What You Need to Know: Testing
WVU will provide a free test to all students, faculty and staff who are returning to WVU campuses and provide for continued testing throughout the year.
Who Will and Won't be Tested
- The University will provide a free test to all students who are returning to WVU campuses and provide for continued testing throughout the year.
- Students who are taking classes exclusively online and will not be on campus are not be required to be tested.
- Students taking on-campus courses and/or using on-campus resources (libraries, dining facilities, etc.) are required to be tested for COVID-19.
- It is also strongly recommended that any student returning to Morgantown, no matter what their course schedule, be tested to assist in preventing community and campus spread. If you will not be on campus at all due to your new class schedule, this test will be voluntary, but it is strongly encouraged. The test is free.
- The University will provide a free test to all employees who are returning to WVU campuses and provide for continued testing throughout the year.
- Employees who are notified by their supervisor that they will continue working remotely, or will not be physically working on campus full-time this fall, will not be required to be tested.
- "Hybrid" employees who will be consistently working on campus — even if it's not every day — are required to be tested.
- Extension agents in the field are not required to be tested but are welcome to travel to a campus testing site if they choose.
Why You Need to be Tested When You Arrive on Campus
It's important that WVU establishes a baseline of disease prevalence on campus. The best way to do this is testing when students, staff and faculty return to campus. This will allow the University to monitor trends throughout the year as testing continues.
- For students who need to complete the COVID-19 test, failure to be tested by Aug. 22 will result in a $250 fee being added to a student's account and they will not be permitted to attend classes on campus. They will also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for follow-up. Students will be given an opportunity to explain any extenuating circumstances for their non-compliance. Follow-up actions will be based on the particular situation for each student.
- If you are charged a $250 fee inappropriately, please contact Shared Services at 304-293-6006.
- Employees who fail to take the COVID-19 test by Aug. 22 will be subject to employee disciplinary actions until they take the test, including, but not limited to, being placed on administrative leave without pay and/or being placed on administrative leave while using their annual leave.
How to Schedule Your Test
You will receive an email to your WVU account containing a link to register for testing at your preferred date, time and location:
- Morgantown faculty and staff: Registration emails began going out Monday, July 13, to faculty and staff in Morgantown who will be working on campus this fall. Employees based in Morgantown who are on temporary furlough will receive the email to schedule testing upon their return.
- Morgantown students: Registration emails began going out Monday, July 20, to students in Morgantown who will be attending classes on campus this fall.
- Students living in residence halls should plan on being tested for COVID-19 the day they move into their residence hall. Depending on their move-in time, they should schedule their COVID-19 test before or after, as that testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Residence hall residents unable to schedule their test for the same day as their arrival on campus should schedule an appointment no later than the next day.
- Beckley and Keyser faculty, staff and students: A registration email will be sent on Monday, Aug. 3, to students, faculty and staff at WVU Institute of Technology and WVU Potomac State College who will be attending classes or working on campus this fall.
As part of the registration process, you will be required to consent to a COVID-19 testing program terms of services, HIPAA waiver and complete an online pre-test questionnaire.
How to Reschedule Your Test
If you need to reschedule your test:
- Log back into myhousing.wvu.edu.
- Select COVID-19 Testing.
- Select Continue.
- Select Schedule an Appointment at the top of your confirmation page.
- Follow the prompts to cancel and reschedule your appointment.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all testing sites will be accessible. Students should call the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700 to make any necessary accommodations. Faculty and staff should contact the ADA coordinator with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Morgantown - Faculty and Staff
Drive-thru testing is available at the WVU Coliseum on the following dates:
- Monday, July 20 - Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday, July 27 - Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 3 - Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The testing provider for Morgantown faculty and staff is QLabs.
Morgantown - Students (including graduate assistants, student workers, work-study students, etc.)
Walk-up testing is available on the following dates and locations:
- Monday, July 27 – Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:
- Monday, Aug. 3 – Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:
- Monday, Aug. 3 – Friday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:
- Monday, Aug. 10 – Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:
- Monday, Aug. 17 – Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:
The testing provider for Morgantown students is Quest Diagnostics.
Students will not be permitted to attend classes on campus until they receive their test results. If you have to miss a class because you are awaiting your results, please contact your instructor to make any necessary arrangements.
Keyser - Students, Faculty and Staff
Walk-up and drive-thru testing is available Thursday, Aug. 13 – Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the J. Edward Kelley Complex Parking Lot.
The testing provider for Keyser students, faculty and staff is QLabs.
Beckley - Students, Faculty and Staff
Drive-thru testing is available on Tuesday, Aug. 11 – Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LRC Parking Lot.
Walk-up testing is available Tuesday, Aug. 11 – Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Van Meter Gym (VNM).
The testing provider for Beckley students, faculty and staff is QLabs.
Test Day Procedure
- The testing procedure should take less than five minutes to complete.
- Be sure to wear a mask to your appointment and arrive on time at your designated testing location.
- Upon your arrival, you will check in and verify your information. You will be asked to provide your Mountaineer Card and/or your WVU ID number (student) or employee number (employee).
- WVU's testing providers (Quest Diagnostics and QLabs) will perform a nasal live-virus, anterior swab test, which is less invasive and results in less discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory anatomical sites.
- After the test, you will be directed toward an exit and given a Welcome Back Kit that includes a cloth face mask or gaiter, disposable masks, hand sanitizer and a key touch tool.
- You can access your test results electronically (instructions for getting results) within three to five days.
- You will be asked to maintain physical separation as much as possible and avoid large gatherings to the fullest extent possible until the results of your test are available.
- Students will not be permitted to attend classes on campus until they receive their test results. If you have to miss a class because you are awaiting your results, please contact your instructor to make any necessary arrangements.
