Participation in the Mandatory/Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program will be suspended for students, faculty, other academic appointments, postdoctoral researchers, and staff who test positive for a period of up to 90 days after testing positive for COVID-19. People who have recovered from COVID-19 often continue to have positive tests even though they are no longer contagious. The PCR test we use at UChicago can detect even fragments of RNA from the virus, but studies show that no live, transmissible virus is present after 10 days.
The testing program staff will work with participants to suspend weekly testing and to re-schedule the testing when appropriate to resume. If during the period of suspension, any faculty member, academic appointee, postdoctoral researcher, or staff member experiences symptoms, they must call the UCM COVID-19 triage hotline for screening and testing, at 773.702.2800. Students must call UChicago Student Wellness at 773.834.WELL.
If you are scheduled to participate in the Mandatory/Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program, and you have tested positive for COVID-19 at any point in the 90 days prior to the day you are scheduled for your first test in the UChicago program, you should provide such evidence to the attention of Dr. Richard McDonough, Senior Medical Director for UChicago Student Wellness, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.834.WELL for review and to initiate the suspension process.