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Testing & Contact Tracing

Find out what you need to know about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Testing Details

Chatham offers asymptomatic, symptomatic, close contact, athletic team, entry testing and sample group COVID-19 testing for all students through Student Health Services. In addition, this year Chatham will offer symptomatic testing for all employees (non-vaccinated or vaccinated) along with sample testing and close contact testing for non-vaccinated employees. 

Student Health Services uses antigen tests on symptomatic individuals and, if that comes back negative, then will reflex to a PCR test.

This test is painless, self-administered nasally, and is shown to have a 90% clinical sensitivity rate and 100% specificity rate. The turnaround for results is about 48 hours, possibly longer, as we see a rise in cases nationally and an increase demand for testing.

For sample testing of community groups, which identifies asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals and serves as another important health and safety protocol in our efforts to manage COVID-19 on campus, we will be using Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen test cards.  These are rapid tests with results available in 15 minutes.

Students who are fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks from second dose (if Moderna or Pfizer), will not be required to participate in sample testing. Asymptomatic non-vaccinated students who are selected for sample testing and who test positive with the antigen test will take a PCR test. They will be required to shelter in place as they await their test results.

We are also fortunate that local drug stores, doctors offices and Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has several convenient, local sites where students can be tested. A map of local testing locations is available on the County’s website. In addition, Chatham will provide safe and secure transportation to a testing site for students who need it.

Chatham's testing protocol may change as we continue to review all testing options and guidance including the feasibility of using different testing formats as they become more readily available over the coming months.  


Entry-Testing for Non-Vaccinated Residents

As part of Chatham's health and safety protocols, all non-vaccinated students living on campus will be required to receive entry testing through Student Health Services. 


Sample Testing for Non-Vaccinated Students & Employees

As part of Chatham's health and safety protocols, all non-vaccinated students and employees will be required to receive regular sample testing each week through Student Health Services. Click here to register for sample testing.


On-Campus Testing

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, have been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID case, or are part of a group that is being tested, below are the steps you should follow to schedule and receive testing:  

  • Make an appointment with Student Health Services by using our On-Campus Testing Sign-Up Form or calling 412-365-1714. Testing is available Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am 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. Proper masking protocols must be followed. 

Off-Campus Testing

If you are tested off-campus, submit your test results on our Off-Campus Testing Form. Please be assured that all submissions will be kept strictly confidential and will only be shared with those who specifically have a role in addressing needs.


Contact Tracing

According to the CDC, contact tracing is a core disease control measure employed by local and state health department personnel as a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.

Chatham is partnering with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to contact trace students as our own jurisdiction. Contact tracing will begin when a person receives a positive test result. The individual who has tested positive will identify people they have come in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) within 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic. Chatham and ACHD may both conduct contract tracing interviews. 

Contacts who are identified will be contacted by Chatham and/or ACHD and required to quarantine, monitor symptoms and receive testing.

For the latest campus quarantine policies, please visit this page. 

Chatham has trained a team of staff members to serve as contact tracers in consultation with ACHD through their Sara Alert program. These contact tracers will interview positive cases, notify close contacts, and monitor symptoms using the daily screening in Sara Alert.

Please visit our What to Do If... web page for instructions on what to do if sick or identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. 

FAQ: Contact Tracing

Chatham follows ACHD and CDC guidance on contact tracing and traces back two days (48 hours) before symptoms start or a positive test.
Close contact is defined as anyone who has been within 6 feet of someone for more than 15 minutes within 48 hours of the person being symptomatic.
Yes. Anyone who is tested will be instructed to begin quarantine. Contact tracing will begin if the test is positive.  

You should follow our guidance and alert the appropriate contact at Chatham. You will be required to be tested and quarantine at home for 10 days. 

If you have been identified as a close contact, you will be directed by ACHD to receive a test. You will also quarantine for 10 days. Visit our What To Do If...page for more instructions and details. 

No. Per the Allegheny County Health Department, individuals who have tested positive through PCR testing within the past three months do not need to quarantine, even if identified as a close contact of a positive case. 

FAQ: Testing

For the 21-22 year Chatham will offer symptomatic testing for all employees (non-vaccinated or vaccinated), along with sample testing and close contact testing for non-vaccinated employees.

Student tests completed in Health Services will be free.  Student Health Services may still refer students for off- campus testing where they would use their health insurance.    

For employees on Chatham’s UPMC Health Plan and students on the UPMC Student Health Plan, UPMC covers 100% of the testing cost for anyone with symptoms and/or risk of exposure with a prescription. Learn more.

If not on Chatham’s plan, we encourage you to call your insurance provider to understand whether testing is covered.

Chatham currently offers both antigen and PCR testing. If any close contacts test negative from the antigen test, they will need to have a PCR test performed. PCR testing looks for pieces of the virus that causes COVID-19 and is more sensitive than antigen testing.