Linfield to provide COVID-19 testing for all students

Linfield to provide COVID-19 testing for all studentsHello Linfield students:

As the university continues to prepare for the start of the semester, we are doing our best to keep you updated on the changes to campus life and to answer all your individual questions. Today, I write to inform you about changes regarding COVID-19 testing, which will now be available on campus.

Linfield is in close contact with Yamhill County Public Health, who oversees COVID-19 case management in our area. During the past week, there was an increase in the percentage of positive tests in Yamhill County, one of the metrics we are watching. Until now, Linfield has planned to do testing on an as-needed basis due to the limited availability of testing in our area. While this is still generally true in Oregon, the rising case load in Yamhill County made screen testing a higher priority, and yesterday, we located a laboratory that can provide the testing we need for Linfield students.

Upon your arrival to campus, Linfield will test every student (at the university’s expense), with results received back in 24 hours. To make these results more meaningful, we also ask that all students obtain a COVID-19 test BEFORE coming to campus. This first test provides an important baseline and should be done as close to 14 days from campus arrival as possible. We recognize this may be difficult given your individual arrival date. If you are not able to get tested before arriving in McMinnville, you may be tested twice on campus.

If you test positive at home, please notify the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center by email at linfieldshwcc@linfield.edu and remain home until you are cleared by your local health care provider. If you test positive upon arrival, we will ask that you return home if you live within 250 miles of campus. If you cannot go home, we have spaces for quarantine and isolation on campus.

To obtain a test before coming to campus, contact your local health care provider or find a testing facility through your state or county public health authority. Results should be emailed to linfieldshwcc@linfield.edu (a screen shot of your results is fine) or faxed to 503-883-2633.

Testing provides a baseline picture of your health and the health of our campus community for a moment of time. Even if your test comes back negative, it will be CRITICALLY important for each of you to continue to observe all the expectations of the Wild for Health Commitment and to create a Linfield “bubble” that is as safe and healthy as possible. It will take all of us social distancing, washing our hands, monitoring our health and wearing our face coverings to have a successful fall. If you have questions about testing, please email linfieldshwcc@linfield.edu.

We are all in this together!

Susan Hopp
Vice President for Student Affairs