COVID-19 Testing FAQ for Employees


How did Agnes Scott formulate the testing strategy that is being used?

When and how often will testing be conducted?

What type of COVID-19 testing (mass screening) will be conducted on campus?

Will I be charged for getting tested?

How is the test performed?

What is the point of getting tested if I'm not having any symptoms?

How often will I have to be tested if I live in a residence hall?

I live off-campus. Does that mean that I don't have to be tested?

I just had a Covid test at an off-campus testing site. Can I just provide a copy of that test?

I had a positive Covid test less than 90 days ago. Do I need to continue to be tested?

As an employee, how will I know when I have been scheduled for testing?

How long will it take to receive my test results?

What if my co-worker took their test the same day as me and they have received their results but I have not received mine?

How long will testing take?

What will happen if I don't come to take my test when scheduled?

What do I do if my test comes back with a positive result?

Who has the option to opt out of testing?

What if I don't understand my results or if I have questions?

 

How did Agnes Scott formulate the testing strategy that is being used?

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.

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When and how often will testing be conducted?

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.

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What type of COVID-19 testing (mass screening) will be conducted on 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.

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Will I be charged for getting tested?

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.

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How is the test performed?

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

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What is the point of getting tested if I'm not having any symptoms?

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.

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How often will I have to be tested if I live in a residence hall?

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.

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I live off-campus. Does that mean that I don't have to be tested?

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.

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I just had a Covid test at an off-campus testing site. Can I just provide a copy of that test?

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.

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I had a positive Covid test less than 90 days ago. Do I need to continue to be tested?

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.

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As an employee, how will I know when I have been scheduled for testing?

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.

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How long will it take to receive my test results?

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.

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What if my co-worker took their test the same day as me and they have received their results but I have not received mine?

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.

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How long will testing take?

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.

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What will happen if I don't come to take my test when scheduled?

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.

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What do I do if my test comes back with a positive result?

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.

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Who has the option to opt out of testing?

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.

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What if I don't understand my results or if I have questions?

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

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