Students with symptoms, who have been contact traced, or have had a known exposure:
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 are a student that was tested at Schiffert Health Clinic and haven't received your test results within 5 business days, contact Schiffert at 540-231-6444, option 1.
If you are an employee or student that was tested at the ArcPoint clinic at Lane Stadium:
First check your VT Notify account to see if a negative test result has been posted.
How will I receive my test results?
All students tested at Schiffert Health Center will receive their medical information directly via phone call and/or a secure message in their Schiffert Health Portal.
For employees and students tested at the ArcPoint clinic at Lane Stadium, negative test results will be displayed in VT Notify.
Where do I park while being tested if I don’t have a permit?
Parking Services has designated free parking areas for students and employees who are receiving COVID tests at Schiffert or Lane Stadium.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
For testing and results questions:
- For students tested at Schiffert Health Center: 540-231-6444, option 1.
- For employees and students tested at the ArcPoint clinic at Lane Stadium:
Frequently asked questions from Schiffert Health Center
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.
Contact your manager, HR partner, or Human Resources at email@example.com or 540-231-9331.
Students living on-campus or in the Blacksburg area are required to participate in prevalence testing for COVID-19.
While our efforts to flatten the curve are working, we have to continue being vigilant to knock down the disease. A variety of testing methods help us monitor the health of each person and the overall community and limit the spread of COVID-19. The prevalence testing is an additional tool that will give us a better snapshot of overall community health and the health of each individual. 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.
Students who are selected for prevalence testing will be notified by email and are required to sign up for a testing slot by Friday of the week they receive the email. Students will also receive information about prevalence testing through Canvas, including the link for the exemption form and what qualifies as an exemption.
There are four conditions that qualify students for an exemption:
- Student does not live in the Blacksburg or Christiansburg area.
- Student has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
- Student has a sincerely held religious belief that makes testing objectionable.
- Student has an extenuating circumstance.
Students who have received the vaccine are not exempt from testing.
Students who do not sign up or complete their mandatory test may be subject to a disciplinary hearing with Student Conduct, cancellation of their housing contract, or interim suspension.
MANDATORY HIGH-CONTACT EMPLOYEE SURVEILLANCE TESTING
The required COVID-19 surveillance testing program is for non-symptomatic employees who have been identified as belonging to a high-contact group. Employees in high-contact groups, due to the nature of their job or academic responsibilities, may consistently be less than 6 feet apart for longer than 15 minutes, with or without protective equipment, and/or where administrative controls to reduce risk are not possible, or have a higher interaction with the public. This definition aligns with Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Emergency Temporary Standard §16 VAC 25-220.
The university has made surveillance testing required because it is important that we regularly test employees in these groups to control, mitigate, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the university community. Employee participation is important and provides important information to help us continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 at Virginia Tech and in our surrounding communities. View this page for more information and frequently asked questions on high-contact employee surveillance testing.
TESTING AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES IN GREATER WASHINGTON, D.C., METRO AREA
The university offers asymptomatic, surveillance testing for Virginia Tech employees and students in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. Registration is required.
This applies to employees and students who use or work in the following locations only:
Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church
Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington
Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in Alexandria
The Gallery student housing
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory
D.C.-area Virginia Cooperative Extension locations