Updated: Sept. 30, 2021
What: Onsite Quest testing is being made available on the Pittsburgh campus.
Where: O’Hara Student Center, first floor dining room.
When: Open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday.
Who: Asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. No symptomatic testing will be offered. You must go to Student Health or MyHealth@Work if you have symptoms.
All Pitt affiliates are welcome to use this testing site. This includes people in any exposure category and people who are trying to get back in compliance with mandatory weekly virus testing. However, to remain consistently compliant throughout the term, individuals required to have a test reported between Monday-Saturday every week are still instructed to order Quest kits to their personal address, a week ahead of time.
Why: Tests taken on days 3-5 following a potential COVID-19 exposure are likely to be the most accurate. Because the ideal testing timeline and work or class schedules may not always align, it may be easiest for some people with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposure to order and take their test right on campus.
How: This is an unobserved, self-swab test. Scheduling a visit requires two steps:
- Order an onsite test (not an at-home test). If you do not have a Quest account, you'll be asked to create one as part of the test ordering process:
- Come to the onsite testing center. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Onsite testing happens inside, in the first floor dining room.
Kits will be made available at the testing center. Quest will pick up samples every evening. Walk-ins are accepted but are discouraged. Wait times will be less if you register in advance.
Onsite testing can help close contacts get tested within an appropriate time window. Current turnaround time for COVID-19 test results is 24-48 hours from when Quest receives a sample.
We are currently working to establish onsite testing centers at the regional campuses.
If you are an unvaccinated close contact, you should be quarantining while awaiting test results. Someone in quarantine stays in their home, place of residence or other designated facility since it is possible to be contagious, even before someone develops symptoms.
Remember that testing is a useful tool for identifying asymptomatic positive cases. Testing can also create a dangerous false sense of security. A negative test is not a clearance to change your behavior or stop mitigating.