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What You Need to Know: Employee Testing

WVU will provide baseline and surveillance testing, as well as ongoing testing for employees who are at higher risk or exhibit symptoms.

Important information

Jan. 18-22 Testing Site Change

From Monday, Jan. 18, through Friday, Jan. 22, all appointments for University COVID-19 testing (Return to Campus testing and ongoing testing) will take place at the Mountainlair in the Gold and Blue Ballrooms.

  • The WVU Student Rec Center testing site will be temporarily closed while the facility is prepared for increased COVID-19 vaccinations in the coming weeks.
  • The WVU Student Rec Center testing site will reopen on Monday, Jan. 25, in the lower gym.
  • Community COVID-19 testing will be held as originally scheduled at the WVU Student Rec Center on Monday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Mandatory Testing

Return to Campus Testing

  • Employees working on Morgantown campus this spring in a full-time or hybrid capacity — including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccination — are required to be tested for COVID-19.
    • Employees who have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days are not required to be tested but should notify WVU Shared Services.
  • WVU Extension agents in the field will not be required to test, but they are welcome to travel to a campus testing site if they choose.
  • WVU Keyser and WVU Beckley campuses are conducting free return to campus testing separate from the Morgantown program. Employees should continue monitoring their email for additional information.

How to Schedule a Test
Employees who are required to be tested were sent emails beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16, from COVIDtesting@mail.wvu.edu with instructions to register through myhousing.wvu.edu.

  • Testing dates will be Jan. 11-16 at the WVU Student Recreation Center and the Mountainlair.
  • If you have special circumstances (e.g., travel) that prevent you from testing during the times available, contact WVU Shared Services at SharedServices@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-6006.

Testing Procedure
Your test should take less than five minutes to complete. You may be directed to a self-swab lane where you will receive instructions for performing a self-swab test.

  • Wear a mask and arrive on time.
  • Upon arrival, check in and verify your information. You will be asked to provide your Mountaineer Card and/or your WVU ID number.
  • Most employees and students will receive a nasal live-virus, anterior swab reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
  • Because they will be tested frequently throughout the semester as part of sample testing, students living in residence halls, resident assistants and residence hall coordinators may receive a rapid antigen diagnostic test, which typically provide same-day results.
  • Antigen tests may also be used for individuals who are symptomatic.

Other Testing Options
WVU will accept certain COVID-19 test results from other West Virginia State-supported community testing sites as part of return to campus testing.

  • WVU will only accept live-virus RT-PCR test results dated after Monday, Jan. 4, and on or before Saturday, Jan. 9, from other West Virginia State-supported testing centers.
  • Rapid antigen diagnostic test results and results from out-of-state testing centers will not be accepted.
  • Employees who wish to provide COVID-19 test results that meet these requirements must deliver a printed copy of their results to the Mountainlair testing site on Friday, Jan. 8, or Saturday, Jan. 9, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Ongoing Testing

In addition to testing symptomatic individuals, WVU will sample test throughout the spring semester to assess the general health of the community and if spread of COVID-19 exists.

  • Each week, at least 10% of students who will be on campus will be asked to be tested for COVID-19 as part of the University’s ongoing testing plan.
  • Some students and employees may be asked to test more frequently due to their involvement in certain majors, programs, residence halls, sports teams, etc.
  • Those selected at random to be tested will receive an email from COVIDtesting@mail.wvu.edu.

Getting Results

If WVU Rapid Development Lab provided your test:

  1. Go to www.getmywvrdlreport.com.
  2. Review the agreement and click "I Agree" to continue.
  3. Enter your name, birthdate and the registration number you were given when you were tested.

If QLabs provided your test:

  1. Go to wv.getmycovidresult.com.
  2. Review the agreement and click "I Agree" to continue.
  3. Enter your name, birthdate and the registration number you were given when you were tested.

If Quest Diagnostics provided your test:

  1. Create your MyQuest account.
    • Important: When asked how Quest Diagnostics should stay in touch with you, use your WVU 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.
  2. Check your email for a message from Quest. Click the link to confirm your email address and activate your account.
  3. Log in to your MyQuest account using the username and password that you chose when you signed up.
  4. 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.
  5. Accept the Patient Authorization (HIPAA Authorization).
  6. You're set! You will now get your Quest Diagnostics test results through your MyQuest account.

Call Quest at 877-291-7521 for problems with the result portal.

If you need assistance getting results from Quest Diagnostics, contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or SharedServices@mail.wvu.edu. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Optional Testing

Community Testing

In conjunction with WVU and the West Virginia National Guard, the Monongalia County Health Department will hold free community testing at the WVU Student Rec Center:

  • Monday, Jan. 18 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 22 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 25 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 29 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

For both the WVU and community testing:

  • 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).

Weekly Testing for Employees

  • WVU employees working in hybrid or in-person capacities will continue to have the option to receive a COVID-19 test weekly if desired throughout the spring semester.
  • Tests may be scheduled at myhousing.wvu.edu.

If You're Exposed to COVID-19

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Checklist

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

Testing is only one part of a multifaceted strategy to diminish the spread of COVID-19. Our extensive Return to Campus testing will establish a baseline of disease prevalence that will be monitored for trends throughout the year.

  • We will issue campus testing results for 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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