Summer 2021 COVID-19 Testing

Members of the Puget Sound community may be required to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing throughout the summer.

Testing Protocols and Instructions

Daily Self-Screening

Students, faculty members, and staff members are required to complete a daily online COVID-19 health self-screening before coming to campus, or for those living on campus, before leaving their campus residence. Those who identify as having symptoms of COVID-19 will not be cleared to be on campus (or if already on campus, to engage in campus activities), and will be referred for medical evaluation.

 

Testing Frequency

Students

  • Testing twice weekly is mandatory for students in residence halls.
  • Testing once weekly is required for student staff members and students taking in-person classes who do not live on campus.  

Faculty/Staff

Faculty and staff members working on campus should participate in asymptomatic testing if needed according to the criteria below:

Testing required (view COVID-19 testing instructions):

  • Faculty and staff members are required to test once weekly if they provide in-person services to the Puget Sound community two or more days a week.
  • Faculty and staff members who are on campus three or more times a week without providing in-person services are required to test once weekly.

No testing required:

  • Faculty and staff members are not required to participate in testing if they work entirely remotely or come to campus fewer than three times per week and do not provide in-person services or otherwise interact with the community.

We anticipate revising the testing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated and will communicate with campus members soon about revisions to the above testing requirements.

 

Test Kit Distribution and Collection

Student testing and faculty/staff test kit pickup and drop-off will take place in the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) office, on the second floor of Wheelock Student Center, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday. Faculty/staff members may return completed samples any time via the drop box located outside the CHWS office entrance.

 

Accessing Your Results

Collected samples will be shipped to the Mirimus lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and should arrive by 10 a.m. the following morning. Your results should be posted within 24–48 hours after samples arrive at the lab. Samples collected or dropped off on other days will be shipped to the lab on the next shipping day. 

Printable Results Instructions (PDF)

Get Your Results:

  • Go to pugetsound.edu/testresults.
  • Log in using your campus ID number, located on your LoggerCard. You must enter the full 10-digit number, including preceding zeros.

 

What Your Results Mean

  • Not Detected: Your pool has cleared, and you may continue your campus activities.
  • Processing: Testing of your pool is not yet complete.
  • Detected: COVID-19 was detected in your pool. This does not necessarily mean that you are positive.
  • Inconclusive: For some reason, the samples in your pool need to be retested.
  • Invalid: The lab was not able to process your sample. This could be due to not enough saliva in the sample, food debris or phlegm in the sample, etc. Return to the testing pavilion at your earliest convenience to repeat your test.

If your result is "Detected," you may be part of a pool in which someone has tested positive for COVID-19. If that's the case, you will be contacted by text and email, and you must stay home and limit your contact with others (social distance, wear a mask, etc.) until you receive further test results.

Students

You should remain in your room, wear a mask while awake, and avoid spending time with others. You may visit campus dining locations wearing a mask to pick up grab-and-go items to eat in your room. You will receive more information about your results within 24 hours of receiving the "Detected" result.

Faculty/Staff

In addition to staying home (working remotely, if possible) and limiting your contact with others, please notify your supervisor, so coverage may be arranged as your pool is further processed. You will receive more information about your results within 24 hours of receiving the "Detected" result.

If 72 hours has passed since your pool should have arrived at the lab, and your results still show as “Processing,” that does not necessarily mean that you are part of a pool in which someone has tested positive for COVID-19. Please contact CHWS at chws@pugetsound.edu to resolve the issue. 

More information about test results