Testing & Close Contact

Chatham's testing and contact tracing guidelines follow the latest directions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). See below for information on testing, what to do if testing positive, and what to do if a close contact.

Chatham, through Student Health Services, offers COVID-19 testing for all students who are experiencing symptoms or who have been in contact with a positive COVID case.  In addition, there are many convenient local sites and at-home test options for COVID testing. A map of  local testing locations is available on Allegheny County's website. Chatham's testing protocol may be subject to change. 

On-Campus Testing

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with a positive COVID case, below are the steps you should follow to schedule and receive testing:  

  • Make an appointment with Student Health Services by using the form below or calling 412-365-1714. Testing is available when the campus is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to Noon.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance. 
  • When it’s time for your appointment, go to Student Health Services at the back of Woodland Hall for check-in.  Please bring your student ID, health insurance card and wear a properly fitting mask.  

Sign-Up for Campus Testing

Off-Campus Testing

If you are an employee or student who received a COVID-19 test off-campus or via an at-home test, please submit your test results to Chatham. All submissions will be kept strictly confidential and will only be shared with those who specifically have a role in addressing needs.

Submit Off-Campus Test Results

What to Do If You Test Positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should: 

  • Stay home.
    • Stay home for at least five (5) days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first five (5) days.
    • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask, including travel and public transportation settings.
    • Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
    • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in touch.
    • Be sure to contact those who you were in close contact with to let them know you tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Stay masked.
    • During your at-home isolation period, wear a KN95 or surgical mask when around others and have them wear masks too.
    • After five (5) days of isolation, you should continue to wear a well-fitting mask when you are around other people for another five (5) days.
  • Stay clean and healthy.
    • Be sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
    • If able, open your windows to improve ventilation.
    • Rest and follow the directions of your medical provider.

The most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on COVID testing and steps to take if testing positive, can be found at the following link:  What to Do If Sick

What to Do If Exposed to COVID-19:

  • Stay masked.  
    • Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed.  
    • Wear your mask for 10 days after exposure or until you receive a negative COVID test (after day 6). Day 1 is considered the day after your initial exposure.  
    • Per the latest CDC guidance, you do not have to isolate if exposed to COVID-19.  
  • Stay aware.  
    • Watch for symptoms.  
    • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.  
    • Follow the What to Do If You Test Positive protocols above if your test is positive for COVID-19. 
    • If you do not develop systems by Day 6, the CDC encourages you to receive a COVID test, but it is not required.  

The most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on what to do if exposed can be found at the following link: What to Do If Exposed to COVID-19