COVID-19 Testing

Stetson University highly encourages community members to undergo regular COVID-19 testing to control the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff. Early identification of the virus allows Stetson to take swift action to support and isolate individuals and notify any contacts of potential exposure. Learn more about testing opportunities and resources including gateway testing, on-campus testing, off-campus testing, and more below.

Testing Options at a Glance:

  1. Stetson Health Service: The patient must be symptomatic and have an appointment. Rapid Antigen test will be given with a $35 visit charge. If the test is positive, individuals will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance. (Students, Staff & Faculty)
  2. CentraCare: The patient must have an appointment. Rapid Antigen test, no charge. Open nights and weekends. (Students)
  3. On-Campus testing events: Free- promoted for individuals who are asymptomatic (Students, Staff & Faculty)

*Reminder: If you have a negative COVID test but have had direct exposure, you still need to isolate

The university's Health Service, working with our partner AdventHealth, quickly identifies and isolates contagious individuals and traces others with whom they have had contact. To get tested, see the On-Campus Testing or Off-Campus Testing sections below.

In addition to Stetson's tier protocols, the Athletics Department has additional phases that must be followed (see page 14 of linked document). For the latest information about Stetson's Spring 2021 semester testing requirements, see the Spring 2021 Gateway Testing section below or refer to the COVID-19 Testing section of the DeLand FAQ page.

On-Campus Testing

Asymptomatic Testing

Weekly SalivaDirect PCR-based COVID-19 testing is offered on campus. SalivaDirect PCR-based testing is free for students, faculty and staff with a Stetson ID and no insurance is required. Stetson works with a vendor to administer this testing on campus, which includes on-site testing facilitators to assist with the laboratory registration process, test administration, and transportation of samples. They also help with evening testing to accommodate some of our special population mandatory testing groups (high-contact student employees and students participating in off-campus work) like student teachers. 

This SalivaDirect PCR-based testing differs in several ways, including:

  • Community members cannot eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to their appointment, with the exception of water. Using toothpaste or mouthwash as directed does not affect the outcome of this test.
  • The test requires a 1-ml saliva specimen.
  • The medical lab will email results to individual participants within 24 to 48 hours of when the test was taken.

Below are the upcoming testing dates and registration links for Summer 2021. Testing will be provided every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the Rinker Field House, Hollis Center. Registration closes at 12 noon on the Tuesday prior to testing dates. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

  • Wednesday, May 12 – Register (registration deadline May 11 @ noon)
  • Wednesday, May 19 – Register (registration deadline May 18 @ noon)
  • Monday, May 24 – Register (registration deadline May 23 @ noon)
  • Wednesday, May 26 – Register (registration deadline May 25 @ noon)

Please make a note of your registered testing date(s) and time(s) as appointment verification is only provided upon registration and via email 24 hours prior to your test(s).

Symptomatic Testing

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled and there will be a $35 visit charge for this testing. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance.

Off-Campus Testing

During the spring semester, Stetson students can get free Rapid Antigen testing, insurance not required, at any CentraCare location.

  • CentraCare in DeLand is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday – Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Please follow the directions below to fulfill your requirement at any CentraCare:

*Reminder: If you have a negative COVID test but have had direct exposure, you still need to isolate.

Gateway Testing

Required testing at the start of the Spring 2021 semester, referred to as Gateway Testing, was an essential part of Stetson’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy. Stetson community members who planned to come to campus including employees, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes, on-campus residents, and undergraduate commuters living within 45 miles of campus were required to participate to help safeguard our campus community. More information can be found on the Gateway Testing webpage.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Screening and Testing Subgroup at covidtesting@stetson.edu, or visit the FAQ page, COVID-19 Testing category.

Testing Demographics

Stetson University conducts voluntary rapid antigen and required surveillance PCR COVID-19 testing on-campus on opposite weeks throughout the entire semester. High-contact student employees and students participating in off-campus programs have been identified for participation in Stetson’s required surveillance testing.

Who specifically is participating in on-campus testing opportunities and is this participation voluntary or required?

