The term "case" is used to refer to a campus member with a positive diagnostic test result for COVID-19.
On Campus and Off Campus
"On campus" refers to a student who lives in a residence hall, or on-campus house.
"Off campus" refers to a student who does not live in residential housing on campus.
Asymptomatic testing is being provided using saliva-based PCR pooled testing, which pools saliva samples into groups of 24 and surveys the whole pool for COVID-19. If a pool is "not detected," this means that COVID-19 has not been found in that pool. If a pool is "detected," COVID-19 has been found, but this does not mean that all 24 individuals in the pool are COVID-19 positive. Further processing of the samples making up the pool needs to occur to identify the sample which is positive for COVID-19.
As a fully vaccinated campus, we anticipated testing only symptomatic and unvaccinated individuals during fall semester 2021. However, in response to increased transmissibility of the delta variant, and the rate of breakthrough cases associated with this variant, the breadth of COVID-19 testing has expanded in order to inform decisions regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Each week, 10% of the campus community is randomly selected to participate in asymptomatic testing. In addition, all faculty, staff, and students who have traveled away from campus during fall and Thanksgiving breaks are required to participate in gateway testing, and routine asymptomatic testing is required for unvaccinated individuals on campus. (Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to participate in weekly asymptomatic testing). Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have access to PCR saliva testing at their discretion. Symptomatic COVID-19 testing for students is also available through CHWS with several options, including antigen testing and NAAT/PCR testing performed with a nasal swab. All tests conducted on campus are included in the weekly total for the number of tests and correlating percentage of positive tests.
The number of tests reflect the total number of University of Puget Sound-administered saliva PCR tests for asymptomatic testing, nasal PCR/NAAT tests for students with COVID-19 symptoms administered at CHWS, and antigen tests for students needing additional or alternative testing for reasons such as engagement in athletic competition or due to a prior COVID-19 diagnosis.