Since the spring term, the University of Cincinnati has used a combination of both required and voluntary strategic surveillance testing (defined as testing that is not related to symptoms or suspected exposure) among students in order to help monitor trends and prevalence related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 rates are rising in Hamilton County and Ohio, and the public health emergency continues. Because testing is a key strategy in control of transmission, along with all-important behavioral measures of social distancing, facial coverings, hand and surface hygiene and staying home when sick, our medical experts have recommended we institute required testing to ensure we have continued participation in our campus screening test program.
Starting the week of October 19, the university will expand its required strategic surveillance testing program among students as another means to monitor trends and promote good health. Getting tested for COVID-19 and becoming an active participant in public health efforts is an important way for members of our Bearcat community to work together. Testing paired with good health habits is an easy, quick and incredibly consequential way to make sure we're each doing our part to keep our community safer and healthier. It’s one way that all of us help to protect each of us.
Students will receive notice when they have been selected to participate in ongoing, weekly random surveillance testing. Participation in such testing will be required of residential students living in UC Housing, students attending face-to-face classes or hybrid classes on the Uptown Campus, and students who work or conduct research on campus.
And even though we’re moving to require testing as outlined above, voluntary participation in testing will still be an option too.
And, testing for those exhibiting symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the virus will still be available at UC’s Testing Center.