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Spring 2021 COVID Testing

As a reminder, the majority of WSU Health Sciences’ students, staff and faculty continue to learn and work remotely. Yet, our clinical agreements and the needs of our respective partner agencies require varying approaches. This necessitates arrival and ongoing testing for some groups associated with our campus in Spokane.

ARE YOU REQUIRED TO GET TESTED? USE THESE DECISION TREES:

Testing will take place at the Center for Clinical Research and Simulation (CCRS). Parking is free.

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COVID-19 Testing at Washington State University Health Sciences

For purposes of maintaining public health in the communities we serve and to protect the health and safety of WSU students in clinical programs and who come to campus, WSU Spokane will be implementing a COVID-19 testing program for spring semester 2021. Students and employees from other colleges and universities using WSU Spokane facilities are also covered under the terms of this plan.

The objective of the WSUHS COVID-19 testing plan is to identify and minimize COVID-19 spread (1) in the WSU Spokane community including several higher education institutions and (2) in the broader communities we serve. The testing plan will be one element of a comprehensive plan that includes actions such as daily attestations, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, temperature checks, and a broad public health communication plan to address the behavioral health component of disease spread.

WSU Spokane’s testing program is only available to asymptomatic1 students, faculty, and staff. All symptomatic and exposed (per CDC definition) students, faculty, and staff should see contact their healthcare provider.

This testing plan will be under continuous evaluation by the WSUHS Testing Team and may be subject to change based on changes in public health recommendations or conditions, and/or evaluative feedback.

WSU Spokane COVID-19 Required Testing Program

WSU Spokane is requiring Spring 2021 arrival testing for:

  • asymptomatic students, who plan to enter the campus for courses, clinical skills development, research, or studying. These students are required to be tested in the three (3) days prior to initial entry to campus.
    • Depending on required testing volume, testing may be allowed four (4) days prior to initial entry. The Spokane Testing Group will approve this recommendation on a case-by-case basis.
  • asymptomatic faculty and staff working in clinical environments who plan to enter the WSU Spokane campus are required to be tested in the three (3) days prior to initial entry to campus. Exceptions to the testing requirement must be approved in writing.
    • Depending on required testing volume, testing may be allowed four (4) days prior to initial entry. The Spokane Testing Group will approve this recommendation on a case-by-case basis.
  • asymptomatic faculty and staff conducting human subjects research in clinical environments must also follow the testing protocols at the clinical location they are working in.
    • Research faculty and staff returning to campus on January 4 may get tested on the day of their return provided they do not engage in human subject research prior to receiving their negative test result.

Required periodic testing for Spring 2021 after arrival testing for:

  • asymptomatic students, who plan to enter the campus for courses, clinical skills development, research or studying are required to be tested at intervals of approximately one-month.
  • asymptomatic faculty and staff working in clinical environments who enter the Spokane campus.
  • asymptomatic faculty and staff working with human subjects research in clinical environments.

WSU Spokane COVID-19 Voluntary Screening Testing Program

The WSU Spokane Screening Testing Program for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff supports (a) identification of environments, behaviors, and activities with an increased likelihood of disease transmission and (b) planning for measures to prevent further disease transmission including contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.

All students who are active in clinical environments (hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, etc.) and who are asymptomatic are provided the opportunity to be tested so they are certified to work in their clinical environment when that is part of their educational program. Based on recommendations from the WSU Spokane Testing Team, screening testing participants may be asked to periodically participate in additional testing.

WSU Spokane is offering voluntary screening testing program for:

  • asymptomatic WSUHS students, faculty and staff working in clinical environments who need certification testing and don’t plan to come on the WSU Spokane campus.
  • asymptomatic faculty and staff who enter the campus for academic, research, support or administrative activities.

Allowable Required Testing Exemptions
The only allowable exemptions for required testing populations will be:

  1. Documented proof of the receipt of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and attestation of ten (10) days without COVID symptoms following the second dose, OR
  2. Documented proof of a negative result from SARS-CoV-2 PCR test from an authorized provider received in the 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.

Due to some instances of reinfection, a prior positive diagnosis of COVID-19 will not exempt anyone from required testing. Contact tracers will work with those testing positive due to a prior infection, and, if deemed no longer infectious, they will not be required to isolate or quarantine.

All exceptions to required testing must be approved in writing.


Details for testing will be provided directly to students by WSU Health Sciences in cooperation with affiliated student colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Education) and to employees by Human Resource Services and posted online. Eastern Washington University students and employees will be contacted by their college leadership and will participate in the WSU Health Sciences testing program.

The University of Washington School of Medicine students will participate in a testing program administered by the UW/Gonzaga Health Partnership. Instructions for participation in this program will be provided by the UWSOM. All students and employees of UWSOM who enter the WSU Health Sciences are required to adhere to a testing program as described above.