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Testing, screening, and COVID support

The campus offers free COVID-19 testing and has a COVID support team dedicated to assisting students and employees who have COVID-19 or have been exposed.

Updated: January 20, 2022

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The CDC recommends that those who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and who test positive for COVID-19 isolate for five days and wear a mask around others for an additional five days. Those who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and who are exposed to COVID-19 with no symptoms should wear a mask around others for 10 days and be tested at least five days after exposure.
  • The Student Health Center provides COVID-19 testing for students at no cost and offers free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kits for student and employee use.
  • The campus has a COVID support team whose role is to check on the situation of a student or employee who has (or may have) COVID-19 or been exposed, help connect them to support resources, and provide guidance.

COVID-19 testing

The Student Health Center provides COVID-19 testing for students at no cost. The diagnostic test offered may either be a PCR-NAAT or antigen test obtained by a nasal swab.

The Student Health Center also has a supply of free Everlywell COVID-19 PCR-NAAT test home collection kits for student and employee use. Learn how to get a free Everlywell COVID-19 test home collection kit.

Typical turnaround times are one to two days for Student Health Center tests and two to three days for EverlyWell test kits.

There are testing sites off campus at local pharmacies, clinics, and retailers. The state has an online tool that allows you to search by ZIP code to find testing options near you.

While awaiting diagnostic test results, students and employees should self-isolate and avoid close contact with others.

After receiving test results, students and employees should follow guidance from the university and their health care provider regarding the duration of their isolation or quarantine.

Testing for individuals who are up to date on vaccinations

Students and employees who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms. The CDC recommends they wear a mask when around others for 10 days and be tested at least five days after exposure. The CDC recommends those who test positive isolate for five days and wear a mask when around others for an additional five days.

Learn more about staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Testing for individuals who are not up to date on vaccinations

The CDC recommends that individuals who are eligible for a booster but have not yet received one, or who are not fully vaccinated, quarantine for five days if they are exposed to COVID-19 and be tested on day five after exposure. The CDC recommends wearing a mask while around others for an additional five days.

Find booster eligibility information.

Testing for individuals who have had COVID-19

According to the CDC, people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and completed their isolation do not need to self-isolate or be tested again for up to three months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. They should continue to monitor their health, stay home when they do not feel well, and consult a health care provider if they develop COVID-19 symptoms again.

COVID support

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, students and employees are encouraged to monitor their health and stay home when sick.

Complete the COVID-19 support form if you test positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19. Complete the form if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and are a close contact of someone who tests positive for the virus. Completing the COVID support form initiates outreach from the COVID support team for guidance.

Their role is to check on the situation of a student or employee who has (or may have) COVID-19 or been exposed, help connect them to support resources, provide guidance about whether they should self-isolate, and help contact others who may need to take precautions.

Anyone who submits a COVID support form is contacted by the support team—generally within 24 hours, but the response time can vary depending on case loads.

Students and employees are asked to promptly respond to communications (text, call, or email) from the support team.

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