COVID-19 Testing Information

The vast majority (at least 80%) of people with COVID-19 recover just with their own immune response. Treatment includes supportive care for symptoms, fluid intake, and isolation/observation. About 10-20% of cases appear to have severe enough illness to require hospitalization. Those patients also receive supportive care and treatment for complications of the infection (pneumonia, problems breathing, etc.).” —wallawalla.gov

What happens if you test positive for COVID-19?

Every member of our campus community is required to monitor their symptoms daily. If a person has been directed to self-isolate for any reason (because they are exhibiting symptoms or because they have tested postitive for COVID-19) they may return to the campus community after they have satisfied the conditions in the appropriate category using the plan that fits their situation. 

WITH symptoms

Symptom-based plan:

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to self-isolate may discontinue isolation if the all of the following conditions are met:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (recovery is defined as resolution of fever without using medications (e.g., Tylenol & ibuprofen)
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
  • At least 10 days have passed since first symptoms appeared

Test-based plan:

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to self-isolate may discontinue isolation if all the following conditions are met:

  • Resolution of fever without using medications (e.g., Tylenol & ibuprofen) 
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).

WITHOUT symptoms

Time-based plan:

Persons with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to self-isolate may discontinue isolation if the following conditions are met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of first positive COVID-19 test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based plan should be used.

Note: Because symptoms cannot be used to gauge where these individuals are in the course of their illness, it is possible that the duration of viral shedding could be longer or shorter than 10 days after their first positive test.

Test-based plan:

Persons with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to self-isolate may discontinue isolation if the following conditions are met:

  • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected more than ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).

Individuals who are re-entering the campus community will be expected to resume following campus guidelines on physical distancing, facial coverings, and symptom monitoring.


Who should get tested?
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 immediately fill out the self-reporting form at wallawalla.edu/symptom-report. You’ll be asked to provide your contact information and information about your symptoms. We will then provide directions about the next steps to take.

  • The COVID-19 Response Director will contact you to discuss testing. There are currently no restrictions in the State of Washington on who can get tested. However, the Department of Health guidance to healthcare providers focuses on individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Common symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Learn more about what to do if you get sick or are exposed to someone who is.

What do I do if I was possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19?
If you have been in direct or close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19, the same precautions apply as if you yourself were exhibiting symptoms. Complete the form at wallawalla.edu/symptom-report. We will provide directions about what to do next.
 

What do I do after I am tested?
Those with pending COVID-19 test results are asked to self-isolate at home while waiting for results. The COVID-19 Response Director will work with you and provide instructions.

  • Isolation is what you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Isolation means you stay home and away from others (including household members) for the recommended period of time to avoid spreading illness.

  • Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine means you stay home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case you are infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop COVID-19 symptoms.

When will I know my results?
3-4 days is the current estimation for receiving testing results.

If there is a positive COVID-19 diagnosis on campus, how will students, faculty, and staff be notified?
We will not release details or specific information about anyone on campus who tests positive for COVID-19, but using the contact-tracing app, SaferMe, we will be able to notify students, faculty, and staff if they have come in contact with someone with a positive diagnosis. View information about confirmed COVID-19 cases on our campuses.

Health care providers and testing locations in the Walla Walla area.

Tele-health options may be available.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation, call 911.

Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center
401 W Poplar St., Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 897-3320 
Daily, 24-hours for Emergency Department Care


Providence Medical Group and Urgent Care 
1025 S. 2nd Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362 
(509) 897-3000
Urgent Care: Daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Urgent Care Drive Thru: Daily, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. 


Family Medical Center
1120 W. Rose St., Walla Walla, WA 99362 
(509) 525-6650
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.


Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center
77 Wain Wright Dr., Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-5200
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Walla Walla Clinic
55 W. Tietan St., Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 525-3720
Available for established patients, call primary care provider or go to walk in. Please call in advance.


Walla Walla County Department of Community Health
As needed for outbreak/facility testing


WWU Care Team

The WWU Care Team is here to help any member of the WWU community if you are sick, in self-isolation, or in quarantine and will provide food, supplies, medical consultation, spiritual connection and mental health resources.

Questions?
student.wellness@wallawalla.edu.

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