COVID Testing at FSU

The University is implementing a voluntary return to work testing program for all faculty and staff, including OPS employees. Testing our entire community for COVID-19 is a crucial first step in safely returning employees to campus. All employees who return to campus are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 at the University's drive-through testing site. The University intends for employees not to incur any direct costs for testing, as we plan for costs to be covered by an individual's health insurance or for the University to cover the costs if an employee does not have health insurance. Results are expected within 72 hours.

We will be offering a nasal specimen test.

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June 24 — July 9

Employees must register in the COVID-19 Testing Registration Portal for a testing appointment twenty-four hours prior to the requested appointment time.

You must bring your driver's license and keep your windows up until instructed otherwise.

Drive-through testing requires that you drive a traditional vehicle through the testing site. Bicycles, motorcycles, ATV's, golf carts, scooters, and lawn equipment are NOT permitted.

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Traditions Garage Testing Stations Route

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Registering for Testing

Testing will begin on Wednesday, June 24 by appointment only. Employees must register in the COVID-19 Testing Registration Portal for a testing appointment at least one business day prior to the requested appointment time. Once registered, employees will report to the testing site located at the Traditions Parking Garage. Walk-through testing options will be available in the registration portal for employees that do not have access to a vehicle. 

Employees who are currently physically working on campus should register for testing on June 24, 25 or 26. Those employees may continue to work on-campus while awaiting test results. Employees who will be physically working on campus beginning July 6 should register and be tested no later than the week of June 29.

To register using your FSU credentials, click here.

Important things to remember when registering: 

  • Arrive on the day you selected when registering. If you miss your appointment, you will need to reschedule. 
  • Be sure that your insurance information is current 

Testing Location

Arriving at the Testing Location

Upon arrival at the Traditions Way Garage, you will need to have your Driver's License ready to present at stations one through three.

Our staff members will assist you at each station. Instructions for our drive-through and walk-through operations is outlined below: 

  • Drive-through
    • Drive-through testing requires that you drive a traditional vehicle through the testing site. Bicycles, motorcycles, ATV's, golf carts, scooters, and lawn equipment are NOT permitted.
    • Have your Driver's License out and ready to present at each of the stations. 
    • Enter the Traditions Way garage via Collegiate Loop. Please reference the map below.
    • Windows must remain up until instructed otherwise. You will remain in your car for the entire process.
  • Walk-through
    • Have your Driver's License out and ready to present.
    • Enter the Traditions Way garage via Collegiate Loop. Please reference the map below.
    • Cloth face coverings must be worn the entire time unless otherwise instructed.
    • Please note, this test requires that you physically walk through the entire process. If you wish to increase your social distancing by remaining in your car, a drive-through test will better suit that need.

What to Expect

  • Enter the Traditions Way garage via Collegiate Loop
  • Station 1
    • Check-in with your Driver's License
  • Station 2
    • Order verification
  • Station 3
    • Specimen Collection
  • Exiting
    • Exit out of the garage and on to Traditions Way

Testing Cost

All employees who return to campus are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 at the University’s drive-through testing site. The University intends for employees not to incur any direct costs for testing. We plan for costs to be covered by an individual’s health insurance or for the University to cover the costs if an employee does not have health insurance.

Test Type

The test provided by the University is a viral COVID-19 test and NOT an antibody test. The viral test being used detects if the person is currently infected with COVID-19. The antibody test is to determine past exposure or infection. We will not be conducting antibody testing.

The University will not be using the oral swab test you may have seen. We will be utilizing a much less invasive nasal swab test. This type of test causes minimal to no discomfort.

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Additional Testing

FSU will provide only one voluntary return to campus test for employees. If there are additional requests for testing due to a known workplace exposure, we would cover the additional tests. 

Employees who think they may need to be tested for COVID-19 again should call their primary care provider to discuss whether testing is required. Visit the Tallahassee Memorial testing webpage for information on testing sites in the area.

Getting your results

COVID 19 test results will be provided to you by telephone, text message, email, electronic portal and/or letter. You may view your results here https://covidtest.uhs.fsu.edu/, after the results have been reviewed by the provider.

  1. Results are expected within 72 hours.
  2. Employee remains at home until test results are received (unless the employee is already working on campus).
  3. Employees with negative test results are cleared to return to campus.
  4. Employees with positive test results should inform their supervisor and Human Resources.
  5. Contact tracing will be conducted for any positive test results.
  6. The CDC symptom-based strategy will be utilized for return to work after a positive test result and 14-day quarantine period.

Important things to remember:

  1. Practice social distancing by staying six feet from others at all times.
  2. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth or use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others and out in public.
  4. Self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, trouble breathing, fever/chills, headache, muscle pains, shaking, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell.
  5. If you do develop symptoms, please contact your primary care provider for additional evaluation and let them know you were tested for COVID-19. Students may contact University Health Services at 850.644.4567 to schedule this visit. Make sure you stay in a specific "sick room" and use a separate bathroom if possible.
  6. If you test positive, you will need to continue to self-isolate and the local health department will be in touch with you by phone to review additional information and help with contact notification.
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