Test results come to the University from a variety of sources and are administered under a variety of conditions. Individuals have sought tests when they develop symptoms, when they fear they may have been exposed, when they are notified through the contact tracing process that they may have been exposed, as part of the University’s asymptomatic random testing program, and through asymptomatic scheduled testing of student-athletes. Planned updates to the dashboard will provide the number of tests administered by the University and distinguish between tests administered to a random student population and tests administered for other reasons.
It is important that students notify the Student Health Service as soon as possible if they plan to get tested by an outside medical provider and not wait for the results of that test before informing the University. Faculty and staff should contact the Faculty/Staff Clinic. Medical practitioners can provide valuable guidance before seeking a test, and prepare a more informed public health response. Greater awareness of all tests administered will increase the value of this dashboard.