How to Get Tested
All West Lafayette faculty, staff and students — as well as family members of faculty and staff directly affiliated with the West Lafayette campus — can be tested for COVID-19 on campus at no cost, regardless of whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms.
To schedule a testing appointment, please contact PPHC 24/7 at 765-496-4636 or toll-free at 1-833-571-1043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Testing is conducted by appointment; hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday. PPHC continues to be available by phone 24/7.
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, and these pictures show the entrances to use if you are symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Appointments are available to anyone who needs or wants to be tested; however, priority is given to those who need to be tested because they are exhibiting symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who have been selected for 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 nasal pharyngeal (NP) 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.
The case manager will work with the individual through the entire process to ensure a safe return to work or the classroom.
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.
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.