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Lyon College announces COVID-19 testing protocols

Lyon College has announced its protocols for entry testing and surveillance testing for the spring semester.

For more information on this topic and others, like testing, quarantine, and move-in, visit lyon.edu/coronavirus.

 

1. What kinds of tests will Lyon use?

The College will use Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests, commonly known as PCR tests, for entry testing and Rapid Antigen Tests for surveillance testing.

Both tests use the anterior nasal swab technique. The swab goes approximately 1 inch into the nose, and the test can either be self-administered under the supervision of a medical professional or be administered by a medical professional. The College will NOT utilize the nasopharyngeal swab, also known as the “brain tickler,” which is required to go more than 1 inch into the nasal cavity.

The results of the PCR Tests are provided to individuals within a 2-3 day period. Results are usually returned 24-48 hours after the lab receives the samples. The results of the Rapid Antigen Tests are provided to individuals within 24 hours of the sample being collected.

The College will NOT use the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab, also known as the “brain tickler,” which is required to go more than 1 inch into the nasal cavity.

 

2. How will Entry Testing work?

The College will use PCR tests for the entry testing procedure and a staggered move-in day schedule to conduct tests:

      • Basketball Teams, Select Res Life Staff – November 30, 2020
      • Wrestling/Cross Country/Track & Field/Basketball Teams & Select Resident Life Staff – December 28, 2020
      • Lyon College Staff/Faculty – January 5, 2021
      • Remainder of Resident Life Staff - January 8, 2021
      • Baseball/Softball/Volleyball/Cheerleaders/Golf Teams & All Additional Residential Students (excluding the Football Team) – January 15, 2021
      • Commuter Students – January 19, 2021-January 21, 2021
      • Football Team – January 22, 2021

 

Entry testing will be performed in the Temp. All students, staff and faculty will show their Lyon College ID at the check-in stations to help verify identification and will sign an informed consent form.

Small groups of 2-4 people will be called to the sample collection area and walked through the testing instructions.

 

3. How will Surveillance Testing work?

Lyon will use Rapid Antigen Tests for surveillance testing to maintain a safe learning environment for all members of the community. Each member of the Lyon community will be tested every other week during the spring semester. 

Every building on campus will be divided into two groups: Group A and Group B. Each group will include half of the people that live and/or work on each floor. Commuter students will be divided evenly between the two testing groups. 

Each group will then be divided into 5 testing sub-groups so that one sub-group can be tested each weekday. Group A will report for surveillance testing during the odd number weeks of the semester (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.), and Group B will report for testing during the even number weeks of the semester (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.).

Surveillance testing will also be performed in the Temp. All students, staff and faculty will show their Lyon College ID at the check-in stations to help verify identification and sign an informed consent form.

Small groups of 2-4 people will be called to the sample collection area and walked through the testing instructions.

If you test positive, the COVID Coordinator will contact you within 24 hours. If you do not hear from the COVID Coordinator within 24 hours, this means you tested negative.

 

4. What happens if you test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19 during entry testing, the COVID Coordinator will notify you via phone call and begin the contact tracing procedure. You will need to identify anyone you may have been within 6 feet of for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period that may have been exposed to the virus.

If you are not having symptoms, then the College will identify close contacts starting 4 days prior to your positive test. If you are having symptoms, the College will identify close contacts starting 2 days before your symptoms began. 

You will be asked for names and phone numbers of your close contacts so they can be informed and begin the quarantine process.

For privacy reasons, the person who tested positive will not be identified by name or where the exposure may have occurred.

You will then begin a 10-day isolation period. If you are a residential student, you will be contacted by Dean Lai-Monté Hunter and/or Sh’Nita Mitchell to coordinate moving you to one of the isolation rooms that have been set up on campus. If you are a commuter student or staff/faculty member, you will begin a 10-day isolation period at your home.

 

5. What happens if you test negative for COVID-19?

If you test negative for COVID-19 during entry testing, the COVID Coordinator will notify you via email. Once you are notified that you tested negative, you are free to move around campus.

You will not have to do entry testing again, but you will participate in surveillance testing every other week throughout the spring semester.