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COVID Testing FAQs

COVID Testing Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Students
Agnes Scott is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association in formulating the most appropriate strategy for campus testing.

Students are required to complete entry testing at the beginning of the semester in order to gain access to the campus. Additionally, every two weeks, students living in residence halls and/or requesting access to campus activities and services are required to complete a COVID-19 test. After this initial testing, all students are instructed to track symptoms through the Medicat app. Students will receive green, orange or red icons depending on their symptoms and exposure.

Symptomatic students and their contacts will be tested on an as needed basis.

Agnes Scott is partnering with Covid Check Colorado to provide testing with PCR tests, which are accurate and do not have a high rate of false negatives as occur with antigen testing
The lab cost itself is billed to the student’s insurance. If the student does not have insurance, the cost will be billed to the COVID-19 federal test fund. No student will be charged for this testing

The test is performed by inserting a nasal swab into the nose. In the future, Covid Check Colorado hopes to offer saliva testing.

Since some individuals spread the COVID virus while not having any symptoms, testing of individuals who are not having symptoms is important to locate people on campus who may be spreading Covid while they remain asymptomatic.
To promote a safe and healthy campus environment, all asymptomatic students who live in residence halls are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test every two weeks. Students who are having symptoms will be tested as needed. The testing will take place outside at the Wellness Center.
Testing is required for any student to have access to any on-campus activity, service or program. So, you must be tested in order to utilize the library or the computer lab, for example.
Only PCR and antigen testing are considered acceptable tests. Antibody tests are not reliable and therefore are not acceptable. Lab documentation of a negative PCR or antigen test within a  week of required testing will be accepted, as long as you have not developed symptoms since you took that test. If new symptoms have developed since the test results, the test should be repeated.

If you have had a positive test in the last 90 days then you should not be retested. You should submit proof of your previous diagnosis through the Wellness Center student portal. Lab documentation noting positive results of a PCR test will be accepted.

When you are due to be tested, you will receive an email with instructions on how to self-schedule and register at www.primarybio.com. When you come to the Wellness Center to be tested at your scheduled time, as long as you have pre-registered, you don't need to bring anything.

Tests are shipped to the lab at the end of each business day. Typically, PrimaryBio will email or text your test results to you within two to three business days.
This is not a cause for concern as the lab may not process the tests in the exact order in which the specimens were taken. Make sure that you check the email account that you used to register and be sure to check your spam folder. If you did not consent at the end of the test then this could prevent you from receiving your results. If it has been more than four days since you took your test, please contact the Wellness Center.
Testing will generally take from 10 to 30 minutes. If you have trouble standing for periods of up to thirty minutes, you will be able to request a chair. If you have other accessibility concerns, please contact rmorgan@agnesscott.edu. It is important that you arrive at your scheduled appointment time as this will help manage wait times and will facilitate social distancing. If you do miss your appointment time, it is very important that you call the Wellness Center immediately to reschedule.

Students who fail to complete initial and twice monthly screening tests will not be allowed on campus and will continue to display a red icon through Medicat. Again, you should call the Wellness Center right away if you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason.

If you receive a positive test result, you should go directly to your residence hall room. You should avoid contact with others and be sure to wear a mask at all times. If you have a roommate, it will be essential that you maintain a distance of six feet between you and your roommate. It is especially important that you avoid anyone who is immune-compromised.

Student Health Services and our student support team will be in contact to provide you with information as to what should happen next and help you determine the best place to isolate.

If you are under age 18, the College will need your guardian’s written or electronic consent. Please check the Wellness Center student portal for the consent form. If your parent or guardian is unable to complete the electronic form, they may download the HIPPA Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information form and submit it to the Wellness Center. This process only needs to be completed once, so if you completed this process during move-in you do not need to do it again.

There are several reasons why a student might be allowed to opt out of testing. The reasons include:

  • if you have a disability that would preclude you from having the test done,
  • if you are currently sick and unable to get to the testing facility,
  • if you have been ordered by a public official or health provider to maintain a quarantine or self-isolation
  • if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Please note that if you are currently sick, you should contact the Wellness Center to schedule a telehealth appointment.

