All About Testing

Students, faculty, and staff may schedule appointments for COVID-19 testing through a web application, which can be found at covidtesting.wesleyan.edu or within WesPortal in the COVID-19 Resources bucket. Users can select a preferred date and time for testing within the app. Once a test has been booked, the user will receive an email confirmation of the upcoming appointment.


Schedule a Test

The Testing Process

During the colder months, COVID-19 testing on campus is located inside Beckham Hall in Fayerweather. It is important that everyone arrive at their scheduled testing times. Wesleyan’s testing partner, the Broad Institute, is providing an anterior nasal swab Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, which students, faculty, and staff self-administer under the observation of nursing staff. This test is believed to detect more than 95 percent of true positives, and the expected turnaround time for results is 24–36 hours.

Watch a video about what to expect during the testing process:

Preparing for Testing

Students living or studying on campus this semester, as well as all faculty and staff (including those planning to work remotely), must read and consent to participate in COVID-19 testing on campus via their WesPortal. After submitting a consent form, each individual will receive an email confirmation, which they should be prepared to show to testing staff (either via an electronic or paper copy) during their first visit to the testing tent.

They should also bring a student ID or government-issued ID to the testing appointment, and be prepared to provide a health self-assessment and have their temperature checked.

Wesleyan will not be conducting antibody testing on campus, as these tests do not tell if someone has an active disease, nor do they necessarily mean that a person is immune to re-infection from COVID-19. 

Testing Schedules and Frequency

Students, faculty, and staff who are living, studying, or working on campus will generally be tested once or twice per week (see details below). Tests should be scheduled at least three days apart, and individuals are encouraged to adhere to a regular testing cadence (e.g., Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday). Appointments are expected to take approximately 15 minutes.

  • Students

    All students are tested on the day they arrive on campus, and twice weekly going forward. Because frequent testing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID on campus, any student who misses more than three tests during the course of the semester will be immediately removed from campus. If a student must miss a test (for a reason such as a medical emergency or illness), it is their responsibility to alert the University to an upcoming lapse in testing via this form.

    For the spring semester, the testing site will operate on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. It will be closed on Wednesdays and weekends.

  • Staff and Faculty

    For the spring semester, the testing site will operate on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. It will be closed on Wednesdays and weekends.

    Faculty who are teaching on campus regularly, as well as "direct services staff" including Physical Plant, Public Safety, SMG, and Bon Appetit, will be tested twice per week. Other faculty and staff who will work on campus periodically (twice a week or less) are only required to be tested once per week under Wesleyan’s policy. 

    Finally, faculty and staff who are working remotely, with only occasional brief visits to campus to retrieve items from their offices, will not be required to be tested. These employees should opt out of testing by filling out the "COVID-19 Testing Opt Out" form in their WesPortal, under the "COVID-19 Resources" bucket. If their remote work status changes at a later date, they will be able to opt in for testing at that time. Therefore, we are asking all employees to consent to testing through the waivers posted in their WesPortal. 

     

     

Accessing Test Results

Members of the campus community may access their test results through a portal on the Broad Institute's website. They will receive an email from Care Evolve (CareEvolve@LKNotification.com) containing a link to click, which will take them to a log-in on the website. (If you don't see this email please check your spam folder.) The first time a user logs in, they will need to verify their local address and phone number (mobile number, if they have one). Once they complete authentication, they will set up a password and be able to access their test results.

Anyone who receives a positive test result will be contacted by a member of Davison Health Services to guide them through next steps. (More details are below.)

If You Test Positive

  • What if I Test Positive?

    If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

    • They will be informed of the test result and evaluated by Davison Health Services to assess how they are feeling.
    • In the rare instance that the student is having worrisome symptoms, they will be transported to Middlesex Hospital for further care. Otherwise, they will be asked to stay in place until arrangements for isolation can be made.
    • If a student resides in a single room with its own bathroom, they can isolate there. If not, they will be transported to an appropriate room for isolation. Wesleyan will use a combination of on-campus apartments and the Inn at Middletown for isolation and quarantine space.
    • The student will be isolated for at least 10 days from the time that the test was conducted and/or the onset of symptoms. Food will be delivered twice daily, and Davison Health Services will conduct daily wellness checks. The University is asking all students to bring fever-reducing medications (e.g., Advil, Tylenol) with them to campus, as well as thermometers.
    • After 10 days, the student can be released from isolation if they are feeling better and have not had fever within 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. (Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discouraged the use of negative tests as criteria for release from isolation.)
    If a faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19:
    • They will be notified of the positive test result by faculty/staff Associate Director of Benefits, Denise White-Patterson of Human Resources, who will begin the process of tracing any close contacts at Wesleyan. She can be contacted at 860-685-4889.
    • They should stay home until medically cleared and report the illness to their supervisor, who will inform Human Resources.
    • They should contact their primary care physician for medical advice.
    • They may find information for employees about health care, leaves of absence, and more on the Health Services Coronavirus/COVID-19 website.
  • Contact Tracing

    Wesleyan will conduct contact tracing for any member of the community who has been on campus and tests positive for COVID-19.

    • The person who tests positive will be asked about close contacts, including roommates or housemates, officemates, intimate partners, or anyone with whom the individual has been in contact within six feet for 15 minutes or longer, in the 48 hours prior to the test being performed until present.
    • Close contacts will be notified—always respecting the privacy of the individual who tested positive—and will need to quarantine for approximately 10–11 days. Contacts will be administered a COVID test on or after their 9th day of strict quarantine, and—if the test is negative—will be released from quarantine by the medical staff. During the quarantine, contacts are not permitted to leave their residence, will have their meals delivered to them, and will take classes remotely.
  • What if I Previously Had, and Recovered from, COVID-19?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that COVID-19 molecular material can persist for up to 90 days, causing persistent positive test results even past the point that patients are infectious. Students who have had a positive test for COVID-19, but have recovered for more than 10 days and are asymptomatic, should contact the Davison Health Center to consult with medical staff on when they can resume testing.

     

  • Questions and Concerns

    If you have any questions, please contact the Health Services team at 860-685-2470.