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.
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.
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.
- Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments > Schedule an appointment.
- Tap OSU COVID-19 Testing JON.
- Read the consent and then tap I Consent. If you tap I Do Not Consent, you cannot proceed with scheduling an appointment.
- 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.
- 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.
- Double check your selections. In the “What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit” field, enter COVID Testing.
- 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 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. If you have other questions about the testing process, contact HR Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 247-myHR (6947).
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
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?
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?
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.