For questions not addressed in the FAQs, these resources contain a wealth of information on the subject(s):


I recently had Covid and my symptoms are improving. Can I participate in the campus surveillance testing to confirm my testing status?

No. Please do not use Georgia Tech’s surveillance testing program to confirm that you no longer have Covid. Surveillance testing is for students, postdocs, faculty, and staff who do not have Covid-19 symptoms.

Current guidelines do not require testing to end isolation. Individuals who have tested positive for Covid can end isolation if at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved. They should continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days after ending isolation.

If doing testing to determine if one is still infectious, antigen testing is preferred over PCR testing, since antigen testing is thought to more accurately reflect potential to infect others.


I have recently been diagnosed with Covid, when should I test again?

People who have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get asymptomatic surveillance testing until 90 days have passed since the initial infection. 

If you retest for Covid shortly after your infection, it is possible that you will receive a positive test result even though you are no longer infectious. This is because the Covid antigen can remain in your system for some period of time after infection.


Where can I get tested after a period of international travel?

Updated June 18, 2021

You can find up-to-date testing information on the Stamps Health Services website here: Covid-19 Testing Locations and Hours.


What will happen if someone gets sick or shows symptoms? Will you notify their classmates/instructors/colleagues?

Updated May 30, 2021

If a person received a test at Stamps or through the CLIA-certified surveillance testing on campus, positive results will automatically be reported to Stamps Health Services.

Students and employees who utilize non-Georgia Tech-sponsored testing will be required to notify Stamps Health Services of their positive result through an online portal. All test results reporting will be conducted in compliance with HIPAA and other privacy regulations.

Optional Covid-19 Radar App 
Georgia Tech is using NOVID, a pandemic radar app that will help students, staff, and faculty get ahead of the spread of the coronavirus. NOVID is the only app that notifies you before you’ve been exposed to the virus so you can take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick. Use of the app is voluntary, and it is available at no cost to members of the Georgia Tech community. Information about the app is available on the Covid Central portal

First, download the NOVID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Enter the community code “JACKETS” when prompted, or at the top of the Settings page. 

  • NOVID anonymously detects nearby users to build a web of people connected to you. If any of them reports an exposure or positive test result, you will receive a notification through the NOVID app. 
  • NOVID captures no personally identifiable information from users.  
  • The app exchanges information with other phones also running the app. It records a frequently changing code to other devices so they can be alerted if necessary — but without sharing any personally identifiable information.  
  • Pairs of code interactions are stored on the NOVID server for a limited period of time. 
  • If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test at Stamps Health Services, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones the app has recorded as potential exposures. 
  • If a student has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is contacted by a contact tracer, they will be given a one-time code that they can enter into the app, which will send a notification to other phones within their network. 
  • Community members who have received positive tests elsewhere on campus or off campus are required, as part of public health regulations, to report this to Stamps Health Services
  • Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Software Assurance Branch evaluated NOVID for privacy protections to make sure it doesn’t record personal information that could identify users — and for cybersecurity issues to make sure it protects the device. 
  • More details about the NOVID app are available on the Covid Central portal and at novid.org.


What’s the difference between “diagnostic” and “surveillance” Covid-19 testing?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines these kinds of tests this way:

  • Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 is intended to identify occurrence at the individual level and is performed when there is a reason to suspect that an individual may be infected, such as having symptoms or suspected recent exposure, or to determine resolution of infection.
  • Surveillance testing is generally used to monitor for a community- or population-level occurrence, such as an infectious disease outbreak, or to characterize the occurrence once detected, such as looking at the incidence and prevalence of the occurrence. Surveillance testing is used to gain information at a population level, rather than an individual level.


What is “dual pooling” testing?

Dual pooling combines samples from multiple individuals and tests them as a group. Dual pooling dramatically increases the number of community members that can be sampled with a single coronavirus test.

Learn how dual pooling works.


What kind of test is used for the surveillance testing program?

Testing will use a validated, saliva-based PCR (molecular) SARS-Cov-2 virus test protocol and will be conducted in the Georgia Tech Molecular Evolution Core Laboratory.


What is Covid-19 surveillance testing?

Surveillance testing provides quick test results and actionable information for Georgia Tech senior leadership to understand the change of the prevalence of Covid-19 over time across the Tech community.

Surveillance testing will identify “silent carriers” who are positive and potentially transmitting the virus. In the end, this Covid-19 surveillance testing will ensure a safe Georgia Tech for everyone.


I have tested positive for Covid-19. What do I do?

If you test positive for Covid-19 or begin to have symptoms, please follow the steps outlined on the Isolation and Quarantine page.

Positive cases should be reported to Stamps Health Services. If a person received a test at Stamps or through the CLIA-certified surveillance testing on campus, that will happen automatically. Students and employees who utilize non-Georgia Tech-sponsored testing will be required to notify Stamps Health Services of the positive result through an online portal.

If a student tests positive, the student should isolate at their permanent home if possible. If the student lives in on-campus housing and cannot return home, Georgia Tech will provide a space for the student to isolate until the student meets criteria for ending isolation. If the student lives in off-campus housing, the student will need to isolate in their off-campus residence. Students in isolation and quarantine will be followed up by medical staff on a regular basis to monitor their welfare and progress. They will also have access to meal delivery.  

If a faculty or staff member tests positive, the person should work with their supervisor to identify co-workers or other members of the Georgia Tech community who were close contacts during the infectious period. The contact notification team will work with an employee’s supervisor to provide notification of exposure to close contacts and to provide information to the Georgia Department of Public Health as a part of DPH’s contact tracing efforts. 



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