The following email sent to all current SLCC students was updated Nov. 23, 2020.
Dear SLCC Students,
I am asking for your help. It’s no secret that Utah is in crisis due to the massive, recent surge in COVID-19 cases. This surge is creating a dire situation for our hospitals where their ability to provide emergency treatment or intensive care is becoming severely limited.
As a student at Salt Lake Community College, you have an extraordinary opportunity to help reverse this troubling trend and have a real and positive impact on the health of all Utahns. Since many of you are already coming to campus, and so many in your age group are asymptomatic, SLCC is joining other Utah colleges and universities to test all college students attending in-person classes this fall. Here’s how it will work:
Students who are between 18–34 and who attend at least one in-person class this semester are being offered tests, which should be done every 14 days.
Testing will take place at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus’ Student Center from Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning November 30, testing will be offered Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
COVID-19 testing is by appointment only. Reserve a time slot online at https://bit.ly/3nDAkIB and please have your S# ready when making your appointment. Testing should take no more than 2 minutes from start to finish. With an SLCC parking pass, you can park in student parking. If you do not have a parking pass, please park in one of the spots located in front of the Student Center that are reserved for those testing.
On-campus testing is only for SLCC students and only for those students who are not showing symptoms of the virus. All students will be screened and if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed to test. If you have symptoms, please find a free testing location on the Utah Department of Health’s webpage.
SLCC is using the BinaxNow rapid test, which requires a simple nostril swab and indicates results in 15 to 30 minutes. To streamline services, your test result will be emailed to you later the same day.
SLCC will open other on-campus testing locations in the near future, and notice of these locations will be sent out when they are open.
On-campus testing is not available to SLCC faculty and staff at this time, or to students’ families or household members. If we are able to secure additional tests in the future, we will open testing more widely.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days and stay away from campus and other public settings. Anyone who tests positive will receive SLCC’s COVID-19 Self-Report Form, which will help the college’s contact tracers determine any possible exposures. In the event of a positive test, contact tracers will also reach out to the student’s professors to ensure that they work with the student to accommodate any absences during the required isolation period.
Again, we know this is a huge commitment for you, but we also know that testing is the best way to identify those who have COVID-19 but aren’t showing any symptoms. Identifying and isolating asymptomatic carriers will help slow the spread of the virus and help provide Utah’s health care system with some much-needed relief. Ultimately, we believe the testing now available at SLCC will benefit not only our college community, but all Utahns as well.
Thank you for all you do to keep us safe and healthy and for your patience and commitment during this extraordinary time. I’m proud you are part of our Bruin family.
Be safe and stay well!
Deneece G. Huftalin, PhD
Salt Lake Community College