VP Message- A Culture of Testing- January 27th

Dear, DSA,

We have all seen the positive impact our many safety protocols are having on our community and the ability to keep our campus open. The mask-wearing, social distancing, testing and contact tracing efforts are working and I am grateful to each one of you for the role you play in this.

In order to cultivate a culture of testing on our campus, each student, staff and faculty member is being asked to have a COVID-19 test twice a month. To assist in making this a convenient process, UNT is continuing to provide testing options for our community members.

Curative, Inc. – New Provider and Testing Locations

Starting tomorrow, Jan. 28 in the University Union and Feb. 2 in Gateway, faculty, staff and students have a new option for free COVID-19 testing through Curative, Inc. The self-collected test will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday–Saturday in the University Union, Room 381, and Monday–Friday in the Gateway Center, Room 52. To sign up for the free testing, visit cur.tv/UNTunion or cur.tv/UNTgateway.

Gogettested.com

To register for testing administered daily by WellHealth at the Union Circle Garage, visit gogettested.com and follow the “Book Now" link on the map's Denton location (labeled "Denton – UNT Union Circle Garage – Texas Emergency Management"). Include the group code "UNT" so positive test results can be sent directly to UNT's COVID response team. The WellHealth testing, available for no individual out-of-pocket cost, is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, except on holidays.

Student Health and Wellness Center

The Student Health and Wellness Center offers students a rapid test for COVID-19. Students can access testing through a clinical appointment, asymptomatic testing opportunities, or the UNT contact tracing process. Students with symptoms of COVID-19 can schedule an appointment for testing on the SHWC patient portal at myosh.unt.edu or by calling 940-565-2333. The SHWC accepts many of the major commercial insurance carriers, and as always, will not turn away a student unable to pay for medically necessary services. Often results are available before a patient leaves the clinic.

With increased testing, comes the possibility of more cases being reported and potentially more staff who will need to quarantine/isolate at home. Effective Jan. 1, full-time staff who are required to isolate/quarantine are eligible for up to 10 days of paid emergency leave in addition to any sick leave or vacation time they have accrued. Human Resources will send a notification to each employee who is required to isolate/quarantine regarding specific leave options. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have any questions.

Let’s continue to work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

Take care,

Elizabeth With Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs