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COVID-19 Testing On Campus

TLU Health Services, through a partnership with Community Labs, offers PCR tests on campus in January for faculty, staff, and students. Sign up here

When & Where to Test

WHERE: TLU Health Services Center (see map below)

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 26: 9:30 to 11:30 am | Wednesday, Jan. 27: 7:30 to 9:30 am | Thursday, Jan. 28: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

TLU Health Services Center on map

Who Should Test?

All students and employees who will be on campus at any time before February 1

  • Vice Presidents are responsible for their division’s exemptions for employees who are completely virtual.
  • If an individual has had a PCR test January 18 or later, they can send their results to healthservices@tlu.edu and be exempt from TLU testing.
  • Individuals who have tested positive previously will still need to participate in TLU testing. If they remain positive, they can provide verification of 1st test and they won’t have to isolate if it was done within past 3 months.

All residential students are required to test to remain in housing

  • Students who are athletes and have already tested are exempt once previous testing is verified.
  • Students arriving in February will not have to test in this round.

Sign Up for a PCR Test

What is a PCR test?

Image of PCR test

Q: What is a PCR test?

A: PCR testing (nasal swab) is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. The test can be done in a clinic, hospital, or even in your car.

Q: Why should I test if I don't have symptoms?

A: According to a study done by PNAS, silent disease transmission during the pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic stages are responsible for more than 50% of the overall attack rate in COVID-19 outbreaks. Furthermore, such silent transmission alone can sustain outbreaks even if all symptomatic cases are immediately isolated. It is for this reason that testing is one way to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19.