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Updates on COVID-19 Testing Options and Gateway Testing

Safer Campus Task Force Updates 

COVID-19 Testing Demographics 
Stetson University conducts voluntary rapid antigen and required surveillance PCR COVID-19 testing on-campus on opposite weeks throughout the entire semester. High-contact student employees and students participating in off-campus programs have been identified for participation in Stetson’s required surveillance testing. 

Who specifically is participating in on-campus testing opportunities and is this participation voluntary or required?  

  • In September, 12% of our student population and 19% of our employees participated in general on-campus testing. These percentages do not include any athletic-specific testing data. Participating students represent a variety of residence halls, schools and colleges, fraternities and sororities, and commuters.  
  • Athletics performed two gateway tests of all student-athletes and “inner bubble” staff during the Fall 2020 semester. The first was done during the first week of school and second was performed the week before an individual team moved to phase 3 as outlined in the Athletics Resocialization of Sports Plan. Per NCAA guidance, Athletics is also testing 25% of medium- and high-risk sports from September to November. All basketball student-athletes and associated “inner bubble” staff members have been tested weekly since September and will continue to be tested weekly moving forward.  

Stetson works tirelessly to keep our community informed of positive cases of COVID-19 on its campuses to ensure transparency, raise awareness of health risks and improve decision-making. To review the latest COVID-19 testing data, refer to our COVID-19 tracking dashboard or visit Safer Stetson’s FAQ page for answers to specific questions. If you would like a testing appointment, sign up here.  

COVID-19 Testing Options Overview  

  1. Stetson Health Service: Patient must be symptomatic and have an appointment. Rapid antigen test will be given with a $35 visit charge. If the test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance. (Students, Staff & Faculty) 
  2. CentraCare: Patient must have an appointment. Rapid Antigen test, no charge. Open nights and weekends. (Students) 
  3. On-Campus testing events: Free: promoted for individuals who are asymptomatic. (Students, Staff & Faculty) 

*A reminder that if you have a negative COVID test but have had direct exposure, you still need to isolate. 

COVID-19 On-Campus Testing Options 
Through our partnership with AdventHealth and CentraCare, Stetson will be offering free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Testing will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Rinker Field House in the Hollis Center and is available to students and employees. This testing is not mandatory, but highly encouraged for the safety and well-being of the entire Stetson Community. Sign up here  for your appointment! 

Appointments are scheduled for one testing date at a time. The next testing date will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled and there will be a $35 visit charge for this testing. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance. For more information regarding testing, visit the COVID-19 Testing webpage

COVID-19 Off-Campus Testing Options 
Stetson University students can get free rapid antigen testing at any CentraCare location. You must bring printouts of the two forms, found at the link below, when you visit the CentraCare location. You can make an appointment online – select the option for COVID-19 Testing. Results will be shared with Stetson Health Service and the Dean of Students Office to help provide support for COVID positive students.

Latest COVID-19 Test Results 
Asymptomatic On-Campus Testing  

  • Oct. 20 – 176 rapid antigen tests, 1 positive, 0.57% rate 
  • Oct. 19 – 132 tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 3 positive, 2.27% rate 
  • Oct. 14 – 213 PCR tests, 2 positive, 0.94% rate 
  • Oct. 12 – 169 tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 3 positive, 1.77% rate 
  • Oct. 6 – 183 rapid antigen tests, 0 positive, 0% rate 
  • Oct. 5 – 201 PCR tests of student-athletes and Athletics staff, 0 positive, 0% rate 

Spring 2021 Gateway Testing Update  
Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force (SCTF) is happy to announce Spring 2021 Gateway Testing in partnership with DeLand Wellness Center. Community members will be required to participate if they are an employee coming to campus at any point during the semester, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes, on-campus residents and undergraduate commuters living within 45 miles of campus. This will not replace any of our ongoing testing efforts as we will continue to offer both voluntary and surveillance testing throughout the spring semester.  

Gateway Testing will take place Jan. 9-13, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Rinker Field House, Hollis Center. If you are returning to an on-campus residence, please note that the residence halls do not open until Jan. 10, 2021, so please schedule your test accordingly. Rapid antigen testing will be provided through your choice of a nasal or throat swab. Appointment registration and the exemption/accommodation process will be available in early November.  

Gateway Testing is a critical component of Stetson’s COVID-19 mitigation process. By testing all members of the community upon arrival to campus, we will gather accurate information on our community’s health and well-being to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Access to this level of rapid testing was not available in August 2020 at the quantity and cost that it is available now. As a community, we have learned valuable lessons during this semester and better understand the importance of Gateway Testing for the protection of the entire campus community.  

For questions or concerns, please reach out to the Screening and Testing Subgroup at covidtesting@stetson.edu.  

Flu Shots Reminder 
According to Florida Department of Health, COVID-19 and the flu have a lot of symptoms in common, so it is more important than ever to get your flu shot. Our student-only flu shot clinic on Oct. 9 provided 300 free inoculations to the Stetson student community.  

Employees: Stetson employees can sign up for flu shots during the Rapid antigen testing on Nov. 4, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Rinker Field House in the Hollis Center. We’ll have 100 vaccines for employees only. Sign up here for your employee flu shot appointment. If you are covered under Stetson’s Cigna health insurance, there are several no-cost options available to you if you cannot make it to this event.   

Students:  If you are an established patient at Stetson Health Service (have been seen by a provider before), you can set up an appointment today for your flu shot at Stetson Health Service. The cost is fully covered by most insurances. Local Publix and CVS are also providing flu shots that are free with most insurances.  

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