Survey Testing FAQ

Who will be tested?

Our goal is test 25% of the members of Bellarmine’s community who are on-campus in any capacity each month. This includes residential students, students who commute to campus for class or work, all faculty members and staff who work on-campus, even with limited hours. Student athletes are subject to a separate testing protocol overseen by the NCAA and reported together with survey testing results on our COVID-19 dashboard.

When will testing take place?

Testing will take place in Frazier Hall each Monday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon. If you are selected for survey testing, you will be sent a link to register for a testing slot in advance. Please note that the number of slots available is limited to prevent overcrowding; we recommend you register for a testing time as soon as possible.

How will I know if I’ve been selected for survey testing?

If you are selected for survey testing, you will be notified the Wednesday prior to your testing date via email from COVID-19 Testing (covid19testing@bellarmine.edu). Follow the link in the email to provide insurance and medical information and streamline the in-person appointment. Then, you will be able to register for a timeslot to come to Frazier Hall and be tested.

What if I can’t get tested during any of the time slots offered?

If you are unable to come to campus for testing during the times available, you can schedule an appointment off-campus with one of Bluewater’s other testing sites. You will need to bring your Bellarmine ID and may need to make an appointment in advance. If you need assistance arranging transportation to an alternate testing site, please send an email to covid19testing@bellarmine.edu.

Is testing mandatory?

We know an on-campus experience is central to exemplifying the Bellarmine difference, keeping our community healthy and safe is a fundamental part of that. The more comprehensive our understanding of COVID-19, the better able we are to protect those who are most vulnerable. While testing is not mandatory, we strongly encourage members of our campus community to participate in the spirit of cura personalis and service to others.

Who pays for the test? What if I don’t have insurance?

You will not be charged for your COVID-19 test. If you are insured, 100% of the cost will be covered by your insurance provider. Bellarmine will cover the cost of the test for anyone who is not insured. If you receive a bill for more than a $0 amount from your insurance company as a result of Bellarmine's survey testing for COVID-19, please send it to covid19testing@bellarmine.edu.

What does the test entail?

The primary method for testing for COVID-19 involves collecting a sample with a nasal or throat swab. A swab is inserted into either the nostrils or throat and gently rotated for 15 seconds. The process can be a bit uncomfortable but is not painful. If you provide the medical information in advance, your testing appointment should take no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish.

How long will it take to get test results?

Test results will be available within 48 hours.

Should I go to the test site if I feel unwell?

Social distancing and masks will be strictly enforced at the testing site. If you are selected for testing and have tested positive, are in quarantine or are experiencing symptoms, reply to the notification email (covid19testing@bellarmine.edu) to determine alternative testing protocol. If you are feeling too unwell to travel to campus or to the testing site, notify the Office of Health Services and your healthcare provider.

What if I am selected to be tested multiple times?

If you have been tested within the past 7 days, there is no need to be retested. Per CDC guidance, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months you do not need to be tested again. If you are selected for testing multiple times more than a week apart and receive a negative result, we encourage you to participate in order to support our efforts in maintaining a healthy campus.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Rest assured that if you test positive for COVID-19, the Bellarmine community is ready to support you. A positive test result means you should limit your interaction with others as best you are able. Faculty, staff and commuters with off-campus housing are required to isolate at home for at least 14 days and until symptoms improve. Employees should coordinate with their supervisor and determine whether they are able and well enough to work from home.

Residential students should stay in their residence hall until they are contacted by a member of our Rapid Response team, who will coordinate relocation, food and medical services. Faculty will be notified of any students in their classes who have tested positive to ensure no student is penalized for attendance or late assignments as a result of quarantine.

If you receive a positive test result, a member of Bellarmine’s Rapid Response team will reach out to you to collect information for contact tracing.

What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is the practice of identifying and monitoring individuals who may have had contact with a sick person as a means of controlling the spread of illness. A contact tracer works with someone with a positive test result to identify people whom the patients have been in close contact with so they can self-isolate. A close contact is someone who has been within six feet for fifteen minutes or more with someone who has tested positive or is presumed to be positive.

What if I wasn’t selected and I want to be tested?

Our approach to survey testing is an effort to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while observing protocol that prevents over-crowding and potential transmission. However, any member of the Bellarmine community who wishes to be tested is invited to take advantage of this service, even if they are not selected for weekly survey testing. Please send an email to covid19testing@bellarmine.edu if you would like to be tested.