Washington State University will make Employee Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing available for faculty, administrative professional, classified staff and non-student temporary/hourly employees working in Whitman County, commencing Tuesday, September 29, 2020 through Friday, November 20, 2020.

Asymptomatic Testing is a process to identify individuals with COVID-19, but do not fit the criteria for Diagnostic Testing (e.g., COVID-19 symptoms or close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19).

***TESTING IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR EMPLOYEES NOT CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND NOT IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19.***

IMPORTANT – If you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not report to a WSU work location, call your healthcare provider and follow the WSU Personnel experiencing COVID‐19 Symptoms flowchart for instructions.

Before You Test
When You Test
While You Wait
Notification of Results
Resources
Q&A

Before You Test

Eligibility

Active WSU faculty, administrative professional, classified staff and non-student temporary/hourly employees.

Tests are available to WSU employees working in Whitman County.

Not Eligible

WSU students, including student employees. WSU Pullman students can utilize the COVID-19 Testing for WSU Pullman Students.

Volunteers and affiliates.

Employee’s family or a friend, or persons from the Whitman County community.

Requirements

  1. Employees may not take part in asymptomatic testing if they are experiencing ANY COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a Close Contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  2. Employees reporting to a WSU location for testing are required to complete their COVID-19 Employee Attestation prior to arriving at the testing location.
  3. Employees are to provide the following items to testing personnel at the time of testing:
    • Completed and signed two-sided Requisition/Consent and Release of Information form. (Form will require WSU ID number, phone number, and mailing address where an employee can be reached with results.) All fields must be completed in order to process test results.
    • WSU ID/Cougar Card – If WSU ID/Cougar Card is not available, employees may be asked to show their MyWSU Personal Details screen (WSUId and photo only). To locate this information log on to MyWSU, select Profile and then select Personal Details.
    • Driver’s License, or other official state or federal photo identification.
  4. Face coverings and social distancing are required at the testing location.
  5. If testing during normal working hours, employees are to work with their supervisors to request the use of sick leave or other leaves per normal departmental processes.

When You Test

How it Works

Cost to Employee: $0 (free).

The COVID-19 PCR test detects the presence of active virus even though an individual may not have symptoms.

Employees will be asked to place a swab in their nose, which may cause brief irritation such as redness, pain or discomfort, sneezing, runny nose, or other reactions.

The COVID-19 PCR test does not measure antibodies or detect whether or not an individual has had the virus in the past.

Employees must bring:

  • Completed and signed two-sided Requisition/Consent and Release of Information form. All fields must be completed in order to process test results.
  • WSU ID/Cougar Card or MyWSU Personal Details page (photo and WSUId only) and Driver’s License or other official state or federal photo identification. If WSU ID/Cougar Card is not available, employees may be asked to show their MyWSU Personal Details screen (WSUId and photo only). To locate this information log on to MyWSU, select Profile and then select Personal Details.

Air National Guard Testing Locations for Week of Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30

No appointment needed.

*Testing locations will change. Please check back to verify testing location.

Monday, 10/26

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum
Individuals are to use the Orchard Drive entrance. Free on-street parking is available on Fairway Lane.

Tuesday, 10/27

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum Individuals are to use the Orchard Drive entrance. Free on-street parking is available on Fairway Lane.

Wednesday, 10/28

9 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Student Recreation Center Parking Lot (Court 4 will be indoor back up)

Thursday, 10/29

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum Individuals are to use the Orchard Drive entrance. Free on-street parking is available on Fairway Lane.

Friday, 10/30

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Beasley Coliseum Individuals are to use the Orchard Drive entrance. Free on-street parking is available on Fairway Lane.

While You Wait

An employee may continue to work at a WSU work location while awaiting asymptomatic COVID-19 test results as long as the employee is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is able to and has completed the COVID-19 Employee Attestation.


What do employees need to do if they test negative?

If an employee is symptom free they may resume normal work activities. If they have concerns, they should contact their health care provider.

If an employee is not symptom free, follow WSU Environmental Health & Safety guidance using the WSU Personnel experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms flowchart.

