COVID-19 TESTING STRATEGY

The College’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy began with entry testing of specific student groups upon arrival to campus (student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff who will be participating in organized sports activities this fall, and residential students arriving from states with high incidences of COVID-19), and currently involves ongoing testing of student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff taking part in organized sports activities, surveillance testing of additional members of the campus community, and testing of symptomatic individuals. Testing for active COVID-19 infections plays a critical role in both the delivery of healthcare to our campus community and in monitoring and containing the possible spread of the virus.

ENTRY TESTING

Upon arrival to campus, the College administered on-site COVID-19 tests for the following groups and individuals:

  • Student-athletes participating in fall sports activities, as well as fall athletics coaches and staff, and athletic trainers and administrators;
  • Residential students arriving from states with high incidences of COVID-19; a current list of states maintained by the Chicago Department of Public Health is available here.
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SURVEILLANCE TESTING

Surveillance testing is conducted among the broader campus community as a strategy to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus. By routinely testing sample groups of students, faculty and staff, the College can monitor the effectiveness of other campus-wide health and safety measures and identify increases in infection rates should they appear.

The College conducts weekly surveillance testing among approximately 5% of the general population of students, faculty and staff, and 10% of students living in the College’s residence halls. Individuals are selected at random from the pool of campus community members for testing on a particular week. It is the College’s expectation that, if selected, all campus community members will participate in this process as part of the #TogetherNC pledge to protect the health and safety of our community. Selected individuals will be notified via email and will have the opportunity to choose a time slot that works best for them on their designated testing day.

COVID-19 tests are conducted in partnership with a local lab, and the lab will bill an individual’s insurance to cover the cost of the test. Individuals who are tested are likely to receive an EOB (explanation of benefits) from their insurance company displaying a charge for the test. Please note that individuals will not be charged for this cost and will not receive a bill/invoice. If an individual does not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover the cost of the test, the College will assume the cost of the test.

#TogetherNC campaign hashtag

ONGOING ATHLETICS TESTING

The College is conducting ongoing COVID-19 testing for student-athletes and athletic staff participating in organized sports activities. This strategy is informed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) and is being organized by the College’s athletic department in collaboration with the Dyson Wellness Center.

COVID-19 tests are conducted in partnership with a local lab, and the lab will bill an individual’s insurance to cover the cost of the test. Individuals who are tested are likely to receive an EOB (explanation of benefits) from their insurance company displaying a charge for the test. Please note that individuals will not be charged for this cost and will not receive a bill/invoice. If an individual does not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover the cost of the test, the College will assume the cost of the test.

CONTACT TRACING

If a member of the campus community reports a positive COVID-19 test, a North Central College contact tracer and case manager will, in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department, work with the ill individual to identify and notify potential contacts.

Contacts will be informed to do the following:

  • Physical Contacts—anyone who had physical contact with the ill individual—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;

  • Close Contacts—anyone who was within less than 6 feet of the ill individual for more than 15 minutes—will be instructed to get tested and to quarantine for 14 days;

  • Proximate Contacts—anyone who was more than 6 feet from the ill individual for approximately 1 hour or more, such as a classmate or co-worker—will be instructed to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.



Campus contact tracers and case managers will remain in touch with individuals who are in isolation or quarantine until they are cleared by a medical professional to return to campus.

Contact Tracing Flow Chart

Questions?

If you have additional questions about the College’s COVID-19 testing process and protocols, visited the Frequently Asked Questions page.