Surveillance Covid-19 Testing, Spring Semester 2021
Ohio State plans on a safe and healthy spring semester, and we want you to be prepared to do your part. We successfully completed autumn semester by coming Together As Buckeyes and following all the safe and healthy requirements, including face masks, physical distancing and other personal hygiene and behavior. Those will continue in 2021.
Ohio State’s COVID-19 testing program will continues during spring semester. Weekly testing will continue on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The purpose of the program is to allow the university to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence and make timely decisions on intervention and response. Participation in this voluntary testing program for non-residential students is not required, but it is encouraged.
FUTURE TESTING DATES:
As a reminder, the university transitioned to using a lab located on the Columbus campus. This change allows the university to test and process results more quickly and affordably, and the on-site testing experience will be more efficient because less saliva will be required. If you have not yet participated in the voluntary testing program, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
You will use MyChart for scheduling your appointments and receiving your results. If you have not already done so, please activate your MyChart account. If you have not completed activation, please refer to the MyChart activation email sent by MyChart_DoNotReply@osumc.edu. For additional assistance, email MyChartTechSupport@osumc.edu (may take up to 2 business days to respond), or call MyChart Support at 866-966-6975, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Log in to MyChart to schedule your appointment time slot.
Thank you in advance for participating in this important program and for your continued flexibility, cooperation and commitment. Together As Buckeyes, we will fight COVID-19.
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. This testing program is for asymptomatic individuals. If you have a fever or symptoms on the day of your test, please contact your physician for advice.
2. Log in to MyChart and tap Appointments > Schedule an appointment.
3. Tap OSU COVID 19 – Regional Campus Testing and then select your regional campus.
4. Read the consent and then tap I Consent. If you tap, I Do Not Consent, you cannot proceed with scheduling an appointment.
5. 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.
6. Tap an appointment time.
o Appointment times are every 15 minutes, and you must show up to take your test during your scheduled appointment time. You can arrive for your appointment up to 30 minutes ahead of time.
7. Double check your selections. In the “What is the most important thing you want addressed during this visit?” field, enter COVID Testing.
8. Then, tap Schedule. The appointment is now scheduled, and you will receive a confirmation email with the appointment details and instructions.
Test for your chance to win weekly gift cards, Airpod Pros, or a MacBook. Students who take part in Ohio State's surveillance COVID-19 testing program on the Lima campus will be registered to win some amazing prizes and will also receive a free Ohio State shirt the first time you test moving forward.
- 2 - $25 weekly gift cards from virtualincentives.com, where students can select their gift card from over 100 national retailers
- 2 - $50 weekly gift cards to the on-campus bookstore/Barnes and Noble.com
- 2 raffles of major prizes: the AirPod Pros after our March 30 testing date and the Macbook after the April 27 testing date.
Testing will be done via a saliva test at the Perry Webb Student Life Building. The test takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete. You must wear a mask when you arrive and keep it on until asked to take it off.
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.
- Walk to the Perry Webb Student Life Building (4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804) and follow signs for testing. Testing will occur inside the facility, with physical distancing and masks required. Only students who need to complete testing will be permitted in the testing facility.
- To save time at your testing appointment, be sure to remember your MyChart username and password. For even faster check in, use the MyHealth app and enable Face ID, Touch ID or Passcode to log in to your MyChart account. Get support with your password or enabling Face ID here.
- 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 10-20 minutes (including your wait). If you have a disability and have difficulty standing for 20 minutes, you may request a chair. Please let the person know at the check-in desk. Students should contact Student Life Disability Services for questions related to accommodations. If you have a question related to testing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
While you wait for your test results
While you wait for your test results to come back, you can engage in normal activities, but, as always, it is still required that you maintain at least six feet from others, wear a mask and practice frequent handwashing and other hygiene behaviors.
You should also limit contact with others as much as possible, but you may still attend class and go about regular activity (At this time, all in-person gatherings, events and tabling activities, even those of 10 people or fewer, are prohibited.
Please note that if you have been ordered to quarantine for any reason, been exposed to COVID-19 or are having symptoms of illness, do not show up at the testing site as you should maintain your quarantine protocol.
What to do if you have a positive result
If you receive a positive test result, please do not panic.
- Proceed directly to your residence, 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.
- You should also strictly avoid contact with anyone who is immunocompromised.
- A representative from the Case Investigation and Contract Tracing Team will be in contact with you to assist with next steps.
- Please note that if your results are received later into the night, you may not be contacted until the next morning.