Please contact the Wellness Center staff who will review your results with you.
Employees 
Agnes Scott is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association in formulating the most appropriate strategy for campus testing.
Faculty, staff and students are required to complete entry testing at the beginning of the semester in order to gain access to the campus. Additionally, every two weeks, faculty, staff and students living in residence halls and/or requesting access to campus for work or activities and services are required to complete a COVID-19 test. After this initial testing, all faculty, staff and students are instructed to track symptoms through the Medicat portal. Individuals will receive green, orange or red icons depending on their symptoms and exposure. Symptomatic employees should stay home and contact their health provider and follow CDC guidelines for when they can return to campus.
Agnes Scott is partnering with Covid Check Colorado to provide testing with PCR tests, which are accurate and do not have a high rate of false negatives as occur with antigen testing.
The lab cost itself is billed to the employee's insurance. If the employee does not have insurance, the cost will be billed to the COVID-19 federal test fund. No one will be charged for this testing.
The test is performed by inserting a nasal swab into the nose. In the future, Covid Check Colorado hopes to offer saliva testing.
Since some individuals spread the COVID virus while not having any symptoms, testing of individuals who are not having symptoms is important to locate people on campus who may be spreading Covid while they remain asymptomatic.
To promote a safe and healthy campus environment, all asymptomatic faculty and staff working on campus (regardless of the number of days on campus per week) and students who live in residence halls are required to have a COVID-19 PCR test every two weeks. Students who are having symptoms will be tested as needed. The testing will take place outside at the Wellness Center.
Testing is required for any faculty, staff or student to have access to work on-campus or for any on-campus activity, service or program. So, you must be tested in order to utilize the library or the computer lab, for example.
Only PCR and antigen testing are considered acceptable tests. Antibody tests do not rule out current infection and therefore are not acceptable. Lab documentation of a negative PCR or antigen test within a week of required testing will be accepted, as long as you have not developed symptoms since you took that test. If new symptoms have developed since the test results, the test should be repeated.
If you have had a positive test in the last 90 days then you should not be retested. You should submit proof of your previous diagnosis to the Office of People and Culture. Lab documentation noting positive results of a PCR test will be accepted.
When you are due to be tested, you will receive an email with instructions on how to self-schedule and register at www.primarybio.com. When you come to the Wellness Center to be tested at your scheduled time, as long as you have pre-registered, you don't need to bring anything.
Tests are shipped to the lab at the end of each business day. Typically, PrimaryBio will email or text your test results to you within two to three business days.
This is not a cause for concern as the lab may not process the tests in the exact order in which the specimens were taken. Make sure that you check the email account that you used to register and be sure to check your spam folder. If you did not consent at the end of the test then this could prevent you from receiving your results. If it has been more than four days since you took your test, please contact the Wellness Center.
Testing will generally take from 10 to 30 minutes. If you have trouble standing for periods of up to thirty minutes, you will be able to request a chair. It is important that you arrive at your scheduled appointment time as this will help manage wait times and will facilitate social distancing. If you do miss your appointment time, it is very important that you call the Wellness Center immediately to reschedule.
Faculty, staff or students who fail to complete initial and twice-monthly screening tests will not be allowed on campus and will continue to display a red icon through Medicat. Again, you should call the Wellness Center right away if you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason.
If you receive a positive test result, you should go home immediately. You should avoid contact with others and be sure to wear a mask at all times. If you live with others, it will be essential that you maintain a distance of six feet between you and your roommate. It is especially important that you avoid anyone who is immunocompromised. You should follow CDC guidelines for individuals who test positive and self-isolate for at least 10 days, perhaps longer depending on the advice of your doctor. You should notify your doctor right away that you have tested positive for Covid-19. The Wellness Center is not able to manage your care or offer medical advice to employees.

There are several reasons why an employee might be allowed to opt out of testing. The reasons include:

  • if you have a disability that would preclude you from having the test done,
  • if you are currently sick and unable to get to the testing facility,
  • if you have been ordered by a public official or health provider to maintain a quarantine or self-isolation
  • if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Please note that if you are currently sick, you should stay home and follow your healthcare provider's instructions.

Please contact the Wellness Center staff who will review your results with you.

Yes. The administrative team is working with the Wellness Center and Medicat and COVID Colorado to generate that data. 

The bi-weekly testing is only for faculty and staff that are on campus. It will not be available to those who are working remotely. 
Faculty and staff should have received an email from the Wellness Center detailing instructions on how to register and how to get on the site. If you are having trouble logging in, you can contact the primary support person who has been assigned to Agnes Scott. That information is in the email. 
CDC guidelines do say that if you’ve had COVID-19 within 90 days, it is highly unlikely that you can get it again or spread it, but to be on the safe side, we will be asking everyone to get tested regularly. 

Within 10 days before you make your first visit to campus, you must have received a test and uploaded those results through the People and Culture link. 

Right now, on-campus testing is focused on students. Faculty and staff should take their first test off-campus and upload it into the system before they return to campus. If it is not possible, we will try to make accommodations. 

Ten days is the maximum. If you can get tested and are able to upload the results within a shorter time frame, that is acceptable. Once you have uploaded your negative test, and you plan to be on campus, you need to sign up for on-campus testing.