Testing

Testing is crucial to help treat, isolate or provide medical care to those who are infected and is also important from a public health perspective, to assist in characterizing the prevalence, spread and infectiousness of the disease. As part of our comprehensive public health plan, the College has developed a COVID- 19 testing plan that includes both Surveillance Testing and Symptomatic Testing. The College will monitor and follow CDC guidance on surveillance and symptomatic testing.

At this time, vaccinated individuals are not required to participate in entry or surveillance testing. Unvaccinated students and employees/contractors who have not disclosed their vaccination status (which includes unvaccinated employees/contractors) to the College are required to participate in entry testing and weekly surveillance testing throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

All campus community members should be tested by their health care provider or the Hood College Health Center (for students only) if they begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals should do their best to remain isolated from others if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID and awaiting a test result. If you are beingtested or if you test positive for COVID-19, please notify us immediately via email at wellness@hood.edu.

     

    All unvaccinated students and employees/contractors who have not disclosed their vaccination status (which includes unvaccinated employees/contractors) to the College are required to participate in entry testing during move-in or provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of their return to campus. Dates of testing available during move in are listed below.

    Results of tests administered off campus should be emailed to wellness@hood.edu prior to arrival on campus.

    • August 17 – Entry testing for unvaccinated student-athletes and athletic personnel
    • August 18 - Entry testing for unvaccinated first-year students
    • August 20 - Entry testing for unvaccinated, returning sophomores participating in Orientation activities
    • August 21 - Entry testing for unvaccinated returning and transfer students

    All unvaccinated students and employees/contractors who have not disclosed their vaccination status (which includes unvaccinated employees/contractors) to the College are required to participate in surveillance testing.

    • Tuesdays, August 31 – December 21, 3-4:45 p.m. – On-site, weekly surveillance testing (21 weeks of testing)

    If an individual is unable to attend the on-campus surveillance test they will be required to be tested at a community location (listed here) and email their test results to wellness@hood.edu.

    Any community member can request to be tested on Tuesdays by emailing wellness@hood.edu by Monday morning.  

    You should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You can be tested at a community testing site or be tested on-campus during surveillance testing on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4:45PM. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure and monitor yourself for symptoms.  

    • The Hood Health Center does not offer testing on a regular basis for students who are not ill. Rather you should be tested at a community site listed below if you are not experiencing symptoms. If a student is experiencing challenges scheduling a testing appointment in the community or has transportation limitations, they should reach out to wellness@hood.edu so support and accommodations can be made.
      • Search for a testing site by location on the Maryland testing database website
      • Frederick Health Drive Through Testing - As of 11/8/21, a doctor's note is now required at Frederick Health's drive through testing site. Hood community members are still able to be tested there!
        • Individuals should call 240-316-4970 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week, before going to the drive through clinic to get the required self-test order. Frederick Health has said this is not a billable expense to the individual's insurance. More information on Frederick Health's testing can be found here
      • Frederick Health Department offers testing from 10AM-6PM every day. This clinic is 8 minutes from campus. 
      • You may continue to attend classes if you don't have any symptoms. 

    If you currently have symptoms you should get tested immediately and quarantine until you get the results. If you are a student, you can be seen by a doctor at the Hood College Health Center to be evaluated and tested. 

    • If your test comes back positive you should email the positive test result to wellness@hood.edu and isolate for 10 days. Please do not return to campus until for at least 10 days. The Dean of Student's would notify instructors of your need to participate in classes remotely if a student. Human Resources will notify supervisors if faculty/staff are positive. 

    If you currently have symptoms you should get tested immediately, quarantine until you get the results and contact wellness@hood.edu. 

    Testing options:

    • If you are a student, you can be seen by a provider at the Hood College Health Center to be evaluated and tested. No appointment necessary. 
    • Search for a testing site by location on the Maryland testing database website
    • Frederick Health Drive Through TestingAs of 11/8/21, a doctor's note is now required at Frederick Health's drive through testing site. Hood community members are still able to be tested there! Individuals should call 240-316-4970 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week, before going to the drive through clinic to get the required self-test order. Frederick Health has said this is not a billable expense to the individual's insurance.
    • Frederick Health Department offers testing from 10AM-6PM every day. This clinic is 8 minutes from campus. 

    If your test comes back positive you should email the positive test result to wellness@hood.edu and isolate for 10 days.