COVID-19 Testing

Testing Overview

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 requirments, see the Spring 2021 Gateway Testing section below or refer to the COVID-19 Testing section of the DeLand FAQ page.

Spring 2021 Gateway Testing

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

Stetson community members who 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 will be required to participate. Any testing conducted prior to our on-campus testing will not count towards the Gateway Testing requirement. No-charge on-campus testing must be completed unless an exemption is requested and granted through Stetson’s formalized process. Continue to stay informed about on-campus testing opportunities by checking this site or visiting the Safer Stetson website, Healthy Hatters button (see On-Campus Testing). 

For questions or concerns, please reach out to the Screening and Testing Subgroup at covidtesting@stetson.edu.

Registration

Registration is now open for required Spring 2021 Gateway Testing in partnership with DeLand Wellness Center. Appointments are available Jan. 9-13, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Rinker Fieldhouse, Hollis Center. Links for scheduling your appointment are available below. Each link is specific to a date. Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, since most residential students will not arrive until Jan. 10, 2021, when residence halls open. Non-exempt employees should record their testing time as work time for the week (please record .5 hours for the time if coming for testing on the weekend).

Rapid antigen testing will be provided through your choice of a nasal or throat swab. Community members are required to participate if they are:

  • An employee coming to campus at any point during the semester
  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in face-to-face or hybrid classes
  • On-campus residents
  • Undergraduate commuters living within 45 miles of campus

This will not replace any of our ongoing testing efforts as we will continue to offer both voluntary and surveillance testing throughout the spring semester.

Gateway Testing is a critical component of Stetson’s COVID-19 mitigation process. By testing all members of the community upon arrival to campus, we will gather accurate information on our community’s health and well-being to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Access to this level of rapid testing was not available in August 2020 at the quantity and cost that it is available now. As a community, we have learned valuable lessons during this semester and better understand the importance of Gateway Testing for the protection of the entire campus community.

Gateway Testing Appointments

Gateway Testing Date/Time Change Request

Please submit a date or time change request form. A member of the Screening and Testing Subgroup will respond with next steps regarding your appointment request.

Exemption Request Form

If you feel you shouldn’t or can’t be tested, you do have options. Please fill out the Exemption Request Form.

  • Students and employees who are 100% online and do not intend to use any in-person campus resources (academic buildings, library, athletic or recreational facilities, CUB, offices, etc.) can be removed from the testing pool. Students and employees who are 100% online and want to use campus resources must take part in Gateway Testing.
  • If you are unable to schedule a test appointment on campus during the days and times offered, a testing accommodation request should be submitted through the exemption process. These requests could be the result of travel plans, vacation, illness or other emergency situations. This process provides reasonable accommodations and alternatives for on-campus testing.
  • Students and employees who want to request a medical or religious accommodation should fill out the exemption form. This process provides reasonable accommodations and alternatives for on-campus testing. Testing accommodations may or may not pull the individual out of the required testing population.

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

What happens if I test positive at Gateway Testing? 

Stetson will support all students who test positive at Gateway Testing as they support students throughout the year for the isolation process. Residential students who cannot go home for their isolation period will be assisted with an appropriate space for isolating including meal delivery (even if they don’t have a meal plan). All students will connect with a Tracer staff member, receive medical referrals if needed, obtain faculty/supervisor notification, receive assistance with being cleared, and receive periodic check-ins by staff to see how they are doing and determine if resources are needed. We highly encourage you to pack your belongings and vehicle in a way that would allow you to move into isolation quickly without having to unpack all of your belongings. Specific guidance on isolation and suggested items to bring can be found on the FAQ page, Isolation category.

On-Campus Testing

Asymptomatic Testing: Through our partnership with AdventHealth and CentraCare, Stetson will be offering free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing on Friday, November 20. Testing will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Rinker Field House in the Hollis Center and is available to students and employees. This testing is not mandatory, but highly encouraged for the safety and wellbeing of the entire Stetson Community. Sign up for your appointment!

Stetson will also be offering winter break testing dates, Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Tuesday, Dec. 15, in partnership with the DeLand Wellness Center. Rapid antigen nasal or throat swab testing for students and employees will take place 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Hollis Center Rinker Field House. Click the registration links below to sign up for a winter break COVID-19 testing time slot.

As many people prepare for fall and winter holiday celebrations, it is important to remember that celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses a lower risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Protect yourself and those around you by incorporating safe practices into celebrations.

