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Re-entry Testing Survey and Order Form

In order for you to have a successful in-person semester next spring, it will be important that we start the semester with no COVID-19 cases within our student body. To reach this goal, every student taking at least one class in person at the College will be required to provide a negative PCR test result prior to moving into their residence hall, or starting classes, whichever comes first.

We have contracted with Global 7 Diagnostics to offer at-home PCR saliva tests to all of our students who qualify. To begin the process, as well as determine if you might be exempt from re-entry testing, please complete the brief Re-entry Testing Survey (button below). You will be prompted to answer a short series of questions. If it is determined that you need an at-home test (most will), we ask that you register for your Global 7 test kit as soon as possible. Once your kit is received, you must wait to collect and send in your sample closer to your move-in date. 

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Dates and Deadlines

Remember you should wait until one week before your assigned move-in date (or the date of your first class, whichever comes first) before collecting the sample, and you need to mail it back the same day to get your results on time. Tests taken longer than a week before the assigned move-in date (or the date of your first class, whichever comes first)  will not be accepted, and could result in having to pay for/take a second test.

General Move-In for On-Campus and Off-Campus Students
Move-in or first class, whichever comes first, between Friday, January 29 and Monday, February 1
Mail test to Global 7 one week before assigned move-in or first class, whichever comes first.
(Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after November 1 are exempt.) 

Registering Your Global 7 Test Kit

All test kits ordered through the Saint Mary's order form are pre-registered. Follow the instructions you receive with the kit. While Step 2 guides you to make sure you are registered at saintmarys.g7test.com, please know if the kit is in your name, and you ordered the G7 test kit through Saint Mary's, this step is already complete.

Upload Test Results from Alternative Testing Sites

If you did not use Global 7 for re-entry testing, or if you have been positive in the last 12 weeks, upload your results using this link

Check Your Global 7 Test Results Online

To do so:

  • Visit https://saintmarys.g7test.com/admin/
  • Use your Saint Mary's email address as your login
  • Use the password sent to you by Global 7 after you registered. It starts with "P"
  • If you can not locate the email, you can reset your password

Monitoring Our Campus Status

To determine the current status of our College operations, many factors are monitored simultaneously, including positive cases across our community, the capacity of our quarantine and isolation space, regional trends, state and local mandates, and others. Our response team meets daily at 8 a.m. to analyze all of this information, then makes decisions about any changes to our academic and operational plans.

Screening Testing

Screening testing allows an organization to discover positive cases, in particular among asymptomatic individuals. Diagnosing cases before individuals present symptoms and get tested “for cause” allows for exposure control and can prevent uncontrolled outbreaks. Student and employee screening testing at Saint Mary’s begins Monday, February 8, and continue throughout the semester. Learn more about screening testing at Saint Mary's on this page

Visitor Policies for Saint Mary's College 

Saint Mary’s expects all community members to continue to make smart and thoughtful decisions, taking into consideration the health and safety of the entire community, and the desire of students, faculty, and staff. For details on the guidelines, visit the Living on Campus page by clicking here

Check Up, Mask Up, Back Up, Wash Up

For our fall semester, we came together safely — with masks on — prepared to handle this new dynamic. We adopted these four core guidelines as a mantra that shaped our return and gave us a measure of personal freedom to be in each other’s company and where our students could safely enjoy their college experience.

 

Check Up

Check Up

Students, faculty, and staff must record their health status before reporting to class or to work.

Mask Up

Mask Up

Everyone is required to wear a mask while indoors, and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.

Back Up

Back Up

It's important to maintain safe physical distancing of at least six (6) feet from others both indoors and outdoors.

Wash Up

Wash Up

Hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus should be used when a sink and soap is not available.

Preparing for Positive Cases on Campus

At Saint Mary’s, we work diligently to limit our community’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus, even when positive cases are part of our daily campus operations. To mitigate widespread exposure, we have enacted several important features to keep our community safe:

  • Creating a dedicated on-campus space for residential students to recover, receive care, and actively participate in their academic classes if they are able
  • Establishing a COVID-19 sterilizing/sanitation team to thoroughly and routinely deep-clean all public spaces
  • Employing a robust contact tracing tool to identify those who may have been exposed

When a residential student tests positive for, or is verifiably exposed to COVID-19, she is assigned to the isolation/quarantine area on campus, the Mother Angela Care Center located in Regina Hall South. Read more about the Saint Mary’s process for Isolation and Quarantine here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Re-entry Testing

+Why do I need to complete the survey?

The Re-entry Testing Survey allows us to identify students who are exempt from testing, and will help determine how many students will be using Global 7 services. The more information we have before the semester starts, the smoother we can make the move-in process, and the beginning of classes.

+Who is exempt from testing?

Those students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 12 weeks from their move-in date, or their first class, whichever comes first are exempt. The second exemption is for those who are completing the semester 100% online. If you are exempt, we ask that you still complete the Re-entry Testing Survey, so we can verify your information.  

+I have received one dose of the vaccine? Do I need to be tested?

