Learn more about IUP's efforts to help students and other members of the university community receive COVID-19 tests, and how you can follow the correct procedure when you suspect or have a confirmed positive test.
All of our testing and positive case procedures follow recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the American College Health Association.
IUP will offer free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for all students in spring 2021. Testing is highly recommended as students move back to campus and into the IUP community.
The testing details:
Students must pre-register for their testing appointment through the COVID-19 testing portal.
Students who have any COVID-19 symptoms cannot be tested at the Kovalchick Complex. Contact your private health care provider or IUP Health Services (724-357-2550), who can provide testing to symptomatic students.
CDC research suggests that more than half of all COVID-19 transmissions occur when individuals don't feel sick. To keep our community safe, IUP will randomly invite a set of students to participate in COVID-19 testing at the Kovalchick Complex every week this spring.
Students selected will be notified through their IUP email and with a text message, and participants are eligible for small incentive prizes. If you have been selected, please pre-register for a 15-minute appointment on the testing portal. Only students who don't feel sick can get tested at the Kovalchick Complex; all others should make an appointment with the IUP Health Service via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Students being tested should enter the doors facing the Miller Stadium parking lot and stop at the check-in table. After your test, you will exit the building through the doors facing Wayne Avenue.
Students studying at the Northpointe and Punxsutawney campuses will be notified of times when they may receive a test at their home campus. Students from any campus can always choose to have testing done at the Kovalchick Complex at the Indiana campus.
Anyone tested must wear appropriate face coverings, which will be provided at the door if needed. The process will follow all CDC recommendations for sanitization, using a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nasal swab to collect samples of cells and fluids from the respiratory system.
To be tested, you will get a nasal swab to collect samples of cells and fluids from your respiratory system. You will insert the swab into your nose and then return the swabs to the testing official. Your test will be sent to a medical laboratory to analyze the materials on the swab for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
Your results will be posted to the secure web portal you used to sign up for the test Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours of your test.
You will receive an email and text message once your results are ready to view. Follow the link in the message and enter your birthdate to view your COVID-19 test results.
Follow these steps to access your results after they are ready or if you did not receive a message with your results:
If your results are ready, they will appear on the following screen. If your results are not yet ready, you will receive an error message.
Your information is securely stored in a HIPAA-compliant infrastructure and segregated to provide additional security and privacy. All data is encrypted and stored on its servers in the United States.
Only you, the IUP Health Service, the IUP Office of Public Safety, and appropriately trained members of the testing company will have access to your test results.
While waiting for test results, you should self-quarantine to the fullest extent possible, which includes avoiding close contact with others.
You can use our Hand & Go dining services and the Grubhub mobile ordering app for maximum convenience and safety.
As soon as you have computer access, update your contact information in MyIUP. Correct information is critical to our notification process.
The testing company will contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health with your results, and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be in contact with you to offer health advice and to conduct contact tracing.
The IUP Health Services office also will contact you to discuss your self-isolation requirements.
If you live on campus, you can choose to return to your home or move to Delaney Hall to self-isolate. If you live off campus, you can isolate in your off-campus residence, or, if you are unable to isolate safely off campus, you have the option to self-isolate in Delaney Hall.
If you choose to self-isolate in Delaney Hall and do not have people to deliver meals to you, IUP staff will deliver your meals.
You will receive a COVID-19 Testing notification asking for the names and contact information for any individual with whom you have had close contact.
Your close contacts will receive a notification explaining that they may have been exposed to the virus and should call IUP Health Services to schedule a COVID-19 test. No identifiable information will be shared.
IUP Health Service will provide testing options for students throughout the spring 2021 semester who have symptoms of COVID-19, who have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have needs that a provider has determined warrant testing.
Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms should call the Health Service at 724-357-2550 and schedule a telehealth appointment with a provider. After the telehealth appointment, the student will come to the Health Service for a COVID-19 rapid antigen test. This test is a nasal swab and takes 15 minutes to produce a result. If the antigen test is negative, a COVID-19 PCR test will be obtained and sent to a laboratory. The PCR test takes 24-48 hours to produce a result. While waiting for the PCR result or if the rapid test is positive, the student will be instructed to isolate. On-campus students can return to their home to isolate or isolate in the Delaney Hall isolation area. Off-campus students can return to their off campus housing to isolate or, if needed, temporarily move to the Delaney Hall isolation area.
