How to Get Tested

All West Lafayette faculty, staff and students — as well as spouses and dependents of faculty and staff directly affiliated with the West Lafayette campus — can be tested for COVID-19 on campus at no cost.

Updated January 10, 2022

Note: All testing for COVID-19 will require an appointment. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, you should call PPHC 24/7 at 765-496-4636 or toll-free at 1-833-571-1043 or by email at pphctesting@121.health for instructions on scheduling an appointment. You may also schedule an appointment by using this link.

Testing center hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

The testing center is located in the gymnasiums (Gold & Black Gym 1 – 3) on the northwest side of the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec). Please enter the gymnasiums directly from the outside (i.e., do not enter from the Co-Rec main doors). Outside signage will provide guidance to the appropriate exterior doors. This map also shows where to enter the building.

For those who want to test at home, free home COVID tests are available to order through USPS. If you test positive, you still need to report your results to the Protect Purdue Health Center and wait for further instructions.

Drive-thru testing available for spouses and dependents with symptoms or who have experienced a high-risk exposure.

Purdue is currently offering rapid antigen testing for dependents with symptoms or who experienced a high-risk exposure at a drive-thru site located at Purdue West, 1400 West State Street, Building D Suite G. The testing area is located in the parking lot near the office doors.

A scheduling link is available here. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) 24/7 at 765-496-4636 or toll-free at 1-833-571-1043. 

Testing hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Please stay in your vehicle and call 765-494-5505 to check in when you arrive and have your appointment confirmation email pulled up for staff to verify.

Until at least Jan. 24, the following testing is suspended:

  • Asymptomatic testing without high risk exposure / that does not meet criteria for testing.
  • Any travel-related testing for person or non-university approved travel.
    • If symptoms exist, refer to the symptomatic testing guidance above.

Testing for University-approved travel and surveillance testing remains the same.

  • University travel: If testing is required for university-approved travel, please call PPHC to discuss and schedule. If you have recently traveled and would like to be tested, call PPHC to discuss and schedule.
  • Routine surveillance testing: Surveillance testing will continue as conducted during Fall 2021. Employees and students who receive a surveillance testing notification should following testing email instructions. 

If I am experiencing symptoms, what should I do?

Mild symptoms

If you are experiencing mild cold-like symptoms (congestion, cough, sore throat, etc.), whether you are vaccinated or not, it is critical that you continue to follow the Protect Purdue Pledge: stay home and away from others, contact PPHC, and follow additional instructions.

  • While you could be infected, it is possible that you will not test positive for Omicron until three days after symptoms begin.
  • If you test negative before Day 3 of symptoms, you may be instructed by PPHC to retest within 48 hours if symptoms persist.
  • Do not go to class or work until cleared by PPHC.
  • If living in a University Residence Hall, please call PPHC and follow directions for quarantine or isolation based on individual circumstance.

More severe symptoms

If you are experiencing more pronounced cold or flu-like symptoms (such as a fever of 101 degrees or above, nausea/vomiting, difficulty breathing), stay home and away from others, contact PPHC to be scheduled for testing right away, and follow additional instructions

If I had a recent high-risk exposure, what should I do?

*A high-risk exposure, as defined by the CDC, is an interaction within six feet for 15 minutes or more with a COVID-positive individual, where both individuals were not wearing masks.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted:

  • Individuals who are vaccinated and boosted and have no symptoms do not need to quarantine, but must wear a mask for 10 days and must test 3-5 days after exposure. Those who test positive must call the Protect Purdue Health Center and follow all directions on isolation.
  • If symptoms develop, refer to the symptomatic testing guidance above.

Individuals who are unvaccinated or vaccinated but not yet boosted: 

  • If you experience a high-risk exposure but are not experiencing symptoms, stay home and away from others, contact PPHC, and follow additional instructions. You will likely be instructed to quarantine for five days and scheduled for a test on Day 6 after exposure. Testing sooner than five days after exposure may not provide an accurate indication of infection.
  • If symptoms develop, refer to the symptomatic testing guidance above.

Waiting for test results or for instructions from the Protect Purdue Health Center after a high-risk exposure? Here’s what you need to do while you wait:

  • If you have symptoms, stay home and away from others, even if you are fully vaccinated or fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted and had a high-risk exposure, you should stay home, regardless of symptoms. You will be required to get tested after exposure, quarantine for 5 days and retest on day 6. If day 6 test is negative and you remain without symptoms, you may leave quarantine and must continue to be masked.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, have had a high-risk exposure and do not have any symptoms, you do not need to quarantine but you must wear a mask for 10 days and test 3-5 days after exposure. Those who test positive must call the Protect Purdue Health Center.
  • If you take an at-home COVID-19 test, you still need to report your positive results to PPHC right away and wait for further instructions.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you may hear from a contact tracer to determine the type, extent and length of contact you’ve had with individuals over the last two weeks. Think about the people you have been around recently.

Surveillance testing

Information and instructions specific to Purdue’s ongoing surveillance testing program are also available. 

About the test

PPHC testing is primarily done via anterior nasal swabs. Saliva testing may also be used at the testing staff’s discretion. Both are PCR viral tests. Please do not eat, drink or smoke for 30 minutes prior to testing.

Receiving your results

You can expect to receive your test results within 24-72 hours. For general testing scheduled through the Protect Purdue Health Center, positive test results will be communicated via phone and negative test results will be sent via email. For surveillance testing, positive test results will be communicated via phone and negative test results will be sent via email (sample email).

To receive your results faster, sign up for Healow to access your results as soon as they are available from the lab. Students and employees will find information on how to create an account with Healow and how to use the Healow app or desktop portal at the testing site.

All communication will be handled through the Protect Purdue Health Center and its dedicated medical staff to maintain patient confidentiality.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Dedicated nurse case managers from the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide guidance and help coordinate next steps for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Positive individuals will be required to self-isolate and not be on campus or participate in public activity for any reason until they receive medical clearance from the Protect Purdue Health Center. Contact tracers will identify and, when necessary, contact individuals who have been in high-risk close contact with someone who has tested positive. Academic case managers will be assigned to students who test positive to help ensure they don’t fall behind academically.

Your PPHC case manager will work with the individual through the entire process to ensure a safe return to work or the classroom.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and wish to consider monoclonal antibody treatments can find information on that treatment here. Locations providing this treatment can be found here.

All positive tests are reported to the CDC by the Department of Health or the laboratory processing the test. To protect your personal health information, please do not email or call, or post on social media your test results.

What happens if my roommate or coworker tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student or employee has tested positive, they cannot attend classes or go to work until cleared to do so by the Protect Purdue Health Center. Having a coworker test positive does not automatically mean that you will need to self-quarantine or be tested – although you can be tested if you choose to.

A contact tracing team will assess all contacts and determine whether the exposure was low-risk or high-risk (defined as more than 15 minutes within 6 feet, especially indoors without using PPE). Low-risk contacts are not required to test for COVID-19; however, they may choose to be tested. High-risk contacts may be asked to test. If the person who tested positive was tested off-campus, the Protect Purdue Health Center is not notified. The county health department will be responsible for contact tracing.

Will I receive an official absence notification letter for my instructors or supervisor?

Absence notifications will be issued on behalf of PPHC for individuals in the following circumstances:

  • When an unvaccinated individual is in quarantine.
  • When an individual is in isolation.

Individuals with questions about absence notifications should work with their case manager or call the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043.

Do I have to use the PPHC for a COVID-19 test?

Yes. We are asking all faculty, staff and students to work through the PPHC.