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Rapid Testing Info & FAQs—BinaxNOW

In mid-March of 2021, LVC will introduce an additional testing program using Abbot’s BinaxNOW test. BinaxNOW is a reliable, rapid, easy-to-use antigen test that provides results in 15 minutes. Rapid antigen testing helps to identify community members who are contagious, giving the College a quick way to help prevent the spread of the virus on campus. The test is a rapid antigen test designed to identify proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can detect active infection. LVC’s medical director from Penn State Medicine has reviewed this program. See more about BinaxNOW.

All athletic testing will continue to follow NCAA guidelines for surveillance based on the level of risk and frequency of competition. 

All community census testing will continue to be based on a percentage of three populations of the campus: residential students, commuter students, and employees. Randomized sampling accounts for floors and bathrooms in residential halls for resident students and floors of administrative and classroom buildings for employees. Census testing excludes athletes, clinical students who are regularly tested, and anyone fully remote from campus for the spring semester.

All notification emails will be sent on the Friday before a student or employee is to be tested. All students and employees who will be on campus during the spring semester must comply with regular testing. A community member identified for census testing can potentially be surveillance tested again later in the semester.

FAQs

Why is LVC performing surveillance testing?

Asymptomatic testing gives us the ability to monitor changes in virus prevalence on campus and inform us regarding if and when additional mitigation steps are needed to reduce the risk of an outbreak. In a shift from guidance this past fall, the PA Department of Education recommends institutions of higher education adopt testing programs that included entry and surveillance testing.  

Can I opt out of testing?

If a community member is not willing to participate in BinaxNOW rapid testing program, they must learn or work remotely. 

Is surveillance testing free?

Yes, the test is free of charge to all students and employees. 

What type of test is BinaxNOW?

The test is a rapid antigen test designed to identify proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can detect active infection. See more about BinaxNOW.

How long do test results take?

Plan for the testing process to take approximately 15–20 minutes, including check-in time. Test results are available 15 minutes after you are swabbed. You are not required to wait for your results. If your test is positive, you will be notified by cell phone by a member of the testing staff for further instructions. 

Can I schedule my test ahead of time? 

Yes, when you are selected for surveillance testing, you will receive an email that will link to the Bookings App to set up an appointment time. It is vital you keep your appointment so the testing team can stay on schedule for everyone. 

How will I be notified that I’ve been selected for surveillance testing?

On a Friday before your testing week, you will receive an invitation email.

If you are an athlete, you will receive an email from AthleticsTesting@lvc.edu.

If you have been chosen for community census testing, you will receive an email from LVCSurveillanceTesting@lvc.edu.

Do I need to pre-register for the BinaxNOW test?

No. Other than making your appointment with Bookings, there is no need to pre-register for the BinaxNOW test. You will verify certain information upon arrival in the testing area. A label with two unique identifiers will be placed on your test to ensure that your result is recorded correctly. 

What if my rapid tests results are positive?

A positive test result will require you to begin isolation immediately. Following CDC guidelines regarding a positive result for a rapid test, you will need to take a PCR test for confirmation. LVC will perform this additional PCR test and send it to a lab, with results available in 24–48 hours. Health center staff (students) and HR (employees) will provide you with additional instructions when your PCR test results come in. You may need to isolate for 10 days. 

Will I need to self-isolate if my test results come back positive?

Yes. A positive rapid test result requires immediate isolation. After obtaining a second (PCR) test provided by the College, students will be given instructions from the health center, and employees will be given instructions from HR.

Should I fill out my symptom tracker before testing?

Yes, you should ALWAYS fill out your symptom tracker at the beginning of each day—regardless of whether you have been selected for surveillance testing.

Should I report for testing if I am experiencing symptoms?

No. If you have a red X on the day you are scheduled for surveillance testing, do not report to the testing site. If you are a student, call the health center immediately. If you are an employee, call your primary care provider and human resources. 

Where should I go to get my surveillance test?

The testing site is located at the far end of Sorrentino Field House, closest to the pool.

Where do I check in for testing?

Enter the Arnold Sports Center. Signs will direct you to the check-in station just inside the arena. You must have your symptom tracker filled out before intake can begin.

Do I need to wait at the testing site for my results?

No. If you cannot wait for your results, that is fine. Before leaving the field house, you will complete a quick electronic form with your contact information. The testing staff will ONLY contact you if you have a positive result and need to be tested again with a PCR swab. If you do not hear from a member of the health center or testing staff, you can assume your result was negative. | See more.

What if my test results are negative?

If your test is negative, you may return to class and activities. Remember to mask up, social distance, and use the daily symptom tracker.     

What if my test results are positive?

Following CDC guidelines regarding a positive result from a rapid test, the College will require you to take a PCR test, which will be sent to a lab for processing. Results of the PCR test will take approximately 24–48 hours.

Students: A health center staff member will contact you with your results and coordinate your PCR test. You must immediately begin isolation until the second test result is recorded and confirmed.

Employees: A member of the testing team will contact you. You must immediately contact Human Resources for further instructions. Leave campus and isolate until the second test result is recorded and confirmed.

What if my test results are inconclusive?

A member of the health center staff or testing team will contact you and may ask you to retest.

Spring 2021 Return-to-campus Plan [Updated Jan. 29, 2021]

Surveillance Testing Info and FAQs

Testing Partner

LVC will launch its campus surveillance testing program on Feb. 22. This program will run in conjunction with the athletics surveillance testing that began on Jan. 25.

Our testing partner for surveillance testing is CIC Health, a health technology company serving higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. CIC Health guarantees fast turnaround times, and scientists at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard support it. Our partners at Penn State Health have reviewed the program.

