As a part of our ongoing measures to ensure a safe, learning, and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff, the University is implementing weekly mandatory COVID-19 screening testing. Screening testing involves testing asymptomatic individuals who do not have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19. Testing will allow the University to proactively detect infection and prevent further transmission of the virus. All, faculty, staff, and student employees who are:
- Unvaccinated will be required to test for COVID-19, weekly.
- Fully vaccinated will be randomly selected to test for COVID-19.
Employees unable to complete the required testing during that week must contact the Office of Human Resources immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
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Fully vaccinated employees should upload the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card they received from a pharmacy or health care provider. Employees must not provide or upload any other medical information as part of the proof of vaccination.
Testing Site Location
The on-campus testing site is located at the former University Bookstore building at 210 E. St. Mary Blvd., and open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing is also available at select pharmacies, urgent cares, and clinics sponsored by hospitals. Find an off-campus COVID-19 testing site here. Testing on-campus is free.
- Unvaccinated employees should get tested outside of working hours or work with their supervisors to use their daily breaks (such as during lunch or other approved break times) to get tested.
- Fully vaccinated employees will not be required to test weekly for COVID-19 but may be randomly selected for the University’s random testing program.
Employees reporting to the on-campus testing site must complete the Daily Self-Check questionnaire before arriving to their work location. Employees who are not cleared to report to work must not report to the on-campus testing site unless instructed to do so Human Resources. Health care personnel (HCP), faculty and staff, who work in a health care setting, must complete the HCP self-check questionnaire before they arrive to their work location.
Employees required to test will receive a weekly email with details on how to proceed. The email will include information about the testing locations, pre-registration process, test expectations and information on what to do if you have tested positive within the last 90 days. The email will also provide a link to the Agreement to submit to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Form. This form is required and will allow the Office of Human Resources to access employee’s COVID-19 test results.
Pre-registration is required for the on-campus testing site. Registration can be completed at Health.QuestDiagnostics.com/STLOU. Employees must provide a valid phone number and email address. Employees using other testing sites must follow that sites registration process.
COVID-19 Test (PCR) Expectations
Employees required to test must be administered a PCR molecular test. Antigen (Binex) rapid tests are not approved to meet the requirement of the testing program.
Employees reporting to the on-campus testing site, will need to notify testing personnel that you are a University employee and need to submit to a PCR COVID-19 test. Under observation by trained test site personnel, employees will self-administer the test by nasal swab. During the test, employees will swab both the left and right nostrils and place the cotton swab in a tube. Testing site personnel will be available to ensure that this is done correctly.
Face coverings and social distancing are required at the testing site. The only time employees will not be required to wear a face-covering is during the collection of their specimens.
COVID-19 Test (PCR) Results
COVID-19 test results will be available approximately 3-5 days after testing, for employees who reported to the on-campus testing site. If an employee tests positive, they will be contacted by phone. All COVID-19 test results will be available by:
- Phone by calling 1-866-697-8378. Note: You may experience a longer wait time.
- The MyQuest portal MyQuest.QuestDiagnostics.com. You can also download the MyQuest IOS app or MyQuest Android app to access your results.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Human Resource at email@example.com.
The University’s decision to test employees and students working on campus will help to mitigate the spread of the virus which will support the assurance of a safe learning and working environment for the campus community. It aligns with our continued commitment to do all we can to ensure your health and well-being.
A Molecular/PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test that detects a virus' genetic material, will be administered. To date, this test is the "gold standard" for diagnostic detection of the virus that causes COVID- 19. Employees self-administer the test by nasal swab under the observation of trained test site personnel. During the test, you will swab your left and right nostrils and place the cotton swab in a tube.
Employees who report to their workplace location at any time are subject to the COVID-19 testing program.
If you have received a positive COVID-19 test results within 90 days of receiving notification to test, you will not be required to report for testing. Instead, you must email the Office of Human Resources at HRConsultancy@louisiana.edu.
According to the CDC, neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
Employees should complete the following forms and questionnaires via computer or smartphone prior to arriving at the testing site on campus:
- Pre-register for COVID-19 testing at Health.QuestDiagnostics.com/STLOU;
- Complete and submit the Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Release Form prior to your initial screen.
- Complete the COVID-19 Employee Daily Self-Check questionnaire (Health care personnel must complete the HCP Self-Check questionnaire).
When arriving at the on-campus testing site, you must:
- Wear a face covering;
- Practice physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from others; and
- Complete the Weekly COVID-19 Testing Reporting Form immediately after your COVID-19 test is administered.
Yes. Employees required to test may utilize the on-campus testing site or a testing site located at select pharmacies, urgent cares, and clinics sponsored by hospitals. Find a COVID-19 testing site.
The on-campus testing site is arranged to allow for physical distancing. Individuals who are on-campus are required to wear protective face coverings at all times.
No. Employees may continue to work at their work location, pending their test results, provided the employee receives clearance upon completion of the appropriate Daily Self-Check Questionnaire.
Employees who receive a positive test result must email the Office of Human Resources at HRConsultancy@louisiana.edu.
Asymptomatic may be approved to work remotely, if applicable. Employees whose job requirements must be fulfilled on campus will be placed in the appropriate leave status during their isolation period. All employees who test positive must be cleared by a health care provider and be able to pass the Daily Self-Check questionnaire prior to returning to the workplace. Health care personnel and faculty and staff members who work in a health care setting, must complete the HCP Self-Check Questionnaire before reporting back to the workplace.
The Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Release Form you will sign prior to taking the COVID-19 test permits a Human Resources staff member to view your test result via a secure online portal. If you are tested on- campus, you will also be able to view your test result through the portal. Information made available to the Office of Human Resources is limited and includes only your name, date of birth, contact information, and the current COVID-19 test result.
Yes. Prior to arriving at a testing site, employees must submit the Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Release Form and provide consent to allow the University to access their COVID-19 test results. The release form allows designated Human Resources staff to view the employee’s test results within the state database and prevents employees from submitting their results through insecure means.
The Health Insurance and Portability Act of 1996 ensures that personal health information is protected and may not be shared without a patient’s consent. Part of your testing requirement is to complete and submit an Agreement to COVID-19 Test (PCR) and Authorization Release Form. The information the Human Resources staff will be able to view is limited and includes only your name, date of birth, contact information, and the current COVID-19 test result.
Employees who are subject to COVID-19 testing and who do not comply are unfit for duty and will be placed on leave without pay. Employees are subject to progressive disciplinary measures. The University’s Code of Conduct and Ethical Behavior Policy establishes the expectation of compliance with University required processes, including and not limited to those which support standards of safety. Your cooperation helps ensure a safe learning and working environment for the campus community. It is part of the University’s continued effort to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect students and employees.
University leaders, as a part of their supervisory role, are expected to address employee conduct and performance concerns. Failure to do is considered Leadership Failure as defined by the University’s Code of Conduct and Ethical Behavior Policy. Supervisors who fail to enforce the mandatory testing requirement will be subject to progressive disciplinary measures.