COVID-19 Testing On Campus
TLU Health Services, through a partnership with Community Labs, is now offering PCR tests on campus for faculty, staff, and students as we continue to address the health and safety of our campus community and mitigate potential spread of COVID-19.
When & Where to Test
WHERE: TLU Jackson Park Student Activity Center (across from Bulldog Stadium - see map below)
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 28: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm | Friday, Jan. 29: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Deadline to sign up for testing is Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 pm.
What To Know About Testing
- Testing will be held on campus at the Jackson Park Student Activity Center and administered by Community Labs staff.
- TLU is covering the cost of testing so there is no cost to faculty, staff, and students.
- Participation is expected of faculty, staff, and students who will be living or working on campus or commuting to classes before February 1.
- VPs are responsible for their division’s exemptions for employees who are completely virtual.
- If you have had a PCR test January 18 or later, you can send your result to email@example.com and be exempt from TLU testing.
- If you have tested positive previously, you will still need to participate in TLU testing.
- If you have received one or both doses of the vaccine, you will still need to test.
- 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.
What is a 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.