About Campus Surveillance Testing

Surveillance testing gives us the ability to monitor virus prevalence on campus, detect asymptomatic cases, and take steps if needed to mitigate spread.

LVC will base weekly campus surveillance testing for employees and students who are not competing in athletics for the spring semester on percentages of three populations of the campus: residential students, commuter students, and employees.

Groups excluded from campus surveillance testing: student-athletes who are part of the athletic testing process, clinical students who get tested regularly, and anyone working or learning in a fully remote capacity for the spring semester. And, unless you are symptomatic, you will be exempt from surveillance testing if you are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. 

Heather Whitman is serving as LVC’s testing coordinator.

Please direct all campus surveillance testing questions to LVCSurveillanceTesting@lvc.edu.

All testing is free of charge.

About Athletics Surveillance Testing

LVC will test student-athletes according to NCAA guidelines based on their level of risk and frequency of competition.

Katie Dembroski is LVC’s athletic testing coordinator.

Emails about athletics surveillance testing will come from AthleticsTesting@lvc.edu.

Please direct all athletics surveillance testing questions to AthleticsTesting@lvc.edu.

All athletics testing is free of charge.

FAQs

How will I know if I need to take a surveillance test?

If you are selected for surveillance testing, you will receive an email from LVCSurveillanceTesting@lvc.edu on a Friday and will need to choose a testing time for the following week. Follow the instructions to create a CIC Health account and sign up for a testing time.

Who will participate in surveillance testing?

All students and employees on campus during the spring semester and who are not part of athletics testing must participate in surveillance testing. Any campus community member not willing to participate in surveillance testing will need to learn or work in a fully remote capacity for the Spring 2021 semester.

What kind of test is the surveillance test?

The CIC Health surveillance test is an Active Infection self-administered swab PCR test that uses an Anterior Nares Nasal Swab to determine whether you have an active COVID-19 infection. This type of test is the least invasive swab test available.

Where will I take my surveillance test?

LVC’s surveillance testing site is at the far end of Sorrentino Field House, closest to the pool, in the Arnold Sports Center on our North Campus. Look for the COVID Testing Check-in desk near the locker rooms on the Arnold Field building side.

How should I make an appointment to take a surveillance test?

If you receive an email fromLVCSurveillanceTesting@lvc.edu stating that you have been selected for surveillance testing, sign up for a 15-minute appointment using the bookings app.

How long will it take to get my results?

You can expect your surveillance test results 24–28 hours after you take the test.

Where can I find my results?

You will receive an email from CIC Health when your surveillance test results are available. Log in to LabPass to review your results.

Who will see my surveillance test results?

In addition to your results appearing in your CIC Health LabPass account:

  • Shroyer Health Center staff will receive student surveillance testing results.
  • Human resources staff will receive employee surveillance testing results.

What happens if my surveillance test results are positive?

A positive surveillance test means you have an active COVID-19 infection. LVC’s medical director will review all positive cases. Shroyer Health Center staff will contact students who receive positive results. LVC human resources staff will contact employees who receive positive results.

All those with positive surveillance test results will be required to follow LVC isolation guidelines.

What happens if my surveillance test results are negative?

You do not have an active COVID-19 infection. Continue your regular activities while following all safety protocols (masking, hand washing, distancing, completing the daily symptom tracker in MyLVC) and the LVC Community Covenant.

Can I decline to participate in LVC’s campus surveillance testing program?

You can, but if you decline to participate in LVC’s campus surveillance testing program, you will need to work or learn remotely for the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

How much will surveillance testing cost me?

Nothing. LVC is covering surveillance testing costs.

Do I need to quarantine while I wait for my test results?

No. For surveillance testing, you do not need to quarantine while awaiting your test results. 

Should I fill out the daily symptom tracker before testing?

Yes. You should fill out the LVC daily symptom tracker found in MyLVC every day regardless of whether you are part of surveillance testing.

If you are waiting for your surveillance test results, select “Recently tested by the College (Surveillance/Athletic Testing). You will not automatically receive a red X if you choose this option unless your other answers trigger a red X.

Should I report for surveillance testing if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

No. If you are experiencing symptoms, do not report for your surveillance testing appointment. Complete your symptom tracker and isolate in your room or home. If you are a student, contact Shroyer Health Center (healthservices@lvc.edu or 717-867-6232). If you are an employee, contact your healthcare provider and human resources. 

What if my surveillance test comes back inconclusive?

If your surveillance test comes back inconclusive, you must schedule a new test for the following week.

If I get selected for campus surveillance testing, can I get tested instead by my physician or at an off-campus location?

No. If you are selected for LVC surveillance testing, you will need to follow LVC’s protocols and make an appointment through the bookings app.

If I’m fully vaccinated, do I need to take part in surveillance testing?

Non-athlete students and employees: If you have both doses of your vaccination and the College has a record of your vaccination card, you will be removed from surveillance testing. | Submit vaccination record.

Student-athletes: Per NCAA guidelines, you will still need to be surveillance tested. 

If I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, do I still have to surveillance test?

If you tested positive less than three months ago, you do not have to be in the pool for surveillance testing. If your positive test was more than months ago, your name will be added back to the roster for possible testing. If you’ve tested positive within the last three months and have not notified the college, please do so by completing this form.

Surveillance Testing Instructions [Infographic]

Info Session for Students & Families, Jan. 20, 2021 [Recording]

View the recording of the return-to-campus info session for students and families.

Direct questions about the return-to-campus or entry testing to information@lvc.edu.