COVID-19

COVID-19 Information

COVID Testing

How Do I Schedule My COVID Test?

COVID testing appointments at College Hall are available on a day-by-day basis.  All appointment slots for the next day will become available beginning at 9pm the night before.

If you wish to get a COVID test at College Hall, make sure to act fast!  These appointments slots can fill quickly.  If you can’t find a testing appointment for the day you want, check your MyWesternHealth patient portal throughout the day for last minute cancellations.  If there are no openings, check again at 9pm for the next day’s availability.

If you have urgent concerns about COVID tests, please send a secure message to the Student Health Center team in your MyWesternHealth patient portal.  During normal business house, you can also call us and ask to speak to a nurse.


College Hall
COVID Testing Hours

M/Tu/Th/F: 9am–3pm
W: Closed


Results

You will get your results in a secure message from your MyWesternHealth patient portal. Results of antigen tests will be available in 2-4 hours. If a confirmatory PCR test is needed, these results will be back in 24-48 hours and will be available to you in your patient portal.

Western students who are experiencing mild COVID-like symptoms such as congestion/runny nose or sore throat can obtain a COVID-19 test at the College Hall COVID Testing Facility.

Students experiencing more significant symptoms (cough, fever, loss of taste/smell) should not obtain a COVID test at the College Hall Testing Facility.  Instead, please call the Student Health Center during business hours at 360-650-3400 and ask to speak to a nurse.  You can also send a secure message via MyWesternHealth.

Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19, should obtain a COVID test at the College Hall Testing Facility 5 days after the exposure.  Click here for more details 

If you have received a positive COVID-19 result from a home test or an outside provider/lab, please send us a secure message with your result attached in MyWesternHealth.

This information allows our clinical team to offer our support and services to help those through their care and recovery. It will also help us be aware of the number of positive cases so we can plan our services and resources to support the campus community.

Surveillance Testing for Students on COVID Vaccine Waivers

If COVID transmission rates are "High" as defined by the local health department, Western’s Student Health Center will be performing weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing using rapid antigen tests for any student on an approved COVID Vaccine Waiver who also has a regular on-campus presence.

Appointments for surveillance COVID-19 testing are required.

  1. Make your appointment – login into MyWesternHealth.wwu.edu and click on “Appointments” to book your appointment for a test. On the day of your appointment, you will have a QR code available to you on your home screen. This will act as your “boarding pass” for testing. Note: appointment times are not exact. Be prepared to wait in line.

  2. Arrive at the testing facility at your testing time. Please make sure to wear your mask and follow good social distancing.  Have your QR code ready to present to the nurse.

  3. Get your test! Surveillance testing is free to all eligible students with an on-campus presence, regardless of insurance.

Isolation Guidelines

•    Stay home for 5 days and away from others.  If you live on campus, University Housing will contact you with further directions.
•    End isolation on day 6 or later if you never had symptoms or if you are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms are resolving.

•    Day 6 through day 10: wear a mask OR use 2 negative antigen tests to decide when to stop wearing a mask.

•    If your symptoms have resolved, a COVID test after leaving isolation is not required to return to classes or to participate in on campus activities unless requested by a medical professional or your employer.
•    If you still have symptoms after 5 days, continue to stay home for day 6 through day 10.  If your symptoms have not resolved or are worsening after 10 days, contact the Student Health Center for further guidance.
•    Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days has passed since your positive test or your first day of symptoms.

•    Report your result.  Log into your MyWesternHealth patient portal, upload documentation of your COVID positive test, and enter the date of your test result.

•    Notify your RD if you live on campus, and if you receive your result on a weekend or after 5pm.

•    Watch for symptoms for 10 days.   If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

•    Wear a mask around others for 10 days.

•    Test 5 days after exposure (or sooner if you have symptoms).  If you test positive, isolate and see guidance above

•    Take extra precautions for 10 days around people more likely to get very sick.

A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. A person is still considered a close contact even if they were wearing a mask while they were around someone with COVID-19.

If you live in the same house or dorm room and had contact with the positive individual during their infectious period, you are considered a close contact.

At Home Tests

Get Your Free At-Home COVID Test Kits Now!

Rapid at-home COVID-19 testing is one of several effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

When to Take an At-Home COVID Test

For additional information on when to use at-home tests, see the latest CDC self-testing guidance.

Yes!  College students residing on or off campus may request free testing kits. Students with shared housing addresses (residence halls, apartment buildings, group housing) should each enter their unique room or apartment number, and/or letter A, B, C, D, etc. along with their street address on the ordering form (or via phone).

Yes!  Orders are expected to ship in 7-14 days, and shipping typically takes 1-3 days.  Orders that contain eight tests may arrive in two separate packages of four tests each.

Yes! At home tests are:

  • Convenient: Rapid at-home COVID-19 testing can be done anywhere and at any time.

  • Diagnostic: Home tests can confirm COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms.

  • An important screening tool: If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, rapid at-home tests can screen for COVID-19 when used at least 5 days after exposure.

The federal government has offered three rounds of free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests; the first two rounds offered four tests, and the third (current round) offers eight tests, for a total of 16 per residential address.

  • If you have unreliable or no internet access, please call 1-800-232-0233 to request free at-home COVID-19 testing kits.

  • If you need information in Spanish or more than 150 other languages, call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) from 8:00 am to midnight (ET), seven days a week.

  • If you have a disability, you can call the Disability Information & Access Line (DIAL) at 1-888-677-1199 for assistance ordering tests and accessing other COVID-19 services.

