The testing program is starting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Current students, faculty, and staff are eligible for Luther’s expanded asymptomatic surveillance testing (EAST) program, with some restrictions noted below. This testing program is designed to work in tandem with physical distancing, face coverings, and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Please contact Vicky Jaeger, assistant director of wellness and the manager of Luther’s testing center, at [email protected] with any questions about the EAST program.
The testing program is starting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Social distancing and face coverings prevent most COVID infections, and routine testing provides an additional layer of protection. (See, for example, this study.) The scale of Luther’s asymptomatic testing program has been limited by the availability of testing supplies. Luther began working with Abbott in August 2020 to obtain testing supplies. Before January 2021, Abbott's supplies were available primarily to federal and state government agencies. In January 2021, Luther was able to place and receive an order of testing supplies from Abbott and has been working since to hire and train staff and equip the testing center.
We will continue the existing testing program focused on student athletes.
The program is available to all Luther students, faculty, and staff, with the restrictions noted below.
Participation is voluntary. Individuals are not required to participate, but it is strongly encouraged by the COVID Response Team.
At this time, the program is not available to faculty emeriti or family members of students, faculty, and staff. The program is not available to members of the public.
Additional restrictions apply to all students, faculty, and staff. You cannot receive a test through the EAST program if:
Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are in quarantine as a close contact of someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis should arrange for a test through the TestIowa program.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days are not eligible to participate in the program. Due to limited capacities, individuals who have completed their vaccination for COVID-19 (both shots) are discouraged from participating in the program.
The EAST program will use the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test developed by Abbott. The test is a lateral flow immunoassay for the qualitative detection of nucleoplasmid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2. The BinaxNOW test is neither a PCR test nor an antibody test. Learn more on Abbott’s BinaxNow website.
The test analyzes specimens from a self-administered nasal swab that is obtained under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The participant inserts the test swab into each of their nostrils (approximately one inch) and rotates the swab five times. The participant then inserts the swab into the test card. (Watch a video that shows the testing process.) A member of the testing center staff will then complete the extraction of the specimen and seal the test card. Test results are interpreted by the testing center staff based on the presence or absence of visually detectable colored lines.
Effective immediately, students, faculty, and staff may now receive an asymptomatic COVID-19 test two times in a 30-day period through Luther’s Expanded Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing (EAST) program.
Individuals must schedule a testing appointment using Luther’s scheduling program. The appointment will identify both a date and time for the test. It will also collect demographic information that Luther is required to report to the state of Iowa along with test results.
We ask that students, faculty, and staff sign up at least 12 hours in advance. Reservations may be made up to seven days in advance. Same day appointments may be scheduled depending on participation rates and cancellations by emailing [email protected]
Yes, test appointments may be rescheduled. We have a six-hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel or change your appointment after the six-hour window, please email [email protected]
No. All participants must schedule a test in advance using Luther’s scheduling program.
The testing center for the EAST program is located at 404 High Street, a campus house located near the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. View a campus map showing the testing center.
The testing center has limited accessibility. When you schedule an appointment, you can notify the testing center staff of any mobility limitations you have, and the staff will work with you on accommodations.
The testing center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.
All test participants are strongly encouraged to download the NAVICA app developed by Abbott and set up an account prior to arriving at the testing center. The NAVICA app may be downloaded from the App Store (Apple devices) or the Google Play Store (Android devices).
The NAVICA app was designed by Abbott to pair with the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test for COVID-19. The app allows individuals to store, access, and display their BinaxNOW test results. The test results displayed through the NAVICA app are encrypted and available only to the test participant and the staff at the testing center.
All test participants are also encouraged to watch a video that shows the testing procedure.
No. Individuals do not need to use the NAVICA app in order to participate.
The testing center manager will greet test participants and check their Luther College ID card to establish identification. The manager will then ask a series of screening questions to verify eligibility to receive a test. The questions screen for symptoms of COVID-19, past diagnosis of COVID-19, and exposure to COVID-19 by a close contact.
Upon arrival, appointments are expected to take approximately 15 minutes.
No. Individuals will be asked to exit the testing center after the test has been administered.
The results of the test will be determined by a member of the testing center staff 15-30 minutes following the completion of the test. Test participants who use the NAVICA app should receive their test results when the staff record the results. Test participants who do not use the NAVICA app may expect to receive their test results approximately one hour following the completion of the test.
Individuals who do not receive their test results after one hour should call the testing center at 563-419-1826. Individuals should not return to the testing center.
Yes. We encourage test participants to avoid interacting with others until they receive their test results.
Test participants who use the NAVICA app will receive a notification by email that their results are available for viewing on the app.
Test participants who do not use the NAVICA app will receive a text message for a negative result and a phone call for a positive test result.
This means your antigen test indicated that there is no evidence that you have COVID-19. A negative test result does not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection. Continue to wear your fask mask, observe physical distancing, frequently wash your hands, and use the CampusClear app.
Students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 following a negative test result should contact the Student Health Service (563-387-1045; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m to 8 p.m.) or Winneshiek Medical Center Emergency Services (563-382-2911; weekends and weekdays after 8 p.m.; ask for the triage nurse and let them know you are a Luther student). The Student Health Service and Winneshiek Medical Center may be fielding other calls, so please leave a message and someone will return your call.
A positive test result indicates that antigens from SARS-CoV-2 were detected, that you are infected with COVID-19, and you are presumed to be contagious. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals who receive a positive antigen test for COVID-19 must be tested again by a PCR molecular test to confirm the COVID-19 diagnosis.
If you receive a positive test result, you should isolate immediately and notify Luther Health Services (student) or Human Resources (faculty and staff). The Student Health Service will work with students to place them in an isolation space on campus. Faculty and staff should leave work immediately and return to their homes. You will be isolated from others until you are able to schedule a PCR test with TestIowa. If you receive a positive test result from the TestIowa program, you will be isolated for ten days following the receipt of the results of your PCR test. If you receive a negative test result from the TestIowa program, you will be released from isolation.
As required by the Emergency Use Authorization for the BinaxNOW test, Luther College will report all testing results to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Demographic information will also be shared with the IDPH for all test results.
Student test results will be printed and included in corresponding medical files in the Student Health Service.
Logs of test performance will be recorded and may be shared upon request with the US Food and Drug Administration and Abbott, as required by the Emergency Use Authorization.
Luther’s operations and response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be guided by the system of COVID-19 indicators and alert levels. Results from the EAST program will be reflected in the following indicators: Alert Level in Winneshiek County, Test Positivity Rate in Winneshiek County, Luther Case Count Trend, Community Spread on Campus, and Occupancy of Campus Isolation/Quarantine Spaces.
If you are feeling unwell on the day of your test, you should contact Vicky Jaeger at covidtestinglc[email protected]. You should also reschedule your test.
If you have a test scheduled and are in quarantine, you should contact Vicky Jaeger at [email protected]. You should also reschedule your test.