Published on September 25, 2020 at 7:45 a.m.  

Samford Community,

We’ve completed the first month of the semester due largely to the wise choices you’re making each day. Because of your diligence and commitment to following COVID-19 protocols, we are seeing very few positive cases on our campus. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Ongoing testing is an important part of Samford’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among Samford’s campus community. A two-pronged approach to on-campus testing is underway, consisting of focused and random sentinel testing. Now we need your help.

You may receive an email notifying you of your selection for focused or sentinel COVID-19 testing. If so, you should immediately read and follow the email instructions regarding test arrangements. Look for emails from covid19health@samford.edu and Samford’s test provider healthy@verily.com. Individuals and groups of individuals are selected for focused testing with the intent of minimizing the potential for COVID-19 outbreak clusters.

The sentinel testing selection process is random, so it is possible you may be selected on repeat occasions, and even within a few days of a prior test. If you are selected for testing within two weeks of a prior test and do not wish to be tested again, forward the most recent email to covid19health@samford.edu to let us know that you decline the test. Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 during the preceding 12 weeks and individuals who will not be on campus this semester for any purpose are not required to test.

Testing is performed on campus using a self-administered swab just inside the nostril that is easy and painless. Test results are available either at the test site or online within 36 hours. To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the process for you, please create an account at healthy.verily.com using your samford.edu email address. The registration process is very simple and requires only a few minutes. All students and employees who will be on campus at any time in the fall semester should register with Verily immediately, with all accounts to be created by next Wednesday, October 1. Students who previously created a Verily account as a part of the entry testing by GuideSafe are already registered.

Testing of asymptomatic students and employees allows us to be better informed of the existence of COVID-19 on campus and the potential for emerging hotspots. The test information is critical to our efforts to continue in-person instruction and on-campus residential life.

Thank you for doing your part to protect the health of the Samford community. With just 60 days until we break for Thanksgiving, let’s all continue to protect the health of our community. Remember—Mask.Wash.Distance.Report! We can do this, Bulldogs! Take care…. Buck

Harry B. Brock III (Buck)
Executive Vice President
Samford University

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