November 11, 2020 - Student COVID-19 Test Process
As President Gormley communicated last week, the University is recommending that all students take a COVID-19 test prior to your return home for Thanksgiving and the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester. The test helps prepare you for a safe return to your homes, families and friends. The University is covering the cost of the tests.
In addition to testing, the best way to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus to others is to wind down and limit contact with others for 14 days before you travel, and most especially for the days after you take the test.
The University will provide students with an Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit. The speed and ease of use make the test kits ideal for meeting the variety of circumstances students are managing during the transition from campus to home. You can expect to receive digital results within 24 to 48 hours after the lab receives your sample. To read more about the test, visit https://www.everlywell.com/products/covid-19-test/.
The Everlywell take-home tests will be distributed in the Multipurpose Room in the Towers Living Learning Center, starting Thursday, November 19, at 9 a.m. Complete hours are listed below. Students do not need to need to sign up in advance; you can simply visit and pick up a test. The first 3,000 students to pick up tests also will get a free t-shirt celebrating a successful semester at Duquesne.
|Thursday, November 19||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Friday, November 20||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 21||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, November 22||NONE|
|Monday, November 23||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, November 24||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, November 25||9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
Students can administer the Everlywell test easily, in their residence, following the instructions that come with the kit. You collect the sample in the privacy of your residence and ship it free. In addition, the University will have a receptacle where you can deposit completed samples and the University will ship it for you. The receptacle also will be located in the Multipurpose Room in the Towers Living Learning Center, in the same place where the test kits are provided, accessible during the same hours listed above.
Students who have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 should not access testing through this method. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 14 days, please call Health Services for instruction.
Because students will be able to acquire the test and administer it themselves, they should consider carefully when to take the test:
- If you will be driving home with someone who picks you up, take the test in advance so that you have enough time to get results before you leave. To accommodate for the time spent mailing the sample, you should take the test no later than four days prior to scheduled departure.
- If you will be driving home yourself and you are able to self-quarantine until you get your test results, the test will be more meaningful if you take it as soon as you get home.
- Remember that the test shows only whether or not the virus is present at the moment it is administered. If you are taking the test prior to departure, take great care to limit your contact with others.
Finally, a critical part of your planning is to communicate with your professors to ensure your academic work is coordinated for a successful end to the semester. If you are taking in-person classes and still have presentations or other in-person obligations, you will need to arrange satisfactory plans with your professor.
In the remaining two weeks of the semester, with areas of the nation seeing spikes in positive cases, following safety measures is critical to a safe departure and return to homes and families. The best means of prevention is to continue to meet the commitments of the Protect Duquesne pledge. Answering Daily Screening Questions, maintaining physical distance, wearing your mask and washing your hands will help improve the likelihood of protecting yourself, your family and your friends and loved ones when you return.