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Testing for COVID-19

A robust testing program is vital for maintaining the health and safety of the IU community during the ongoing pandemic. There are a variety of testing measures and plans in place that will continue through the fall semester.

Mitigation testing

  • What: ongoing testing of the IU population. (Sometimes called "surveillance testing.")
  • For: students, faculty and staff. If contacted, it's critical that you participate.
  • Where: view sites by campus
  • How it works: You will be contacted via email to schedule an appointment for your test. This will be a saliva test with results back in 3-5 days.
  • If your test is negative: Continue on with your normal routine.
  • If your test is positive: You'll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps, which includes required participation in IU Health Twistle text messages. Through Twistle, you'll receive daily text messages from IU Health asking about your symptoms; this is how you can report any concerns or worsening symptoms, which will alert an IU Health provider to follow-up with you. You must participate in Twistle to get official confirmation from IU Health that you can end your isolation period.

Symptomatic testing

  • What: testing through IU Health or another medical provider.
  • Strongly encouraged for: anyone (students, faculty, staff) experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • How it works: Login to COVID Health Services through one.iu.edu and follow the prompts to register with IU Health, download the virtual visits app and see an IU Health provider for a COVID-19 screening. Should you need a test for COVID-19, the IU Health provider will guide you to the testing location closest to your campus.
  • If your test is negative: Continue on with your normal routine.
  • If your test is positive: You'll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers and IU Health about isolation and next steps, which includes required participation in IU Health Twistle text messages. Through Twistle, you'll receive daily text messages from IU Health asking about your symptoms; this is how you can report any concerns or worsening symptoms, which will alert an IU Health provider to follow-up with you. You must participate in Twistle to get official confirmation from IU Health that you can end your isolation period.

Asymptomatic testing

  • What: testing for those with no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • For: anyone curious about their status or needing a test to return to campus / work but has no symptoms.
  • How it works: Asymptomatic testing can be done anywhere and is not currently offered as a service through IU or IU Health. There are free COVID-19 testing sites throughout Indiana that do offer asymptomatic testing by appointment.
  • If your test is negative: Continue on with your normal routine.
  • If your test is positive: Report your positive result through IU's self-report form. You'll receive detailed instructions from IU contact tracers about isolation and next steps, which includes required participation in IU Health Twistle text messages. Through Twistle, you'll receive daily text messages from IU Health asking about your symptoms; this is how you can report any concerns or worsening symptoms, which will alert an IU Health provider to follow-up with you. You must participate in Twistle to get official confirmation from IU Health that you can end your isolation period.

If you're arriving from a location outside the U.S.

IU Global has information for travelers who are coming to IU from a location outside the U.S.

Pre-arrival testing

  • What: All students at IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU South Bend and IU Southeast living in on-campus housing were required to get a COVID-19 test before arriving to an IU campus. This included residence halls, Greek housing, and IU campus apartments. IUPUI students working in residential housing also needed to submit a pre-arrival test. (Those living in a house or apartment rented through IU Real Estate did not need a pre-arrival test.)
  • Type of test: A diagnostic or viral test. This type of test shows if a person is actively infectious at the time of the test. Diagnostic or viral tests can include tests like PCR and antigen tests and could use different kinds of nasal or throat swabs, or saliva, to run the sample specimen. We were not asking for an antibody test, which tells us if you've experienced a previous infection.

On-arrival testing

  • What: IU required a COVID-19 test for certain groups of students when they arrived on campus. For those living on campus, the test involved a nasal swab with results in less than 30 minutes. For those living off campus, it was a saliva test with results in 3-5 days.
  • Required for: An on-arrival test was required for all students at IU Bloomington (on- and off-campus residents, including all members of Greek organizations), and students living in on-campus housing at IUPUI, IU Southeast and IU South Bend.
    • Students attending class exclusively online and not living in or coming to Bloomington for any reason during fall semester were not required to get tested.
    • Students who had tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days were not required to get an on-arrival test.