Health Protocols

The University of Louisville has responded to the pandemic by implementing multiple protocols and procedures to keep students, faculty and staff safe and healthy on campus.

 

Health and safety protocols

Update:  UofL has established the following health and safety protocols for all university members to follow while on any university campus. Additionally, all university members are expected to stay in compliance with state and federal safety guidelines.

    1. Wear a mask and avoid touching your face.
    2. Practice physical distancing when possible.
    3. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue then throw that tissue in the trash.
    4. Disinfect used surfaces and frequently touched objects.
    5. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    6. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
    7. Stay home if you are feeling sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should:

    • Stay at home or in 
    • Notify Campus Health at 502-852-6479   Campus Health will provide students, faculty and staff guidance on isolation and testing.
    • Contact your medical provider.
    • If you are an employee, please notify your supervisor.

Even if you decide to seek care from your own medical provider, or test positive at an at-home test, be sure to inform Campus Health so the university can effectively track COVID-19 cases and ensure proper quarantine or isolation procedures for our campus community.

Additional information for admissions visitors

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Campus procedures

Training videos, hosted on our Safe Colleges training module platform, will be emailed to all university members. The training videos will cover university actions and individual responsibilities for a safe spring semester.

Travel guidelines are located in the Travel Guidelines section of this site's homepage. 

More Information

Operations Support Documents

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Testing program

Symptomatic Testing Program 

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID please contact either Campus Health Center to schedule symptomatic testing and/or evaluation.   

Cardinal Station Health Center (Main Campus)   852-6479

HSC Campus Health Center  852-6446 


What to bring and expect at testing appointments

Bring your current university ID and your medical insurance card to your testing appointment. All testing is billed to your insurance begging 5/1/2022. Be sure to wear a mask upon arrival to the testing sites and practice physical distancing while waiting. Please exit the testing site immediately following your test. You will be notified by text or email when your tests results are available on patient portal at  https://louisvilleportal.pointnclick.com  


Testing types

There are three basic types of COVID-19 testing: molecular, antigen and antibody testing. These tests are not interchangeable.

    • Molecular (also known PCR, RT-PCR, genetic) testing is a diagnostic test that detects genetic material of the virus and can continue detecting it for weeks to months following an initial infection. UofL's testing vendor, Bluewater Lab, conducts molecular testing for all university members who are asymptomatic (not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19).
       
    • Antigen testing is a diagnostic test that determines if viral coat proteins are present, which is associated with an active coronavirus infection. Antigen testing will only confirm you are positive for COVID-19 if you are currently shedding the virus.  Campus Health Services provides antigen testing to rapidly test symptomatic university members. After an initial infection, antigen testing will only remain positive for about a week.
       
    • Antibody testing shows if you’ve been infected in the past. Campus Health Services sends antibody testing to their reference lab on a case-by-case basis.

It is important to note you can test positive by one type of testing (such as molecular) and test negative by another type (such as antigen). Discrepancies between test results do not mean your test was performed incorrectly or another test is more accurate. If you have previously had COVID-19, you can continue shedding very low levels of coronavirus genetic material which can be detected through molecular testing for months following your initial infection's active period. This does not mean that you are infectious or capable of transmitting the virus. Per the CDC, these low levels of detectable genetic material have not been associated with the production of functional virus; therefore, those individuals are not considered infectious. An antigen test will only confirm you are positive for COVID-19 if you are currently shedding the virus. After contracting COVID-19, an antigen test will not remain positive for months the way a molecular test will.

Take a look at this FDA testing guide to learn more about the three different forms of basic COVID-19 testingFor more details on UofL's testing program, read the Testing and Tracing FAQs.

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Get Vaccinated

Campus Health Services continues to offer COVID vaccination at the Health Centers or in the Student Activity Centers. Having an appointment greatly expedites the process, so we STRONGLY urge you to do so. See below for quick and easy instructions to make an appointment.   

Remember, the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. are safe and effective. They are one of our greatest tools for fighting the pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination is not required, but it is strongly encouraged in order to keep our campus safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more details on the vaccine, read UofL Health's Vaccine FAQ document and the university's COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs.  If you have additional questions regarding COVID vaccines, please call Campus Health Services at 852-6479.   

For Instructions on how to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment: 

  1. Go to https://louisvilleportal.pointnclick.com
  2. Click the “Student, Staff and Faculty” button at the top of the page.
  3. Microsoft login screen will open.  Sign using your ULINK ID@louisville.edu and associated password
  4. “Stay Signed In” screen will appear and click No.
  5. Confirm your identity by entering your date of birth and click proceed.
  6. You should now be on the main page of the Campus Health Patient Portal.
  7. To schedule an appointment, click on View, Check-in or Book an Appointment.
  8. Select the Covid Vaccine and THEN select which specific vaccine you need.  Click Continue
  9. Enter a Callback number
  10. Confirm, update or provide Race/Ethnicity information required for epidemiological reporting and click CONTINUE
  11. Enter or update and confirm your address for epidemiological reporting and click CONTINUE
  12. Sign the Consent form (Note: you only need to answer questions regarding the specific vaccine you are going to receive.   Scroll to the bottom of the screen to complete your signature)
  13. Select Appointment date and vaccination location and then click SEARCH APPOINTMENTS. 
  14. Select your desired appointment time and click CONTINUE.  
  15. Click CONFIRM if your appointment date, time and location are correct.     
  16. SAVE A COPY OF YOUR QR CODE to use at check-in by printing the document or taking a screenshot with your phone. 
  17. ALL DONE!!!!

