Do I need to be tested? If so, how often?
Employees, including student employees, who work on campus one day a week or more, need to be tested once every two weeks.
Why do I need to be tested?
The testing requirement is due to the UW System Administrative Policy 600-01. The testing program is part of a comprehensive effort to support the health and safety of the campus and greater community.
What kind of test will I be taking and what is the sample collection process like?
The testing is an antigen test. An antigen test reveals a current COVID-19 infection. An antigen test is taken using a nasal swab. A sterile swab is gently inserted into the nostril (approximately one inch into the nostril), the swab is rotated a few times against the nasal wall and then repeated in the other nostril. The swab is removed from the nostril and placed into a small tube containing the testing reagent. The specimen is moved to the lab/testing area to run the test and results are usually available within 15-20 minutes.
As of 1/29/2021, if a confirmatory COVID-19 test is required, the test is done by another nasal swab and sent to an offsite lab to process. The results are typically received within 36 hours.
Do I need to register for my test?
Yes, employees must register in advance online. Walk-ins are not permitted.
Why is the testing sign up only available through March 19, 2021?
Currently, the UW System agreement with Weber Health Logistics is only through that date. We will notify the university when additional dates are available.
What do I need to bring to the testing appointment?
Employees must bring their campus ID card.
Will my supervisor be notified of my test results?
No. Test results will not be shared with supervisors; however, supervisors will be notified if an employee has been tested. Additionally, if an employee receives a positive test result, they must follow the response protocol included in the Return to Spring plan.
How will tracking of testing be conducted?
Tracking will be completed by the tapping or swiping of your campus ID card at the testing site. This information will be collected and provided to your supervisor. Supervisors will maintain records and ensure compliance as there will be circumstances when employees will not be required to be tested (e.g. remote work assignment, recent positive COVID test, testing at an off-site location).
I can’t find my ID card, what should I do?
Please contact the Campus Card office to obtain a new Campus ID card.
If I don’t want to be tested, what are the ramifications?
All employees and students are expected to fully comply with the UW System policy. Failure to do so may result in corrective action. Reasonable efforts will be made to gain voluntary cooperation before engaging in the formal disciplinary process. If reasonable efforts are unsuccessful, the university will follow the disciplinary procedures outlined either in the Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited appointee handbook or the University Staff workplace expectations procedure.
Can my spouse or children be tested as part of this program?
No, this testing program is only available for UW-Stout employees and students.
I was recently tested for COVID-19, do I need to be tested?
If you have been tested in the past two weeks, you are exempt from testing for the week at the campus location. Employees should notify their supervisor of this temporary exception, for tracking purposes, and may need to show proof of testing to their supervisor.
I have already had COVID-19, am I required to be tested?
If you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you are not required to be tested. Employees must consult with their supervisor to confirm the frequency of their testing.
If I tested positive for COVID-19 or I am awaiting PCR test results and am required to isolate, what leave options are available for me?
Employees may use paid leave for isolation requirements. In some cases, employees may work with their supervisors to determine if remote work is available as an alternative.
What are the testing hours?
Testing will be offered from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Am I required to be tested during my lunch or break times?
No, employees may use work time to be tested, with supervisor approval.
I only work during times when the testing is not offered. Do I need still need to be tested as part of this program?
Employees must comply with the testing requirement. There are several options available for employees, including getting tested elsewhere and providing proof of testing, temporarily adjusting work hours so employees can be tested during the designated testing times, or testing on campus and being compensated for the time of testing outside of your normal work schedule (travel time to and from the testing center is not compensable).
I had a positive test result. Do I need a negative test result before I am able to return to work?
No, employees may return after the completion of their 10-day isolation period. If an employee had symptoms and tested positive, they may return to work after 10 days following when their symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. Please review the CDC guidelines for additional information.
If I have received the COVID-19 vaccination, do I need to participate in the testing program?
Yes, in alignment with current CDC & DHS guidance, even if students, faculty and staff receive the vaccination (1 or 2 doses) they are still subject to the systemwide testing policy requirements. This may be updated as further study is done on the efficacy of the vaccine against the virus’ transmissibility.
If I test positive through an antibody test, am I exempt from testing?
No, individuals who test positive for antibodies must still participate in the testing requirement and follow the CDC & DHS testing, isolation and quarantine guidance.