I am a graduate student and I started working in the laboratory in June as part of research ramp up and I am already on Grounds. Should I now self-quarantine for 14 days AND get tested?
Assuming you self-attest health daily, sign in and sign out of the lab/research space for which you are authorized to be in, have taken the COVID-19 safety training, follow handwashing and lab space cleaning protocols, and wear face covering all the time in the lab. Should I now self-quarantine for 14 days AND get tested?
Follow the guidance for “If a student is unable to self-quarantine…” in the guidance from the Provost which states: “If a student is unable to self-quarantine, it is essential that the student minimize contact with others during this 14-day period. Specifically, the student should not attend any large social events or interact with more than a few people (three to five) at a time. Students should be vigilant in physical distancing (maintaining at least a six foot distance between the student and others), using a face covering, washing hands frequently, refraining from touching their face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth) without washing hands first.”
On testing, the answer is YES even if you are already on Grounds. The Protocol states: “Mandatory Testing. All undergraduate and graduate students who plan to be on Grounds this Fall will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 viral PCR test result to the University prior to their return. Students who do not comply with this requirement will not be able to return to Grounds.” Since you are already on Grounds, working, and asymptomatic, follow the instructions for getting tested when you receive the notification.
The protocol instruction states, “In the coming weeks, students will be notified of test availability and will be directed to an online portal that will provide instructions for ordering kits and returning them after use.” You may continue to work as long are you are asymptomatic and follow research ramp up guidelines while you comply with mandatory testing.