Faculty/Staff Random Testing

What kind of test is it?
A PCR (quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction) test looks for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.  PCR tests provide fast and highly accurate results.

What can I expect when I am tested?
You will be asked to confirm personal information. To run a PCR test, a specimen will be collect from the nose via nasal mid-turbinate collection, which is a little bit less invasive than nasopharyngeal (back of nose).

Who administers the test?
The test will be administered by OptiMed Health Partners.

What information about me will be shared with OptiMed by the College?
The data collected during online registration will be shared with OptiMed in order to streamline the testing process. Kalamazoo College and OptiMed will store the information in compliance with privacy regulations and practices.

Should I need to bring anything with me to the test?
You should bring a picture ID.

How long will the test take?
The test will take approximately 5 minutes.

Will all faculty and staff be included in the selection pool?
All faculty and staff will be included in the COVID-19 random testing pool. Faculty and staff who will be on campus less than four (4) hours per week during the 2021 spring term are invited to waive participation in the selection pool by completing a waiver. Please notify Renee Boelcke if your schedule changes and you come to campus more than four (4) hours per week. Note that completion of this form only applies to spring term. There is no need to resubmit this form if already submitted during the winter term.

How will employees be selected?
Together in partnership with Information Services, a process has been established in Human Resources to randomly select from the pool of active employees. An employee will be returned to the surveillance testing pool after all employees have been selected. A minimum of 40 people will be tested each week. Increased positivity rates may increase the number of faculty, staff, and students tested.

How will employees be notified that they have been selected?
The primary means of notification will be through the kzoo.edu email address. Notify Renee Boelcke if a different notification method is necessary.

When will employees be notified that they have been selected?
Selections will be made by Thursday for the following week. The notification will include instructions to reserve a reservation time. Reservations are expected.

How long will employees have to complete their test?
The test should be completed during the week following notification. Testing times will be available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week.

What happens if I am not available to test?
Please be in contact with Renee Boelcke about your situation.

Who pays for the test?
Kalamazoo College will pay for initial and surveillance testing.

Where will the testing take place?
The testing will occur in the banquet room located on the lower level of the Hicks Student Center.

I am experiencing some symptoms of COVID-19. Am I able to be tested on campus?
For the safety of our community, we ask that you stay away from campus. Please be in contact with your medical provider as to next steps.

I am vaccinated and plan on being on campus for more than four hours per week during spring term. Do I still need to be tested?
Yes. Vaccinated individuals remain in the testing pool.

Who will have access to the results?
Results of the test will be accessible by OptiMed Health Partners and Renee Boelcke in Human Resources.

How will I learn of the results?
The results will be communicated by OptiMed directly. Human Resources will follow up on positive results only.

I have not received my results in the expected time. Can I call OptiMed for an update?
Absolutely. Please call 269.250.8689 to check with OptiMed for a status update.

Will my physician be notified of the results?
Your physician will not be notified of the results. You may communicate the results to your physician directly.

What happens if I do not or can not participate in the testing?
Participation from those of us who are on campus is key to our success.There are no known medical reasons why someone would not be able to tolerate a COVID test.

My COVID-19 test is positive. Now what?
A positive test result means that you should follow the steps below. Additional information may be found by visiting https://hr.kzoo.edu/protect-your-nest/. Employees who receive a positive test result will also hear from Human Resources to determine if a leave of absence or other accommodation is appropriate.

  • Limit interaction with those around you. Stay home except for medical care.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering.
  • Use meal or grocery delivery services when possible or ask family and friends for help.
  • Clean and disinfect things you touch, like light switches, doorknobs, tables and remotes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover cough and sneezes.
  • Consider people living with you. If you live with someone with health conditions, think about whether there are other places you can stay while you get well.
  • Don’t leave home.
  • Don’t share personal items.
  • Don’t use public transportation, if you have another choice. 
  • Answer your health department’s call. They will reach out to begin contact tracing. They can also answer your questions.
  • Watch for severe symptoms or other health emergencies. If you need to call 911, tell them you have COVID-19.
  • After 10 days you may end isolation if you meet these criteria:
    • Have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.
    • Other symptoms, like cough or shortness of breath, have improved.

My COVID-19 test is negative. What do I need to know?

  • If you had a known exposure to a confirmed case, continue to quarantine until 14 days after your last exposure.
  • If you had no known exposure to a confirmed case, and you are symptomatic, you may have another respiratory pathogen that is circulation in the community. Call your doctor. Ask if you should be tested again or for another illness if you continue to have symptoms of COVID-19.  Avoid work and group settings until 3 days after the last day of your respiratory symptoms and fever.
  • If you had no known exposure to a confirmed case, and you are not symptomatic. You may return to your regular routine. Continue practicing physical distancing, wearing your clean mask, and washing or sanitizing your hands frequently.
  • If you were asked to quarantine by the local health department continue to do so as instructed.

Who can I contact with questions?
You can contact Renee Boelcke, director of human resources, at renee.boelcke@kzoo.edu.