COVID-19 Testing on Campus

 

Do you have a COVID-19 Test Result to report? Please use this link here!

Need a test kit? Check below about where to obtain one.

 

COVID-19 testing is available to any faculty member, staff, student, trainees, and residents for the following purposes, regardless of your vaccination status:

  You must receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning on-site.

close contact exposure to a known COVID-19 case

You must submit the COVID-19 Report Survey immediately, regardless of your vaccination status, and receive guidance from a contact tracer.

Returning from domestic or international travel

  • If you are not fully vaccinated:
    • 7 day quarantine is required regardless for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, regardless of test result. Test must be received on day 3 to 5 after travel for 7 day quarantine period.
    • If no testing, you must quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals: Testing is recommended 3 to 5 days after travel. Quarantine not required.

Mandatory Screening Testing

  • Starting Monday August 2nd, 2021, ALL Faculty, Staff, and Students who are not fully vaccinated and coming to campus, must participate in mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Your college or department may implement additional testing requirements. Please follow any guidance that is provided to you.
  • Test kits should only be used by WesternU faculty, staff, students, trainees, or residents. 
  • After you have taken your at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 test, you must report your results to WesternU via this link
  • All employees and students who are accessing a WesternU facility or on-campus may be required to undergo COVID-19 testing at times and dates established by WesternU and/or their operating unit.

Campus Testing Process

LEBANON CAMPUS

Testing will be conducted by the COMP-Northwest CTT team led by Dr. Davis.

  • Hours of operation: Every Monday starting at 1pm in Seminar Room 1 (second floor of the COMP-Northwest building)
  • If you require testing outside of these hours, please contact covidtesting-oregon@westernu.edu

Pomona Campus 

Test kits MUST be pick up from your College/Department representative listed below. Test kits are distributed to Colleges/Departments based on the number of individuals assigned to each unit.

College of Dental Medicine and Dental Center

Dr. Brent Fung

College of Graduate Nursing

Michael Marinello and Mitzi McKay

College of Health Sciences

Karen Hutton-Lopez and Joleen Oakes

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COMP) – Pomona

Dr. Sebastien Fuchs, Dr. Hendrik Szurmant, and Dr. Nishita Patel

College of Osteopathic Medicine (COMPNW) – Northwest

College of Health Sciences – Northwest

Dr. Jeannie Davis and Dr. John Pham (see info above for Lebanon campus)

College of Optometry

Audrey Vazquez, Teresa Oseguera, Angie Chambers

College of Pharmacy

Mark Goggin and Mark Iannuzzo – Available at Pharmacy Administration Front Desk

College of Podiatric Medicine

Hazelle Vollaire and Dr. Jacqueline Truong

College of Veterinary Medicine

Nicole Jimenez and Caren Tse

Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences

Marcos Villa and Leslie Hayes

Patient Care Center (for 2nd Floor Employees only)

Amy Padoongpatt

Pet Health Center

Jennie Jennings

Bookstore

Limited test kits available for employees who do not have them stocked within their department.

Students MUST contact their colleges first for testing.

SSC Building

SSC 101 Lobby

USC Building

Available for security and facilities/physical plant employees.

Other options for Free COVID-19 Testing

The COVID-19 testing sites on the LA County COVID-19 Testing website offer no-cost (free) testing.

The City of Los Angeles also offers free COVID-19 testing.

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) has also partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country (HHS website)

These companies are coordinating with state and local governments to:

  • Provide Americans with faster, less invasive and more convenient testing
  • Protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct-contact with symptomatic individuals
  • Expand testing to communities across the United States, especially those that are under-tested  and socially vulnerable

Please visit these companies’ websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.

California

No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:

For local testing information, visit the California health department’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 Testing

Yes. We accept outside test results but are unable to reimburse for any expenses incurred during community testing at an outside facility.

Los Angeles County offers multiple testing sites, including one close to UCLA.

Any outside testing must be reported to WesternU to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu. If you receive a rapid antigen test, it is only valid for the day that it was obtained. An RT-PCR test may be submitted if it was collected 72 hours prior to your arrival on campus.

Since testing is now provided through self-administered test kits, you must arrange a time to pick up a kit from one of your College representatives (listed above) or from the WesternU Pharmacy during normal hours of operation (for Pomona Campus).

Individuals who test positive on the rapid antigen test should immediately report via the COVID Report Survey, go home and begin isolation.

An RT-PCR COVID-19 test can be obtained for confirmation of test results. To obtain an RT-PCR COVID-19 test after testing positive on your rapid antigen test, please send an email to COVIDTesting@westernu.edu. Testing may be obtained at the WesternU PCC (Pomona Campus), but requires an appointment and referral from the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team. WALK UP TESTING AT THE WESTERNU PCC IS NOT AVAILABLE.

You may also obtain your own test for confirmation, but it cannot be an antigen test. It must be a molecular (PCR, viral RNA, or nucleic acid) test. Test results should be submitted here and you may receive clearance from the contact tracing team to return to campus depending on your situation.

If you receive a negative molecular test after receiving a positive antigen test, you may return to on-site activities if:

• You remain asymptomatic,

• You are not under current quarantine or isolation orders (due to an exposure or travel). Instances where a negative molecular test after a positive antigen test will NOT allow you to come back to campus:

• You had a “close contact” exposure to a known COVID-19 case in the past 10-days and were not fully vaccinated at time of exposure.

• You are under current travel quarantine guidelines.

Yes, if you come to campus at least once per week you need to participate in testing. If you have any questions about the surveillance testing, please email COVIDTesting@westernu.edu

If you fail to participate in required surveillance testing, you may be excluded from coming to campus and referred for disciplinary action through your College (for students) or Human Resources (for faculty and staff).