Testing

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Multi-pronged strategy

As part of Ohio State’s plans to return to on-campus operations in autumn, the university is implementing a testing program based on recommendations from the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup and guidance from federal, state and local health authorities. The university continues to refine, improve and expand its testing efforts because they are a critical component of a safe and healthy return to on-campus operations.

The university will continuously monitor conditions in the campus community by testing for the prevalence of COVID-19 in the university population to inform decision making. Regular testing also identifies people with COVID-19 who do not have symptoms, preventing further spread of the disease on campus and in the broader community.

Importantly, testing enables robust contact tracing, which will help further interrupt transmission of the virus by confirming that exposed individuals are quarantined and tested. Vigilance in testing and contact tracing will put university leaders in the best position possible to make informed decisions about community health and safety, and adjust safety measures as needed.

Ohio State’s comprehensive testing strategy allows for: 

  • Weekly testing of all students at all ranks who live in residence halls or university-managed housing 
  • Regular testing of samples of asymptomatic undergraduate, graduate and professional students who live off campus 
  • Regular testing of select employees 
  • Voluntary testing of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff 
  • Targeted testing if COVID-19 hotspots are identified 
  • Sharing of aggregate information in a way that protects individuals’ medical and educational privacy 
  • Keeping university leaders and the public up to date about the virus’s spread and informing decision making throughout the semester 

Should there ever be a shortage of testing supplies, symptomatic individuals and members of at-risk or vulnerable populations will remain the highest priority for testing. 

Compliance with testing, isolation and quarantine procedures is expected as one of the conditions of being enrolled in classes regardless of course delivery and living on campus.

Transition to on-campus lab

To most efficiently and effectively serve our campus community and support our COVID-19 testing needs, the university will transition the surveillance testing to an on-campus lab and scheduling/results delivery tool. This change will allow the university to test and process results more quickly and affordably and improve the on-site experience at the Jesse Owens North testing facility. 

For the testing process, students will begin using the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center MyChart patient portal. Eligible students will receive an activation message to set up their Ohio State MyChart account, similar to what they did earlier this semester when registering for Vault.  

The university will begin to use this system in phases, starting in October and through January. Students will receive more information about when they should begin scheduling using Ohio State MyChart through their university email. 

Transition timeline

Updated on Oct. 20, 2020. Please check back regularly for updates as information is subject to change.

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October 15-19

Eligible students will receive an activation message to set up their Ohio State MyChart account, similar to the process for registering with Vault earlier this semester. MyChart will be used as the central point of test appointment scheduling and result delivery.

The activation message from MyChart_DoNotReply@osumc.edu will provide students with a link they need to visit within 24 hours to set up their account. To activate their account, students will need the zip code of their permanent residence that is on file with the university.

Student bodyAssignment
Off-campus Graduate and Professional StudentsIcons for MyChart and VaultActivate your MyChart account; Continue with your normal testing process
Off-campus Undergraduate StudentsIcons for MyChart and VaultActivate your MyChart account; Continue with your normal testing process
Students with on-campus housing contractsIcons for MyChart and VaultActivate your MyChart account; ​Continue with your normal testing process
 

Week of October 26

Student bodyAssignment
Off-campus Graduate and Professional StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Off-campus Undergraduate StudentsIcon for VaultStudents selected for testing will continue to use Vault
Students with on-campus housing contractsIcon for VaultStudents will continue to use Vault for testing
 

Week of November 9

Student bodyAssignment
Off-campus Graduate and Professional StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Off-campus Undergraduate StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Students with on-campus housing contractsIcon for VaultStudents will continue to use Vault for testing
 

Week of November 16

Student bodyAssignment
Off-campus Graduate and Professional StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Off-campus Undergraduate StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Students with on-campus housing contractsIcon for VaultStudents will continue to use Vault for testing
 

Week of November 30

Student bodyAssignment
Off-campus Graduate and Professional StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents who remain on campus during winter break and opt-in for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Off-campus Undergraduate StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents who remain on campus during winter break and opt-in for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Students with on-campus housing contractsIcon for MyChartStudents who remain on campus during winter break will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
 

Week of January 11

Student bodyAssignment
Off-campus Graduate and Professional StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Off-campus Undergraduate StudentsIcon for MyChartStudents selected for testing will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results
Students with on-campus housing contractsIcon for MyChartAll students will use MyChart to schedule their testing appointment, check in at the testing site and receive their results

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.