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Testing and Contact Tracing
Regular testing of the GV community is a critical part of the work of the Virus Action Team to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus, mitigating risk. Funded by GVSU, testing began in late August 2020 and will continue until it is no longer needed. Purposes of the program include: 1) to identify individuals who are infected so that we can provide them support, isolate positive individuals, and identify others who need to be quarantined; 2) to monitor and anticipate the spread of COVID-10 on campus, including in comparison to the spread in Ottawa and Kent counties.
Surveillance Testing: Invitations are sent out weekly to selected members of the GV community, with a link to make an appointment for testing. Current information on how the invitation lists are created and where testing occurs can be found on the testing calendar page. Data related to our testing program can be found on the GVSU's data dashboard.
Symptomatic and Exposure Testing: Beginning March 8, 2020 the GVSU Symptomatic or Exposure test site will be located at 10830 North Campus Drive, between Fresh Food Co. and Manitou Hall, in the Mackinac Hall courtyard.
The Symptomatic or Exposure test site is open by appointment for the following hours:
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Appointments are required. Please complete your GVSU self-assessment to report your symptoms and/or exposure. The link to schedule an appointment will be provided on the final screen.
Non-GVSU testing: Contact your health care provider about testing. If they do not conduct screening tests, you can consult the State of Michigan testing site finder or find a testing site in Ottawa County. GVSU does not pay for testing that is not performed or facilitated by GVSU.
An Introduction to COVID-19 Testing
GVSU SYMPTOMATIC/EXPOSED COVID TESTING LOCATION
By Appointment Only
Contact tracing is the process of quickly identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent additional transmission. The government of the State of Michigan has published information about contact tracing in the State.
As required, all positive tests are reported to county health departments. Grand Valley has a close working relationship with Ottawa and Kent county health departments and conducts contact tracing for all members of the GVSU community.
The GVSU COVID Assessment Team is a team of nurses that conducts contact tracing and provides education regarding quarantine and isolation. The team contacts individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, provides information on isolation, and asks about close contact during the period when they were contagious. While maintaining the confidentiality of the person who has tested positive, the contacts are then informed of the exposure, and the need to quarantine.
The COVID Assessment Team also issues letters indicating when criteria has been met to end isolation or quarantine. Information from the GVSU self-assessment is needed in order to provide these letters in a timely manner.
Spectrum Health provides follow-up with employees and students who are in quarantine (been exposed to someone positive) or in isolation following a positive test. This follow up is done via a daily text message that includes information regarding the GVSU Spectrum Health COVID Resource Line, and the ability to speak with a nurse 24/7 regarding any COVID symptoms or concerns.
What is Contact Tracing?
Contact Tracing FAQ
COVID Exposure Apps for Mobile Devices
MI COVID Alert App
GVSU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to download the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19 exposure notification app. Use of this app is voluntary and no personal identifiers are stored. The app uses anonymous tokens via Bluetooth with other nearby MI COVID alert users. If you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19 within a ten day period, you would be notified by the app. This is a free app for your cell phone and will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Learn more about the MI COVID Alert app.
This page is maintained by GVSU's Virus Action Team (VAT). Navigate to the other VAT-administered pages using the buttons above. For questions, concerns, or to report a non-emergency health/safety issue, email us at email@example.com. For general questions contact the Lakers Together Call Center: (616) 331-INFO (4636). For personal health questions, call the 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line (833) 734-0020.