Updated: May 16, 2022

What: Onsite Quest testing is available on the Pittsburgh campus. 

Where: O’Hara Student Center, first floor dining room.

When: Open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday through the summer. Same hours as during the school year.

Who: Asymptomatic students, faculty and staff. Symptomatic testing for employees only will be offered at this site through the summer. Symptomatic employees should also call MyHealth@Work. Student symptomatic testing will be offered at the Wellness Center/SHS through the summer. 

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 at least 5 days after 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:

  1. 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:
    1. Students: https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/program?programid=btl-unpit
    2. Faculty and staff: https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/program?programid=btl-upits
  2. Come to the onsite testing center. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Onsite testing happens inside, in the first floor dining room. If you need to return a Quest test when the testing area is not open, please drop your at-home test in the bin in the lobby of the O'Hara Student Center near the testing room doors.

Kits will be made available at the testing center. Quest will pick up samples every evening. 

Notes

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.

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.