COVID-19 response weekly update: testing updates

COVID-19 response weekly update: testing updates

October 5, 2020

Dear colleagues,

Over the last seven days, we tested about 5,000 people. Ten people tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We believe that two of the staff positive cases have some connections to each other, and two of the undergrad positive cases are also connected. We also believe that all of the related cases resulted from off-campus interactions. Rice’s testing statistics, along with isolation and quarantine data, can be found on the COVID-19 website:

There may be rare times when you believe you have been in an environment (for example, a wedding) where your risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus was unusually high. If so, please call the Rice Community Call Center at (713) 348-4224, which is open Monday—Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., so that we can design a special health care protocol for you. This would typically involve health monitoring every day and testing more than once a week.

If you are experiencing symptoms that you suspect might be COVID-19 please fill out a health reporting form that can be found on the (scroll down past the dashboard information). Do not directly sign up for testing, and do not attend a scheduled testing appointment if you are symptomatic. Please wait and consult with the Crisis Management Team staff who will follow up on your health reporting form.

This week, we’re testing at our intended regular capacity of 1,000 PCR tests a day. We’ve been contacting the people we hope to test every week (based on return to work plans, grad student surveys and on-campus instructors identified by the registrar). But if you’ve not been contacted for a test and for any reason you feel you should be tested (if you’re on-campus and having sufficient contact with other people), you should sign up at (Enter the security code provided in your email). Please be sure to confirm you’ve provided all the requested information correctly when you sign up for a test appointment (especially your birth date, email, and NetID). You should receive a confirmation email shortly after scheduling your test. You must bring your confirmation email with a QR code (either on your phone or a printed copy) to check in to your testing appointment. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact because that means there’s probably an error that may also delay the delivery of your test results.

Our test results have typically been provided within 48 hours. If you have not received your test result after 48 hours please email If email is not convenient for you, please phone the Rice Community Call Center at (713) 348-4224.

Kevin Kirby
Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee
Vice President for Administration