Most COVID-19 home test kits have received expiration extensions from the FDA. To see if your COVID19 Test Kit has an expiration extension, see the List of Authorized At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests.

File a service request or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to get the issue fixed. If you require timely testing, sign up for a COVID test on your MyWesternHealth portal.

File a service request or call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to get the issue fixed. If you require timely testing, sign up for a COVID test on your MyWesternHealth portal.

Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) from 8:00 am to midnight (ET), seven days a week to order tests instead of using the web form.

COVID Vaccines

Make Sure You Are Up To Date on Your COVID Vaccines!

Western Washington University (WWU) policy “Requiring Proof of COVID Vaccination Status” (POL-U1300.02) requires all Western students, faculty, and staff to show proof of immunization with a primary series of an FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for fall quarter 2022.  This mandate is based on guidance and recommendations of local and state public health officials, the Governor’s Office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We believe a fully vaccinated campus is the best way to protect the health and safety of our individual and collective communities.

If you haven't gotten your COVID vaccine or need an initial COVID vaccine booster, schedule your appointment now and remember to upload your updated COVID vaccine card to your MyWesternHealth patient portal. For the COVID Vaccine provider nearest to you, please go to Vaccine Finder.

Already Have Your COVID Immunization Card?

Simply send us a legible copy of your fully completed COVID-19 Immunization Card showing your vaccination with a primary series and any booster doses (if available) to the Student Health Center via your secure MyWesternHealth patient portal.

Follow these simple steps. It's easy and secure!

  • Login to your MyWesternHealth patient portal.
  • Upload a legible picture of your COVID-19 Immunization Card.
  • Enter the date(s) of your vaccination(s) including any booster doses if you have any.

Please note: incomplete Immunization Cards will not be accepted.

There’s good news — most of your vaccine questions can be answered easily with the help of an online portal. Washington State offers an authorized service called MyIR Mobile which allows you to safely access your and your family’s immunization records online. It’s free, it’s official, and it’s secure. Once registered, you can access all of your vaccination records — including your COVID-19 vaccine records.  Go here to learn more about MyIR. 

Note: If you are using MyIR records to submit proof of COVID Vaccination Status: Use the “Show me my immunization records” button and print the results screen.  “Certificate of Immunization” does NOT currently include COVID Vaccine records.

COVID booster vaccines are not required by Western.  If you wish to get your COVID booster: make your appointment, get your shot and upload your updated COVID Vaccine Card to your MyWesternHealth portal.

Submit a COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Request Form and certificate of completion of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education Canvas course.  This will cover you until you get your second shot. 

1. The COVID-19 Vaccine Education Canvas course:  You will need to provide a screenshot of the verification of course completion, and include it with the required COVID-19 Vaccination Waiver Request Form.  Start the course here.

2. COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Request Form: Login to your MyWesternHealth patient portal and click on Downloadable Forms to access the form.

  • Select Medical as the reason for the exemption and explain that you have had the first shot but can't get your second shot until after you need to be on campus. You don't need to have a health care provider sign the form.

3. Upload your completed COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Form and the Canvas course certificate of completion within your MyWesternHealth patient portal, Downloadable Forms.

4. Upload your COVID-19 immunization card once you have completed the vaccination series. Directions are above under the heading "Already Have Your COVID Immunization Card?"

All Western Washington University students requesting a COVID-19 vaccine exemption must complete:

1. COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Request Form. Login to your MyWesternHealth patient portal and click on Downloadable Forms to access the form.

2. The COVID-19 Vaccine Education Canvas course.  You will need to provide a screenshot of the verification of course completion, and include it with the required COVID-19 Vaccination Waiver Request Form.  Start the course here.

If you are a WWU employee, please check with Human Resources for details.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Form and COVID Education Course documentation for students must be submitted for review and approval.  Incomplete documents will not be accepted.


For Medical Vaccine Waivers
1.    Upload your completed COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Form and verification of completion of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education course to your MyWesternHealth portal (click Downloadable Forms to upload your documents).
2.    Medical vaccine waivers must be signed by your medical provider in order to be approved.

 

For Religious Vaccine Waivers
1.    Email your completed COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Form and verification of completion of the COVID-19 Vaccine Education course to covidvaccine@wwu.edu.
2.    Please allow 3-5 business days for approval and further instructions.

No.  Students who have completed a COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Form and are enrolled in online classes ONLY are exempt from the weekly COVID testing requirements should these be implemented. This COVID Testing exemption is only available to students enrolled in 100 percent online courses who do not plan to participate in any in-person Western activities.  The COVID Testing Exemption Form can be found in your MyWesternHealth patient portal under Downloadable Forms.  Once completed, upload your form.  The COVID Testing Exemption Forms will not be accepted without completed a COVID-19 Vaccine Waiver Form (see above).  Please allow 3-5 business days for verification and approval.

Prevention Tips

Stay Home If You Feel Sick

Stay home and away from others if you are sick or test positive. People at high risk for severe illness should talk to a medical provider about treatment.

Protect Others

Consider the health of others in your household and avoid people at high risk for getting very sick.

Practice Hand Hygiene

Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.

Take action if you're exposed to COVID-19

  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days.   If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test 5 days after exposure (or sooner if you have symptoms).  If you test positive, isolate and see guidance above
  • Take extra precautions for 10 days around people more likely to get very sick.

More Tips

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. 

  • Do not travel while sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.

COVID Handouts