The College’s COVID-19 testing strategy will adhere to the Virginia Department of Health’s guidelines and protocols. Local health care providers, primarily the BalladHealth system and the Washington and Smyth County Health Departments will provide COVID-19 testing. If a test is needed:
A. Employees must notify their primary care physician; and
B. Students must contact the appropriate College official:
i. Students on the Emory campus must contact the College Health Center; when the College Health Center is closed, testing may be arranged by calling the Ballad Nurse Line.
ii. Students on the Marion campus must contact the Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences.
College employees, other than those designated by the Dean of Students, must not, and students should not, transport other employees or students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting test results, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Reporting of Positive Test
All positive test results must be reported to the appropriate College personnel:
A. Employees must notify the Office of Human Resources; and
B. Students must notify the appropriate College official:
i. Students on the Emory campus must notify the College Health Center.
ii. Students on the Marion campus must notify the Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences.
All positive test results will be reported to the local Health Department.
Campus Notification of Positive Test
Upon notification of a positive COVID-19 test for any individual that accessed College property within the previous fourteen (14) days from the date of positive test, the College will notify employees and students within 24 hours of discovery of their possible exposure while keeping confidential the identity of the known COVID-19 person. In addition, the College will notify other employers whose employees were present at the College site during the same time, as well as the building/facility owner if applicable.
The College will provide employees access to their COVID-19 related exposure and any medical record in accordance with industry standards.
Contract tracing will be in accordance with Health Department protocols; the Washington and Smyth County Health Departments are the College’s direct partner for contact tracing.
Procedure for Contacting the Health Department
Any employee or student needing to contact the county health department should contact the appropriate College personnel as follows:
A. For the Emory campus, contact Susan Stanley RN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276.944.6538, or the relief RN working in the College Health Center at 276.944.6219.
B. For the Marion campus, contact JP Barfield, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences at email@example.com or 276-944.6230.
The designated College official will contact the appropriate county or district health department official.
Health Department Contact Information
Trish Vanoy, RN
Nurse Manager for Mount Rogers Health District
Kelly Read, RN
Nursing Supervisor, Washington County Health Department
276.676-5604 or 276.645.0947
Dr. Karen Shelton
Medical Director, Mount Rogers Health District
Weekend/night emergency report number: 866.531.3068