The University of Pittsburgh strongly encourages vaccination to protect the health and safety of the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Pitt considers it the responsibility of individuals who are not vaccinated to comply with mandatory weekly testing, made free and possible for Pitt community members through a partnership with Quest Diagnostics. If you have already received a COVID-19 vaccine, please submit proof of your vaccination.
- For students: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address. Students living on campus should order their Quest testing kit to their residence hall mail room.
- For faculty and staff: Please set up a Quest account through this link. Follow the instructions to order a test to your current address.
You have 48 hours to order your Quest test after being invited to do so. Follow the instructions carefully on the testing kit to conduct an unobserved self-swab and mail it back to Quest. Campus drop-off locations are listed below.
Returning samples to Quest without requisitions in them delays test results. Make sure to follow all instructions carefully. Put the requisition form in your test kit before returning it to Quest.
The average turnaround time for Quest tests is currently about 24 hours after the specimen is received at the lab. You can access your test results through your MyQuest account. Student health service on your campus or MyHealth@Work will also receive the test results.
If you have questions about the Quest test kit:
Toll-free line: 855-324-7472
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday - Friday
After hours: 866-MYQUEST (866-697-8378) Select “patient”
- Negative result: You should NOT consider that a clearance to stop mitigating. Current public health guidance suggests that unvaccinated people should: Wear a mask whenever in the presence of those not in your household, especially indoor. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and those around you. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. Avoid indoor dining at every opportunity, as it is one of riskiest things you can do. Practice good hand hygiene. Limit participation in in-person activities to the greatest extent possible.
- Positive result: You will need to isolate for 10 days followed by a negative test result. Please follow up with student health service or MyHealth@Work if you test positive through mandatory weekly Quest testing.
- Inconclusive result: You will need to reorder a test kit ASAP and submit another sample.
- No submission of test: You will receive a series of reminders. Any unvaccinated person who fails to comply with mandatory weekly testing will be referred to Student Conduct or Human Resources.
At any time, you may upload your vaccination card to be removed from the mandatory testing list.
The Delta variant is the predominant strain in the U.S. right now. The CDC has called it more transmissible than the common cold and as contagious as chickenpox. Unvaccinated people are most at risk. The best thing you can do at this stage in the pandemic is to get vaccinated. The Pitt CoVax Vaccination Center is now open 6 days a week and offers more than just shots. If you have specific questions, talk to your health care provider—or, visit the Vaccination Center at 4041 Fifth Avenue at the base of Nordenberg Hall. The Pitt pharmacists there are more than happy to answer questions without judgment.
On-Campus Quest Test Drop-Off Locations
Bradford: Commons Building, Information Desk
Greensburg: Chambers Hall, Information Desk
Johnstown: Student Union, Office of Health and Counseling Services
- Panther Central (open 24/7, to all students, faculty and staff)
- Resident Hall mailrooms:
- Panther Post at Tower B (Serves all of Towers and the Quad)
- Bouquet Gardens (Serves all of Bouquet)
Frequently Asked Questions
I uploaded proof of vaccination but received a mandatory testing invitation. How do I confirm my upload?
Please email email@example.com with your first and last name, Pitt user name and PeopleSoft number to confirm your proof was uploaded. Response time may be extended due to an increase in requests at this time.
I need help uploading proof of vaccination.
Visit or call the PittCoVax Vaccination Center in Nordenberg Hall for help with the upload process.
Where do I go for mandatory testing?
At this time, test kits are not available for pick up. Rather, test kits must be ordered and will be shipped to your residence. If you have not uploaded proof of vaccination, you are required to order your COVID-19 test kit through Quest.
Who pays for the Quest test kit?
Tests are available to students, faculty and staff at no cost.
How long do I have to return the test?
Test kits must be ordered within 48 hours of the email invitation and should be returned on the same day or next day via FedEx or drop box locations on campus.
How long will it take to get results?
Quest states that test results are currently taking 1-2 days. Check your Quest MyAccount dashboard for results. Student health or MyHealth@Work will also receive results.
What happens if I don’t order, take or return the COVID-19 test?
Your will lose acccess to University buildings and be refereed to student life or human resources on your campus for further disciplinary if necessary.
Do I have to participate in mandatory weekly testing if I recently tested positive for COVID-19?
Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 are exempt from mandatory weekly testing for 90 days.
If I’m working 100% remotely on a full-time basis, do I need to submit my vaccination card?
Yes! Employees who are 100% remote still need to upload their vaccination card. The University wants everyone be vaccinated. It’s for your health and safety as well as for your family, friends and community, including the Pitt community. After all, remote employees may be called to campus for a meeting or other work.
I have a religious or medical accommodation that prevents me from getting vaccinated. To whom do I report this? Does this mean I have to get tested weekly?
Information about requesting a religious accommodation is available from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Information about requesting medical accommodations is available from Disability Resources and Services. And yes, for your health and safety, as well as that of our community, if you are unvaccinated you will be required to test weekly.
Do I have to inform my supervisor, instructor or resident assistant about my vaccination status?
No. If you chose to upload your vaccination card, that information is not shared. All University members should refrain from asking others about their vaccination status as such dialogue could prompt disclosure of confidential medical information, which is protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).