PCR testing is available at the Student Health Services beginning September 8 for on and off campus students who fall into one of the following categories:
· symptomatic individuals
· close contacts to known + COVID-19 cases and
· individuals required to be tested by healthcare provider or public health
Residence Hall students will begin antigen testing in the Sports & Fitness Center on September 14 as a condition of their residence hall contract. Residence hall students will be tested every two weeks. Residence Hall students who have a positive antigen test, will likely be referred for a confirmatory PCR test.
We are not doing antibodies testing at this time because Public Health does not recognize the antibodies testing, as the exposure date of COVID-19 is unknown.
At the present time, UW System has not secured spit tests. If a student has a medical reason to be exempt from the nasal test, they should provide medical documentation to Student Health Services indicating that they have a medical condition preventing them from a nasal test.
Off-campus students who are symptomatic can call Student Health Services to talk with a staff member. We have a web-based guide that is also available within the Connect App that students can use to monitor their symptoms and help determine whether they should seek medical advice.
There are no fees associated with the test that are passed on to the student. However, if there are follow-up health care costs, those are the responsibility of the student and/or their insurance.
Information regarding the next steps for reporting a positive test result can be found on the COVID-19 response flow chart.
Due to HIPPA privacy laws, individual student test result information will not be shared with parents, instructors, or other parties unless a student has given HIPAA authorization and power of attorney for healthcare to their parents and provided those forms to Student Health Services.
Appropriate measures will be taken to ensure tracing and isolation measures are implemented. Students should also communicate directly with their instructors about any concerns regarding missing class.
The UW System is maintaining a dashboard reflecting positive COVID-19 case information and UW-Stout has a similar dashboard as well.