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What You Need to Know: Employee Testing

WVU will provide baseline and surveillance testing, as well as testing for employees who exhibit symptoms.

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Mandatory Testing

  • Individuals who have not verified their vaccination status with WVU by Aug. 1 will be expected to be tested prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will be randomly selected for regular screening testing throughout the fall semester.

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Optional Testing

Community Testing

WVU has partnered with the Monongalia County Health Department to hold free COVID-19 community testing at the WVU Student Rec Center throughout the summer:

  • Testing will be held Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon in classroom G-44 located off of the Student Rec Center's lower gym.
  • No appointment is required.
  • This is walk-in testing; free parking will be available in Short Term Lots 4 and 9.
  • Wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
  • Bring identification (driver's license or proof of address).
  • Students and employees that may require a test outside of these hours may call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200 to schedule a test.

Community testing is open to WVU students, employees and residents of Monongalia County.

If You're Exposed to COVID-19

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Testing Procedures

Types of Diagnostic Tests

WVU’s spring semester testing program will use two types of diagnostic tests:

  • RT-PCR tests detect the virus’s genetic material – the RNA – and is sensitive enough to need only a small amount. PCR tests can take from 24-72 hours to provide results but are regarded as the gold standard testing method.
  • Rapid antigen tests detect specific proteins from the virus and are particularly useful for identifying a person who is at or near peak infection. Generally, antigen tests provide faster results but can be less accurate for asymptomatic screenings.
    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, an initial antigen test may be administered to enable the rapid identification and isolation of positive COVID-19 cases.

What Your Results Mean

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Positive antigen test result — Generally means you have COVID-19 and will be required to isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Positive RT-PCR test result — You have COVID-19 and will be required to isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Negative antigen test result — Does not rule out COVID-19. You will be placed in isolation and receive a RT-PCR test within 24 hours.
    • A positive RT-PCR test result means you have COVID-19 and will be required to continue isolation.
    • A negative RT-PCR test result means you do not have COVID-19. You will be released from isolation protocols.

If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Positive RT-PCR test result — You have COVID-19 and will be required to isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Positive antigen test result — You may have COVID-19 and will be required to isolate and receive a RT-PCR test within 24 hours.
    • A positive RT-PCR test result means you have COVID-19 and will be required to continue isolation.
    • A negative RT-PCR test result means you do not have COVID-19. You will be released from isolation protocols and asked to monitor for symptoms.
  • Negative result from either test (RT-PCR or antigen) — Generally means you do not have COVID-19.

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If You Test Positive

Employees with a positive test result will be notified by the local health department. Morgantown faculty and staff with a positive test result will also be notified by the Student Health Services clinic.

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If You Develop Symptoms After Testing Negative

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms after testing negative, you should be evaluated by a physician. Faculty and staff should call WVU Medicine’s COVID-19 phone number at 304-598-6000 (Option 4). You should not come to campus if you are feeling ill.

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Monitoring COVID-19 on Campus

  • We will issue campus testing results for the University community on a weekly basis.
  • This data, along with local and regional trends, will be continually monitored by University and local and state health officials.

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