Know before you go

Get your COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving break.

University of Rhode Island Health Services encourages all students, those living on and off campus, to “know before you go” by obtaining a COVID-19 test next week before departing campus. We want our entire URI family to have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

The testing center, located in the Memorial Union Atriums, will be open Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will reopen Monday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at which time it will close for the Thanksgiving break.

The test takes about 5 minutes on average; however, there may be a short wait depending on the time of day and number of people also taking the test. Results take up to 48 hours so please plan to get a test a minimum of two days prior to leaving campus. Results will be emailed to you from CareEvolve. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to participate in testing.

URI Health Services, in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy, will hold the last flu vaccine clinic for the semester on Monday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. All students are encouraged to receive their vaccinations prior to leaving for the semester. The vaccination is free and no appointment is necessary.

Students and all URI community members should continue to observe all of the health and safety guidelines leading up to the Thanksgiving break, including wearing a mask at all times, practicing physical distancing and good hand hygiene, disinfecting and sanitizing often and significantly reducing their contacts to a few consistent individuals.

The University continues to have a positivity rate of 1% (rolling seven-day average) as of Nov. 10, which is within the positivity rate recommended by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Visit the URI COVID-19 Tracker for updates on testing rates.

If a student is ill or has any COVID-19 symptoms, they should not go to the Memorial Union for asymptomatic testing. Instead, please call URI Health Services at 401-874-2246 to obtain a symptomatic test immediately and schedule a telehealth appointment.

Updates to the testing program for post-Thanksgiving, J-term and spring 2021 semester will be shared in the near future. Strict adherence to these guidelines by all of us is necessary to reduce infection and subsequent transmission to our higher risk community members, families and friends.

URI Health Services wishes everyone a healthy and successful end to the semester.

Let’s be #Rhodytogether for the remainder of the semester.