Yes, you are still required to be tested even if you have the vaccine. According to the CDC, it is not known if individuals who have been vaccinated can still carry and expose others to the virus. Therefore the recommendation is that safety protocols continue to be followed for those who have been vaccinated, and the reason we require a negative re-entry test from them. 

+I have received both doses of the vaccine? Do I need to be tested?

Yes, you are still required to be tested even if you have the vaccine. According to the CDC, it is not known if individuals who have been vaccinated can still carry and expose others to the  virus. Therefore the recommendation is that safety protocols continue to be followed for those who have been vaccinated, and the reason we require a negative re-entry test from them. 

+What happens if I do not qualify for an exemption, and I fail to get tested?

Students who do not qualify for an exemption and do not submit negative PCR test results on time will not be permitted to move in and/or attend classes in person.

+I completed the survey once, but my plans have changed. I tried to complete the survey again, but I did not have access. Do I need to notify the College?

Yes. If you have decided to get tested on your own, or if you have been approved to take your classes 100% online, please send an email to hccenter@saintmarys.edu. If you have tested positive since completing the survey, and the date when you tested positive is within 12 weeks from your assigned move-in date or your first class, whichever comes first, please complete this form.

+I was diagnosed COVID positive after November 1 by the Health and Counseling Center staff, but I do not have a record of the test result to upload with the survey. What should I do?

Complete the Re-entry Testing Survey, and upload a simple Google document stating that while at Saint Mary’s, you were diagnosed after being tested by the Saint Mary’s team. Include the date when you were tested, or when you were notified you were positive. We will check your records and verify your exemption from testing.

+I have access to free PCR testing or want to test at my local testing lab. Am I required to use the Global 7 option?

If you would like to use another option for your PCR test, you may do so under these conditions:

  • Notify the College by emailing hccenter@saintmarys.edu of your plans 
  • Verify that the test administered is a PCR test and not a rapid antigen test, and note this in your email to Health and Counseling
  • Get tested within 7 days of the date of your assigned move-in or your first class, whichever comes first
  • Understand from the testing laboratory how long it takes to receive your results, and how will you be notified. You are required to upload your results, including your name and the date when you were tested, at least 36 hours before arriving on campus, to give us time to process your results. Upload your test results here

+I arranged for a different PCR test, tested within a week from move in/first class, and I have my results. Where do I send my results?

Upload your results using this form. Make sure the results you upload include your name and the date of the test, in addition to the results.

+Can I apply for emergency funding to pay for the test? Will you cover other tests or only Global 7?

Yes, but you must first pay for the test, because you will be asked to provide receipts. Once you have receipts, complete the application for Emergency Funds. Depending on demand and availability of funds, we might set a cap on the costs covered to be equal to the cost through Global 7 if a different PCR test is used. 

+Once I complete the registration in the Global 7 site, is my credit card charged immediately, or when the test is shipped?

Your credit card is charged immediately. It has been reported that some students had issues when not selecting the correct option for billing. Global 7 is working with them and making the necessary credits to their cards. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but are working diligently on getting credits processed immediately.

+How long after I complete the registration will the test kit be shipped?

Generally within 24 hours after the order is received. Kits will be shipped no later than 48 hours after Global 7 receives the order.

+I received the test kit, now what? 

If you plan on sending a sample for testing to Global 7, open the package and read the instructions carefully. Opened test kits can not be returned. Contact information and additional instructions for collecting and mailing the sample are included with the test. Remember you should wait until one week before your assigned move-in date (or the date of your first class, whichever comes first) before collecting the sample, and you need to mail it back the same day to get your results on time.

+Do I need to register my Global 7 test kit when I receive it? It says I have to, right on the box.

No, you do not as all test kits ordered through the Saint Mary's order form are pre-registered. Follow the instructions you receive with the kit. While Step 2 guides you to make sure you are registered at saintmarys.g7test.com, please know if the kit is in your name, and you ordered the G7 test kit through Saint Mary's, this step is already complete.

+I need to correct an address or cancel a test! Who should I contact? 

Please contact Ron Berryman at ron@global7dx.com with any issue related to registration, or order of text kit.

+Can I return an unused test and get a refund? If the answer is yes, is the refund only for the cost of the test?

Yes, unopened test kits can be returned for a refund. Note that shipping and handling is not refundable. Please contact Ron Berryman at ron@global7dx.com for instructions on where to return the unopened test kit. 

+If I have questions on the collection of the sample or shipping it back, is there someone I can contact?

Yes, please contact Ron Berryman at ron@global7dx.com.

+What is our move in date?

ResLife sent information on the return to campus on Friday, January 8. Check your Saint Mary’s email for this information. 

+Will the College continue screening testing in the spring semester?

Yes, we will begin screening testing shortly after the beginning of the semester.

 

Prospective students are welcome to visit campus. Please see the Visit Campus page for further details.

The plans outlined by Saint Mary’s College are dependent upon local, state, and national health and wellness guidelines, and can change according to the current state of COVID-19. We encourage you to watch for further updates via email communications and on this website.