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Employees

Visit this page for information on what faculty and staff should do if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms or think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and need a test. 

Visit this page if you are a high-contact employee and need information on required surveillance testing.

What types of tests are available?

  • Nasal swab tests are used to collect samples for COVID-19 PCR testing, which are processed at the Virginia Tech Schiffert Health Center Molecular Diagnostics Lab; testing at Schiffert Health Center uses full nasal swabs, and ArcPoint Clinic testing uses mid-nasal swabs.
  • Saliva tests are not available at this time.
  • Antibody tests are not available at this time. Your current option to obtain an antibody test is to call your personal healthcare provider or local urgent care to see if they are offering those tests.

How long does it take to get my test results back?

The majority of tests take 72 hours to turn around. However, there are some outliers that must be re-tested for a variety of reasons, and those may take a bit longer. If you haven't received your results within 5 business days, please contact Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444, option 1.

How will I receive my test results?

All medical information will be relayed directly to students via phone call and/or a secure message in their Schiffert Health Portal.

Where do I park while being tested if I don’t have a permit?

Parking Services has designated free parking areas for students who are receiving COVID tests at Schiffert or Lane Stadium.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

  • For testing and results questions: Schiffert Health Center at 540-231-6444
  • For assistance during isolation and quarantine for on-campus students: Check the email you received from Housing and Residence Life, which will contain contact information
  • For general questions: Virginia Tech COVID-19 Helpline at 540-231-7600
  • For academic questions/concerns if you have tested positive or must miss class for isolation/quarantine: Dean of Students at 540-231-3787

About mandatory prevalence testing

As outlined in the president's September 18 message, students will participate in mandatory prevalence testing. 
 
  • Why do it? A variety of testing methods help us monitor the health of each person and the overall community and limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Why now? While our efforts to flatten the curve are working, we have to continue being vigilant to knock down the disease. 
  • How is it beneficial? The prevalence testing is an additional tool that will give us a better snapshot of overall community health and the health of each individual. 
  • How is the info used? The testing allows individuals to take informed actions, and allows the university to make better decisions, so that we can care for each other and know when it’s safer to return to a more normal campus experience.