Testing, Isolation and Quarantine


Testing Strategy

Random Testing - 5% random sampling of all commuter students, employees, service providers, other University community members and 100% of residential students will be included in weekly COVID-19 testing.  Testing is one tool to identify the person-to-person spread of the virus and guide the implementation of control measures throughout the semester.

The frequency of our testing protocol, which exceeds both state and CDC guidelines, is essential to mitigating the spread of the virus on campus. The weekly testing will help identify people with COVID-19 before any symptoms emerge and identify individuals with COVID-19 but do not have symptoms. Regular and frequent testing will enable the University to isolate anyone testing positive from the rest of the community and immediately initiate contact tracing to identify people who were in close contact with someone who tested positive.

Testing will be on Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:30 in the Social Room of the John J. Cox Student Center, 244 University Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Enter from rear parking lot, above book store entrance. Contact Health Services at (203) 576-4712 or healthservices@bridgeport.edu for more information.

All on campus testing will be free of charge.

If you have a COVID-19 Positive Test Result contact:

  • Students – Student Health Services (“SHS”) at (203) 576-4712 or healthservices@bridgeport.edu
  • University Employees - Human Resources (203) 576-4588 or hr@bridgeport.edu
  • University Service Providers - Respective Human Resource Department

Any student with symptoms of potential COVID-19 infection WILL be tested as soon as possible. Students with symptoms should contact SHS at (203) 576-4712 or healthservices@bridgeport.edu.

Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate until 10 days have passed with no symptoms from the date of the test.  This 10-day period may be extended for those who develop symptoms according to CDC guidelines.


Isolation and Quarantine

When a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in the UB community, it is critical to address the immediate medical and practical needs of the affected individual.  Student Health Services will coordinate this effort for students. Employees should stay home so that they may recover and prevent the spread of COVID-19, and contact HR and their medical provider immediately.

The University of Bridgeport has designated isolation rooms for students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19.

Students in isolation will be provided meals from the dining halls and will be monitored by medical staff using telehealth. Students will be supported and cared for until a return to day-to-day routine is authorized under medical and public health guidance.

While in isolation or quarantine, students will not be allowed to have visitors. Student Affairs staff will work closely with students to support them in continuing their academic work or assist them in coordinating with their faculty if adjustments need to be made based on their health.

Students who have been notified by the contact tracing team that they have been exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days (based on current CDC guidelines). Residential students will be required to move temporarily to Bodine Hall to complete the quarantine.  

While in isolation or quarantine, students will not be allowed to have visitors. Student Affairs staff will work closely with students to support them in continuing their academic work or assist them in coordinating with their faculty if adjustments need to be made based on their health.

For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.

Yes. You should still self-quarantine for 14 days since your last exposure. It can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus for a person to develop COVID-19 symptoms. A negative result before end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to COVID-19.

Yes. It can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus for a person to develop COVID-19 symptoms. A negative result before end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self-quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to COVID-19.

No. The separation of common spaces, like bathrooms, is essential to mitigate the risk of the virus on campus.

General Campus Questions

Academic classrooms and common areas will be cleaned daily. Additionally, there will be cleaning spray available to wipe down desks if desired. Residence Halls will be cleaned 7 days a week.

The entire campus community is required to download the LiveSafe App and complete the daily health questionnaire.  Additionally, every member of the community is expected to complete a contact tracing information sheet at the end of each day.

LiveSafe is the App that UB utilizes for campus safety, as well as for COVID daily health assessments. For your safety and security you should download and utilize the app. 

If you travel to a state with travel restrictions, when you return to CT you will be required to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. Please view the complete list and see the documentation you would be required to submit to the State of Connecticut if you travel to one of the affected areas for more than 24 hours.

Academic Questions

Classroom spaces have been measured so that all desks are at least 6 feet apart. Seats that are not 6 feet apart have either been moved or marked with “do not sit” signs. Additionally, new capacity signs have been added to classrooms. You will find that faculty have adjusted their classes to meet new social distance requirements.

Each course is running a bit differently this semester, with some fully online, some fully on campus and some in a hybrid format.  Your instructor should reach out to you to give you information, but if you need details you can email your instructor through canvas or through webadvisor.

UB is offering a mix of online, on-ground and hybrid courses this fall. If you would prefer to take all online classes please contact your academic advisor to see if this can be accommodated within your degree plan.