January 12, 2021
Dear Zag Law Students,
Now that we are in our second week of spring semester, we wanted to share some information about resources available to you on campus and in the community.
As you are aware, Spring 2021 semester looks very much like Fall 2020 semester in terms of our requirements and guidelines for public health and the prevention of COVID-19 infection. Our safety precautions continue to be intended to protect the health of our campus and Spokane communities, and we remain dedicated to providing an exceptional student experience in and out of the classroom.
Last week, we shared information with you about things you need to know ahead of returning to campus. In addition to those reminders, the following is additional information and resources available for you specific to health screenings and testing:
Free Testing at Spokane Arena
Now through Saturday, Jan. 16, free drive-up testing is available at the Spokane Arena Centralized Location (720 W. Mallon Ave), Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Free testing will be available once again, starting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
If you are arriving prior to January 16, free drive-up testing is available at the Spokane Arena Centralized Location (720 W. Mallon Ave, Spokane, WA 99201), Monday - Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Completing an online appointment request is required before arrival.
Visit https://chas.org/spokane-arena-testing for more information.
On Campus Health Screening and Testing
You are invited to participate in a health screening and testing being offered Sunday, Jan.17 through Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 8 am to 8 pm in the Hemmingson Ballroom. If your screening shows COVID-19 symptoms or an exposure, you will be tested at our testing site on 729 E. Boone Avenue. Walk-in testing will occur in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom.
The screening will be conducted by Gonzaga’s contact tracers, and it will include a temperature check and a self-attestation using the ZagCheck app.
- Normal (less than 100.4 degrees) – you will proceed to ZagCheck screening
- Fever (100.4 degrees or greater) – you will immediately be sent to test at 729 E. Boone Ave.
- ZagCheck (please be prepared to share your self-screen result)
- At-Home Test Result Check
What Happens After I am Tested?
After participating in testing between January 16-19, you will be asked to shelter in your place of residence until you receive your test results. While sheltering, you should:
- Monitor for symptoms. Call the COVID-19 Hotline (509) 313-7070 (ext. 1) if symptoms develop.
- Not socialize or interact with anyone outside of your household unit (i.e., room, apartment, suite, etc.).
- Not attend in-person events, classes, meetings, etc.
- Utilize take out options for on campus dining and eat at your place of residence.
- Continue wearing your face covering, practicing proper social distancing, and hand washing.
What Happens If I Test Positive?
If you are tested in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom or at 729 E. Boone Ave, and test positive, you will be contacted by a member of Gonzaga’s contact tracing team or by a Health and Counseling Services staff member. Contact tracers will assess any additional campus exposures and provide a timeline for returning to campus.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, you may contact Health and Counseling Services starting Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 8:00 am at (509) 313-4066. For other healthcare needs, including COVID-19 related concerns, prior to January 19, please contact your local healthcare provider or an urgent care center. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.
Please note that student surveillance testing will begin Wednesday, Jan.20. You will be notified by email each week if you are selected for testing.
Are COVID-19 Vaccines Available?
At this time, we do not have detailed information from the State of Washington or Spokane Regional Health District about vaccinations on campus. Information will be shared as it becomes available.
How Can I Best Protect Myself and Others?
A successful semester requires that all community members assist with prevention and self-monitoring behaviors. Prevention strategies are simple and include the following:
- Wash your hands frequently using plenty of soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Wear face coverings any time you are out of your private space. Handle your face coverings carefully and wash hands after removing the face covering you just used. • Use a clean face covering every day.
- Stay 6 feet away from people (social distancing) even with a mask on.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Disinfect common spaces you use before and after use. This includes tables, desks in classrooms and other community-shared furniture or equipment.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Lastly, as a reminder, please use the ZagCheck app to report symptoms and exposures this semester.
We thank you for continuing to support the health and well begin of yourselves and our broader Zag Law Community!
Susan Lee, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Dean of Students