What do employees need to do if they test positive?

Positive tests are provided to Whitman County Public Health who will coordinate with WSU Contact Tracers to review next steps with the employee.

Contact their health care provider and self-quarantine. Follow normal departmental call-out procedures.

Follow WSU Environmental Health & Safety guidance using the applicable Flowchart.

WSU Employee Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Informational Handout.

Notification of Results

Test results will typically be provided to WSU within 24 to 48 hours of testing. Notification to employees will occur after results are received by WSU.

  • Negative test results notifications will be made by phone Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am – 5:00pm or USPS mail. Representatives will attempt to call two times and if unable to reach program participants will mail results. Results information will not be left via voice mail and will not be emailed.
  • Positive test results notifications will be made by phone by Whitman County designated Contact Tracers at WSU.

Q&A

Can I sign my Requisition/Consent and Release of Information form using electronic/digital signature?

No. The Requisition/Consent and Release of Information form must be printed and signed in ink (wet signature). Electronic/digital signatures are not allowed.

Do employees need to be tested for COVID-19 if they are working remotely?

Asymptomatic testing is voluntary. Asymptomatic testing is encouraged for employees who are required to report to a WSU work location in Whitman County.

Can an employee be directed to participate in this testing program?

No. While employee voluntarily asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is encouraged, it is a voluntary choice of the employee.

Do employees need to make an appointment prior to being tested?

No. Appointments are not needed.

Can an employee utilize their university vehicle to travel to a testing site?

No. Individuals are not to use university vehicles for traveling to employee testing locations.

How are employees to record their time while they are utilizing WSU Employee Asymptomatic Voluntary testing?

If employees would like to be tested during their normal working hours, they are to request the use of sick leave or other leaves per normal department procedures. An employee may request to modify their work hours/schedule.

Actual testing time may vary, please anticipate around one hour of leave to be testing, but employees are to record the actual amount of time taken out of their work shift.

If employees are testing outside of their normal work hours, on their own time, they do not need to request leave.

After voluntary asymptomatic testing, can an employee return to work?

An employee may continue to work at a WSU work location while awaiting asymptomatic COVID-19 test results as long as the employee is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is able to and has completed the COVID-19 Employee Attestation.

How many times can an employee be tested?

As of September 30, 2020, there is currently no limit on the number of voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 tests an employee can receive.

Will employee testing be available at other WSU campuses?

At this time the testing is only available on the Pullman campus, however WSU is exploring options for other WSU locations.

Can employees be tested at Cougar Health Services?

No. Testing at Cougar Health Services is only for students.

Do employees have to utilize the WSU Employee Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 test to get tested for COVID-19?

No. Utilizing the WSU Employee Asymptomatic COVID-19 test is voluntary and not required AND only available to employees without COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic).

Employees may also contact their healthcare providers or choose to utilize community testing centers. Several local Palouse area test providers are listed here. See your county for local test locations.

Pullman Regional Hospital

Palouse Medical

Whitman Hospital & Medical Clinics

Gritman Medical

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics

If employees choose to be tested outside of WSU Employee Voluntary Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, will insurance cover testing and treatment for COVID-19?

WSU health insurance plans will cover testing and treatment for medically-necessary services related to COVID-19. Review the COVID-19 Testing and Insurance Coverage Information page for details regarding WSU medical plans.

What do employees need to do if they test positive?

Positive tests are provided to Whitman County Public Health who will coordinate with WSU Contact Tracers to review next steps with the employee.

Contact their health care provider and self-quarantine. Follow normal departmental call-out procedures.

Follow WSU Environmental Health & Safety guidance using the applicable flowchart.

What do employees need to do if they test negative?

If an employee is symptom free they may resume normal work activities. If an employee is symptom free and expected to report to a WSU work location in person, they must complete the COVID-19 Employee Attestation.

If an employee is not symptom free, or has concerns, they should contact their health care provider and follow WSU Environmental Health & Safety guidance using the WSU Personnel experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms flowchart.

Questions?

Email hrs.testing@wsu.edu

Updated 10/23/2020