COVID-19 Protocols and Testing Spring Semester 2021

This communication was sent campuswide Jan. 5, 2021.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Happy New Year. I hope that the winter break was restful and restorative.

As we prepare for the start of spring semester 2021, I wanted to make you aware of our latest COVID-19 protocols.

While the approval of a vaccine is good news, it will still be several weeks if not months before most members of our campus community will be able to receive it. In the meantime, we must remain vigilant on our campuses to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

Consistent with the state of Utah’s latest public health order issued Dec. 18, and the Utah System of Higher Education’s COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan, we will be testing all enrolled students, 18 years or older, living, working or attending an in-person course on one of our campuses. The state expects this entry testing to be completed within 10 days of the start of spring semester. 

Entry testing will be available Jan. 4–22, 2021. Testing is available to any member of our campus community (students, faculty and staff), even if you don’t regularly come to campus. You may sign up for a test using the COVID testing form.

Ogden Campus

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m. –noon
  • Wednesday: 4–6 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 1–5 p.m. 

Davis Campus

  • Monday: 10 a.m. –noon 
  • Thursday: 3–6 p.m. 

Symptomatic Testing

We will continue to offer symptomatic testing. Members of the campus community who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, may register to be tested by filling out a self-report form.

Randomized Surveillance Testing

After Jan. 22, students, faculty and staff will be randomly selected to take a COVID-19 test. We anticipate being able to offer 400 randomized surveillance tests each weekday and an additional 500 symptomatic and targeted tests weekly. The goal is to help WSU monitor the spread of the virus on campus. During this time, we will also continue to offer non-symptomatic testing to any students, faculty or staff who would like to be tested.

You will receive email notification if you are selected to be part of this randomized surveillance testing.

All tests are available free of charge to members of our campus community.

Travel Guidelines

University-related travel (domestic and international) should not occur through March 1, 2021. Exceptions to this restriction must be done with an abundance of caution and be approved by the dean or vice president and the Executive Committee of the WSU COVID-19 Task Force.

  • Individuals traveling back from countries and regions of the United States with high COVID-19 transmission rates may be asked to self isolate for 14 days after their return.
  • Motor Pool vehicles will be available for single-occupancy use only and restricted to travel within the state of Utah.
  • We continue to encourage you, when considering your personal travel choices, to follow travel advisories issued by your local and state authorities. If you choose to travel, you may be restricted from returning to work, depending upon the specifics of your circumstances.

Events Guidelines

The university is extending its current event guidelines through Jan. 31, 2021. These travel and event guidelines are subject to change based on new developments or recommendations from regional and state public health officials.

COVID-19 Vaccines

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines continues to ramp up statewide. We are working closely with our state and local health departments on this front. I hope to be able to share more information regarding when COVID-19 vaccines might be available to our campus audiences in the coming weeks.

The new year offers reason for optimism on the COVID-19 front, but in the near term, all of us must continue to follow our current COVID-19 protocols to keep our campuses safe and open as we embark on the 2021 spring semester.

Dane LeBlanc
Director of Public Safety