Ongoing Testing

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Ongoing Campus Testing

Cal Poly is now providing free COVID-19 screening to campus community members as a preventative measure to more quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. This comprehensive ongoing testing initiative is one of several initiatives in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Get Information on Cal Poly Employee Testing

 

Requirements

Participation in ongoing testing is required for:

  • Students who live on-campus and off-campus students who access campus for any reason (class, work, services, etc.) are required to participate in in this free, ongoing testing program.
  • All students in the surrounding community who don’t plan to come to campus are strongly encouraged to participate.
  • All students living outside of the area who are taking virtual courses and services are not required to participate.
  • Members of Fraternity and Sorority Life, student-athletes and Cal Poly Band members will be contacted directly by Campus Health and Wellbeing for group testing.

Who does not need to participate?

  • All students living outside of the area who are taking virtual courses and services.
  • Anyone who has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
  • Anyone on county-mandated isolation, quarantine, or quarantine in place for the duration of their order.

Register and Schedule an Appointment

Participants will be emailed instructions how to register and schedule a test.

Participants must register in advance. Get more information on registering with Avellino Labs.

After registering, return to this ongoing testing webpage and scroll down to "Who is Testing & When" to find links to schedule an appointment.

Appointments take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Walk-ins will not be allowed.

 

Who Is Testing & When

Students living: In Poly Canyon Village, yakʔitʸutʸu, or North Mountain

Students living: In Cerro Vista Apartments, Sierra Madre, Yosemite, or South Mountain

Students living: Off-campus and access campus for any reason (class, work, services, etc.)

Employee Testing: For more information please visit our employee testing page

Testing Compliance

Note: Failure to comply with mandatory ongoing testing may result in disciplinary probation, possible revocation of housing license, or possible suspension through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Get more information on compliance with the university’s COVID-19 policies.

Testing Site Info

Location: Performing Arts Center Main Lobby (Bldg. 6).

Bring: Your Cal Poly ID card, a pen and your green campus pass.

Parking: Available in the Grand Avenue parking structure. Six parking spaces have been reserved for testing on the ramp area of the structure.

Cost: Free for Cal Poly students. If you don’t have health insurance, you will be asked to provide a drivers license or social security number at registration. If you do not have access to these documents, please see alternative testing options below.

Entrance Requirement: Wear your face covering, maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others, and adhere to all public health guidelines throughout your appointment.

Billing

At no time will an individual be billed for the COVID-19 tests taken during On-Campus Ongoing Testing.

While individual patients WILL NOT be billed for COVID-19 tests, health insurance companies will be. Insurance information is collected for Avellino to bill insurance, not patients.

For example:

  • A student/patient with Kaiser Health Insurance receives a test at the PAC and provides their insurance information to Avellino. 
  • Avellino will send a bill to Kaiser(not to the student/patient) for the test the student/patient received. 
  • Kaiser will pay Avellino for the test that the student/patient took and will not charge the student/patient for the test.

The patient may get an ​Explanation of ​Benefits ​(EOB) which is not a bill for the test.

In the event that you provide insurance and your insurance refuses to cover the cost of the test, ​you will not be responsible for the cost.

Should a student not feel comfortable involving insurance, they are able to schedule an appointment at a ​county testing site or schedule an appointment with Campus Health & Wellbeing by visiting https://chw.calpoly.edu/health-services.

Notices

This type of testing is for asymptomatic students (i.e. no symptoms) only. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter the building. Contact Campus Health and Wellbeing for further evaluation by calling 805-756-1211.

If you have been directed to quarantine in place, do not schedule an appointment.

Alternate Testing Locations

If you miss your testing appointment with the third-party company or do not feel comfortable providing your SSN or Driver's license information, make an appointment at Campus Health and Wellbeing during normal business hours using the scheduling link. This option is only indicated if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or have not been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

You can also schedule a free test at one of the County Public Health Department’s community testing sites. (Note: Appointments are limited at the community testing sites). If you make an appointment but then aren’t able to follow through, please cancel in advance to make that time slot available for other community members.

If you need any type of disability accommodation, including (but not limited to) physical access, deaf/hard of hearing services or adapted materials, contact the Disability Resource Center between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 805-756-1395 in advance of your participation or visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Cal Poly expanding its testing?

Cal Poly is providing free COVID-19 screenings to its campus community members as a preventative measure to more quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. The goal of testing asymptomatic people is to identify those who are infected and their close contacts for isolation and quarantine, respectively, to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. This comprehensive ongoing testing initiative is one of several prevention initiatives in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Who will be included in the expanded ongoing testing?

Students living on campus, students with in-person classes, student-athletes and band members will be required to get tested. Student residents will be tested regularly throughout the remainder of fall quarter.

