Selected Employee Testing Program

The selected testing program allows for regular testing of selected asymptomatic employees whose job responsibilities require them to have consistent and/or sustained in-person contact with other campus community members. 

Employees who are eligible for this testing can opt into this program. Individuals who participate in the program are not required to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Testing will be done via a saliva test. 

After opting in through the initial invitation period, as capacity remains available, opted in employees will be given the opportunity to schedule a test each week. They will be encouraged to test for surveillance reasons but not required. As the program grows to the point that we have more opted in individuals than capacity, a weekly random sample will be selected and those individuals will be invited to test each week. 

The intent of the program is that the testing may be accomplished during the regular work schedule of the employee, in consultation with their supervisor and as long as it aligns with testing hours and where it is operationally feasible. Employees may elect to participate on their own time if their work schedules do not align with testing hours and or where it is not operationally feasible. Overtime will not be approved for testing. 

The university’s comprehensive testing program includes weekly testing of students living on campus, regular testing of students who live off campus, selected testing of employees, and voluntary testing for all students, faculty and staff. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Program and Eligibility 

What is the selected employee testing program? 

The selected testing program allows for regular testing of selected asymptomatic employees whose job responsibilities require them to have consistent and/or sustained in-person contact with other campus community members. Employees who are eligible for this testing can opt into this program and received an email from the university explaining the process. Individuals who participate in the program are not required to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Testing will be done via a saliva test. Employees are asked to schedule tests during their regular work schedule, in consultation with their supervisor. 

Is testing required for employees who are eligible for the selected testing program? 

While the university strongly urges employees to participate in the selected testing program, it is optional. 

How frequently will employees who opt into the program be invited to test? 

After opting in through the initial invitation period, as capacity remains available, opted in employees will be given the opportunity (email invitation) to schedule a test each week. They will be encouraged to test (for surveillance reasons) but not required. As the program grows to the point that we have more opted in individuals than capacity, a weekly random sample will beselected, and those individuals will be invited to test each week. 

Can staff/faculty volunteer for the selected testing protocol? 

The selected testing program is for employees whose job responsibilities require them to have regular and/or sustained in-person contact with larger groups of other campus community members. These individuals have received an email from the university explaining the process. 

As part of Ohio State’s comprehensive testing strategy, asymptomatic faculty and staff may volunteer for a COVID-19 test at any time by contacting the university’s COVID Call Center at 614-293-4000 to arrange the scheduling of a test at an Ohio State swabbing station. More information on voluntary testing is available on the Safe and Healthy site’s Testing page. 

What is the difference between the selected testing program and voluntary testing? 

The university’s comprehensive testing program includes weekly testing of students living on campus, regular testing of students who live off campus, selected testing of employees, and voluntary testing for all students, faculty and staff. More information is available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website. 

The selected testing program allows for regular testing of selected asymptomatic employees whose job responsibilities require them to have consistent and/or sustained in-person contact with other campus community members. Employees who are eligible for this testing can opt into this program and are not required to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Employees are asked to schedule tests during their regular work schedule, in consultation with their supervisor. Testing will be done via a saliva test. 

The voluntary testing program allows students, faculty and staff to arrange the scheduling of a COVID-19 test by contacting the university’s COVID Call Center at 614-293-4000. These tests are conducted at an Ohio State swabbing station. Individuals who are tested as part of the voluntary testing program are required to self-quarantine and may not return to campus for school, work or other community activities until their test result is available. 

Scheduling 

What happens if an employee needs to reschedule their assigned testing time? 

Employees can reschedule their appointment within the scheduling system using the link they received in their selection email. 

If I opt in to participate in the selected testing program, when will I be tested? 

Employees who opt-in for the selected testing will receive a message asking them to schedule a test for the weeks they are eligible for testing. Frequency will depend on the total number of employees who opt in. Standard testing appointments for employees are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine when to schedule their test during work time. 

How are employees selected to be tested each week? 

Depending on the number of employees who opt into the program, the university will select from all participants for the weekly scheduling option. 

If I don’t opt in now, can I do so later? 

If you intend to participate in the program at any time, we advise you to opt-in now in case availability is limited later. 

I can’t be tested this week. Can I defer my test to a later date? 

Once you have opted into the program, you will receive a scheduling email the week before, each week you are eligible to test. Frequency will depend on the total number of employees who opt into the program. 

Testing Process

Where does the testing take place? 

  • For the Columbus campus, testing will be conducted at Jesse Owens North (2151 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210). Follow signs for testing; there is not a drive-up testing option. Testing will occur inside the facility, with physical distancing and masks required. Only those who need to complete testing will be permitted in the testing facility. 
  • In Lima, testing will take place at Cook Hall Gymnasium (4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804) 
  • In Mansfield, testing will take place at Molyet Village Apartment Community Center (1365Springmill Road Mansfield, OH 44903) 
  • In Marion, testing will take place at Alber Student Center Gymnasium (1465 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302) and enter in the southwest door. 
  • In Newark, testing will take place at McConnel Hall (929 Sharon Valley Road Newark, OH 43055). Parking is located off University Drive and if using GPS, it may be easier to use 1159 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055. 
  • In Wooster, testing will take place at the Fisher Auditorium (1680 Madison Avenue Wooster, Ohio 44691). 

What do I need to do bring to the testing site? 

You will need to have a BuckID as part of the testing process. Please schedule an appointment via the BuckID website in order to obtain a new or replacement ID before your scheduled testing. Please also bring a smart phone or iPad to the testing site. If you do not have a device, iPads will be available. 

I do not have a parking pass. Are parking vouchers provided? 

The testing location will require that you park and walk to the testing location. There are some streets off campus that have free parking and do not require permits. Parking vouchers are not provided. 

Where can I find the results of my saliva? 

You can receive your results for the saliva in two different ways: 

  • If you opted into results over email, you will receive an email with your test result. The title of this email is: “Your Test Results Are In”. Please be sure to check any Spam or Promotions folders in your email application. The results email will be sent to you from: hello@updates.vaulthealth.com. 

  • If not, you will get an email notification when the results are ready to view in your Vault account. There will be a link to your results in that email. When you log into your Vault account, you will scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the down arrow on the right-hand side to view your results. 

A representative from Ohio State Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will call you if you have a positive test result. 

How long does it take to get test results? 

Tests are shipped to the lab at the end of the business day. Typically, you will receive an email with results 48-72 hours after your sample is received at the lab. 

Will I be required to quarantine while waiting for my test results? 

No, employees who participate in the selected testing program are not required to self-quarantine. 

What happens if I receive a positive test result? 

Proceed directly to your home, avoid contact with others and make sure you are always wearing a mask. If you live with other people, please maintain at least six feet of physical distance and everyone who lives in your home should wear a mask. 

Employees should contact their unit’s HR business partner and ensure they are following unit call off procedures. Attendance occurrences will not be counted for employees who need to quarantine for a positive COVID-19 test. More information is available on the Office of Human Resources website. You should also strictly avoid contact with anyone who is immunocompromised. 

A member of the Ohio State Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will be in contact with you to assist with next steps. If an Ohio State contact tracer determines that you have “exposed” others as a close contact as someone is infected with COVID-19, they will be contacted by the team and advised about quarantine and testing but will not provide your private information. 

 


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.