COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing Being Conducted on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus

For the remainder of the Spring semester, COVID-19 testing will be available to students and employees every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 115 of *Building 4 (714 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006) on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to either Jeffery Hanna or Maryell Martinez.

*No appointment necessary

  1. Sign-up for the Wildcat WellCheck:
    • Mandatory for all students, staff and faculty on-campus
    • Complete the Wildcat Wellcheck app before every visit to campus.
  2. Students are encouraged to download and use the CovidWatch Smartphone App to support digital exposure notifications.
  3. Have personal masks to wear while on campus.
  4. Review On-Campus Safety Protocols.
  5. Purchase scrubs for Doctoring in-person PE, if desired.

To help protect yourself and the community, please follow these guidelines:

  • If sick, please do not come to campus.
  • Wear face coverings at all times in classrooms, buildings and outdoor areas of campus.
  • Stay at least six feet from other people — except when directed by faculty as part of required training (e.g., physical exam on standardized patients).
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
  • Practice good hygiene and disinfect surfaces after each use.
  1. Face Coverings – Everyone who enters campus must wear a mask at all times, including outside and inside.
    • You must also wear a mask when in a study room or bathroom, even if alone.
    • When eating, maintain a six-foot distance whenever your mask is off.
  2. Prior to entering campus, UA students must complete the Wildcat WellCheck.
  3. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the building; high use spaces have paper towels and sanitizer to wipe things down.
  4. Signs are posted to maintain six feet distance.
  5. Only two people are allowed in the elevator at a time. Please plan your arrival time for scheduled activities accordingly (or take the stairs, if possible).
  6. No gatherings or events, indoors or outdoors, with more than 10 people are allowed, unless the space allows for proper physical distancing. If proper physical distancing is not maintained in shared spaces, i.e. the student lounge, it may be closed for your safety. Please help all of us in the Phoenix Biomedical Campus community by adhering to these important restrictions.
  7. If any individual believes their disability or medical condition precludes them from wearing any type of face covering, we encourage them to contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to discuss a potential accommodation. DRC staff will explore potential face covering alternatives and other potential arrangements. Should an accommodation be put in place for a student, DRC will confirm the accommodation with the relevant instructors.
  1. Before entering the Clinical Skills Suite, your temperature will be taken.
  2. Students and faculty are required to wear a procedure/surgical or cloth mask and face shield.
    • You will be provided UA cloth masks and a personal face shield. N95 masks are not required or advised due to limited supplies.
  3. Please follow the prescribed traffic patterns as marked by entry, exit and directional signs.
  4. Please use proper and copious handwashing.
  5. Standardized Patients are required to wear a gown and mask, which will only be removed for exam purposes.
  6. Start times will be staggered, so there are no large crowds in the hallway. Again, six feet distancing will be maintained everywhere, except in the clinical exam room.
  1. Stay home and do not come to campus if you are sick or have symptoms outside of your baseline! This continues to be the most important way to protect your patients and peers.
  2. Symptoms that exclude you from attending your clinical rotations are as follows:
    1. Temperature of 100.4 or greater.
    2. Respiratory Symptoms (dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) that are not attributable to seasonal allergies or a chronic diagnosis.
    3. Extreme fatigue, muscle aches, diminished sense of smell or taste, etc.
    4. GI symptoms, such as diarrhea.
  3. If you are sick, follow the normal protocol for absences.
  4. Students should not care for patients confirmed, or with any symptoms suspected to be COVID-19. If there is an inadvertent exposure, students should follow the Student Occupational Exposure instructions (aka Blue card).
  5. You should use your own mask and face shield for entry to the clinical site.

Each clinical site will have different guidelines for PPE. You should not participate in any activities for which the CDC recommends an N95 mask (PDF)We recommend you wear the same PPE as your clinical team. Please ask your site for specific information.

Eye protection is required. Please wear protective eye/safety goggles or you may wear a face shield.

