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UWEC Antigen Testing Protocols

Guidelines for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff

See below for the latest guidelines for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

UWEC students, faculty and staff

On-campus, unvaccinated UWEC students

All students living in university housing (includes on-campus residence halls, Haymarket Landing, Aspenson Mogensen, Priory Hall) during summer session are required to take an antigen test once a week.

Off-campus, unvaccinated UWEC students

Students who have not been vaccinated, live in an off-campus residence and are currently enrolled in summer session are required to take an antigen test every other week.

Unvaccinated UWEC faculty and staff

Employees who have not been vaccinated are required to test at a frequency of once every other week.

Testing information

Location: Hilltop Lounge (Eau Claire)
Type of Test: Binax Antigen, with follow-up PCR testing as needed
Hours of operation: 

Appointment information:

Register for an antigen testing appointment

Parking information

Note: If you park on any city street near the university, please follow city and campus parking signs. 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must contact Student Health Service at 715-836-5075 to schedule a PCR testing appointment. Students should not go to Hilltop Lounge or Student Health Service if they are experiencing symptoms, rather they must call in advance to make an appointment. This is an important point for everyone’s safety.

Employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider.

UWECBC Students, faculty and staff

All UWECBC students, faculty and staff are required to be tested every other week this semester, with the option to be tested weekly.  

All student and employee antigen testing will take place at the university physical education building. Students and employees will utilize a new system to register for antigen tests. Everyone should register at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/. When registering for testing, please remember to use your local address so that the appropriate health department can receive the most accurate information.

You will need to use your Blugold ID numbers when registering for a test. You will also be asked to enter an identification number. Please use your Blugold ID number and bring your Blugold Card with you when you go to be tested. 

Testing information

Location: UWEC-Barron County Gym
Type of Test: Binax Antigen, with follow-up PCR testing as needed 
Days: Tuesdays bi-weekly (May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Appointment information:

Register for an antigen testing appointment

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider.  

Marshfield students

Marshfield students are to use existing testing services.

Understanding your rapid antigen test results

To best understand what your rapid antigen test results mean, you must first determine if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  

These include: 

If you have:

If you do not have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is negative:

You most likely do not have COVID-19 at this time. This test did not detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when your specimen was collected.

However, you still may be an asymptomatic carrier or acquire the virus later. If you are a close contact of someone with COVID, you need to complete your quarantine. If you are not in quarantine, continue physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently.

If you have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is negative:

You may still be infected with SARS-CoV-2. Get a confirmatory test today. PCR testing is located in the Alumni Room 350 Davies. Results may take up to four days.

While waiting for these results, isolate at home, monitor symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Isolation means that you do not go to work, school or public areas; remain in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible; don’t share personal items; and follow all standard safety protocols.

If you do not have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is positive:

Get a confirmatory test today. Results may take up to four days.

While waiting for these results, isolate at home, monitor symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Isolation means that you do not go to work, school or public areas; remain in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible; don’t share personal items; and follow all standard safety protocols.

You have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is positive:

You are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You should isolate at home except to get medical care if your symptoms worsen.

Stay in touch with your doctor and monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Isolation means that you do not go to work, school or public areas; remain in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible; don’t share personal items; and follow all standard safety protocols.

Your rapid antigen test result is indeterminate:

There was an error with your test, and we need to repeat it. Please get retested.

If you've been told to isolate

If you’ve been instructed to separate yourself from other people in your home, also called “isolation,” you will need to know when it is safe to stop your isolation.

If you are waiting for a second (confirmatory) test result:

You must isolate until you receive your second test result, which may take 3-4 days.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

After being diagnosed with COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms, you will need to isolate and self-monitor until you are no longer able to spread COVID-19 to others.

Common questions regarding isolation:

Home isolation is over when:

  1. You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using medicine that reduces fevers.
  2. Your other symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.
  3. At least 10 days have passed since you first had symptoms.

You should still stay isolated for at least 10 days after you were tested.

You can spread COVID-19 to others beginning two days before your symptoms start until a few days after you recover. Even if you never develop any symptoms, you may be able to spread COVID-19 to others.