  • During the month of September, 12% of our student population and 19% of our employment population participated in the general on-campus testing. These percentages do not include any athletic specific testing data. Participating students represent a variety of residence halls, schools/colleges, fraternities and sororities, and commuters.
  • Athletics has performed two gateway tests of all of our student-athletes as well as “inner bubble” staff . The first was done during the first week of school and second was performed the week before an individual team moved to phase 3 as outlined in the Athletics Resocialization of Sport Plan. Additionally, athletics is also testing 25% of medium and high risk sports, as categorized by the NCAA, September through November. Men’s and Women’s basketball student-athletes and associate “inner bubble” have been tested weekly since September and will continue to be tested weekly moving forward.

What are we doing to encourage more participation from those who aren’t participating in our voluntary testing events?

  • COVID-19 testing is regularly communicated via Stetson announce, social media, the Safer Stetson website, and the weekly Communications emails. The Testing and Screening Subgroup utilizes social norming campaigns via grass signs and social media as a strategy to promote and encourage testing.
  • Stetson has also identified high-contact student employees and students participating in off-campus programs as designated groups for mandatory COVID-19 testing. These students participant in required COVID-19 testing every other week. The Safer Stetson Campus Task Force utilizes these testing demographics to inform decision and identify gaps of participation in on-campus testing.

Isolation Information

Isolation for COVID positive individuals remains at 10 days from positive test or onset of symptoms. You must be 24-hour fever and major respiratory symptom free to end isolation.

Based on the current guidelines from the Department of Health, members of the Stetson community should isolate:

  • If they had "close contact" with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Please know that a negative COVID-19 test does NOT remove the need for a 10-day isolation if close contact occurred. Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more.
  • For 10 days from the onset of sick symptoms matching our criteria. (See Health Response Protocol)
  • For 10 days from the date of a COVID-19 test if they receive a positive test result.
  • After return from travel to an area that requires isolation by Florida Department of Health guidance.

Changes to CDC and DOH quarantine protocol:

The CDC and Florida DOH have modified quarantine for the following group: asymptomatic close contact exposure. Quarantine for this group is now:

  • 10 days from exposure; or
  • 7 days from exposure with a negative PCR test result (testing on day 6 or later).

Below you will find two COVID-19 Student Isolation Guides tailored to support resident and commuter experiences. These guides are intended to be resources, providing information that supports you from the start of your isolation period through your clearance to your regular activities. Please know that our staff is here to provide continual support along the way.

For more information about what happens when someone is required to isolate, please consult the FAQs for the DeLand Campus on the Stetson's Safer Campus website (see Isolation category), and for the College of Law consult its FAQs.

Health Reminders

What should I do if I feel sick? See Stetson’s Health Response Protocol.

What resources are available to me if I test positive? 

For DeLand, visit the resources at Healthy Hatters. For the College of Law, students, faculty and staff can visit their resources page on Safer Stetson.

Who should I notify if I receive a positive test result from a test provider other than Stetson?

Contact Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150 or email healthservices@stetson.edu.

What happens if someone shows symptoms of COVID and another infection (like Flu)? 

COVID must be ruled out if someone shows symptoms. They will take a PCR test and isolate until results come back. According to DOH protocol, If someone tests positive for something like the flu, they should still be tested for COVID-19.

Local Resources

DeLand

College of Law

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For additional information about coronavirus, including signs and symptoms, transmission and risk of exposure, what to do if you are exhibiting symptoms and updates please refer to the DeLand Campus's FAQs webpage on the Stetson's Safer Campus website or visit the College of Law's FAQs.

You can also view our COVID-19-related FAQ Archive.

What are Stetson's basic expectations regarding Covid-19 Testing for the Spring 2021 return?

The DeLand campus will start Spring 2021 in Tier 1 and will stay in Tier 1 for the first 14 days from the first day of academic classes (Jan. 14). We expect to transition to Tier 2 on the 15th day (Jan. 28). We believe the following criteria can be met in that window of time, consistent with our existing Tiers document:

  • Two-week initial wait-period completed successfully
  • All initial contacts traced and tested
  • On-campus isolation needs can be met
  • Acceptable positivity rate through Gateway Testing
  • Initial rate of active diagnosis acceptable

Required testing at the start of the Spring 2021 semester, referred to as Gateway Testing was part of Stetson’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy. Gateway Testing on the DeLand campus will consist of mass rapid antigen nasal swab testing scheduled over the course of a few days prior to the start of the semester.

