Dear Brown Community Members,
As more faculty and staff return to working on-campus and are participating in the COVID-19 routine testing program for the first time we wanted to provide a number of reminders and useful information:
Vaccinated employees (14 days past their final dose) are required to test with a frequency of every week (once every 7 days). Unvaccinated employees (those with approved exemptions and those who are in the process of getting vaccinated) must test twice per week (every 4 days). University Human Resources (UHR) and the Office of the Provost will follow-up with any employees who are not in compliance with these requirements.
When you schedule a test through the Verily web site you are actually requesting a test which then must be approved by a physician. This is a regulatory requirement given the medical nature of the test. After selecting a test site and time slot, you will see a screen noting that “Your request has been sent to a physician for review. This usually takes about 6 hours.” In reality, your test appointment should be automatically approved within 30 minutes. You do not need to take any additional steps due to this additional message. However, your request does need to be approved before the testing site can receive you, so you should schedule ahead of when you want your test to take place and not just walk-in. Additionally, participants in the testing program may experience issues if, between 6:00 PM and 8:00 AM, they attempt to schedule a test appointment for the next morning before 8:00 AM. For example, if you schedule a test tonight at 8:00 PM for tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM, then your appointment may not be approved by that time and you may be turned away. If you intend to test between the hours of 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM, please schedule that test before 5:30 PM the day before in order to avoid these potential issues. Otherwise, you may need to schedule for a time later in the day or a subsequent day.
As a general reminder, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should immediately self-isolate, limit contact with other individuals, do not go on campus, and contact your primary health care provider. Do not schedule a routine test through Verily’s web application and do not report for testing at any of the campus testing sites. If you are directed to test by your primary health care provider that should be done through their office or one of the many testing sites available in the state.
We are distributing KN95 masks to Brown community members at the testing sites. Masks are in packages of 10 – which will last most community members through the month of September - and each student, faculty and staff member should take one package of masks following your next test (masks will be distributed at the testing site check-out locations). It is important to be familiar with and follow the CDC guidance on effective mask-wearing.
The testing site at OMAC will continue operations through Tuesday, Sept. 7 and will then close at the end of that day. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8 (the first day of classes) two new testing sites on College Hill will open in place of OMAC – (1) Alumnae Hall, lower level (Pembroke Campus), 194 Meeting Street and (2) Andrews House (across from Keeney Quadrangle, former location of Health Services), 13 Brown Street. The testing site in the Jewelry District at One Davol Square will continue as currently operating. Community members will see the two new College Hill sites available in the Verily web application for appointments to be scheduled on Sept. 8 and after, and you can schedule at which ever site is most convenient for you. Further information regarding the testing sites and operating hours can be found online.
I want to again thank all of you for your diligence in participating in the testing program, and also thank the many colleagues who are working hard every day to support the program for students, faculty and staff.
Russell C. Carey
Executive Vice President, Planning and Policy