Should you get tested for COVID-19?

Key times to get tested:

  • If you have symptoms, test immediately.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.
  • If you are in certain high-risk settings, you may need to test as part of a screening testing program.
  • Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level.

For guidance on using tests to determine which mitigations are recommended as you recover from COVID-19, go to Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19.

If you are unable to go to class, you are responsible for notifying your supervisors and instructors. 

Testing information is based on current CDC Guidelines.

Diagnostic Testing for Students

COVID-19 testing for current Pullman students is available in the following two ways: 

  • A COVID-19 PCR is available as part of an appointment with a CHS Medical Provider. Call 509-335-3575 to schedule an appointment.
  • Stop by CHS Medical Clinic to pick up a free at-home test. 

Screening Testing for Travel Purposes

Screening testing is available by appointment if mandated for travel.  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. 

Please call the Medical Clinic at 509-335-3575 to schedule. 

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

Frequently Asked Questions

You should contact 911 immediately for any medical emergency.

  • Will I be charged for a COVID-19 test?

    Please direct questions regarding billing and/or payment for laboratory services directly to Pathologist Regional Lab.

  • How will the COVID-19 test be administered?

    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.

  • How do I get my test results?

    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.

  • What if my test result was positive?

    Review the CDC guidelines for Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19.

    If you are unable to go to class, you are responsible for notifying your supervisors and instructors. 

  • What if my test result was indeterminate?

    Your test result was indeterminate, and your COVID status is not known. You should speak with a healthcare provider to determine if/when you should be retested, and to discuss any symptoms you may be having. Please call 509-335-3575 to schedule an appointment at Cougar Health Services or contact another healthcare provider of your choice.

  • Who can I contact for a follow-up?

    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.