To test or not to test, that is the question

Do you qualify to get tested for COVID-19?

The Student Health Clinic is waiting for you to call and make an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Student Health Clinic has many tests available and can provide up to 175 testing appointments per day! Testing is often available the same day that students call after feeling sick or being exposed. When scheduling your appointment after an exposure, remember: if you haven’t experienced symptoms yet, the nurse will schedule your test four days after your exposure so that your test results can be as accurate as possible.

If you receive a positive test result, you should isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started or your test date, if asymptomatic. The university strives to keep everyone safe and healthy. A contact tracer will be in touch with you to ask how you are doing and gather close contacts on and off campus.

As the semester continues, the temperature is starting to move away from the nice 70-degree days and everyone will be staying inside more often. It is going to be even more important to remember that we should still practice social distancing, wearing a cloth face covering, and complete hand hygiene during the cold months.

On Oct. 19 the SHC began billing students health insurance for the rapid COVID-19 testing.  If a student receives a rapid test, as determined by the clinic’s healthcare providers, it will now come at a moderate cost. To cover the cost, the clinic will bill the student’s insurance company $80 for the test. However, as part of our commitment to supporting students, the university will cover the cost for those whose insurance will not pay, as well as the cost for uninsured students. If for any reason the claim is denied, UNI will apply the cost to a student’s U-Bill, and then provide resources from the UNI Together Scholarship to cover the fee.

The clinic will continue to offer a free non-rapid option. Students can indicate their preference for COVID-19 testing when they call the Student Health Clinic to be assessed for their test.

Remember to complete the Panther Healthy Survey that is sent daily to your UNI email address. It is very helpful for everyone to take it when working, studying, and learning on campus. Completing the survey every day ensures accuracy in COVID-19 numbers and analytics as we continue #ProtectingOurPanthers this semester!