At-home testing

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.

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.”