Information about testing
For students or employees who become symptomatic or are in close contact with a COVID-confirmed individual:
The Student Health Center (330-471-8340) is here to support you and walk you through protocols to keep you and others safe. Upon symptom onset, begin to track your status using the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking form or by clicking on the “virus” icon (green checkmark) in MaloneXpress under Quick Links to complete all of the assessment questions. If you call and leave a message, please state your name, number where you can be reached, and a brief message. Expect a call back Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the Student Health Center nurse.
For rapid testing, go to the Student Health Center located in WWF residence hall. Rapid tests are available to all students at the Malone Student Health Center. Open hours follow the Malone academic calendar and tests are provided by calling first (330-471-8340). You can receive a test at an off-campus drive through pharmacy location (Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, etc.) near your home.
For employees who become symptomatic or are in close contact with a COVID-confirmed individual:
If symptoms appear, notify your supervisor then go home immediately. Seek guidance from your healthcare provider and begin tracking your symptoms in MaloneXpress with the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking form. The form will be shared with Patrice Yacko and Rebecca Rodak, and your time-frame for safe return to campus will be determined by advice from your healthcare provider or once your symptoms have improved and you are fever-free for 24+ hours without fever-reducing medications. During this time, please remain in contact with Human Resources. If you remain asymptomatic, you may end quarantine 5 days after your test date.
When should you get tested for COVID-19?
- If you are symptomatic
- If you are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure
- People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact, then quarantine for 5 days. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 be tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others while you await test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
How to use the results of a viral test:
- If you test positive, know what protective steps to take to prevent others from getting sick.
- If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Continue to take steps to protect yourself and others.
If you live less than 150 miles from campus, you will need to return home for your 5-day quarantine period. For students who live outside a 150-mile radius from campus, we will provide a temporary room and meal delivery throughout the isolation period. If you are a commuter student, seek guidance from your healthcare provider.
Vaccinated students who are identified as being within the contact circle of a COVID-positive person will not have to be placed in quarantine unless they later become symptomatic. We request that vaccinated students get tested 5-7 days after exposure, even if you are asymptomatic. Conversely, non-vaccinated students will need to be in quarantine for 5 days if they are identified within the contact circle of a COVID-positive person.
Regardless of vaccination status, please wear a mask when you can't maintain 6 feet of distance from others.