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COVID-19 Testing for Pullman Students

Who Should Get Tested and When?

Unvaccinated Students – Diagnostic Testing

  • Get tested right away if you are having symptoms of COVID. Wear a mask and quarantine (stay home) until you receive a negative test result.
  • 3-5 days after a known close contact with COVID. Wear a mask and quarantine (stay home) for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result.
  • If instructed to do so by your school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

Vaccinated Students – Diagnostic Testing

You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna) or single dose of Janssen (J&J) vaccine.

  • Get tested right away if you are having symptoms of COVID. Wear a mask and quarantine (stay home) until you receive a negative test result.
  • If you are told by a contact tracer that you have had a close contact to a person with COVID, or if you otherwise meet the criteria of having a close contact, you should wait to get tested until 3 to 5 days after you were exposed.
    • Continue to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after the exposure or until receiving a negative test result. If you are fully vaccinated you may return to a WSU location as long as you do not experience any COVID-like symptoms

Diagnostic Testing

To mitigate the spread of COVID within the community, Cougar Health Services has set up a temporary clinic on campus to care for students with respiratory care needs, including diagnostic COVID testing for current Pullman students. COVID testing services are provided by Incyte Diagnostics, which is a licensed independent laboratory not part of WSU.  Incyte Diagnostic will bill students or their health insurer directly for the laboratory services they perform.

Appointments are required and must be scheduled through Incyte Diagnostics

  • Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Please bring your CougarCard and proof of insurance*.
    • *Students who do not have insurance or are underinsured can work with Incyte Diagnostics and may be asked to fill out additional paperwork to reduce financial burden.
  • Results will be posted in your CHS Patient Portal. Testing is performed by Incyte Diagnostics. Please direct any questions regarding billing and/or payment for laboratory services directly to Incyte Diagnostics.
  • Follow state and local health mandates upon your visit, including the use of masks.
  • LOCATION: Respiratory Care Center (see map below)

Screening Testing for Travel Purposes

Screening testing is available by appointment only. The student and their insurance will be billed for the appointment and any associated costs. Cougar Health Services is not able to provide screening tests for admission into athletic, concerts, or large events.

If testing appointments are fully booked or you prefer to receive COVID-19 testing off campus, you can obtain testing within the Pullman community.

 

Respiratory Care Center Location

The Respiratory Care Center is located in Bustad Hall. Please enter through the loading dock entrance. If you are confused or lost, please call 509-335-3575. Do not enter other buildings for assistance.


 

Test Results

Negative Results

  • Your test result is negative, but you may still have COVID 19.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • If you have had COVID-19 symptoms, continue to stay home and away from others until all 3 criteria are met :
    • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared.
  • If you have not had COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not need to isolate or quarantine at home.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and away from others, and consult with a healthcare provider.

Please contact Cougar Health Services (509) 335-3575, if you develop new symptoms or symptoms worsen. For severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.

Positive Results

  • Your COVID-19 test was positive, indicating that you have COVID-19.  You will be called by a public health worker to do contact tracing. It is very important that you answer their questions, so we can ensure that this does not spread to others.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can end home isolation when ALL 3 criteria are met:
    • It has been at least 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medication AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • If you have not had symptoms, you can end home isolation when:
    • At least 10 days have gone by since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test, AND
    • You have not gotten sick with COVID-19

Please contact Cougar Health Services, if you develop new symptoms or symptoms worsen. For severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.

“Intermediate” Results

  • Your test result was indeterminate, and your COVID status is not known. You should speak with a healthcare provider to determine if and when you should be retested, and to discuss any symptoms you may be having. Please call 509-335-3575 to schedule a telehealth appointment at Cougar Health Services, or contact another healthcare provider of your choice.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • If you have had COVID-19 symptoms, continue to stay home and away from others until ALL 3 criteria are met :
    • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared.
  • For severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room

Additional Information About Your COVID Test

You should contact 911 immediately for any medical emergency.

Will I be charged for the COVID-19 test? We will work with our testing partners to apply any medical insurance coverage you may have in place. Diagnostic testing costs are covered by most insurance providers. For diagnostic testing, please direct any questions regarding billing and/or payment for laboratory services directly to Incyte Diagnostics.

The test for COVID-19 uses a nasal swab. A health care worker will ask you to place a swab in your nose, which may cause brief irritation such as redness, pain or discomfort, sneezing, runny nose, or other reactions. The process is generally safe. If you have a medical or mental health condition that impacts your ability to safely receive a nasal swab, or it’s something you want CHS to know before testing, please call us to make other testing arrangements.

Your test result will go to Cougar Health and will be electronically sent to you through the CHS patient portal. Watch for an email from CHS in 24-72 hours telling you to check the portal for your results.

If your test result is positive, a public health worker will call to discuss how long you need to stay home and away from others, and to identify who else could have contracted COVID-19. All test results and health information will remain confidential in accordance with the law.

If your test result is negative, and you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.

You may have follow-up medical care with Cougar Health Services or another provider of your choice. It is recommended you obtain follow-up care for any symptoms. CHS can provide you with medical resources and direct you to available WSU support services you may need while you are in mandatory self-isolation or self-quarantine.

The following link from the CDC will give more details on what to do while you wait for your test results: 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result

Additional resources found at Whitman County Public Health