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Testing for COVID-19

A robust testing program is vital for maintaining the health and safety of the IU community during the ongoing pandemic. There are a variety of testing measures and plans in place that will continue through the spring semester.

Symptomatic testing

What:

Testing through IU conveniently located on the campus of your choice.

Strongly encouraged for:

Anyone (students, faculty, staff) experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

How it works:

Start with IU's symptom checker to schedule a symptomatic test. You'll receive an email with a link to schedule if you have symptoms of COVID-19. All symptomatic testing is held outdoors and is drive up / walk up to ensure safety.

If your test is negative:

Continue on with your normal routine.

If your test is positive:

You’ll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps.

Mitigation testing

What:

Ongoing testing of the IU population. (Sometimes called “surveillance testing.”)

For:

Students, faculty and staff. If contacted, it’s critical that you participate.

Where:

View sites by campus

How it works:

You will be contacted via email to schedule an appointment for your test. This will be a saliva test with results back in 3-5 days. Learn more about the mitigation testing process.

If your test is negative:

Continue on with your normal routine.

If your test is positive:

You’ll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps, which includes required participation in IU Health Twistle text messages. Through Twistle, you’ll receive daily text messages from IU Health asking about your symptoms; this is how you can report any concerns or worsening symptoms, which will alert an IU Health provider to follow-up with you. You must participate in Twistle to get official confirmation from IU Health that you can end your isolation period.

Voluntary asymptomatic testing

What:

Free, optional saliva-based COVID-19 testing, including departure testing and testing for spring 2021 commencement.

For:

Students, faculty, and staff who:

  • Do NOT have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have NOT been selected for required mitigation testing that week.
  • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • Are NOT currently in quarantine as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Why:

According to IUPUI researchers, more than 40% of people infected with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. Know your COVID-19 status for an added layer of protection against the spread of the virus. Remember that a negative test result is just a snapshot of your health at that specific moment in time.

Where:

Now available at all campuses in the same locations where mitigation testing is conducted.

How it works:

Schedule a test via the appropriate link below, arrive at the testing location, and take the saliva-based test. Testing slots open up the Friday before the week of testing (after 2 p.m. Friday for all campuses except Bloomington, and after 6 p.m. Friday for IU Bloomington). Results will arrive via email within a couple of days.

If your test is negative:

Continue on with your normal routine.

If your test is positive:

You’ll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps, which includes required participation in IU Health Twistle text messages. Through Twistle, you’ll receive daily text messages from IU Health asking about your symptoms; this is how you can report any concerns or worsening symptoms, which will alert an IU Health provider to follow-up with you. You must participate in Twistle to get official confirmation from IU Health that you can end your isolation period.

Other asymptomatic testing options

There are free COVID-19 testing sites throughout Indiana that also offer asymptomatic testing by appointment. If you receive a positive test result outside of IU's testing, please report your positive result through IU’s self-report form. You’ll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps.

Test result definitions

If your test was done through IU, you'll receive an email to your IU email account within 24-72 hours after your test. The email will give you a link to your results. Click the link to read your results.

Your results will fall into one of these categories:

Detected: This means you have an active COVID-19 infection and must isolate from others immediately. 

Not detected: This means you do not have an active COVID-19 infection. If you were tested because you had symptoms, you should remain in isolation until you're feeling better and have not had a fever for 24 hours.

Inconclusive / Invalid / Unacceptable specimen: This means it's not possible to say if you have COVID-19 at the time of your test and you'll need to be re-tested.