Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. For students who plan to live in A&T residence halls this semester, what kind of coronavirus test is required before move in? 
    Each students must have a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of move in. Both PCR and rapid-response test results will be accepted, but the test must have been performed by a health care professional or in a clinic or pharmacy setting. At-home test results will not be accepted.


  1. What about residential students who test positive?
    Residential students who test positive will be given a choice to isolate in campus facilities or to return home and complete their isolation period there. Repeat antigen testing is required to return prior to 10 days.


  1. What is the protocol on isolation after testing positive for COVID-19?
    Day 5: Repeat test will be offered at day 5 for those who do not have any symptoms. If negative, you may return to class/residence hall and wear a mask for 5 additional days while around others. If positive at day 5, the test may be repeated at day 7.
    Day 7: If rapid antigen test is still positive at day 7, the full 10 day isolation will be required. A retest is not required at day 10. 


  1. Why do all residential students need to be tested, including those who have been vaccinated and boosted?
    Current coronavirus vaccines are not as effective against the Omicron strain -- the newest coronavirus variant -- as with previous strains. Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals have been infected with the Omicron variant, however the supermajority of those individuals have not progressed to serious illness, hospitalization or death. Only by testing can we know who is currently infected so that we can move them out of the general population and into isolation.

  1. Where can I received my COVID-19 booster?
    You may receive your COVID-19 booster through the Student Health Center Pharmacy Monday, Wednesday-Friday 8am-4pm (except 1p-2p).
  1. Where can I be tested for COVID-19?

    COVID-19 Testing is available through the Student Health Center at the Alumni Foundation Event Center Monday-Friday 8am-4pm and at the Student Health Center 430pm-6:30pm.
  1. What is the difference between a rapid antigen test and a PCR test?

    The process for collecting a sample is similar, by nasal swab. The swab is inserted into the nasal passage and twisted around a few times. The process may be uncomfortable but is not typically painful.
    The biggest difference between the two tests is the turnaround time and sensitivity. Rapid antigen tests typically produce results in 15 minutes but are less sensitive. The PCR test is more sensitive and is used to confirm a diagnosis of COVID-19. However, it can take a few days to receive results.
Last Edited 1/11/2022