Face Covering Student Compliance Guidelines

All faculty, staff and employees — including tutors — have the authority and responsibility to effectively manage their work environments to achieve compliance with university policies. Remembering to carry and properly wear a face covering requires creating new habits, so it is expected that reminders may be needed initially. Non-compliance with the directive may be due to forgetting, losing or willfulness. In such cases, employees, faculty and staff — including tutors — should follow this series of steps, as far as needed, to resolve the matter:

Step 1

  • Partner to solve the immediate concern: 
    • Ask the student if they have a face covering with them, and, if they do, ask them to please put it on.
    • And/or ask the student to leave the space to retrieve a covering.

Step 2

  • If the student persists in being non-compliant with the face covering directive (e.g., does not put on a face covering when asked, or leaves the class but returns without a face covering), direct the student to leave the space.

Step 3

  • If the student persists in being non-compliant with the directive from an employee, staff member, faculty or tutor to leave the space, request support to remove the student:
    • ​​​​​​​Inform the student that security will be called to remove the student. If the student persists in being non-compliant with the request to leave the space, proceed to call security for support in removing the student from the space. 
    • In accordance with ABOR policy 5-308 (Student Code of Conduct), the University will hold students accountable for their off-campus conduct if it presents a health, safety or security risk to the University community.
    • If a student engages in disruptive behavior by (a) repeatedly presenting in UArizona’s spaces without a face covering, even after a written warning has been issued, and/or (b) refuses to leave such spaces when requested to do so because of not wearing a face covering, and/or (c) by disrupting the ability to carry out classroom or other activities, the employee/faculty/staff/tutor should document the disruptive behavior and report to the associate dean of Students.
    • Once a complaint has been submitted, the student will be prohibited from returning to the learning space or other space until they have met with the dean of Students Office staff. 

Exposure

Close contact, within six feet for >15 minutes, with someone with known or suspected COVID-19 or possible COVID-19.

Symptoms

If you have symptoms, stay home:

  1. Self-Quarantine.
  2. If you will miss a mandatory session, you must submit an absence request.
  3. Get tested for COVID-19 using a viral test (not an antibody test).
  1. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix PCR nasopharyngeal swab testing for virus will be offered Wednesday mornings. 
    • You will receive an email with further details.   
  2. Arizona Department of Health Services.
  3. *UA Campus Health.
  4. *Banner Health.
  5. UAHS COVID-19 Antibody Testing.
    • Please note: This is an experimental test that does not indicate the presence of current COVID-19 infection and does not imply immunity from COVID-19 infection.

*If symptomatic

Students who participate in on-campus activities are required to self-report positive COVID-19 tests and participate in contact tracing.

  • If you have a positive test, contact tracing is a critical next step to help contain the spread of the virus. Please cooperate fully with public health officials from both the University and the county on contact tracing
  • Please be assured, contact tracing teams are prohibited from sharing personal health information. This is to protect privacy of personal medical information and to ensure compliance with relevant laws, including HIPAA. 

1. How will instructors providing in-person sessions be notified if a student in their class tests positive? What is the protocol for when a student in a class tests positive?

Only close contacts of someone who tests positive (within six feet for greater than 15 minutes, per CDC guidance) will be contacted to let them know to take extra precautions. That is, it will depend on the particulars of the class, and the class meeting schedule, as to whether a specific instructor will be contacted. The identity of any test-positive students will not be shared, however, since health information is to be treated as strictly confidential at all times.

2. If a student tests positive in an instructor’s in-person class, will the entire class be required to go under quarantine and the class be switched to online?

Not necessarily. Only close contacts of someone who tests positive (with six feet for greater than 15 minutes, per CDC guidance) will be contacted to let them know to take extra precautions. That is, it will depend on the particulars of the class, and the class meeting schedule, as to whether specific students or instructors will be contacted. The identity of any test-positive students will not be shared, however, since health information is to be treated as strictly confidential at all times, per HIPAA guidelines.

If there is an inadvertent exposure while on a clinical rotation such as CCE or Capstones, students must follow the Student Occupational Exposure instructions (aka Blue card). If you do not have a Blue Card, please reach out to Tacha Lyons, Credentialing coordinator.

For COVID-19 exposure, students should discuss the exposure with their attending physician/supervisor, and follow recommendations for testing and quarantine. Within five days of exposure, you will need to complete the UA risk Management Form UA risk Management Form and follow up with Campus Health.

Please note: The Blue Card provides generalized instructions for any exposure.