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Students | COVID-19 Testing

Who needs to be tested prior to the start of the Spring 2021 semester?

Any student who will reside in one of our residence halls must present a negative COVID test five days before their assigned move-in date. Any student who plans to be on campus for any reason must also submit a negative test five days before arriving on campus. If you are fully virtual and have no plans to come to campus in the spring, you do not need to submit a test.  

Which tests are acceptable?

A PCR test is preferred but antigen testing will be accepted. Tests that are NOT acceptable include antibody (IgM, IgG).

When should campus residents get tested?

Students should be tested within five days before they move into residence halls.

When should off-campus residents get tested?

Students returning to campus for the spring semester should be tested within five days of the first time they plan to come to campus. If your first visit will be for the first day of class, you should be tested on January 15 or later.

I previously tested positive. Do I need to be retested?

If you have previously tested positive, please contact our public health coordinators at covid@loyno.edu. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days before arrival on campus, then you may not need to retest as long as you do not develop symptoms, but our team will advise you.

What if I can’t get testing prior to coming to campus?

PCR or antigen (rapid) testing is required for students before they arrive, with the negative test results submitted through our online portal. If you are having trouble finding testing in your area, please contact the public health coordinators at covid@loyno.edu for assistance.

If you are an on-campus resident and can't provide test results before your scheduled arrival, please complete this form to change your move-in date.

If you are an off-campus resident and do not provide test results before your first day of class, you will be banned from campus for 14 days, or until you provide a negative test result.

Can I still move into the residence hall if my pre-arrival test results are still pending?

You need to have your test result prior to move-in date. If you live on campus and need to change your move-in date, please complete this form.

I haven’t received my test results; can I self-quarantine off campus while I wait?

Yes, you can self-quarantine off campus on your own with friends or family, but please notify housing of your plan and arrange for a new move-in date and time.

How do I submit my results?

You will receive an email inviting you to submit your results to our COVID Result Reporting Portal shortly before your anticipated arrival time. Note that the link in the email is specific to you; please do not forward it. 

See screenshots of the reporting CWID verification form and entry form.

The information you enter into this portal is secure and will ask you to confirm your CWID prior to granting you entry. The portal will only be accessible to public health professionals who are trained to protect your privacy. 

I didn’t receive the invitation to submit my results to the COVID Result Reporting Portal. How do I submit my results without it?

If you don’t receive the email, you can register and submit your results here. See a screenshot of the registration form you will see. Once you have registered, you can submit your results.

I can’t find the invitation. Who is the email from? What is the subject line?

The email will be sent from "LOYNO COVID Public Health Coordinator" <covid@loyno.edu>, with the subject "LOYNO COVID Result Reporting Portal."

See this screenshot for an example.

What documentation is required?

Lab reports will be needed that include: 

  • Identification information, such as student name and date of birth
  • Type of test administered
  • Test date
  • Results
  • Name and address of lab

How long will it take to receive test results for the community testing at Mercy Hall?

Depending on the day of your test, it can take 3-5 days for results. For example, if you are tested on Friday, expect results by Wednesday; if you are tested on Monday, expect results on Thursday.

Please self-isolate while your results are pending and consider limiting your activities to the essentials—going to class, getting food, going to medical appointments—and if you do engage in social activities, be sure to wear a mask, stay 6’ apart at all times, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  

Can the community testing at Mercy Hall be used to meet pre-arrival requirements?

Yes, if you plan in advance to assure you have obtained the test 5 days prior to your anticipated date on campus. If you need a test sooner, please refer to the community testing options listed below.

Where do I find my test results for community testing at Mercy Hall?

The community testing site is operated by LCMC Health. Once the test results have been reviewed by LCMC staff, they will be released for the patient to see via the Patient Portal. If you already have a LCMC Health account, you should receive an email prompting you to log in and access the portal. If you're a new user, please follow the steps below: 

1. Go to LCMChealth.org/patientportal

2. Select "Sign Up for Log in" and create a new account

3. Find the option that says "No activation code?" and click the "Signup Online" to complete direct self-signup

4. Follow instructions on the screen to create your account

5. Download the MyChart app to view results on your phone

Once you create an account you will be able to login and view your results in the portal. If you are positive, please report results to odomingu@loyno.edu.   

What if I have issues with the Patient Portal? Where do I find login info or instructions?

Send an email to tayla.bennett@lcmchealth.org explaining your issue to get help with accessing your patient portal and logging in to see your test results from the community testing site at Loyola. 

How do I report results from community testing to the COVID Reporting Portal?

Click on the link sent to your Loyola email address to access the COVID Result Reporting Portal. This will bring you to the data entry form/survey. Mark the testing facility as Loyola, leave physician phone blank, test type as PCR, and fill in the result and mark COMPLETE. The result will be reviewed by the Loyola Public Health team.

What other options are available to find testing?

Outside of the New Orleans area:

In the New Orleans area:

If you need help finding testing locations in your area, our partners at InsideTrack can assist you with free on-demand coaching. You can connect with a coach by filling out this form.

My pre-arrival test is positive. What do I do now?

Please contact SHS at 504.865.3326 or use the #CampusClear app to report a pre-arrival positive test. Our Public Health Coordinators will contact you to enact your COVID Positive Plan and connect you with resources you may need. If you are still at home, you should delay your travel and contact your healthcare provider for evaluation. You cannot come to campus until you’ve met requirements to leave isolation, are no longer contagious, and have been cleared by SHS. 

If you do not develop symptoms, isolation can usually end 10 days after the positive test. If you do develop symptoms, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider. Typically, isolation can end after a minimum of 10 days and at least 24 hours of symptom improvement, including no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.

If you test positive after moving on campus, you should call SHS at 504.865.3326 immediately, available Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. SHS will help students enact their COVID Positive Plan. If a student tests positive or receives the notification of exposure to coronavirus after hours or on weekends when Student Health is closed, LUPD will be on call to help connect the student to necessary resources. Call LUPD at 504.865.3434, available 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekends.

I was tested and now I have symptoms while waiting for results. What should I do?

Please contact Student Health Services at 504.865.3326 and use the #CampusClear app to report symptoms.   

My test was negative, but now I’ve developed symptoms that could be COVID-19. What should I do?

If you are still at home, you should delay your travel and contact your healthcare provider for evaluation and testing. If you test positive, you cannot come to campus until you’ve met requirements to leave isolation and are no longer contagious. The minimum time for isolation if diagnosed with COVID is 10 days and at least 24 hours of symptom improvement, including no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc.).

If you develop symptoms after moving on campus, you should call SHS at 504.865.3326 for a telephone screening, available Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. If you test positive, SHS will help you enact your COVID Positive Plan. If you test positive or receive the notification of exposure to coronavirus after hours or on weekends when Student Health is closed, LUPD will be on call to help connect the student to necessary resources. Call LUPD at 504.865.3434, available 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekends.

My test was negative, but I just got word that I was in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?

Call the Loyola Public Health Coordinators at 504.865.3757, available Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m or email at covid@loyno.edu.

Whether you are home or you already moved onto campus, you will need to complete a quarantine period. If you complete a daily survey to monitor for symptoms during your quarantine period, this time will be shortened from 14 to 10 days starting from the day of your last contact with the person who tested positive.