Mandatory COVID Testing Program

All students, staff and faculty are required to participate in A&M-Commerce’s mandatory COVID-19 testing program. Regardless of vaccination status, everyone will be required to submit to a COVID diagnostic test provided by the University between August 25-September 17, 2021. Students, faculty and staff who test positive or have been identified as a close contact may be required to quarantine/isolate consistent with current CDC guidance.

Current locations

  • Morris Recreation Center Gymnasium (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Alumni Center (Monday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • El Centro (Room C336, Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

Testing Site Guidelines

At the testing site, you will need to do the following:

  • Bring your Student, Staff, or Faculty identification card (your Campus Wide Id Number is needed)
  • Bring your Drivers License
  • Wear appropriate face covering at all times
  • Remain at least 6 feet away from others
  • Do not bring food or drinks

While at the site, if you should receive a positive result, you will need to do the following:

  • Immediately notify the testing administrator
  • Exit the location and proceed to your home location to begin isolation
  • Notify your supervisor of the situation
  • Notify [email protected]
  • Contact your health care provider to schedule a PCR test

If you receive a positive test result, you are required to begin isolation following the guidelines below. However, false positives are sometimes received with a rapid test. After receiving a positive rapid test, a negative PCR test is required in order to cease isolation requirements. Notify [email protected] when you receive the PCR results.

Quarantine

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated (see note below).

  • Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk
  • You may stop quarantine after day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

NOTE: People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Isolation

Isolate if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have received a positive test result. Those who have been fully vaccinated are still required to isolate if a positive COVID-19 test result has been received.

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

(We understand there may be more questions regarding the mandated COVID-19 testing program. Please send any questions to [email protected].)

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