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Testing and Contact Tracing
Fall 2021 Testing Program
Testing of the GVSU 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.
Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated are required to be tested weekly. We will use information from the self-assessment to send notices for weekly testing.
GVSU uses the Abbott's BinaxNOW™ Rapid Antigen cards in the asymptomatic test site. On March 31, 2021, the Abbott BinaxNOW™ Rapid Antigen cards received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Asymptomatic, Over-the-Counter, Non-Prescription, Multi-Test use for people with or without symptoms.
See the following schedule:
- Walk-in antigen testing for those without symptoms or exposure will be held in the Thornapple Room in the Kirkhof Center at the following times.
- Monday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Tuesday: 1-4 p.m.
- Wednesday: 1-4 p.m.
- Thursday: 11-3 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pew Grand Rapids Campus
- Walk-in antigen testing for those without symptoms or exposure will be held in the lobby of the Eberhard Center on
- Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- For those with symptoms or exposure, testing is by appointment only and will be held in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale campus. To schedule an appointment, complete your online self-assessment and a link will be available.
- For those with symptoms or exposure who do not receive a testing email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are fully vaccinated, have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and have no symptoms, you should wear a mask for 14 days and get tested in 3-5 days. You may get tested at the GVSU walk-in antigen testing sites at the times and location listed here. If you have symptoms, please update your self-assessment immediately and follow instructions for testing on the “Not Passed” screen.
An Introduction to COVID-19 Testing
Other Testing Locations
Contact tracing is the process of quickly identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent additional transmission.
Contact tracing is the process of asking positive cases to help identify people who have been exposed to a disease, like COVID-19, to prevent it from spreading. It is not a way to “get people in trouble” – it’s a way to keep our community safe and provide necessary information and resources. Grand Valley has a close working relationship with the Ottawa and Kent County health departments and conducts contact tracing for all members of the GVSU community to more efficiently use our combined resources.
At GVSU, this is conducted by a team of nurses, called the COVID Assessment Team (CAT). The CAT first contacts individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to provide information on isolation, ask about close contact during the period when they were contagious, and inform of available resources. Then, while maintaining the confidentiality of the person who has tested positive, the contacts are informed of the exposure, the need to quarantine (and instructions), and available resources.
The COVID Assessment Team will also discuss your isolation and quarantine timeframe and issue a release letter when it is completed. You must complete your self-assessment to receive this letter.
The government of the State of Michigan has published information about contact tracing in the State.
What is Contact Tracing?
Contact Tracing FAQ
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.