COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing Information

The rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant and the lack of testing availability in our community have caused a dramatic increase in demand for COVID tests at the College Hall Testing Facility.
 
We apologize for this inconvenience.  We have expanded the number of appointments available each day to increase access and to address this demand.

How Do I Schedule My COVID Test?

COVID testing appointments at College Hall will now be 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.
 
Students on an approved medical or religious COVID Vaccine Waiver will be able to schedule their required weekly COVID tests throughout the remainder of the quarter.
 
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.

If I Have Symptoms

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.

If I Am A Close Contact and Don't Have Symptoms

Any fully vaccinated student, 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 

Campus-Wide Surveillance Testing

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!

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.

Costs

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.