Students who do not have symptoms but have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case can call the IUP Health Service office to have a COVID-19 PCR test. Health Service staff will determine when the test should be completed based on the date of the close contact with the positive case. Students will be instructed to quarantine and monitor themselves for development of symptoms for up to 14 days from the last day of close contact with the positive case.
Employees should contact their primary care physician regarding testing needs and options.
Current COVID-19 testing options in Indiana County include Indiana Regional Medical Center's emergency department, MedExpress, and CVS MinuteClinic.
Individuals should not report to work, class, or clinical assignments and should not attend or participate in institution-sponsored activities or events if they are not feeling well.
Any individual who is suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19 should self-isolate in accordance with current state and federal guidance.
Individuals who have self-reported should not enter campus buildings—except for students, who should enter only the campus building designated as their place of isolation.
Individuals are advised to consult with their medical provider about options for testing and necessary treatment.
If, within the previous 14 days, you have visited an area of high prevalence (domestic or international) or you know you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19,
Contact tracing (getting information from and to people who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual) is essential to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. If you get a call from the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the IUP Health Service about contact tracing, please help! Your information can help prevent others from getting sick. Learn the difference between legitimate contact-tracing calls and scams.
If you have been identified as a "close contact" of a COVID-19 positive person, you will be contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of health and/or via text from IUP. The text message will come from “IUP COVID-19 Close Contact Alert” and will advise you to contact IUP Health Services for instruction and additional testing.
Pennsylvania now has a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app, COVID Alert PA, available for download free through the Apple App store and Google Play store. The app can detect if a user has had close contact with another app user who later tested positive for COVID-19. When that occurs, users will receive through their phones a notification and guidance on what to do next. Designed to be anonymous, the app does not track location or collect personal information. Learn more: “Wolf Administration Launches COVID Alert PA App.” Download the app: COVID Alert PA App.
The CDC defines “close contact” as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before the onset of symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
When a COVID-19 test is confirmed positive at the Health Service:
Self-isolation rooms in Delaney Hall are available for students who test positive and to symptomatic students who have an initial negative test and are waiting for test results. Any students testing positive for COVID-19 may remain in Delaney Hall for the CDC-recommended self-isolation period of 10 days plus one with no fever and reduction of symptoms since the onset of symptoms. Students may also choose to self-isolate at home for the recommended self-isolation period. IUP employees will self-isolate at home.
Anyone determined to have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case should self-quarantine according to CDC guidelines.
Anyone feeling ill should not go out in public.
Anyone concerned about possible COVID-19 symptoms can use the symptom checker on the CDC website for guidance on steps to take.
Students in isolation or quarantine will be able to order food and beverages through the Grub Hub app for delivery to their rooms. They will only need to open their suite door (while wearing a face covering) and take the food inside; they will not need to leave their rooms.
The Counseling Center will offer telehealth appointments during the semester. Students who are unable to teleconference via their own equipment can arrange to reserve a room within the center to receive the services they require.
If you are feeling anxious or upset or have an immediate need for mental health support, the Counseling Center will take your call any time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 724-357-2621 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment during that time. After hours, please contact the Indiana/Armstrong Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-877-333-2470.
Please note: If you have a remote counseling session scheduled, you must be inside Pennsylvania at the time of the session.
If a friend or acquaintance is in distress, please reach out and share the resources we have in place to offer assistance. You can also contact a member of IUP’s Care Team of faculty and staff members. This group provides appropriate support to students in distress.
The IUP Health Service, located in the Center for Health and Well-Being, Suites on Maple East, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for appointments only during the fall and spring semester.
Walk-in visits are discouraged, but same-day appointments can be made by calling 724-357-2550 during the fall and spring semesters only. Students who have questions or want to make an appointment can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need immediate medical attention, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health Indiana County State Health Center (724-357-2995) is the first point of contact for coordination and guidance regarding all COVID-19 concerns. For questions or concerns that cannot wait until the next business day, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will work with the Bureau of Epidemiology staff to provide guidance on isolation, contact identification, quarantine, cleaning, or any other concerns.
IUP leadership is communicating and coordinating efforts with Indiana County health agencies to keep IUP and the community at large informed and protected during the pandemic. President Michael Driscoll represents IUP on a county planning task force committed to working together to make the best choices for the community.