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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.
  • For faculty and staff: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address.

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. Campus drop-off locations are listed below.

The average turnaround time for Quest tests is currently about 24 hours after the specimen is received at the lab. 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. 

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.

Remember

The Delta variant is the predominant strain in the U.S. right now. The CDC has called it more transmissible than the common cold and as contagious as chickenpox. Unvaccinated people are most at risk. The best thing you can do at this stage in the pandemic is to get vaccinated.

Frequently Asked Questions

I uploaded proof of vaccination but received a mandatory testing invitation. How do I confirm my upload?

Please email cmro@pitt.edu with your first and last name, Pitt user name and PeopleSoft number to confirm your proof was uploaded. Response time may be extended due to an increase in requests at this time.

Where can I locate my student ID number?

  • Your student ID number can be found on Pitt Pay or your PeopleSoft account. On Pitt Pay it is in the upper right corner near account information. To access your student ID on Peoplesoft follow these steps:
    • Log in to my.pitt.edu
    • "ACCESS THE STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM Peoplesoft (all campuses)" 
    • Main Menu
    • Highpoint
    • Campus Experience
    • Dashboard
    • My Profile < General information
    • There you can view your student ID number.

Should I order a test kit even if I am vaccinated?

Quest testing kits are exclusively for students, staff, and faculty who have not uploaded proof of vaccination.

Students should call Student Health Services immediately at (814) 362-5272 if they are symptomatic, or if it is an emergency, go to the local emergency room.

Staff and faculty members should call MyHealth@Work at 412-647-4949 if they are symptomatic or feel they have been exposed to COVID. Faculty, Staff and workplace procedures can be found here.

I’m unable to create a Quest account.

Continue to try, as the website appears to work on the second or third attempt. If you continue to experience issues, reach out to Quest directly at 855-324-7472 anytime between 8am to 7pm Monday through Friday. Or call after hours at 866-697-8378 and select “patient.”

Where do I go for mandatory testing?

At this time, test kits are not available for pick up. Rather, test kits must be ordered and will be shipped to your residence. If you have not uploaded proof of vaccination, you are required to order your COVID-19 test kit through Quest.

Students can order their test kit here.

Faculty and staff can order their test kit here.

How long do I have to return the test?

Test kits must be ordered within 48 hours of the email invitation and should be returned on the same day or next day. Place your completed kit in the clear bag provided and place it into the large bin with the 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 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

How long will it take to get results?

Quest states that test results are currently taking 1-2 days. Check your Quest MyAccount dashboard for results. Student health or MyHealth@Work will also receive results.

What happens if I don’t order, take or return the COVID-19 test?

You will be referred to student life or human resources for further disciplinary action, including potentially limiting access to Pitt facilities.

Do I have to participate in mandatory weekly testing if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?

Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from mandatory weekly testing for 90 days.

If I’m working 100% remotely on a full-time basis, do I need to submit my vaccination card?

Yes! Employees who are 100% remote still need to upload their vaccination card. The University wants everyone be vaccinated. It’s for your health and safety as well as for your family, friends and community, including the Pitt community. After all, remote employees may be called to campus for a meeting or other work.

I have a religious or medical accommodation that prevents me from getting vaccinated. To whom do I report this? Does this mean I have to get tested weekly?

Information about requesting a religious accommodation is available from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Information about requesting medical accommodations is available from Disability Resources and Services. And yes, for your health and safety, as well as that of our community, if you are unvaccinated you will be required to test weekly.

Do I have to inform my supervisor, instructor or resident assistant about my vaccination status?

No. If you chose to upload your vaccination card, that information is not shared. All University members should refrain from asking others about their vaccination status as such dialogue could prompt disclosure of confidential medical information, which is protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

I received the first vaccination. Will this have any effect on the COVID test?

No, the vaccine won’t cause you to test positive on a COVID-19 viral test.