Temple is committed to the well-being of all members of our campus community. Each of us has an essential part to play in the effort to keep campus and the surrounding community safe. This effort includes staying informed on the university’s testing and contact-tracing initiatives and policies, and understanding when and how to get tested.
The university collects and shares information regarding active COVID-19 cases within the university community. View the COVID-19 dashboard.
As part of the university’s expanded COVID-19 testing and contact-tracing initiative aimed at keeping students, faculty and staff healthy, Temple University opened a dedicated coronavirus testing center on Main Campus. The testing center is located along Cecil B. Moore Avenue, on the street level of Morgan Hall.
As previously announced, Temple plans to end remaining in-person instruction on Friday, Nov. 20, and transition to fully remote instruction for the remainder of the fall semester. Because students will be returning to their family homes to complete their fall courses and finals, Temple will provide departure COVID-19 testing and recommended self-quarantining to allow students who plan to leave campus and Philadelphia to do so safely.
The best way to prevent students and their loved ones from contracting the virus is to continue to adhere to the four public health pillars—both before and after they’re tested.
Additionally, the university urges all students to avoid attending any in-person gatherings with people other than their roommates or housemates and to self-quarantine for the two weeks leading up to their departure.
More information about when and how students can get tested is provided below.
While the virus continues to spread, evidence across institutions of higher education shows strong testing and sanitizing protocols and full community compliance with public health measures are fundamental to keeping campus case counts low.
To further ensure the safety of our community, Temple is instituting a more robust COVID-19 testing plan for the spring semester.
- Every student living in a residence hall, enrolled in an in-person course or assigned to clinical rotations will be tested twice a week for the entire semester.
- Any faculty or staff member whose work includes routine in-person interaction with students will also be eligible to be tested twice a week.
- Students in off-campus housing in the neighborhoods surrounding Temple and enrolled in a fully remote course load will be eligible to be tested once a week.
- Students or employees regularly commuting to campus to use facilities and services will also have the opportunity to be tested once a week.
- The Morgan Hall testing center will continue to provide symptomatic testing (testing those with symptoms of COVID-19 and those who are designated as a close contact of a person who has tested positive).
Testing is an important component of proceeding with a blended instructional model, but is not a preventive measure. All members of the Temple community must continue adhering to the university’s four public health pillars. Although our plans for the spring semester include expanded in-person instruction and increased COVID-19 testing, abiding by the four public health pillars remains the best way to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus.
Temple University has developed guidelines for students who are experiencing symptoms, need to be tested for COVID-19 or need to report symptoms, and what to do if students think they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. We also provide resources to help students monitor their health.
Answers to students’ frequently asked questions about testing and exposure to COVID-19 are provided below.
Temple University has developed guidelines for employees who are experiencing symptoms, need to be tested for COVID-19 or need to report symptoms, and what to do if employees think they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
Answers to frequently asked questions about testing and exposure to COVID-19, including information for faculty members if a student tests positive, are provided below.
Contact Tracing and Containment Measures
Contact tracing is the process of tracking and alerting individuals who have been exposed to the virus. When someone tests positive for or is likely to have COVID-19, contact tracing is how the people they have come into close contact with—and who might have been exposed to the virus—are identified, monitored and supported. The patient’s identity isn’t discussed with the contacts.
Temple’s Contact Tracing Unit, developed by Health Services and in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, uses interviews and available data to find out where someone who tested positive has been and what areas are the highest risk spaces. Physical distancing and wearing masks helps lessen the risks for all university spaces.
As part of our containment strategy, we have been continually expanding the capacity of our Contact Tracing Unit. Once someone is identified as having tested positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate, and close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days. We have designated isolation and quarantine space on campus for those living in residence halls or in off-campus housing.
Learn more about contact tracing at Temple.
On Nov. 20, the university announced revised travel expectations for students, faculty and staff, in accordance with recent guidance from the CDC, as well as requirements for travelers issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health advises individuals returning to Pennsylvania following travel to a “hot state” to self-quarantine for 14 days.
To keep our campus community as safe as possible, the university is following this recommendation by prohibiting university-supported travel to these states and requiring students and staff to remain off campus for a 14-day period following return from any of the states indicated in the Philadelphia recommendation.
Temple students, faculty and staff who have traveled in the past 14 days from a “hot state” will also be tested for COVID-19, in accordance with the guidance issued by the city of Philadelphia. If students, faculty or staff have been to one of these states within the past 14 days, they will need to log their travel in the Travel Tracker form on TUportal to help the university with any potential contact tracing efforts. After completing this form, they will receive further instructions from Health Services.