COVID-19 Testing – American Film Institute

Testing Protocol

 

Testing Overview

All Fellows, Faculty and Staff who do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test from within 3 days in order to enter campus.

Please note that production guidelines may differ as to frequency. For specifics, refer to the AFI Production Guidelines, which were created by an AFI Task Force that included Fellows, Faculty and Staff. The guidelines are founded upon “The Safe Way Forward” study published by the DGA, IATSE, the Teamsters and SAG/AFTRA.

Also, testing frequency requirements may change as availability or unforeseen situations arise.

If a test proves positive while an individual is experiencing no symptoms, the individual may only return to campus after completing their isolation period per LA County guidelines.

If an individual has received a COVID-19 diagnosis with a positive test result within the past three months, they may be exempted from testing for a 90-day period following diagnosis so long as they have provide documentation following their infection.

Testing – AFI Campus

A mobile unit will be on campus to provide COVID-19 testing.

The current test will involve providing a nasal sample. Results will be provided in 24 hours.

Symptoms

Should an individual experience any of the following symptoms, they should reach out to their primary care physician as soon as they become symptomatic:

– Congestion/runny nose
– Cough
– Diarrhea
– Fatigue
– Fever or chills
– Headache
– Muscle/body aches
– Nausea or vomiting
– New loss of taste or smell
– Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
– Sore throat

If an individual does not have a Primary Care Provider, they should call 2-1-1, where LA County can assist them in finding a provider.

If an individual has ANY symptoms, they are required to stay home until symptoms resolve even if they have a negative COVID test result. Additionally, individuals must have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever.

Testing – After Exposure

Fully vaccinated individuals should test 3-5 days following an exposure or travel.

A 10-day quarantine is required for all individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have come into close contact with a suspected or positive COVID case. The 10-day time period begins the day after the most recent exposure.

If symptoms develop, refer to testing with symptoms protocol above.

Acceptable Tests

Acceptable Tests:

-PCR

-molecular tests

Note: Antibody and Antigen tests are not acceptable for productions.

Test Results – Reporting

All positive test results from off-campus testing must be reported to AFI’s COVID Compliance Officer at [email protected].

Please fill out the Positive Case Reporting Form.

AFI CAMPUS CHECKPOINT PROCEDURE

Location: 

There will be a screening location as you enter campus. Individuals will be screened through their car window or as they approach campus on foot at main entrance from Western Avenue.

Screening process for vaccinated individuals:

  1. Fully vaccinated individual presents information proving vaccination status to the screener.
    1. Proof of vaccination includes: Government-issued photo ID + vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccine provided and date last dose administered) OR a photo of the customer’s vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the customer’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR documentation of full vaccination from a healthcare provider (which includes name of person vaccinated and confirms that the person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19).
  2. Individual is asked if they are experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and temperature checked.
  3. Individual is asked if they are currently under quarantine or isolation orders.
  4. If they provide appropriate documentation and pass the symptom screening, the individual is given a wristband and allowed to proceed onto campus.
  5. If entry is denied, individual will receive information on safely quarantining and encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider for testing.

 

Screening process for unvaccinated individuals:

  1. Individual shows screener a current, digital or printed negative COVID-19 test result from within 3 days.
  2. Individual is asked if they are experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and temperature checked.
  3. Individual is asked if they are currently under quarantine or isolation orders.
  4. If they provide appropriate documentation and pass the symptom screening, the individual is given a wristband and allowed to proceed onto campus.
  5. If entry is denied, individual will receive information on safely quarantining and encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider for testing.

Screening criteria:

  • Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or over may request one additional temperature reading 5 minutes after the initial reading to ensure accuracy before denial is finalized
  • Entry will be denied to those without an appropriate proof of vaccination or test result, those experiencing COVID-related symptoms, those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or those deemed visibly ill by Screeners
  • Acceptable test results:
    • Negative PCR COVID-19 result within previous 7 days for vaccinated individuals, 3 days for unvaccinated individuals.
    • Proof of recovery from recent infection may allow individuals to forego testing for a short period of time, contact [email protected] for more information.

Protocol for Screeners

All screeners will wear gloves, N95/kn95 and eye protection and/or a surgical mask + face shield.

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