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COVID-19 Employee Testing

To maintain an optimally safe campus, the School of Medicine will offer all SOM employees symptom screening and nasal swab testing for COVID-19 as a part of the school’s overall plan to allow our employees to return to campus. The SOM has taken a number of measures, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help protect employees against this virus, which include requiring face covering when in public, a detailed review of workspaces to ensure and encourage social or physical distancing of 6’, and increased cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.

While many persons with COVID-19 have fever, cough or other symptoms, a minority have no symptoms (asymptomatic), and then develop symptoms later. Thus, a combination of symptom screening and testing may be optimal. The SOM recommends that all personnel should continue to do daily symptom checks/temperature checks, as outlined in the screening questionnaire. If positive, they should stay at home and contact their healthcare provider or the Wellness Clinic 504-988-4325 (HEAL) or WellnessClinic@tulane.edu. The University’s leave policy can be found here.

SOM will offer testing in a phased approach to all of our faculty, residents, students and staff. This recommendation has been made and approved in consultation with the CDC guidelines, SOM experts, and the University. Departments will be notified when it is their turn to be tested.

  1. Phase 1 will include: Clinical Faculty; Residents and Fellows; Medical Students; TUMG Clinic staff; Clinical research staff.
     
  2. Phase 2 will include: Non-clinical and Research faculty; Research staff, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and master students, and technicians.
     
  3. Phase 3 will include: Administrative staff.

The SOM COVID-19 testing station will begin testing May 18th in Hutchinson 1810 (previously the Bookstore), by appointment. Nurses will be available to collect nasal swabs for testing Monday – Friday from 7 - 10 am and
12 – 2 pm. For the safety of employees and clinic staff, appointments are necessary. The preregistration form and screening questionnaire should be completed and submitted. Employees will be contacted within 24 hours to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted. Appointments may also be made by calling the Tulane Living Well Occupational Health Clinic at 504-988-6224 or emailing pcrtesting@wave.tulane.edu.

Everyone that presents for testing should be wearing an appropriate face cloth or mask, as recommended by the CDC.