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Testing

When a communicable disease outbreak begins, such as COVID-19, the ideal response is for public health officials to begin testing for it early.

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 contagiousness of the disease. Help us to assess the impact of the virus in our community. Even if you are teleworking and not on campus, if you are being tested or if you test positive for COVID-19, please notify us via email at wellness@hood.edu.

For spring 2021, given the higher incidence of COVID-19 nationwide, we are requiring everyone – faculty, staff and students – who will be on-campus in the spring to take a COVID-19 test either 72 hours before arrival or upon arrival to campus and then to shelter-in-place/telework until receiving a negative test result.

On-Campus Testing

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. Members of the community can volunteer to be included in the surveillance testing by the weekly deadline.

Testing Schedule

JAN 4, 12 and 19Mandatory testing for all on-campus staff, depending on return-to-work date
JAN 25Mandatory testing for resident assistants, orientation assistants
JAN 27-28Staggered mandatory testing for all returning residential*, commuter and graduate students
(Check your Hood email for test confirmation)
FEB 8Mandatory retesting of all residential students
FEB 10On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Email wellness@hood.edu by Feb 3)
FEB 16On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Email wellness@hood.eduu by Feb 10)
FEB 23On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Email wellness@hood.edu by Feb 17)
MAR 2On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 2/25 to be added to testing.)
MAR 9On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 3/4 to be added to testing.)
MAR 16On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 3/11 to be added to testing.)
MAR 23On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 3/18 to be added to testing.)
MAR 30On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 3/25 to be added to testing.)
APR 6On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 4/1 to be added to testing.)
APR 13On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 4/8 to be added to testing.)
APR 20On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 4/15 to be added to testing.)
APR 27On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 4/22 to be added to testing.)
MAY 4On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 4/29 to be added to testing.)
MAY 11On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 5/6 to be added to testing.)
MAY 18On-site, weekly surveillance testing
(Complete this form by 5/13 to be added to testing.)

* Residential students are required to shelter-in-place until receiving a negative test.

Surveillance Testing
In surveillance testing, COVID-19 asymptomatic individuals are tested to detect the presence of COVID-19, its prevalence and any possible trends in its prevalence over time. On a weekly basis, approximately 250 students, faculty and staff (including Aramark employees) are randomly selected for testing on campus, typically between 3 and 5 p.m. each Tuesday.

Should a surveillance test produce a positive COVID-19 result, the College's “Response to Potential and Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Protocols” will be enacted. This includes identifying a group of individuals for testing due to a clustered potential exposure to COVID-19, which is known as Targeted Surveillance Testing.

If you are contacted to be tested and have a conflict, you can reschedule for the following week; please do so by Thursday at noon. All members of the Hood community – faculty, staff and students – must adhere to the surveillance testing protocols or face possible sanctions. Additionally, if you would like to be a part of the weekly testing, please see links provided above.

Hood College will test approximately 25 percent of the on-campus population (which equals 250 tests per week) through the end of the semester. A system has been developed for the selection of each weekly group to include:

  • 55% residential students
  • 15% commuter undergraduate students
  • 10% faculty
  • 10% staff
  • 5% Aramark and Barnes and Noble
  • 5% graduate students

Students, faculty and staff who will not be on-campus will be excluded from surveillance testing. Should a student, faculty or staff member who originally indicated they will not be on campus wish to come to campus, they should notify wellness@hood.edu so their status can be updated.

Symptomatic Testing
Any member of the Hood campus community that meets the criteria for symptomatic testing is required to take a COVID-19 test immediately. These criteria include physical symptoms that are known to be associated with COVID-19; exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; or exposure to one or more persons who may have COVID-19. More details can be found in the College “Response to COVID-19 Protocols."

If an individual refuses to participate, sanctions may follow per the Student Code of Conduct, Staff Manual or Faculty Code.

Test Results
Frederick Health will notify the individual and the student COVID case manager of positive test results. The COVID data manager will notify individuals who receive negative results. Individuals testing on the same day may receive their results at different times based on lab procedures.