COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Testing

Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is used when an individual has COVID-like symptoms, or if they may have been exposed to the virus in the previous two weeks. Diagnostic testing often includes a medical evaluation, which must be done by a healthcare provider.

Students

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have a suspected or confirmed exposure should contact the Health & Counseling Center (HCC).

Faculty and staff

Faculty and staff who are in need of a diagnostic test because they have symptoms or a potential exposure should contact their primary healthcare provider.

Additional resources

For individuals who are unable to be evaluated and tested by their healthcare provider, or who are seeking a test for reasons other than symptoms or potential exposure, other community resources are available:

  • The CDC has published a Coronavirus Self-Checker and COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool on their testing webpage. These tools help individuals answer a few brief questions and determine what sort of healthcare follow-up and testing is appropriate based on the situation.
  • Oregon has developed a COVID-19 Test Site Finder, which allows individuals to search for a testing location by zip code.
  • Home test kits are available for purchase online and at many local pharmacies. Important: Many home tests (particularly antigen tests) have an elevated risk of a false negative result in individuals with mild or no symptoms. A negative home test should not be used alone to rule out COVID-19 infection if you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed.

Surveillance Testing

Effective June 2022, surveillance testing activities at Reed have been discontinued. The college will follow public health guidance in considering additional testing strategies. At-home COVID-19 test kits are widely available in the community for those seeking additional forms of testing.

 

Contact

Health and Counseling Center
health-services@reed.edu

Human Resources
hr@reed.edu