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This page provides testing information specific to UW-Superior students and employees.   

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Residential Students

Residential students will be required to continue testing in the Yellowjacket Union, room 157, however testing will now occur once a week.

Testing will resume the week of January 18. Your uwsuper username and password are required to schedule testing.  

SCHEDULE TESTING HERE (uwsuper username and password required)

Nonresidential Students

Per UW System policynonresidential students who visit campus at least once a week should be tested once every two weeks. This testing will occur in the Yellowjacket Union, room 157 beginning the week of January 18. 

 

SCHEDULE YELLOWJACKET UNION TESTING HERE 

(uwsuper username and password required)

UW-Superior Employees

UW-Superior faculty and staff who will be on campus for any reason or for any length of time are required to get tested at a frequency of once every two weeks (biweekly). This practice aligns with UW System Policy SYS 600-01: Interim: Spring Semester 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements.  

The type of COVID-19 test we are using is a rapid antigen test, which is a minimally invasive lower nasal swab that produces results in 15 minutes. Testing is taking place in the Yellowjacket Union, room 157. You can build testing into your on-campus work schedule. 

  • For employees who are coming to campus one or more days every two weeks: Employees can schedule their biweekly tests online using their uwsuper username and password. Tests will need to be scheduled in advance; at this time we cannot accommodate any walk-in appointments. 
  • For employees who are working on campus less than once every two weeks: Upon arriving on campus, or during the seven days leading up to working on campus, employees should be tested and receive their results. Schedule a test online using your uwsuper username and password. Tests will need to be scheduled in advance; at this time we cannot accommodate any walk-in appointments.  
  • Individuals who have any COVID-19 symptoms should not use the on-campus testing option and should contact their medical service provider for immediate confirmation testing.   

We understand that compliance may be challenging in these first couple weeks of the semester, but we ask that employees do their best to get tested prior to visiting campus. The testing schedule currently goes until the end of March, so we encourage you to schedule out all your testing appointments in advance. 

SCHEDULE TESTING HERE (uwsuper username and password required)

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What happens during testing?

You will complete required paperwork and then meet briefly with a nurse from St. Luke’s who will quickly perform a minimally invasive lower nasal swab. This is a rapid antigen test that will give a result within 15 minutes of being administered. 

Can employees receive the test during their work time?

If employees are utilizing the on-campus testing center, testing should be done on paid work time. If an employee chooses to use an alternate testing center, this testing would be done outside the employee’s work time. Any student employee who is working on campus can receive their test during paid work time. We encourage student employees to work with their supervisors to identify a time during their work schedule to take the test.

Do I need to be tested if I've had COVID-19?

If you have received a positive PCR COVID-19 test, you are exempt from the testing protocol for 90 days from the collection date of your positive PCR test. Employees should contact Cory Kempf to receive your testing exemption. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office

What if I am notified of a positive test result?

  1. If an employee tests positive, they should immediately go home to begin self-isolation. 
  2. Employees should contact their medical provider to notify them of their positive antigen test and schedule a confirmatory PCR test.  
  3. While waiting for confirmatory PCR test results, the employee should continue to self-isolate  
  4. If the confirmatory PCR test is positive, self-isolate until:  
    1. you have been fever-free for at least one day without using medicine that reduces fevers.  
    2. your symptoms have improved for at least one day.  
    3. at least 10 days have passed since you first had symptoms.   
  5. If the confirmatory PCR test is negative, notify your supervisor. You are welcome to return to campus, however if you still have symptoms, please stay home until you are symptom-free.   

If I have received the COVID-19 vaccination, will I still have to follow testing, quarantine or isolation protocols?

Yes, you must still comply with all protocols regardless of the vaccine, per CDC and Douglas County Public Health guidance. 

Can I meet my testing obligation by testing off campus?

Yes, you can. If you choose to meet your testing obligation at another testing site, you will need to provide basic information on this form each time you are tested off campus. 

Is this test free? Will my insurance be billed?

UW-Superior is covering the entire cost of testing at our on-campus site. Your insurance will not be billed for testing at our on-campus site. If you choose to test at an off-campus testing facility, you will be responsible for any incurred costs.

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When is the YU testing center open?

Testing appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and registration is required to be tested. No walk-in appointments will be available. You can register online. Please note that your uwsuper username and password are required to access the schedule. 

What if I cannot make it to the testing center during testing hours?

You have an option to utilize other testing facilities. If you choose to meet your testing obligation at another testing site, you will need to provide basic information on this form each time you are tested off campus. If you’re having trouble finding a testing site that fits your schedule, please contact Human Resources.  

When is the vaccine going to be available to UW-Superior employees?

UW-Superior meets with Douglas County Public Health weekly to discuss COVID-related topics including the vaccine and vaccine distribution. Currently there is no timeframe set for vaccinations of UW-Superior employees. We will continue to update employees as new information is available. 

What if I need an accommodation?

Employees who need an accommodation to participate in the testing requirements due to a disability or underlying medical condition should contact the Human Resource Department to request an accommodation. 

Testing accommodations unrelated to a disability or medical condition will rarely be granted due to public health goals; however, employees with non-medical concerns may submit a request to Cory Kempf. While all requests will be considered, no accommodations will be granted based on the inconvenience of participation in the testing program, including possible inconveniences caused by the need to travel to and from campus. 

How long will testing be available?

We anticipate testing will continue for students and employees through spring semester.  

What type of test are you administering?

We are currently administering the Quidel Sofia SARS Antigen Test, a minimally invasive lower nasal cavity swab. A healthcare professional administers this test. This is a rapid antigen test that will give a result within 15 minutes of administering. Please visit Quidel for more information.   

How accurate is the test?

On July 17, 2020, Quidel amended its EUA performance data for its Sofia SARS Antigen FIA to 96.7% PPA versus RTPCR when using nasal swabs within the first five days of symptoms. Please visit Quidel for more information.   

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What if I need to reschedule my test?

To reschedule your test, please contact the Dean of Students Office.  

How often do I need to be tested?

UW-Superior faculty and staff who will be on campus for any reason or for any length of time are required to get tested at a frequency of once every two weeks (biweekly). This practice aligns with UW System Policy SYS 600-01: Interim: Spring Semester 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements.   

  • For employees who are coming to campus one or more days every two weeks: Employees can schedule their biweekly tests online using their uwsuper username and password. Tests need to be scheduled in advance; at this time we cannot accommodate any walk-in appointments. 
  • For employees who are working on campus less than once every two weeks: Upon arriving on campus, or during the seven days leading up to working on campus, employees should be tested and receive their results. Schedule a test online using your uwsuper username and password. Tests need to be scheduled in advance; at this time we cannot accommodate any walk-in appointments.
  • Individuals who have any COVID-19 symptoms should not use the on-campus testing option and should contact their medical service provider for immediate confirmation testing.   

If you have any additional questions, please contact us and someone from our Spring 2021 Planning Team will be in touch with you.