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

COVID-19 testing on campus is taking place in a large tent on Andrus Field with six-foot distancing enforced at the testing site. It is important that everyone arrive at the tent 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 36 hours.

Watch a video about what to expect at the testing tent:

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. Students will be tested twice weekly going forward. We may consider reducing testing frequency to weekly if initial results indicate low rates of infection during the first weeks of the semester.

    Testing is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. There is no weekend testing.

  • Staff and Faculty

    Testing is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Tuesdays and Fridays, testing will be open between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. An additional hour is available on those days from 7–8 a.m. for Physical Plant, Public Safety, SMG, and Bon Appetit employees. There will be no testing on 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. 

    If an employee misses two tests, they will be contacted by a member of the Pandemic Planning Team. Those who are unable to follow the testing protocol will be asked to work remotely.

     

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 has capacity to isolate at least 200 students in a combination of rooms the University has reserved at the Inn at Middletown and on campus.
    • 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 case manager Rosemary Murphy of Davison Health Services, who will begin the process of tracing any close contacts at Wesleyan. She can be contacted at 860-685-2642.
    • They should stay home until medically cleared and report the illness to their supervisor, who will inform Davison Health Services.
    • 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 Wesleyan Coronavirus 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 14 days.
  • About Isolation and Quarantine

    There is a distinction between the isolation of a person who has received a positive COVID-19 test and the self-quarantine that all students are required to take part in upon arrival to campus. Whereas those students in quarantine can leave their residence to pick up to-go meals and take their twice-weekly COVID-19 test, students with COVID-19 and close contacts may not leave the premises at all until they have been medically cleared.

  • What if I Previously Had, and Recovered from, COVID-19?

    We are aware of a small number of students who were diagnosed with COVID-19 while we were all away from campus. This affects the protocol for future testing. Students who have had a positive test for COVID-19 within 90 days (but have recovered for more than 10 days and are asymptomatic) will not be tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that COVID-19 molecular material can persist for up to 90 days, even past the point that patients are infectious. However, if those students are having any symptoms of COVID-19, they would need to be treated as experiencing a COVID-19 recurrence (unless there is another obvious cause of the symptoms), and we would advise consulting with an infectious disease specialist.

  • Questions and Concerns

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