Forward Together: Testing

This page has been designed to share community news concerning COVID-19 testing.

At this time, MU has suspended testing of those on campus who are unvaccinated with medical or religious exemptions (this includes faculty, staff and students). 

Note: Testing is required for anyone with symptoms. Please view the Quarantine/Isolation section of this site – including the step-by-step Guidelines Chart for procedures.

Also, a few reminders:

While masks are no longer mandatory on campus, know that wearing your mask in the presence of others and being fully vaccinated still remain the best forms of protection against COVID-19. Please continue to be respectful of others’ decision to mask – no mask shaming – as protecting yourself and those around you with masks remains highly encouraged.

Anyone with a medical or religious exemption for the current academic year must re-apply for such for 2022-23, and those deadlines/procedures are listed in the Vaccinations section of Forward Together.

As we continue to monitor cases on campus – and each of us should be carefully self-monitoring for symptoms each day – we also remain willing to be flexible and adapt as necessary. Requirements and procedures could change at any time if we see a spike in cases.

If you have questions, please reach out to our COVID-19 Response Team at forward@methodist.edu.

WHEN SHOULD I TEST?

Students, faculty, and staff only need to test if they have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or they are showing symptoms. Individuals should find their own tests (in the community, or at-home tests are acceptable), not seek tests from MU Health Services. Some “Testing Opportunities” are listed below.

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS COVID-19 OR JUST ALLERGIES?

COVID-19 vs. Allergies Symptoms Chart

WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE?

Please follow these protocols:

STAFF, FACULTY, ON-CAMPUS GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE COMMUTER STUDENTS =
(1.) Alert your personal physician
(2.) Do not come leave your residence/come to campus
(3.) Be sure to email MU Health Services immediately at muhc@methodist.edu
(4.) Be sure to observe guidelines on our quarantine/isolation page
(5.) Let Health Services know if you had a previous positive test (within the past 90 days) and submit those test results via email if you have them. If you don’t, please just report the date and type of test. This is valuable information for us to help keep you and campus as safe as possible.
(6.) Students, please see the additional ALL STUDENTS procedure below

STAFF AND FACULTY: Communicate immediately for your return-to-campus strategy

    1. Staff: Inform your direct supervisor that you have had a positive test, provide your anticipated date of return, and discuss approval of plans for a return to campus.
    2. Faculty: Inform your department chair and dean that you have had a positive test, provide your anticipated date of return, and share plans for remote work.

ALL STUDENTS: Communicate immediately with your faculty, as follows

    1. On-Campus Grad/Undergraduate Commuter Students = Notify each of your individual faculty members (and cc pellis@methodist.edu – Executive Assistant to the Provost – on each message) as quickly as possible to arrange for remote instruction/participation in courses during the isolation period. Your message to faculty should include the projected return to class date.
    2. Unvaccinated Students (with medical/religious exemptions) = If required to quarantine because of exposure, you must follow the same procedure as in step “1.” above.
    3. All residential students who test positive also must notify all their faculty individually, as outlined in step “1.” above.

Testing Opportunities

Free COVID-19 tests are available to every home in the U.S. (with orders shipping in 7-12 days) via links on the covidtests.gov web page. Links are also available for local resources here. Be sure to check with your local Health Department, also. As an example, the Cumberland County Health Department recently announced they have home test kits available, but at a limited quantity: https://www.cumberlandcountync.gov/covid19/testing/at-home-test-kits. Another link that is helpful is Find My Testing Place.