Campus COVID-19 Information

Kentucky Wesleyan College continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. A college planning and preparedness team meets regularly to assess the status and impact of the spread of COVID-19 to minimize health and safety risks Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, families and the larger community. This site is a resource for information about COVID-19 and communications to the Kentucky Wesleyan College community. The site will be regularly updated with new information and messages.

Information on the impact of the virus on our neighbors throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky is available.

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The College is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all campus community members. All campus offices and services are open and serving students.

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Kentucky Wesleyan College is operating as normal, observing State guidelines and CDC recommendations to keep our campus community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The campus community has developed plans included below for you to be better informed on the precautions and planning in place.

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COVID-19 Survey Testing

We want you to have the full Wesleyan experience this semester and keeping our community healthy and safe is a fundamental part of that. Kentucky Wesleyan will be implementing COVID-19 survey testing, with a goal of testing 10% of students in the Kentucky Wesleyan community who are on-campus in any capacity each week. Testing will take place on the front porch in the Woodward Health and Recreation Center (HRC) along the Avenue of Champions on Tuesdays from 8am – 9am. If you are selected for survey testing, you will be sent a specific time slot for your testing. You will not be charged for this rapid antigen test.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Who will be tested?

    • Our goal is to test 10% of students in the Kentucky Wesleyan community who are on-campus in any capacity each week. This includes residential students and students who commute to campus for class or work.
  • When will testing take place?

    • Testing will take place on the front porch in the Woodward Health and Recreation Center (HRC) along the Avenue of Champions on Tuesdays from 8am – 9am. If you are selected for survey testing, you will be sent a specific time slot for your testing. Please note that the number of slots available is limited to prevent overcrowding. You will be permitted to leave class for the test, but must return as soon as the test is administered (usually takes no more than 10 minutes).
  • How will I know if I’ve been selected for survey testing?

    • If you are selected for survey testing, you will be notified the Friday prior to your testing date via email from Dean McQueen-Ruark (rmcqueen@kwc.edu) and a text message.

  • What if I can’t get tested during any of the time slots offered?

    • If you are unable to come to campus for testing during the times available, please email Dean McQueen-Ruark as soon as possible at rmcqueen@kwc.edu.

  • Is testing mandatory?

    • Frequent testing works to slow the spread of COVID-19. We want you to have the full Wesleyan experience this semester and keeping our community healthy and safe is a fundamental part of that. The better pulse we have on the communication of the virus on campus, the better able we are to protect those who are most vulnerable. Students are expected to participate in the spirit of the Wesleyan Way and their commitment to the Panther Promise.
  • Who pays for the test?

    • You will not be charged for this rapid antigen test. We were fortunate to receive the tests through a program through the Kentucky Department of Public Health. However, if you receive an irregular result (a positive if you are asymptomatic or a negative if you are symptomatic), we will ask you to confirm with a PCR test. You will be responsible for arranging for that PCR test with a local clinic and it will be at your expense.

  • What does the test entail?

    • The primary method for testing for COVID-19 involves collecting a sample with a nasal swab. A swab is inserted into either the nostrils (about 1 inch) and gently rotated for 5 seconds each. The process can be a bit uncomfortable but is not painful. Your appointment should last no longer than 10-15 minutes.

  • How long will it take to get test results?

    • Test results will be available within an hour. You will receive your results via your KWC email.

  • What if I am selected to be tested multiple times?

    • If you have been tested within the past 7 days, there is no need to be retested. Per CDC guidance, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months you do not need to be tested again. If you are selected for testing multiple times more than a week apart and receive a negative result, we encourage you to participate in order to support our efforts in maintaining a healthy campus.

  • What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Rest assured that if you test positive for COVID-19, the Kentucky Wesleyan community is ready to support you. A positive test result means you should limit your interaction with others as best you are able. Students with off-campus housing are required to isolate at home for at least 10 days and until symptoms improve. Residential students should stay in their residence hall until they are contacted by a member of our Residence Life team, who will coordinate relocation and food delivery. Faculty will be notified of any students in their classes who have tested positive to ensure no student is penalized for attendance or late assignments as a result of quarantine. If you receive a positive test result, a member of Kentucky Wesleyan’s COVID Response team will reach out to you to collect information for contact tracing.

  • What is contact tracing?

    • Contact tracing is the practice of identifying and monitoring individuals who may have had contact with a sick person as a means of controlling the spread of illness. A contact tracer works with someone with a positive test result to identify people whom the patients have been in close contact with so they can self-isolate. A close contact is someone who has been within six feet for fifteen minutes or more with someone who has tested positive or is presumed to be positive.