7/23/21 - [SW EVP] Required COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

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Dear Students,

Please read this email carefully for information regarding required COVID-19 surveillance testing. 

Starting on Tuesday, July 27, all unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who come onto the Southwestern campus will be required to test twice weekly for COVID-19. Unvaccinated individuals include those who have not passed 14 days from receiving the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine or the final dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Southwestern has partnered with Nobility Health (Nobility) to provide on-campus COVID-19 testing for Southwestern employees, students, and contractors. From this point forward, all COVID-19 surveillance testing must be administered by Nobility Health. Nobility Health will administer COVID-19 tests via a nasal swab. In addition to providing surveillance testing for unvaccinated individuals, Nobility will also provide testing for vaccinated members of our community.

You will not be charged for COVID-19 testing through Nobility. Nobility will charge your health insurance company for this test. After receiving a test, you may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your health insurance company. Please note that this EOB is simply an explanation of your benefits and is not a bill. 

Nobility Health will conduct the testing on the lower level of the BW parking lot at the following times:

  • Tuesday 07/27: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday 07/30: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 08/03: 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday 08/06: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • All subsequent Tuesdays and Fridays: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Testing will be delivered on a walk-up basis. Reservations will not be needed (or taken).

It is strongly recommended that you register and complete the onboarding process before arriving for your first testing. Registration and onboarding instructions are detailed in the attached Nobility Health COVID Testing Instructions.  

In addition to on-site Tuesday/Friday testing at the Southwester campus, Nobility provides testing Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at its office in Glendale, and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at their office in Los Angeles. Location information appears at the end of this email. 

If unvaccinated individuals participate in surveillance testing at one of Nobility's offsite locations, the surveillance testing must occur on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Below are a few specific examples of when unvaccinated students will need to test for accessing campus.  Since there are likely other scenarios, a general rule for unvaccinated students is that you will need to test each Tuesday and Friday to access any part of the Southwestern campus.

  • To access campus facilities on August 2, an unvaccinated student must have tested on July 30 and received a negative result.
  • To attend 1L Orientation on August 10, an unvaccinated student must have tested on August 6 and received a negative result.
  • Unvaccinated 1L students will also need to test on August 10 (at Orientation) and received a negative test to continue attending First Week classes starting on August 11.
  • Once an unvaccinated student starts in-person classes, the first test negative test result must be on file. So, if an unvaccinated student is starting classes on August 18, the student must test on August 13 and August 17, and then every Friday and Tuesday thereafter.
  • An unvaccinated student who applies for and is approved for a semester-long remote option must test and receive a negative result before entering campus facilities for any purpose, such as working in the library.

All individuals who participate in COVID-19 testing with Nobility must sign and return two attached forms to the testing site at the time of their first test.

These forms only need to be signed and submitted once for the academic year.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our COVID Compliance Manager, Vivien Lewis at covidmanager@swlaw.edu.

 

Regards,

Michael Carter, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

 

Nobility Health Glendale
435 Arden Ave (P3 parking level)
Glendale, CA 91203
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Location info: Pull into the parking structure of the Medical Building and drive all the way up to P3. The testing booth is located in the parking lot and parking is free

Nobility Health Los Angeles
1709 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles CA 90047
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Location info: Storefront location with ample free parking adjacent to the building