COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing Information

Symptomatic/Close Contact Testing

Western students who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 should 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.

Campus-Wide Surveillance Testing

Western’s Student Health Center will be performing weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing for any unvaccinated student who has a regular on-campus presence.
The Student Health Center's surveillance testing program will utilize rapid antigen tests.  If the antigen test result is negative, no further action is needed.  If the antigen test result is positive, then the student will require a confirmatory PCR retest.
Note: Surveillance testing is not intended for those who currently have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19.  Please see the Symptomatic/Close Contact Testing section for more information.
Appointments for surveillance COVID-19 testing are required.
  1. Make your appointment – login into 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!


You will get an email notification of your result. Results of antigen tests will be available in 2-4 hours.  If a confirmatory PCR test is needed, these results will be back in roughly 24-48 hours and will be available to you in your patient portal.


Surveillance testing is free to all eligible students with an on-campus presence regardless of insurance.

If You've Tested Positive Outside the Student Health Center

If you have received a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test from 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.