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Mandatory Virus Testing

The University of Pittsburgh strongly encourages vaccination to protect the health and safety of the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Pitt considers it the responsibility of individuals who are not vaccinated to comply with mandatory weekly testing, made free and possible for Pitt community members through a partnership with Quest Diagnostics.

Step one

  • For students: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address. Students living on campus should order their Quest testing kit to be delivered to their Mail Center Box Number. We recommend you order two kits each Monday to avoid any delay in the process and to have a back-up test in case you need one.
  • For faculty and staff: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address. We recommend you order two kits each Monday to avoid any delay in the process and to have a back-up test in case you need one.

Step two

You have 48 hours to order your Quest test after being invited to do so. Follow the instructions carefully on the testing kit to conduct an unobserved self-swab and mail it back to Quest. 

To help get into the habit of weekly testing, we suggest each Monday that you order two tests. Take one test on Monday and drop it off in the bin in the Commons before noon each Monday to get your test results as quickly as possible.

You can access your test results through your MyQuest account. Health services or MyHealth@Work will also receive the test results.

Step three

Place your completed test in the clear bag provided. Do not use the cardboard FedEx box that came with the test. Place the completed test in the clear bag into the large bin with a bright yellow top, which is located next to the Information Desk in the Commons.

You can drop off completed tests between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We suggest you drop off your completed tests before noon each Monday to get your results as quickly as possible and remain in compliance. 

Possible outcomes

  • Negative result: You should NOT consider that a clearance to stop mitigating. Current public health guidance suggests that unvaccinated people should: Wear a mask whenever in the presence of those not in your household, especially indoors. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and those around you. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. Avoid indoor dining at every opportunity, as it is one of riskiest things you can do. Practice good hand hygiene. Limit participation in in-person activities to the greatest extent possible.
  • Positive result: You will need to isolate for 10 days followed by a negative test result. Please follow up with Health Services or MyHealth@Work if you test positive through mandatory weekly Quest testing.
  • Inconclusive result: You will need to reorder a test kit ASAP and submit another sample.
  • No submission of test: You will receive a series of reminders. Any unvaccinated person who fails to comply with mandatory weekly testing will be referred to Student Conduct or Human Resources.

At any time, you may upload your vaccination card to be removed from the mandatory testing list.