 

Off-campus vaccination locations
If you prefer to get vaccinated off campus, take advantage of one of these resources to find a vaccine location near you:

Lost vaccination cards

If you've lost your vaccination card, there are resources you can use to request a replacement card.

For those vaccinated at Campus Health, please call 852-6480 and as to speak to one of the staff regarding a replacement immunization card. 

For those who received one or both vaccines at UofL Health:
Please go to https://uoflhealth.org/coronavirus/requesting-a-replacement-covid-19-vaccination-record-card/  for instructions on how to request copies of your immunizations.  

For those who received one or both vaccines from another location:
If you did not receive both vaccines from UofL Health, you can call the LouHealth hotline at 502-912-8598. You will be asked to complete a release request form. Once that form is submitted, you can have your vaccine record emailed to you via an encrypted email, pick it up at the health department or have it mailed to you.


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Contact Tracing

Despite the university's best efforts to institute policies and protocols for preventing the spread of the virus, we know that positive cases will inevitably arise on campus. When those cases happen, Campus Health and their team of contact tracers will intervene quickly.  UofL's contract tracing team of dedicated university health professionals will continue to trace, notify and properly advise any individuals who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case or who have contracted COVID.  

All positive results from the Campus Health Centers are automatically forwarded to the Contact Tracing Team for investigation.  The Tracing Team will determine who had significant contact with the case.  Additional positive cases may be reported by individuals who tested positive outside of the University’s testing programs, home tests or by the Health Department.   

Exposures, Quarantine and Isolation Protocols

Exposures

Exposure is defined by the CDC as being less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more, regardless of masking or vaccination status. If you believe you have been exposed you may continue to come to campus, mask in indoor public spaces and get tested should develop any symptoms of COVID.   

 

Quarantine (Discontinued 8/11/2022 per CDC)

Effective August 11, 2022, the CDC no longer recommends that individuals exposed to COVID quarantine due to the high natural immunity and/or vaccination rates. If you are exposed please mask when you are in indoor public spaces and monitor for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, please isolate and contact campus health for assistance in getting tested. 

 

Isolation

Isolation refers to the actions taken when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.

If you test positive, please notify Contact Tracing via email at  tracing@louisville.edu  or call 852-2955 for assistance. They can help with housing and documentation for academic purposes. Contact tracing will only provide COVID isolation documentation effective 8/11/2022.  

If you test positive you will need to: 

  • Should isolate for 5-10 days depending upon your symptoms and test results. If you asymptomatic or your symptoms have completely resolved including the absence of fever for the preceding 24 hours, isolation may be shortened if you have a negative antigen test on Day 6. If cleared on Day 6 you should still wear a mask in all public indoor spaces through day 10.  

University members are not required to show proof of a negative test in order to return to campus. Students who are residents at the university should review the Self-Isolation for Residents FAQs.

For more details, review the Quarantine, Symptoms & Sickness FAQs. 

Review this helpful visual aid to better understand the protocols for exposure.


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Domestic and international travel

The university has returned to pre-COVID procedures for domestic travel and has reinstated the Travel Warning Policy for international travel.   

Under the Travel Warning Policy, UofL permits international travel under our traditional procedures (i.e., without an appeal) to locations identified as Level 2 or below on both CDC and State Department advisory lists and locations that allow U.S. citizens to enter. A list of these locations can be found here. Travel to CDC and State Department Level 3 and 4 destinations requires additional steps and considerations. These details are outlined in the international travel procedures and forms on the provost's website. Travel to locations where U.S. citizens are not permitted will be approved only in cases where the traveler is exempt from these regulations.

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Health recommendations and resources

Create a support and resiliency plan. Make plans for regular check-ins with your friends, family and your support networks. If you're an employee, touch base with your supervisor and co-workers. Be honest about how you are doing. Take advantage of the following university and community resources:

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Other COVID-19 mitigation strategies

UofL tightly monitors coronavirus infection rates in the community and — if warranted due to increasing infection levels — the university will implement randomized, broad-based testing to identify, isolate and trace the virus. Additionally, wastewater from different parts of campus (e.g. residence halls) will be analyzed as an early detection system for coronavirus, followed by individual testing as indicated.

The Co-Immunity Project, a groundbreaking collaboration to track and curb COVID-19 in Kentucky, tests health care workers and the general public in Metro Louisville and is a national example for developing a COVID-19 early warning system.

UofL has numerous ongoing clinical trials and others just starting in our hospitals and clinics and around the country to block COVID-19 from infecting people, limit its replication if people are infected and help those most sickened by the disease.

Our public health experts have developed the models used to project outbreaks and make sure the university and Metro Louisville are proactive in our management of the virus.

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