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What You Need to Know: Student Testing

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

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Mandatory Testing

Sample Testing

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

  • Individuals who may be asked to participate in sample testing include:
    • students with in-person classes
    • members of fraternities and sororities
    • athletics or performing arts participants
    • specific faculty and staff populations
    • random samples of students and employees
  • Some groups (e.g., student athletes, resident assistants, residence hall coordinators and fraternity or sorority house residents) may be asked to complete testing on a weekly basis based on their potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Those selected at random to be tested will receive an email from COVIDtesting@mail.wvu.edu with instructions to register through myhousing.wvu.edu. View detailed registration instructions.
  • Sample testing will be conducted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower gym of the WVU Student Recreation Center (view map).
    • Use the ground floor entrance next to parking area 49, which is near the Health and Education building via Rec Center Drive. Parking in area 49 is free to those who are being tested.
  • You may be asked to perform a self-swab to collect your nasal sample.
  • Students who fail to comply with the request to sample test may be subject to discipline in accordance with University policies and procedures.

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:

  • Friday, Feb. 26 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, March 1 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, March 5 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, March 8 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, March 12 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, March 15 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, March 19 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, March 22 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, March 26 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, March 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

Students must report all positive results, including results from third-parties outside the WVU testing system, to WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or CareServices@mail.wvu.edu. Check our What to Do if ... scenarios for more guidance on what to do if you test positive.

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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. 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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