Stetson community members who planned to come to campus including employees, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes, on-campus residents, and undergraduate commuters living within 45 miles of campus were required to participate. Any testing conducted prior to our on-campus testing did not count towards the Gateway Testing requirement. No-charge testing was completed on campus unless an exemption is requested and granted through Stetson’s formalized process. Continue to stay informed about on-campus testing opportunities by visiting the Safer Stetson website, Healthy Hatters button (see On-Campus Testing section).

What will testing look like throughout the spring term?

Stetson will be offering free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing events every other week on campus. Rapid antigen testing is not mandatory but highly encouraged for the safety and wellbeing of the entire Stetson Community. 

On the opposite weeks of rapid antigen testing Stetson will be conducting required PCR testing for high-contact student employees and groups and students participating in off-campus programs. These individuals are required to get tested every other week throughout the spring semester. This surveillance testing enables Stetson to better monitor the health of the campus community and take swift action to support and isolate individuals and notify any contacts of potential exposure.

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled and there will be a $35 visit charge for this testing. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance.

What testing is available at Stetson Health Service?

Stetson Health Service offers rapid antigen COVID-19 nasal swab testing for symptomatic students and employees. Appointments must be scheduled and there will be a $35 visit charge for this testing. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the individual will receive a PCR test charged through insurance or referred to an off-campus option for those without insurance.

How do I find testing locations in my area?

Your local health department website should have a listing of testing locations near you. You also can call your local primary care physician (PCP) for suggestions. You need to find a location that will test without a referral for testing.

What is PCR testing for COVID-19?

PCR testing looks for the virus itself in the nose, throat or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2. In most cases, a nose or throat swab is taken by a health care provider, and that swab is sent to a lab for testing. A positive PCR test means the person being tested has an active COVID-19 infection. It can help identify people who are contagious to others.

How much does testing cost?

This type of testing should be covered by your insurance or by state testing programs — you can call the local agencies to get more information about this. If you cannot find a local option that works with your insurance or if your state does not have a plan to cover tests for those without insurance, you can test once you are on campus with us.

Who should I notify if I receive a positive test result from a test provider other than Stetson?

Stetson community members are reminded to report test results through www.stetson.edu/reportit if you are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic or exposed.

I forgot my appointment time. How can I verify when I signed up?

You receive an email upon registering for an appointment date and time in addition to a reminder email the day before your testing date.

Should I get tested?

Yes! All students, faculty, and staff should strive to be tested on a regular basis even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is one component of our campus mitigation strategy that will help limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

How will I receive my results and how long will it take?

PCR testing results will be emailed directly to the email address provided during the sign-up process in 24-48 hours from the date of testing.

What if I can’t make the on-campus testing but want to be tested?

During the spring semester, Stetson students can get free rapid Antigen testing at any CentraCare location. You MUST provide both of these required forms in order to get tested. You can make an appointment online here (select the option for COVID-19 Testing). If you receive a positive result, you must contact Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150 immediately and begin your isolation period.

Is Stetson using an app to help track the wellness of the community?

Wellness Checks through Everbridge

We will be using an application from Everbridge to provide an additional layer to our COVID-19 response plan to keep us informed about the overall health of our community. The app will provide us with an opportunity to send you daily “Wellness Checks” before you come to campus. Based upon your responses to the questions, the application will let you know if you have been cleared to come to campus or provide you with "next steps" if not.

Additionally, the application will serve as the platform to provide you with educational videos relating to COVID-19 and our community expectations. It will also augment our positive test reporting and contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing is a disease control measure in which health professionals will work with patients to develop a list of everyone they have been in close contact with during a certain period. Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within six feet of someone for fifteen minutes or more. The staff will then contact those people to let them know about their possible exposure so that they can take proper precautions.

The application assists with this process by giving you the means to report a positive COVID-19 test to the university. The application also uses Bluetooth-Proximity (GPS data is not utilized) to record the close contacts you have had with other members of the community also utilizing the app. This is done by sharing a random key between the parties via the Bluetooth connection. No personally identifiable information is shared between the parties. These keys will remain within the app for fourteen days. If you report that you have tested positive for COVID-19, the keys for those close contacts will be shared with health professionals so the parties may be notified of a potential exposure and provided with their recommended next steps.

Questions:

Questions about testing should be directed to covidtesting@stetson.edu.