Employee Testing Program

Weekly COVID-19 testing is available for asymptomatic faculty and staff who are regularly working on Ohio State’s campuses. This program is part of the university’s overall surveillance strategy and intended for employees who are regularly on campus and interact with the campus community. It should not be used for intermittent, mid-quarantine or symptomatic testing.

Ohio State’s Comprehensive Monitoring Team has found minimal evidence of people becoming infected while working, learning and teaching on campus. This new testing program is meant to provide employees with an additional testing option and critical information to help themselves and members of their household feel safe.

Employees of Ohio State, including all Wexner Medical Center employees, are able to schedule weekly testing. Employees of OSUP and co-located campuses like COTC as well as contingent workers, academic affiliates and inactive emeritus faculty are not included.

Testing takes place via saliva sample, and the test process takes approximately 10 to 30 minutes to complete. Those who participate in the weekly asymptomatic surveillance testing program are not required to self-quarantine while awaiting test results. Testing appointments are available to employees until capacity is met.

Testing on the Columbus Campus takes place at the Jesse Owens North Recreation Center.

Visit the Regional Campus Testing Page for testing location and hours of operation on the regional campuses.

Symptomatic employees

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your local primary care provider or call the Ohio State University COVID Call Center at 614-293-4000 for a health assessment and direction. More information is available on the Symptomatic Testing page.

Testing Process

MyChart

Faculty and staff will use MyChart for scheduling appointments and receiving results. If you do not currently have a MyChart account, please visit https://mychart.osu.edu/osumc/signup to complete the registration form.  For additional assistance, email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu (may take up to two business days to respond), or call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

MyChart Scheduling Instructions

Please follow the steps below for scheduling an appointment for COVID-19 screening testing using a mobile device or by using a browser on a computer or tablet.

  1. Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments > Schedule an appointment.
  2. Tap OSU COVID-19 Testing JON.
  3. Read the consent and then tap I Consent. If you tap I Do Not Consent, you cannot proceed with scheduling an appointment.    
  4. Scroll down and answer all the questionnaire questions to the best of your knowledge. The questions are required for reporting to various state and federal agencies. When you’re finished answering questions, tap Continue.
  5. Tap an appointment time.
    • Appointment times are every 15 minutes. You can arrive for your appointment up to 30 minutes ahead of time. 
    • Do your best to arrive at the facility to check in before your appointment time.  If you don’t check in before your appointment time, you need to schedule a new appointment when you arrive onsite. 
  6. Double check your selections. In the “What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit” field, enter COVID Testing.
  7. Then, tap Schedule. The appointment is now scheduled, and you will receive a confirmation email with the appointment details and instructions.

For a detailed MyChart instruction guide, visit the Wexner Medical Center’s website.

Testing Process

Testing will be done via a saliva test. The test takes approximately 10 to 30 minutes to complete. The testing will be at no cost to you.

  • Because it is a saliva test, it is recommended that you try to hydrate in the hours before your test, however, you should not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or use mouthwash within thirty minutes of your test. 
  • Please bring your BuckID and mobile device to the testing site. If you do not have a device, iPads will be available. You will not need a health insurance card.  
  • When you arrive, log in to MyChart on your mobile device and tap the “I’m Here” option on the home screen to check in.

Testing typically takes 10-30 minutes (including your wait).  For those who need to sit while waiting, you may request a chair when you check in.  If you are in need of any other accommodation for your test, please submit a Workplace Accommodation Request via HR Connection(link is external). If you have other questions about the testing process, contact HR Connection at hrconnection@osu.edu or (614) 247-myHR (6947).

Results

You will receive results via your MyChart account within two to three business days. A representative from the Ohio State Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will call you if you have a positive test result. Please note that if results are received later into the night, you may not be contacted until the next morning.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Testing Program  

Who is eligible for weekly testing?

Ohio State is expanding its testing program to offer weekly COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic faculty and staff on the Columbus campus. This testing opportunity would provide the option to all employees of Ohio State, including all Wexner Medical Center employees, to schedule weekly testing at Jesse Owens North. Employees of OSUP and co-located campuses like COTC as well as contingent workers, academic affiliates and inactive emeritus faculty will not be included. Weekly testing is already offered on the university’s regional campuses. This program is part of the university’s overall surveillance strategy and should not be used for intermittent, mid-quarantine or symptomatic testing.

Is the selected employee testing program still available?

The university has expanded opportunities for COVID testing to include all asymptomatic faculty and staff members. This expansion does not affect existing testing appointments made under the selected employee testing program. Faculty and staff may continue to schedule appointments through MyChart.

Scheduling and MyChart

How do employees activate MyChart? 