- Students can leave their residence hall room but should wear a mask/face covering as mandated and stay physically distant as much as possible.
- Students should still be able to eat within the dining halls, but they should wear a mask/face covering and physically distance themselves while traveling to dining halls and when they are not eating.
- During this period, various virtual activities will be hosted for students to stay busy, meet people, etc.
- Faculty and staff can leave their offices/workspaces but should wear a mask/face covering as mandated and stay physically distant as much as possible.
Students, Faculty and Staff with a Positive Test Result
Students, faculty and staff with a positive test result will be notified by the local health department. Morgantown students, faculty and staff with a positive test result will also be notified by the Student Health Services clinic.
- Representatives from the local health department will conduct a case investigation for all positive cases and initiate contact tracing.
- The University will assist with contact tracing and also work with local health departments to determine if there is a need to decontaminate a specific facility or implement any additional mitigation measures.
- Testing information regarding patients is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines and will be kept confidential.
If You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms After Testing Negative
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after testing negative, you should be evaluated by a physician. You should not come to campus if you are feeling ill.
- Students based in Morgantown should contact WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200.
- Students on WVU divisional campuses should contact their Student Health Clinic, the local health department or the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or 304-341-1579 if from WVU and using an out of state cell phone number.
- Faculty and staff should call WVU Medicine’s COVID-19 phone number at 304-598-6000 (Option 4).
Getting Your Results
WVU is partnering with Quest Diagnostics and QLabs to provide COVID-19 testing for faculty, staff and students. The steps for checking your results will depend on which provider performed your test.
Quest Diagnostics is providing all Morgantown student tests at the Mountainlair, Student Rec Center and Erickson Alumni Center.
To check results from Quest Diagnostics:
- Create your MyQuest account. If you are under the age of 18, you will need your parent or legal guardian to create a Quest account on your behalf.
- Important: When asked how Quest Diagnostics should stay in touch with you, use your ****@mix.wvu.edu email address, your permanent address and the phone number on file with WVU. This will speed-up your verification process allowing you to skip step 4 below.
- Check your email for a message from Quest. Click the link to confirm your email address and activate your account.
- Log in to your MyQuest account using the username and password that you chose when you signed up.
- If you are prompted, select the "Verify Your Identity" option and complete the Identity Verification Process. If you cannot complete it successfully, please do not contact Quest Diagnostics the same day. Quest will be checking nightly for new MyQuest users from WVU and verifying them. If, after a day or two, you are not verified, you can message Quest within the application.
- Accept the Patient Authorization (HIPAA Authorization).
- You're set! You will now get your Quest Diagnostics test results through your MyQuest account.
If You Created a MyQuest Account With a Non-WVU Email Address
If you have already set up your MyQuest account with an email other than your WVU email and you have not been able to complete your identity verification, please go to your account settings and change your email to your WVU email to take advantage of this process.
Students should call Quest at 877-291-7521 for problems with the result portal.
QLabs is providing all Morgantown faculty and staff tests at the WVU Coliseum, all tests at WVU Potomac State and all tests at WVU Tech.
To check results from QLabs:
- Go to wv.getmycovidresult.com.
- Review the agreement and click "I Agree" to continue.
- Enter your name, birthdate and the registration number you were given when you were tested.
Once the first phase of initial testing is complete, the University will continue to provide testing throughout the year, focusing on three major areas:
- Rapid testing for anyone who exhibits any symptoms.
- Frequent, ongoing testing for groups that may be at higher risk, such as those living in residence halls, those participating in athletics and those in the performing arts.
- Ongoing surveillance testing throughout the campus community during the school year.
Moving into the fall, there will be an ongoing testing site on campus for those who need a COVID-19 test. More information will be available on this site in the coming weeks.
There is no cost to the individual being tested. Since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, all forms of public and private insurance, including self-funded plans, must now cover FDA-approved COVID-19 tests and costs associated with testing with no cost-sharing.
While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicates that the disease is unlikely to spread through casual contact.
The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
When to Self-Quarantine
- You must self-quarantine if you feel ill or have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
- Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. In these situations, close contact includes:
- Having been within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a period of at least 15 minutes in any environment, regardless of the use of face coverings or masks; or,
- Having been in a closed indoor space with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a period of at least 15 minutes, regardless of the use of face coverings or masks.
- Please note that this is interim guidance and is based on the current outbreak situation in the Morgantown community. The guidance can/will be updated as the situation evolves.
- Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection. Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts. Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.
What to do if You're Self-Quarantining or Test Positive
- All WVU community members are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are self-quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. Students should notify the WVU CARE Team, and employees should notify WVU Medical Management.
- Individuals who meet the criteria for close contacts may be released from quarantine if they have no symptoms for a 14-day period or if they have no symptoms for a period of 7 days and receive a negative test result from COVID-19 testing. Employees and students should follow the procedures on our coronavirus website for assistance in seeking testing.
- The local health department will contact any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, complete an initial case investigation and initiate contact tracing.
- The University will support these efforts by providing contact information, personnel and other resources as requested.
- Once close contacts are identified, they will be quarantined and monitored for the development of symptoms.
- WVU Student Health and Student Life will work with students on procedures for quarantine and return to class.
- Supervisors and WVU Medical Management will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.
- Units and supervisors should ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of all students and employees is maintained during any efforts to identify potential close contacts.
Testing is only one part of a multifaceted strategy to diminish the spread of COVID-19. Our extensive initial testing will also establish a baseline of disease prevalence that will be monitored for trends throughout the year.
- We will issue a weekly update on this website of the number of positive cases identified within the University community.
- This data, along with local and regional trends, will be continually monitored by University and local and state health officials to determine if and when additional containment or mitigation strategies may be required.
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