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Information for BRET Students in light of Covid-19

Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2021

The BRET Office continues to work on a mainly remote basis. In the event that you need to contact someone, and are unsure of the appropriate person to reach out to, please email  Megan will put you in contact with the appropriate individual.

If you call the main BRET Office phone number (615-343-4611), please be sure to leave a voicemail, and someone will be in contact with you.

BRET Graduate Students and Postdocs can find more important communications and resources here.

For more information on returning to campus, please see the Graduate and Professional Students Return to Campus webpage.

*If a student is showing COVID-19 symptoms:
Go to the Student Health Center (615-322-2427), located at 1210 Stevenson Center Lane, Nashville TN  37232-8710.  The Student Health Center (SHC) is housed on the third (street level) floor and fourth floor of the Zerfoss Building.  The student will be screened, and testing will be done if clinically indicated (depending on the presence of symptoms). Testing is done on a walk-in basis and no appointments are needed. Hours are 8-4:30 CDT, Monday through Friday.
-If SHC is closed and a student needs evaluation for COVID-19 after-hours, they can go to another VUMC walk-in clinic or call the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at (888) 312-0847 for information about after-hours assessment site availability.  This number is answered seven days a week, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CDT. The SHC on-call provider can also be reached after-hours at 615-322-2427.

*What happens if you believe you may have been exposed, but you are not showing symptoms of infection?
This could be due to (a) you are not infected, (b) you are infected, but the virus has not advanced to the stage where symptoms develop or (c) you are an individual where infection is not accompanied by typical COVID-19 symptoms.
For testing when you are not symptomatic, you have a number of choices:
-Visit the Assessment Site page of the Tennessee Department of Health website (call in advance to the site of choice to confirm eligibility, cost, etc).
-Some testing sites of note outside of Vanderbilt:
*There are several CVS locations in Davidson County (and surrounding counties) with COVID-19 testing capabilities. Their website advertises that there is no cost for testing (though you should still confirm with your health plan before scheduling an appointment), with results *typically* back in 2-4 days.
*Community Assessments Centers opened by the Metro Covid-19 Task Force:

1)Nissan Stadium
Lot “N”
1 Titans Way
Nashville, TN 37213

2) Meharry Medical College
918 21st Ave North
Nashville, TN 37208

3) Former Kmart
2491 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37217

*Before going to one of these Community Assessments Centers, call the Community Hotline (between 7am -7pm CDT daily) – 615-862-7777. You do not have to be symptomatic to get tested at one of these three centers, and there is no charge to be tested. Current results turn-around time is a week or less.

You should discuss your immediate plans with your lab supervisor, and/or (if applicable) with IGP/QCB leadership, immediately following the testing. Testing results can return in 24hr to as long as 3 or 4 days, depending. If you have become infected, it usually takes 3-6 days to become viremic. After exposure, you should continue to take full precautions around your colleagues (use of masks, appropriate distance spacing). The safest course of action for your colleagues is to self-isolate until you have been tested and received your results.  If you do find that you have been infected, then you should self-quarantine until a subsequent Covid-19 test indicates that you are no longer infectious.

*Guidance for Managing Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Research Spaces (will need VUnetID and password to login).

VU Research Space Isolation and Disinfection Guidance for a Confirmed COVID-19 Case (will need VUnetID and password to login).

*Please see the Vanderbilt GCOVID-19 Testing: Graduate and Professional Student Spring Semester Testing Overview webpage for more information on COVID-19 protocol.

*90.3 WPLN News Nashville Public Radio, July 6, 2020:  Where To Get Tested In Tennessee Without Symptoms And Without Paying

*COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines for VUMC Workforce Members