Should you get tested for COVID-19?

Whether or not you should get tested depends on your vaccine status (including how long ago you were vaccinated) and whether or not you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Review the information below as it relates to your vaccine status. Testing information is based on current CDC Guidelines.

You can also use WSU’s quarantine and isolation guidance tool. This tool walks you through what steps to take around quarantine, isolation, and reporting based on your personal situation (i.e. self‑reporting a positive diagnosis, what to do as a close contact, when can you return to work/class). This tool does not take the place of medical or legal advice. Please complete this form before calling Environmental Health and Safety.

Recently Vaccinated Students:

Includes those who have been vaccinated within the last 5 months (Moderna, Pfizer), 2 months (J&J), or received a booster dose. Get tested and stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19* (Quarantine)
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible, with an at-home test. 
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

    You may return to work or class if you received a negative test result, do not have symptoms, and did not have exposure to a close contact.

  • If you receive a positive test result (Isolate):

    Stay home for 5 days.

    If you do not have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.

    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
    • Seek medical care if you have the following symptoms: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or the inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray, and blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds.

    Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days and ask others in your home to do the same.

    You may return to work or class if you received a negative test result, do not have symptoms, and did not have exposure to a close contact.

Previously Vaccinated Students:

Includes those who were vaccinated over 5 months ago (Moderna, Pfizer), 2 months (J&J), and have not received a booster dose. Get tested and stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19* (Quarantine)
    • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5 if possible with an at-home test. 
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

    You may return to work or class if you received a negative test result, do not have symptoms, and did not have exposure to a close contact.

  • If you receive a positive test (Isolate):
    • Stay home for 5 days.
    • If you do not have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
      • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
      • Seek medical care if you have the following symptoms: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or the inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray, and blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds.
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days and ask others in your home to do the same.

    You may return to work or class if you received a negative test result, do not have symptoms, and did not have exposure to a close contact.

Unvaccinated Students (or those within 2 weeks of vaccination)

Get tested and stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19* (Quarantine)

    Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

    If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.

    Test on day 5 if possible with an at-home test. 

    * You are considered a close contact when you have been within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, for a cumulative 15-minute exposure over a 24-hour period.

  • If you receive a positive test (Isolate):
    • Stay home for 5 days.
    • If you do not have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
      • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
      • Seek medical care if you have the following symptoms: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or the inability to wake or stay awake, or pale, gray, and blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds.
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days and ask others in your home to do the same.

Unable to find a test?

If you are a close contact with someone with confirmed COVID‑19 (unless you are recently vaccinated or boosted) or you have any cold- or flu-like symptoms, please stay home for a minimum of five days.

Testing Availability

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. 
  • 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?

    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.

  • 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 a telehealth 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. 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.

  • Additional resources

    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