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titleIf I get vaccinated for COVID-19 do I need to continue on the program?

No

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titleIf I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past do I still need to do the proactive testing?

If you have tested positive in the past 90 days, you will not be included in the program.

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titleHow many COVID-19 tests are available per lab?

At this time, only three (3) COVID-19 tests are made available to each laball faculty and staff returning to campus can be tested.

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titleHow often does a HSR personnel have do UT Dallas faculty / staff need to be tested?

HSR personnel UT Dallas faculty and staff who return to campus must be tested once a week for every week they intend to meet with participants in person. 

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titleCan three (3) HSR Personnel plus a PI meet participants?

No, a PI is considered an HSR Personnel. If a PI needs to meet with participants, then only two (2) other HSR Personnel may also meet with participants that weekbe on campus, however unvaccinated HSR Personnel* can elect to test two times every week they intend to meet with participants in-person.

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titleDo labs have to pay for the COVID-19 tests?

No, the Office of Research UT Dallas is covering the cost for 3 COVID-19 tests.

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titleWhere are the COVID-19 testing locations?
  • BrainHealth Imaging Center (BPI 1.2C1)
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  • , Callier – Dallas
  • Main Campus (
AD 2.216
  • Blackstone Launchpad located in Parking Structure 3 on the north side of campus)
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titleWhat days and time of the week can I go get a COVID-19 test?
  • BrainHealth Imaging Center (BPI 1.2C1) Monday 8:30AM-11:00AM and 2:00PM-3:30PM.
  • Main Campus (AD 2.216) Wednesday 8:00AM-11:00AM and 2:00PM-3:00PM.
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Who's eligible to take the COVID-19 test?
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Only the personnel elected by a PI for in-person contact with participants may take the COVID-19 test offered by the Office of Research. The tests are not offered to research participants.

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titleCan I meet with participants the same day that I took a COVID-19 test?

No, HSR personnel must wait to receive a negative result via email before meeting with participants. A negative test result is valid for 1 week following the test day. Therefore, if an HSR Personnel was tested on Monday and received their negative result on Tuesday at 2:00 pm, they could start running participant Tuesday starting at 2:01 pm through Sunday.  A new test would be needed on the following Monday with a negative test result to continue running participants.

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titleHow soon are test results available?

Results will typically be available within 12 – 24 hours of testing but can take up to 36 hours depending on volume.

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titleWhat happens if a HSR Personnel tests positive for COVID-19?

HSR Personnel who test positive should NOT meet with participants or come to campus. The An individual from the COVID-19 Coordinator (Karlynda Poage) Coordinator’s office will call the HSR Personnel who tested positive and work with them to develop next-steps. Please refer to the Positive Results section for more information on the the Returning to Campus Research Activities page

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titleI tested positive for COVID-19. How soon can I return to conducting in-person procedures?

After HSR Personnel has completed all required actions (including a period of quarantine) and is able to return to campus, they must receive a negative test result for COVID-19 before interacting with participants in person.

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titleDo I still have to complete the DHC if I'm getting tested?

Yes.

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titleIf a HSR Personnel is not meeting participants for the given week, but they still need to go to campus, do they still have to take a COVID-19 test?

No, however, they must still follow Return to Research Process guidelines and schedule campus time.

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titleDo researchers who handle human samples for processing also need to take a COVID-19 test?

No. The COVID-19 testing program is specific to those investigators who will have in-person contact with research participants.  For information on appropriate safety protocols when handling biospecimens please contact ibcc@utdallas.edu  

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titleDo HSR Personnel who conduct field research need to take a COVID-19 test?

Yes. Any UTD UT Dallas investigator who will conduct in-person interactions with research participants will need to participate in the COVID-19 testing program.

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