If you do not currently have a MyChart account, please visit https://mychart.osu.edu/osumc/signup to complete the registration form. You will receive a confirmation email once your MyChart is activated. For additional assistance, please contact MyChart Support at 866-966-697 or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu (may take up to 2 business days to respond by email), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

What if I’ve forgotten my MyChart username or password?

Instructions for retrieving a username or password appear on the MyChart login page. If those options don’t work, call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, option 3 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu (email may take up to 2 business days for response). 

I need to reschedule my appointment. What do I do?

You are able to reschedule your appointment within MyChart. Instructions can be found at go.osu.edu/mychartreschedule.

How do I check in for my appointments using MyChart?

You can log in to MyChart through the internet browser on any device that connects to the internet, such as a computer or tablet. The web address is mychart.osu.edu. When you arrive at your testing location, you can check in from an available tablet on site. 

Testing and Results

How accurate are saliva tests? 

For information on the accuracy of saliva tests, please visit the Yale School of Public Health’s website.

Where can I find the results?

If you tested via the Ohio State lab, you will receive your results via the MyChart platform. Results will be available in MyChart in up to 72 hours after testing.

How long does it take to get Ohio State lab test results?

Results will be available via MyChart up to 72 hours after testing.

How can I request an accommodation for testing?

You should submit a Workplace Accommodation Request via HR Connection. Other questions about the testing process can be directed to HR Connection at hrconnection@osu.edu or (614) 247-myHR (6947).

If I am fully vaccinated, how often should I test?

Testing is not required for employees. At this time, public health leadership recommends monthly testing if you are able for surveillance purposes. 

 

At-home test kits

At-home test kits are available for the campus community. This supplemental testing is optional and designed to help keep you and those around you as safe and healthy as possible. Test kits will be available at select locations on the Columbus and regional campuses. Additional kits are available throughout the state in various locations including local libraries.

These tests do not replace the campus testing program. If you are required to test on campus as part of the regular surveillance program, these tests cannot be used in place of required testing at Jesse Owens North or on the regional campuses.

There is a limit of two boxes per visit. Each box contains Abbott’s BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag At-Home Test Kit (6 Pack). These rapid antigen test kits are self-administered and can be used at your discretion throughout the fall.

The university will not directly receive your test results from these kits but local public health authorities will be notified. Ohio State students and employees using these tests should report their positive test result to the university as part of the regular process for reporting outside test results via BuckMD or by contacting the Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Team (CICTT) at 614-688-2273.

You must use the eMed Telehealth provider with these test kits (instructions are included in the test kit). Visit ohio.emed.com to begin your virtual visit using the associated app.

Locations

Columbus Campus:

  • Jesse Owens North
  • Ohio Union – main info desk
  • Younkin Success Center - 2nd floor reception desk
  • Stillman Hall

 

Regional Campuses:

Mansfield:

  • Bromfield Library Information Commons
  • Eisenhower Student Union 2nd Floor

CFAES Wooster

  • Student Activity Center front desk
  • ATI Library front desk
  • Wooster Campus Research Library front desk

Marion

  • Student Center front desk

Lima

  • Perry Webb Student Life Building – Just Inside the main doors
  • Library – Cook Hall – inside main door foyer

Newark

  • OSU Admissions and Advising Office, Founders Hall, first floor, room 1075, front desk
  • John L. and Christine Warner Library, Warner Center, first floor, room 169, front desk
  • Student Financial Services, Hopewell Hall, In the Gateway area, front desk

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use the at-home test kit?

Visit ohio.emed.com to begin your virtual visit. Detailed instructions available: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/vaccine/ohio-binaxnow-home-user-guide.pdf

How long does it take?

The process takes about 15-20 minutes, including the app registration, taking the test, waiting for the results and interpretation of results.

Why are there six in the box?

Self-administered test kits can be used at your discretion. Additional kits are available throughout the state in various locations including local libraries.

Why are you offering at-home testing kits and am I required to use them?

This supplemental testing is optional and designed to help keep you and those around you as safe and healthy as possible when you are not able to participate in routine on-campus testing.

What happens if I test positive?

The eMed Telehealth provider will share with you the need to isolate to protect others. Your results will be conveyed to the appropriate public health authorities, who will follow up. Your results will not immediately be communicated to the university. You can choose to share a positive result via BuckMD and/or by contacting the university’s Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team.

What happens if I test negative?

No further action is required in most cases. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 you should still follow up with your medical provider.

Why is my test kit expired?

The expiration dates for BinaxNOW at home tests were set to expire after nine months, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized an extension of the expiration dates to 12 months. For each home test, add three additional months to the expiration date identified on the outside of the box. For mor information, see Abbott’s letter extending “longer than labeled product expiry date.”

 


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.