Faculty and staff will be offered testing up to three times per quarter. Students who live off campus and do not come to campus, including fraternity/sorority members, will also be offered testing.

When will expanded ongoing testing start?

Testing will start for up to 3,000 students living on campus beginning Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. We will increase testing to 3,500 to about 5,000 students and campus employees each week.

It will then be open only Monday through Friday from Oct. 5-28. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday. Subsequent dates and times will be announced shortly.

What is the process for students?

Students will be tested regularly. Students living on campus or coming to campus for in-person courses will receive a separate message explaining when they will be required to participate in ongoing test, with instructions for making an appointment. Results will be returned in about 2-3 days.

Students who live on campus or attend in-person courses will receive an email with instructions on how to make a testing appointment.

What happens if I’m a student who is required to get tested and I do not make an appointment or show up?

Students who fail to make a testing appointment or do not show up at their scheduled testing time will first receive a reminder email. Disciplinary warnings with possible future suspension and sanctions may follow should students not comply with ongoing testing requirements.

How do I make an appointment?

You'll first need to register here with Avellino Labs, our third-party testing vendor. Once you've registered, please use the scheduling link provided in your testing notification email.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Bring your Cal Poly ID card, a pen and your green campus pass.

How is Cal Poly expanding ongoing testing?

Cal Poly is hiring external contractors to supplement Campus Health and Wellbeing capacity by 3,000-5,000 or more tests per week.

  • Avellino Labs (based in Menlo Park, California), will provides kits, laboratory analyses (with a 48- to 72-hour turnaround time), and a database/data dashboard accessible to Cal Poly Campus Health and Wellbeing team for student results.
  • Walker Medical Wellness (based in Santa Maria, California), will provide qualified medical staff to conduct the test, including an ordering physician, staff for oversight and coordination, and observation of self-swabbing.

Campus community members who are required to be tested will also have the option to get tested at Campus Health and Wellbeing (students only) or off-campus at a community testing site or lab.

What does it cost?

All ongoing testing is free to the Cal Poly community. The site is an insurance-based testing site, but if an individual does not have insurance, they will not be charged.

How do I get the result?

When registering with Avellino labs, you must check the patient results box to receive your test results directly, and enter a mobile number or email address. Results should be returned in 48-72 hours.

What information will the lab ask for?

Avellino Labs will ask for insurance information. When you make an appointment, make sure the information you enter matches the information on your insurance card. If you are uninsured, you will be prompted to enter your social security number or driver’s license information. You must register with Avellino Labs for an appointment. Avellino Labs is required to report gender, race and ethnicity information to the state. Alternatively, students needing to complete the testing requirement can do so at Campus Health and Wellbeing.

Can I return to work after I get tested?

Yes, you can return to work after getting tested. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling ill, please do not get tested or go to work. Stay home and contact your medical provider.

I have had COVID-19. Should I get tested?

Anyone who has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days should not be tested.

I have COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell. Can I get tested here?

Anyone who feels ill or has had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should not come to the routine testing but should call their medical provider or, if they’re a student, can call Campus Health and Wellbeing at 805-756-1211.

What happens if I test positive?

If a student has a positive result, Dr. Bruce Walker of Walker Medical Wellness will contact the student directly and notify them that they’ll also be contacted by county public health for contract tracing. Dr. Walker will notify the university if the student lives on campus so that we can move the student into isolation housing and provide supportive services to the student during isolation.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department will be notified by Avellino Labs through the state-required reporting system. If someone has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be given an order enforceable by law to isolate for at least 10 days by SLO County Department of Public Health. Cal Poly is working closely with the public health department to support those impacted by COVID-19.

What should I do if I cannot make my scheduled appointment day or time?

Students can schedule an appointment at Campus Health and Wellbeing for a COVID-19 test. This option is only indicated if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or have not been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

Can I get tested at a different location?

If you miss your testing appointment with the third-party company or feel uncomfortable providing personal information, you can make an appointment at Campus Health and Wellbeing. This option is only indicated if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms or have not been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

You can also schedule a free test at one of the County Public Health Department’s community testing sites. (Note: Appointments are limited at the community testing sites). If you make an appointment but then aren’t able to follow through, please cancel in advance to make that time slot available for other community members.

Will I be billed for the test?

The cost of your test will be covered by either private insurance or Cal Poly. In all cases, individuals will not be billed for their COVID-19 screening.

How does someone change their testing appointment if they can't make it?

To change your testing appointment, please email Ryan Gruss at rgruss@calpoly.edu with the time you would like to reschedule.

Who to contact for additional support

Please email health@calpoly.edu or call (805) 756-1211 for additional questions

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