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Testing

Getting tested for COVID-19 and isolating if necessary are important actions you can take to assess your health and #ProtectThePack. Now, the process is easier and faster than ever. View the options below to see which tests are available to you, and contact the COVID-19 Task Force at COVID19@usd.edu with any questions.

Saliva testing on campus

Type of Test:  PCR self-collected saliva test (Vault Health, Inc.)
Eligibility: Available to students, faculty, staff and the general public (asymptomatic or symptomatic)
Location: Muenster University Center
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free
Test Results Turnaround: Results available 48-72 hours after sample arrives at laboratory
Process: Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum prior to taking the test. Hydrate well 30 minutes prior to taking the test. Please bring a smart phone or other device that can connect to the internet. If you do not have a personal device, a shared device will be available. A volunteer will assist as you create a testing account online, answer a few simple questions and spit into a tube to collect the saliva sample. USD will then ship the sample to a laboratory, and you will receive test results via email. 

Rapid testing on campus

Type of Test: Rapid antigen test via self-collected nasal swab (BinaxNOW)
Eligibility: Available to students, faculty and staff (asymptomatic)
Location: Muenster University Center
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free
Test Results Turnaround: Results available in 15 minutes
Process: Arrive at MUC 212 during the hours of operation. This is a self-collected test, meaning you will be asked to collect your own nasal swab samples under the guidance of a technician. Please expect to remain at the testing site for 15 minutes while waiting for your results. 

Testing at Sanford

Type of Test: PCR nasal swab test
Eligibility: Available to students, faculty and staff (asymptomatic or symptomatic)
Location: Administration Entrance on the west side of Sanford Vermillion. Please enter on Walker St., turn onto Jane St. and drive north on Plum St.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 2-2:15 p.m.
Cost: Free
Test Results Turnaround: Results available in 3-5 business days
Process: Please call Sanford at 677-3700 to make an appointment. Tests are free.

At-home saliva tests

Type of Test: PCR self-collected saliva test (Vault Health, Inc.)
Eligibility: Available to South Dakota residents (asymptomatic or symptomatic); out-of-state USD students may request a test through COVID19@usd.edu
Location: At-home sample collection; sent to lab for analysis
Hours of Operation: Can request at any time
Cost: Free
Test Results Turnaround: Results available 48-72 hours after sample arrives at laboratory
Process: Visit the Vault Health, Inc. website to create an account and request a test. The kit will be delivered to you, and you will be instructed to collect a saliva sample under the supervision of a Vault test supervisor over Zoom. You will then ship the sample to a laboratory and will receive test results via email.

Self-Reporting

How to self-report

In an effort to keep our campus as safe as possible, we are asking for your help. We urge anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to self-report by filling out the self-reporting form found here

Why should I self-report?

By notifying the USD COVID-19 Case Management Team of your health status, you are supporting our efforts to monitor the spread of COVID-19 on USD's campus. This self-reporting process also allows us to connect faculty, staff and students with resources they may need. Students who self-report will receive further direction and resources to ensure they are supported during their quarantine/isolation period and are able to succeed academically.

Will my privacy be protected?

The information you share with the Case Management Team will be managed confidentially. We will use the information you provide to contact you and offer direction, and we also provide the South Dakota Department of Health with necessary information. Your case will be added to USD's total numbers on the COVID-19 Dashboard, though we will not connect your name to any data shared with the public. To protect your privacy, the Case Management Team will not notify your classmates. We will contact your professors to ensure you are able to receive academic accommodations, though we will not mention your COVID-19 status.