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WesternU Health staffer Myra Uribe gets tested for COVID-19 from Richard Lina, manager of Patient Engagement for the WesternU Health Medicial Center. Both are properly wearing PPE.
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COVID-19 Testing on Campus

COVID-19 Testing is available on campus to employees and students

Update 04/29/22: 

New Pomona Campus Testing Hours starting Monday, May 2, 2022

The Pomona campus testing hours will now be as follows:

  • Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon (HEC Building Front Security Desk or Outside the HEC building under the overhang)

The testing site will be providing Abbott Binax Rapid Antigen tests, which must be conducted on campus during testing center hours.

  • Please note: Allow at least 20 minutes when arriving for your test.

Home test kits will no longer be available at the testing site but can be purchased at the WesternU Health Pharmacy at your own cost.

Mandatory Weekly Surveillance Testing

ALL individuals who are not “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccine and booster must participate in weekly testing when coming to campus, for any reason (and for any length of time). Ongoing weekly surveillance testing will be conducted via rapid antigen testing until further notice. Please allow at least 20 minutes for your test results.

If you are “up to date” with your COVID-19 vaccine and booster you no longer need to participate in weekly testing when coming to campus. Your proof of COVID-19 vaccine and booster must be on file with Student-Employee Health Office (SEHO).

Submitting your COVID-19 Test Results

  • Please submit your COVID-19 test results here.

What Does the Difference Between Fully Vaccinated and Up to Date Mean?

Fully Vaccinated Up to Date
You have received your primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. You have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. You are considered Up to Date when you have received a booster.

When Am I Eligible for a Booster? 

You are Eligible for a Booster:  5 months after the second dose in a two-shot series, (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines). * 
2 months after the J&J/Janssen vaccine. * 
*Please Note: After this time period, a booster shot is recommended, and a person is no longer up to date on their recommended COVID vaccination.  In order to be up to date, a person would need to get a booster shot to be considered up to date.  

Faculty, staff, and students working or studying 100% remotely do not need to participate in COVID-19 testing.

Please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for current recommendations and frequently asked questions.

Pomona Campus

  • COVID-19 test kits are distributed from the HEC Building Front Desk OR Outside the HEC Building under the overhang.
  • Test kits are available Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 12pm (Testing will not occur on University-observed holidays).
  • Please bring your WesternU ID to receive your test.
  • Your College/Department may provide you with a different testing frequency, location, days and times. Please follow those instructions.

Oregon Campus

TBD by your College/Department

  • College of Health Sciences (Oregon) – CHS Building
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP-Northwest) – A2 Building

WesternU Test Consent and Registration

  • Only complete once for the 2022 calendar year.
  • Go here and sign in with single sign on (SSO).
  • If you test positive

    Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19

    If you have COVID-19, you must:

    • Submit a COVID-19 Report Survey,
    • Begin isolation,
    • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 10 days, and
    • Tell your close contacts that they could be infected.

    Submitting the COVID-19 Report Survey will initiate the contact tracing process and you will receive guidance regarding isolation, testing, and other return-to-campus instructions. Please notify your supervisor and/or faculty/college that you will not be allowed on campus.  Employees can contact Human Resources (HR@westernu.edu ) for questions about time off and COVID-19 leave benefits.

    You must isolate off campus for at least 5 days and should wear a highly protective mask around others, even in your own home. You may end isolation after Day 5 ONLY if you follow the guidance below for Ending Isolation.

    Students who are on clinical rotations may follow guidance provided from your clinical site to return. This may include a shorter isolation period as directed by state and local public health authorities.

    Ending Isolation

    If you have symptoms and test positive for COVID-19

    • Day 0 is your first day of symptoms.
    • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 and you never develop symptoms

    • Day 0 is your first day you test positive for COVID-19.
    • Day 1 is the first full day after your first positive test.
    Isolation can end after Day 5 ONLY if all of the following criteria are met:

    • You have a negative COVID-19 test** that was collected on day 5 or later and
    • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and
    • Your symptoms are improving and
    • You contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu for guidance to end isolation early.

    -OR-

    Isolation can end after Day 10 if both of these criteria are met:

    • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and
    • Your symptoms are improving.
    Isolation can end after Day 5 if:

    • You have a negative COVID-19 test** collected on day 5 or later, and
    • You never got symptoms of COVID-19 and
    • You contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu for guidance to end isolation early.

    -OR-

    Isolation can end after Day 10 if:

    • You never got symptoms of COVID-19.

    Important: if you develop symptoms, you must follow the ending isolation instructions for persons with symptoms. Your new Day 0 is the day your symptoms began. See above.

    **The test must be an FDA-authorized COVID-19 viral test such as an antigen or NAAT/PCR test. An antigen test is preferred.

    Self-tests are acceptable, but if they are used for return to campus the test must be observed or reported in a certain way. For more information, contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu .

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms

    If a person has symptoms of COVID-19 get a COVID-19 test* right away and stay home[1].

    • If you test positive for COVID-19 or a doctor tells you that you have COVID-19, follow the Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 listed above.
    • If you test negative for COVID-19 or your doctor says you don’t have COVID-19, stay home until you have been fever-free without the help of medicines for at least 24 hours.

    *If you tested positive for COVID-19 less than 90 days ago, you may return to campus once your symptoms improve without testing.