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

Stetson University students can get free rapid antigen testing at any CentraCare location. You must bring printouts of the two forms, found at the link below when you visit the CentraCare location. You can make an appointment online – select the option for COVID-19 Testing. Results will be shared with Stetson Health Service and the Dean of Students Office to help provide support for COVID positive students.

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

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

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 14-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.

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.

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 will be part of Stetson’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy. Gateway Testing on the DeLand campus will consist of mass rapid antigen nasal or throat swab testing scheduled over the course of a few days prior to the start of the semester.

Stetson community members who 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 will be required to participate. Any testing conducted prior to our on-campus testing will not count towards the Gateway Testing requirement. No-charge testing must be completed on campus unless an exemption is requested and granted through Stetson’s formalized process. Specific details will be communicated over the course of the next several weeks. Continue to stay informed about on-campus testing opportunities by visiting the Safer Stetson website, Healthy Hatters button (see On-Campus Testing).

What happens if I test positive at Gateway Testing for the Spring 2021 semester?

Stetson will support all students who test positive at Gateway Testing as they support students throughout the year for the isolation process. Residential students who cannot go home for their isolation period will be assisted with an appropriate space for isolating including meal delivery (even if they don’t have a meal plan). All students will connect with a Tracer staff member, medical referrals if needed, faculty/supervisor notification, assistance with being cleared, and periodic check-ins by staff to see how they are doing and if resources are needed.” We highly encourage you to pack your belongings and vehicle in a way that would allow you to move into isolation quickly without having to unpack all of your belongings. Specific guidance on isolation and suggested items to bring can be found the DeLand Campus's FAQ webpage on the Stetson's Safer Campus website, under Isolation.

Why is Stetson encouraging testing in this way?

We believe encouraging testing in this way is an integral element of our overall mitigation strategy. Asymptomatic testing is just one part of our larger plan. We fully recognize we will not catch every COVID-19 case with this method and that there are inherent flaws in that it can take some time to get results. We believe our most critical window for a successful reintegration to campus is the start to the spring semester. We are asking you to help this process by doing your part, which includes understanding your health condition before returning to campus.

Can I get this test before I return to campus in the spring?

No. Free Gateway Testing requires you to participate in Stetson’s on-campus rapid antigen nasal or throat swab COVID-19 testing. It's important that Stetson establishes a baseline of disease prevalence on campus. The best way to do this is testing when students, staff, and faculty return to campus. This will allow the University to monitor trends throughout the year as testing continues.

Do I have to participate in Gateway Testing if I tested positive in the last 90 days (i.e., historically positive)?

You are still required to participate in Gateway Testing. According to Department of Health guidelines individuals do not need to isolate again within 90 days of a prior positive test result. Historically positive test results, within 90 days, must be provided on-site at Gateway Testing. At this time, we do not know if someone can be re-infected with COVID-19. Current data show that a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to 3 months after diagnosis. This means that if you have recovered from COVID-19 and are retested within 3 months of initial infection, you may continue to have a positive test result, even though you may not be spreading COVID-19. Until we know more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people, whether or not they have had COVID-19, continue to take safety measures to avoid becoming infected with COVID-19 such as wearing a mask, washing hands regularly and staying at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible.

What if I cannot make the testing dates and times offered for Gateway Testing?

If you are unable to schedule a test appointment on campus during the days and times offered, a testing accommodation request should be submitted through the exemption process. These requests could be the result of travel plans, vacation, illness or other emergency situations. This process provides reasonable accommodations and alternatives for on-campus testing.

How do I change my Gateway Testing day or time?
If you need to reschedule your COVID-19 testing day or time, please complete the testing change request form.

How will participation in Gateway Testing be verified?
Students and Employees will be issued personalized green vinyl reusable wristbands upon completion of Gateway Testing for COVID-19. These wristbands must be worn at all times on campus until Jan. 29. Participants will also receive a daily email to their Stetson email account, verifying their completion of this requirement. These emails can be shown as an emergency backup to access on campus facilities or services for special circumstances. Emails should not be used as the primary verification for this requirement.

What happens if I need a replacement wristband?
Replacement wristbands can be obtained at on-campus Wellness Stations. Gateway Testing participation will be verified and a limited number of replacement bands will be available for each individual. The daytime Wellness Station is on the lower level of the Rinker Welcome Center and operates Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Public Safety is the after-hours Wellness Station location.

What will testing look like throughout the spring term?

Through our partnership with the DeLand Wellness Center, 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.

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.