Thanks for doing your part to keep our community healthy
By now you are probably already aware of the actions you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. Another important way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to get tested for the virus periodically, even in the absence of symptoms.
ASU offers Devils' drop-off a free, individual, easy drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing option to all students, faculty and staff. No appointments are required — pick up a kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area. To learn more, visit Devils' drop-off.
Early testing is key to community health
Early testing for the virus allows individuals to get treated and connected to support quickly. Those who test positive will be asked to self-isolate, which further prevents the virus from spreading in the community. Any close contacts of the person who tests positive will be identified and asked to quarantine for a two-week time period to ensure they do not contract the virus.
If you do test positive, it is important to provide as much information as possible about who you have been in contact with in order to prevent further spread. By doing so, you are taking responsibility for the health of our community, and contributing to an environment where all are healthy, happy and safe. Additionally, if someone from ASU contacts you regarding your possible exposure to the virus, be sure to answer the call and talk through what your next steps are to keep yourself and others healthy and well.
If selected, get tested
Community Assessment Testing involves testing a random sample of ASU students, employees and business partner populations on campus. Testing a random sample of our community, whether or not they have symptoms, allows us to determine what proportion of our community has been infected. With this information we can take steps to manage the spread of infection according to ASU’s COVID-19 Management Strategy.
If you receive an email saying you have been selected, get tested. Because this is so important to the health of our community at large, it is required. By participating in Community Assessment Testing, you are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19, which ultimately can help our community move towards safe, in-person interactions. If barriers come up, such as being unable to get tested in the time frame requested, communicate about your situation to the Dean of Students Office. Remember, you do not need to get selected for Community Assessment Testing in order to schedule a free test.
Our Community of Care extends beyond our campuses
With classes going virtual following Thanksgiving Break, many Sun Devils will be traveling to other parts of the country and world to spend winter holidays with others. As Sun Devils, we assume fundamental responsibility for our shared local and global communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that means we help protect the health of all, regardless of whether we are on campus or off. One of the ways we can do this is by getting tested prior to leaving for home or elsewhere for Thanksgiving and winter break. By getting tested before leaving, you are bringing home a peace of mind and preventing spread to family, friends and the larger community you are traveling to.