Puget Sound community members may be required to participate in asymptomatic testing, symptomatic, or post-COVID-19 exposure testing. 

Symptomatic Testing 

If you are having COVID-19-like symptoms that are not attributed to a known condition, even if you are fully vaccinated, you should quarantine away from others (stay home, wear a mask, and do not attend work or class) until COVID-19 infection has been ruled out. Because breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals can occur, it is important that all campus members, regardless of vaccination status, quarantine upon symptom onset and get tested. 

COVID-like symptoms include: 

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

Students who are experiencing mild COVID-19-like symptoms and need symptomatic testing can utilize the saliva testing on campus to rule out COVID-19. Please see instructions about how to submit a saliva sample

Completed saliva tests should be placed in the drop box located in the second floor lobby of Wheelock Student Center, across from the dean's office (WSC 208). Please ensure that your sample is inside the baggie, and the baggie is clearly labeled with your name and Puget Sound ID number.  

Samples are shipped to the lab Monday–Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Samples received after 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays will be shipped out on Mondays.

Students utilizing symptomatic saliva testing should quarantine until receiving a negative COVID-19 test. If the test result is negative, students can join in-person activities after symptoms have resolved or improved (depending on the symptoms and/or guidance from CHWS). If guidance regarding mild symptoms is needed after receiving a negative result, please call CHWS at 253.879.1555. In general, students should not join in-person activities until they have been fever free for 24 hours, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test. 

If you are having moderate or severe COVID-19-like symptoms, call the triage nurse at Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) at 253.879.2798, and leave a message Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The triage nurse will provide guidance and schedule you for an appointment with a health care provider if needed. At your appointment, you may be tested for COVID-19 and other conditions as appropriate. 

Students with moderate to severe symptoms should self-quarantine until they have received guidance from the triage nurse or another health care provider and a negative test result from a PCR/NAAT test. Antigen tests cannot be used to rule out COVID-19 infection in symptomatic individuals. If your symptoms are due to another cause, not COVID-19, (strep throat, asthma) the health care provider will determine your next steps. 

Faculty and staff members who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should seek out testing with their health care provider or a testing site. The Multicare Respiratory Clinic on campus is available for COVID-19 testing. Appointments are required. The MultiCare Respiratory Clinic can be reached at 253.879.2821. The clinic is located at 3215 N. 13th St. (near the Yellow House). Faculty/staff members should self-quarantine until they have received a negative test result from a PCR/NAAT test. If a faculty/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must report this to a designated person (supervisor, department chair, etc.). This person will contact CHWS and inform them of the test result so that CHWS may begin contact tracing. Antigen tests cannot be used to rule out COVID-19 infection in symptomatic individuals. 

 

Testing After a COVID-19 Exposure 

Unvaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated Campus Members
Campus members who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have been exposed to a positive case should quarantine immediately, and call CHWS for further guidance regarding quarantine and testing. Faculty and staff members should also contact their supervisors to report their exposure.  

Vaccinated Campus Members
Per CDC guidance, individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have had close contact with someone who has tested positive do not need to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic (not having symptoms). However, campus policy requires that vaccinated individuals exposed to COVID-19 test twice after exposure even if they remain asymptomatic. If you become symptomatic, you must quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 right away.

  • Students: After exposure to COVID-19, you must call CHWS and inform them of your exposure so that CHWS may provide guidance in this situation and help you schedule testing. You are required to be tested twice within 10 days after exposure. The first test should be three to five days after exposure, and the second should be six to 10 days after exposure. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine after exposure unless you develop symptoms. 
  • Faculty/Staff: After exposure to COVID-19, you must report this to a designated person (supervisor, department chair, etc.). This person will contact CHWS and inform them of your exposure so that CHWS may provide guidance in this situation. You are required to be tested twice within 10 days after exposure. The first test should be three to five days after exposure, and the second should be six to ten days after exposure.
    • The Multicare Respiratory Clinic can test people who have been exposed to COVID-19. Appointments are required. The clinic can be reached at 253.879.2821 and is located at 3215 N.13th St. (near the Yellow House).
    • Testing can also be done at these testing sites in Pierce County: Testing Information 

 

Randomized Surveillance Testing Program 

Beginning Monday, Oct. 4, CHWS will begin testing 10 percent of the campus community every week, and tracking positivity rates on the COVID-19 dashboard. Participants will be notified via email when they are selected for randomized testing. 

 

Pooled Saliva Testing and Daily Screening Requirements

Unvaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Must continue to complete daily online COVID-19 health self-screening
  • Unvaccinated students who live on campus should continue to test twice a week.   
  • Unvaccinated students who live off campus should test once per week. 
  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff should test once weekly

Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Do not need to complete daily online COVID-19 health self-screening
  • Do not need to test unless chosen for randomized surveillance testing

Saliva Test Kit Distribution and Sample Collection 
Saliva test kit pickup and drop-off will take place on the second floor lobby across from the Dean's Office (208). 

Please collect your sample prior to dropping it off, or go into the bathroom or outside to collect your sample. After you have collected your saliva sample, please ensure that your sample vial is inside the baggie, and the baggie is clearly labeled with your name and ID number.  

Results
Pooled-testing results are sent weekly by text and email.

Further Information
More information about how pooled testing works, and how to produce a sample can be found on the COVID-19 testing instruction webpage. Please contact Danielle Bus at dbus@pugetsound.edu or call 253.879.2796 for additional information.