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What You Need to Know: Student Testing

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

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Mandatory Fall Testing

Return to Campus Testing

  • If you verify your COVID-19 vaccination with the University by Sunday, Aug. 1, you are not required to undergo testing at the beginning of the semester.
  • If you will be on campus this fall and do not verify your vaccination by Aug. 1, you are required to submit a valid COVID-19 test result.
    • If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you will not need to provide a test result, but you must contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 and provide proof of a positive result to be exempted from testing.
  • Those who fail to comply with COVID-19 testing requirements may be subject to discipline in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures.

Accepted COVID-19 Tests

Morgantown Testing Options

If you wish to complete COVID-19 testing in Morgantown, options include:

Submit Your Results

Deliver a printed copy of your negative test result to a WVU health care professional within 48 hours of when you arrive on campus at one of these locations. You will be asked to provide your Mountaineer Card and/or employee number when you arrive.

  • College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (Room 104)
    • Aug. 2-17: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Weekend hours are available on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mountainlair (Greenbrier Room)
    • Aug. 12-20: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Weekend hours are available on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Health Sciences (near the Pylons)
    • Aug. 9-20: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Weekend hours are available on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Random Sample Testing

WVU will continue to conduct weekly random sample testing among certain groups of students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the University.

  • If you verified your vaccination with WVU by Aug. 1, you are exempt from random sample testing.
  • WVU will identify those who may be asked to participate in sample testing based on their role or academic discipline — regardless of whether the individual has a known exposure or is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Certain groups may be asked to complete testing on a weekly basis based on their potential exposure to COVID-19 and vaccination status.

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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 during the summer and fall terms:

  • 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.
  • Fall testing begins Monday, Aug. 2, and will be held Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Rec Center's lower gym.
  • No appointment is required.
  • Testing is open to WVU students, employees and residents of Monongalia County.
  • Free parking will be available in Short Term Lots 4 and 9.
  • Wear a face mask and practice physical distancing.
  • Bring identification (driver's license or proof of address).
  • Students and employees who need testing outside of normal testing hours may call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200 for more information.

Student Health also offers walk-in appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays (beginning Aug. 14) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 continue to report all positive COVID-19 results to the University, including results from third-parties outside the WVU testing system, to WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or CareServices@mail.wvu.edu.
  • Individuals reporting a positive test result will be contacted by their local health department and may also be contacted by Student Health Services.
  • 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

  • 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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