    If you were exposed to a known COVID-19 positive case, you must follow the exposure guidance listed below.

    [1] LACDPH, COVID-19: Learn About Symptoms & What To Do If You Are Sick (2/15/22)

  • If you were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual

    You are a “close contact” if you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious if:

    1. You were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
    2. You had unprotected contact with body fluids and/or secretions from someone with COVID-19.

    Instructions for Close Contact Exposures

    If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated**, you must: If you are one of the following:

    ·        Fully vaccinated** and up to date*** (boosted) with your COVID-19 vaccine, OR

    ·        Fully vaccinated**, but not up to date (boosted), OR

    ·        Had COVID-19 in the past 90 days:

    ·        Quarantine off campus for at least 5 days.

    ·        Quarantine can end after Day 5 only if symptoms are not present and a COVID-19 viral test* collected on Day 5 or later is negative.

    o   If test is not done on Day 5 or later, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after Day 10.

    ·        Monitor your health for 10 days. If symptoms develop test and stay home.

    o   If you test positive, follow isolation instructions.

    ·        Wear a highly protective mask indoors and outdoors around others for 10 days.

    You do not need to quarantine, but must :

    ·        Monitor your health for 10 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and test. If you test positive, follow isolation instructions.

    ·        Wear a highly protective mask indoors and outdoors around others for 10 days.

    ·        Get tested* on Day 5.

    Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.

     

    *The test should be an FDA-authorized COVID-19 viral test such as an antigen or NAAT/PCR test. (Self-tests are acceptable, but if used for returning to work the test must be observed or reported in a certain way. For more information check with your employer and see Cal-OSHA Testing FAQs.

     

    **You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 2 weeks after:

    • You got a Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, or
    • You got a second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or
    • You finished a COVID-19 vaccine series that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

    ***You are considered “up-to-date” if you have received 3 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson recipients should receive a second dose, preferably of Moderna or Pfizer.

    [1] LACDPH, Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts

    Contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu for assistance.

     

  • Questions about Isolation or Quarantine?

    Please contact the WesternU Contact Tracing team if you have questions about isolation, quarantine, symptoms, exposures, or positive test results.

  • Other Options For Free Covid-19 Testing

    For convenient at home COVID-19 testing: www.sick.org

    Order free home test kits from USPS

    The COVID-19 testing sites on the LA County COVID-19 Testing website offer no-cost (free) testing.

    The City of Los Angeles also offers free COVID-19 testing.

    U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) has also partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country (HHS website). Please visit these companies’ websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.

    California

    No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:

    For local testing information, visit the California health department’s website.

    Oregon

    Information from Oregon Health Authority about finding a COVID-19 test can be found here: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing

  • Can I receive my COVID-19 tests somewhere else?

    Yes. If you prefer to receive your own COVID-19 tests, you may do so. All test results must be submitted to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu.

    WesternU will not reimburse for the costs of testing administered elsewhere.

  • If my COVID-19 test is positive, does that mean I have COVID-19?

    There is a chance that a COVID-19 Test may give a positive result for COVID-19 when the virus is not present (false positive). Positive results are indicative of the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19; however, clinical correlation with patient history and other diagnostic information is necessary to determine patient infection status and history. Positive results do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent(s) detected in the COVID-19 Test may not be the definite cause or result of disease.

    You should seek medical advice from your health care provider if you have a positive result. WesternU cannot provide medical advice or make any recommendations to you in this regard.

    You may also be required under Federal, State, or local law to practice, or WesternU may require you to practice, self-isolation and/or quarantine measures with a positive COVID-19 Test. If a COVID-19 Test result is positive, WesternU will report that result to certain public health agencies, including, but not limited to, local public health authorities. Additionally, a COVID-19 RT-PCR test may also be required.

  • If my COVID-19 test is negative, does that mean I don’t have COVID-19?

    A COVID-19 Test may give a negative result when you actually have COVID-19 (false negative). A negative COVID-19 Test result does not prove that a person does or does not have COVID-19. A negative result should not be the sole basis for decisions regarding possible infection if you have symptoms or are otherwise concerned about exposure. Negative results should be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information.

  • Are there any risks from a COVID-19 test?

    The nasal swab or oropharyngeal swab procedure used to obtain a sample for a COVID-19 Test may be uncomfortable for you. You will collect the sample. For a nasal swab, collection entails using a sterile swab with a long shaft for sampling both sides of your nostrils. Internal abrasions, choking or other injuries may occur even if the sample is collected properly. For an oropharyngeal swab, collection entails using a sterile swab with a long shaft for sampling the back of throat and tonsils (or where your tonsils once were located). Internal abrasions or other injuries may occur even if the sample is collected properly.

  • What about privacy?

    WesternU must obtain from you your WesternU ID, name, date of birth, full home address, phone number, and e-mail address in order to coordinate a COVID-19 Test and report your COVID-19 Test results to the local public health authority.

    WesternU will keep your COVID-19 Test results confidential and, other than the potential disclosures described above, will only share the COVID-19 Test results as instructed. Again, positive COVID-19 Test results will be reported to public health authorities as required by law and to appropriate WesternU officials. WesternU will use reasonable efforts to disclose the minimum amount of information necessary to comply with applicable law, or to notify those WesternU officials with a need to know your COVID-19 Test results.