USF Testing & Tracing — On Campus

The university may provide COVID-19 testing for students and employees that meet certain criteria. Employees also can work directly with their health care provider if they feel they need a COVID-19 test. Alternatively, employees may choose to access testing through a free city or county testing site.

Contact Tracing

The university is implementing contact tracing technologies, which give us the ability to trace the contacts of those testing positive for COVID-19 so that we can quickly prevent spread of the virus. Here is how contact tracing works:

  • If you test positive, we will speak with you to determine with whom at USF you came into contact so we can assess potential exposures.
  • If you have been exposed to, or come in contact with, an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, either at the university or elsewhere, a member of the Contact Tracing team will inform you of your next steps based on current public health guidance..
  • All personal information will be held strictly confidential. As required by law, the university may disclose the student/employee’s information to public health, school, and legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling communicable diseases.

CDC information On contact tracing

The following is an abridged version of our contract tracing and testing procedures for students and employees:

Unvaccinated Residential Students

  • Student discloses symptoms: Move to an on-campus quarantine room, test provided. If negative, released back to assigned room; if positive, move to an isolation room and isolate in space or in assigned quarantine room if needed/possible for 10 days from symptom start.
  • Student is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual: Move to an on-campus quarantine room, test provided. If negative, student remains in quarantine for 10 days from exposure; if positive, remain in isolation for 10 days from test date.
  • Student discloses positive COVID-19 test result: Move to on-campus isolation room for 10 days after start of symptoms or positive test result (whichever happened first).

Vaccinated residential students

  • Student discloses symptoms: Move to an on-campus Quarantine room, test provided. If negative, released back to assigned room; if positive, move to an isolation room and isolate in space or in assigned quarantine room if needed/possible for 10 days from symptom start.
  • Student is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual/asymptomatic: No quarantine, monitor for symptoms for 14 days from exposure. Recommend testing after 3-5 days, test will be provided.
  • Student is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual/symptomatic: Move to an on-campus quarantine room, test provided. If negative released back to assigned room; if positive move to and remain in isolation room and isolate in space or in assigned quarantine room if needed/possible for 10 days from symptom start.
  • Student discloses positive COVID-19 test result: Move to on-campus isolation room for 10 days after start of symptoms or positive test result (whichever happened first).

Unvaccinated non-residential students

  • Student discloses symptoms: Student quarantines at home, test provided. If negative, can return to campus after symptoms end.
  • Student is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual/asymptomatic: Quarantine for 10 days, refer to Saint Mary’s for testing through contract tracing team.
  • Student is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual/symptomatic: Quarantine at home for 10 days, test sent. If negative, continue to quarantine; if positive, isolation for 10 days from test date.
  • Student discloses positive COVID-19 test result: Isolates at home for 10 days after start of symptoms or positive test result (whichever happened first).

Vaccinated non-residential students

  • Student discloses symptoms: Quarantine at home, test provided. If negative can return to campus after symptoms end.
  • Student is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual/asymptomatic - No quarantine, monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Recommend testing after 3-5 days, test will be provided.
  • Close contact of COVID-19+ individual/symptomatic: Quarantine at home, test sent. If negative, no longer needs to quarantine.
  • Student discloses positive COVID-19 test result: Isolation for 10 days after start of symptoms or positive test result (whichever happened first).

Unvaccinated Faculty/Staff

  • Employee discloses symptoms: Quarantine at home, get tested through own health provider,* quarantine until test results.
  • Employee is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual and is asymptomatic: Quarantine for 10 days, monitor symptoms, get tested through own health care provider.
  • Employee is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual and is symptomatic: Quarantine, get tested through your own health care provider,* remain in quarantine until test results are received.
  • Employee reports a positive COVID-19 test: Isolate for 10 days after start of symptoms or positive test result, whichever happened first.

Vaccinated Faculty/Staff

  • Employee discloses symptoms: Quarantine at home, get tested through your own health care provider*, quarantine until test results are received.
  • Employee is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual and is asymptomatic: No quarantine requirement, monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Recommend testing after 3-5 days, get tested through your own health care provider*.
  • Employee is a close contact of COVID-19+ individual and is symptomatic: Quarantine, get tested through your own health care provider*, remain in quarantine until test results are received.
  • Employee reports a positive COVID-19 test: Isolate for 10 days after the start of symptoms or positive test result, whichever happened first.

*If the employee was notified that they were a close contact of someone who tested positive on campus, the employee will have the option of having a test mailed to them. Both Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross will continue to cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing performed at one of their clinical sites at no cost to employees through employee health plans. Members should contact their provider to find out how to get tested and where testing is available.