing. HR Support Pros uses a testing methodology that has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for the testing of COVID-19. Employees may choose to use another vendor but the cost will not be covered by Stan State.

Eligibility and Rollout Plan

Starting Jan. 4, 2021, testing is highly recommended for Stanislaus State faculty, staff and students who meet the following criteria:

You are approved to work on-site: 

  • If you work on-site at least one day per week, you should test once each week.
  • If you work on-site infrequently (e.g., less than one day or every other week) it is recommended you test the week prior to coming to campus.

In addition, you must regularly report your health status via the Daily Self-Screening Protocol whenever you are scheduled to be on-site. Note, if you are experiencing symptoms and have been on-site in the last 14 days, you must report symptoms using the Report a Case or Potential Exposure which will provide additional guidance.

Individuals needing accommodations should contact the following offices:

Faculty/ Staff:
Human Resources
209-664-6921
Leavesprogram@csustan.edu

Students:
Disability Resource Services
209-667-3159
drs@csustan.edu

ASI/SC employees

ASI/SC employees should contact Ammie Mundello at AMundello@csustan.edu for testing information and FAQs.

Vendors, contractors, interns and affiliates

The health and well-being of all members of our community is extremely important. We will be working with contractors, vendors and others to identify the appropriate testing protocols for these populations in support of community health. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, these individuals are strongly encouraged to participate in regular testing.

Employees working from home

Recommended testing does not apply to employees telecommuting from home. Employees who are working from home and who are not authorized to work on-site can access the free COVID-19 testing location on campus.

Students

Returning students for spring semester 2021 face-to-face (FTF) instruction:

  • Students are required to complete the Daily Self-Screening Protocol survey before arriving on campus. Stanislaus County Health Services Agency suggests for those who have traveled: Upon return from your destination, you should sequester, or quarantine, for 14 days at home in conjunction with testing. Testing should be done on days 5-6 and then again during the range of days 11-14.
  • Currently, testing will be available on campus at no cost to students. Further details will be provided by Stanislaus State Safety and Risk Management via the COVID-19 webpage.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms and have been on-campus in the last 14 days, you must report symptoms using the COVID-19 Reporting Form which will provide additional guidance. 

Testing matrix

Population* Frequency Type
On-campus** Faculty Weekly Voluntary
On-campus** Essential Employees Weekly Voluntary
Students taking Face to Face courses Weekly Voluntary
Student-Athletes (Athletics RTP) Weekly – See Athletics RTP Mandatory
On-campus** Student Residents (Annex A) Varies – See Annex A Recommended
Nursing Students*** (Annex B) Weekly – See Annex B Mandatory

* Testing populations, mandates and frequencies are subject to change based on campus and local conditions, state/county requirements or other factors.
** “On-campus” refers to any Stanislaus State owned or operated facility where students or employees come to live, work or otherwise engage in programs, services and activities; includes Stanislaus State sponsored programs, meetings, field research, etc., hosted at off-site venues.
*** Nursing students in clinical settings

Travel and gathering guidance

Testing will be an especially important public health measure as members of our community travel outside of their immediate area (county of residence), host guests or visit with individuals outside their normal social pod. Please refer to the California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory as it pertains to recommendations for returning from travel.

  1. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the quarantine procedures set forth below.
  2. Non-essential travelers should get tested 3-5 days upon arrival into California and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
  3. Non-essential travelers who don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Testing to reduce community spread

Persons with asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infection are significant contributors to community transmission and occurrence of COVID-19. The CDC recommends expanded screening testing to rapidly identify people without symptoms (i.e., asymptomatically or pre-symptomatically infected with SARS-CoV-2) who are contributing to the silent spread of infection, because they are unaware that they are infectious. The CDC prioritizes institutions of higher education as an identified group for expanded screening testing.

Testing results

After completing your test sample, you can expect to receive results within 24-72 hours. If you complete your test on campus you will receive an email and text notification from the testing lab to check your account for results.

To protect the Stanislaus State community and prevent further spread of COVID-19, non-identifiable information will be shared to ensure potential exposure notification, cleaning, isolation and processing of the information is completed. Individual test results will be shared with the participant and the following entities:

  • HR Support Pros;
  • Stanislaus State COVID Response Team as applicable for notifications, cleaning and leaves benefits;
  • Public health authorities consistent with applicable laws and guidance.

De-identified test results will be aggregated weekly and shared on the Stanislaus State COVID-19 Case Rates webpage to monitor community prevalence of COVID-19.

Negative results

Negative test results for COVID-19 will require no further action from participants; we strongly encourage you to continue physical distancing, use of face coverings, and frequent handwashing, which are essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19.

Positive results

If your test is positive, you will be asked to self-isolate and refrain from coming to campus (if you live on campus, you may continue doing so while adhering to self-isolation guidelines). You will be asked to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. The University COVID Response Coordinator will reach out to you about receiving a confirmatory test and will initiate exposure notification for close contacts as defined on the CDC’s When to Quarantine webpage. Expect an additional call or follow-up by the local county public health department for contact tracing efforts. If you are having severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Inconclusive results

Persons who receive inconclusive test results should still report to work and continue to monitor for symptoms regularly and report your health status via the Daily Self-Screening Protocol.

Annex A

Housing and Residential Life Students

To protect the Stanislaus State community and mitigate further spread of COVID-19, current and incoming residents should follow CDC, state and Stanislaus County Health Services Agency guidelines. Testing expectations for COVID-19 are subject to change based on campus and local conditions, state or county requirements or other factors. The information below outlines the testing considerations for on-campus residents. Testing will be available on campus at no cost to students. Further details will be provided by Stanislaus State Safety and Risk Management via the COVID-19 webpage.

General

  • All residents throughout the semester are encouraged to complete testing for COVID-19 on at least a monthly basis.
    • Residents needing to travel during the semester should follow the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency's suggestions regarding testing.
      • Residents that are traveling should consider getting tested upon return from your destination, you should sequester, or quarantine, for 14 days at home in conjunction with testing. Testing should be done on days 5-6 and then again during the range of days 11-14.
  • All residents are expected to complete the daily screening tool and continue to uphold COVID-19 expectations regarding physical distancing, face coverings, and guests.
  • Residents experiencing symptoms or have had recent exposure to COVID-19 must report their symptoms/exposure using the COVID-19 Reporting form.
  • Residents should contact Housing and Residential Life for assistance with isolation or quarantine as needed.

Spring Opening

  • Intent to Stay Residents
    • Residents will be encouraged to complete testing for COVID-19 at least once in January prior to the start of the semester.
    • Residents will be reminded to complete the daily screening tool and directed to complete the COVID-19 Reporting form and contact Housing and Residential Life if they experience symptoms or they are exposed to COVID-19.
  • Returning/New Residents
    • It is assumed that returning and new residents will be experiencing travel in their return or arrival to campus. Returning and new residents will be directed to complete testing and sequester.
    • Residents that are traveling should consider getting tested upon return from your destination, you should sequester, or quarantine, for 14 days at home in conjunction with testing. Testing should be done on days 5-6 and then again during the range of days 11-14.
    • Residents will be reminded to complete the daily screening tool before returning/arriving to campus, and to complete the COVID-19 Reporting form and contact Housing and Residential Life for assistance with quarantine/isolation. If needed, residents may opt to delay their return/arrival date to campus.
  • Upon returning/arriving to campus, Housing and Residential Life staff will complete the following with the resident:
    • Ask the resident if they have completed the daily screening tool
    • Ask the resident about symptoms or exposure
    • Remind the resident about testing and sequestering recommendations
    • Quarantine and isolation protocol will be implemented as needed
    • If the resident has a roommate, the resident may be placed in a temporary unit for the duration of quarantine/isolation

Annex B

Stan State School of Nursing COVID-19 Testing Protocol

Stan State School of Nursing COVID-19 testing protocols as directed by the State of California, California Department of Public Health Mandate and acute care hospital partners. Requirements for the School of Nursing will include:

  • Weekly mandatory testing for nursing students prior to weekly clinical courses as required by clinical agencies.
  • Weekly mandatory testing for clinical faculty prior to weekly clinical courses. As required by clinical agencies.
  • Testing for health science students and clinical faculty prior to clinical courses as required by clinical agencies.
  • Test results will be available within 24-72 hours of testing; students and faculty are responsible for providing results to the clinical agency.
  • Quarantine and reporting protocols as specified by the State of California, Stan State and School of Nursing policy.
  • University protocol for testing.
  • Daily screening via the campus Daily Screening Tool.
  • Isolation for at least 10 days after first positive test and an additional 24 hours with no fever.
  • Those with close contact to someone with a positive test must quarantine for 14 days after last exposure.

The School of Nursing will partner with Safety and Risk Management and has contacted third party test vendor HR Support Pros for nasal-swab testing for students and faculty on the Turlock campus as required by clinical agencies. Weekly testing will be offered on the Turlock campus twice a week for nursing students and faculty, or they may visit a local testing site, to meet clinical agency requirements.

COVID-19 testing arrangements are in-progress for the Stockton campus (possible mail-in testing kits). The goal is to make testing available to students and faculty starting Jan. 4, 2021, and to be available weekly. Weekly mandatory testing for faculty and students prior to clinical courses as required by clinical agencies starting the end of January (arrangements in-progress).

 

Updated: April 2, 2021