Health and Wellness Message
With many of you planning to travel soon, I have some important updates about both travel safety and COVID testing options.
Travel Safety Information
Practicing safe travel habits will lower your risk of exposure to COVID, and can protect you from inadvertently infecting someone else. The Centers for Disease Control have recently published updated guidance related to safe travel practices. We encourage all students to check out these webpages for travel-related guidance prior to any travel:
Toolkit for Domestic Travelers (includes links to tips for international travel, too)
All of the testing options described below are for asymptomatic individuals who wish to be tested as a precaution prior to travel, as well as for individuals who must document COVID testing results as a condition of entry into another state or country.
If you have any COVID-like symptoms, do not sign up or attend the testing clinics mentioned below. Instead, call the Health Service at 503-768-7165.
Testing for students who need testing documentation as a condition of entry into another state or country: Sign-up deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, November 16!
If you are traveling to a state or country where testing must occur within a limited window prior to departure (e.g., 72 hours), and you want to be tested on campus, please call the Health Service (503-768-7165) as soon as possible (and not later than 4 p.m. on Monday, November 16) to discuss your testing needs. For students testing for this purpose, we currently have a limited number of testing appointments available through the Health Service on either Wednesday, November 18; Thursday, November 19; or Friday, November 20. Students are responsible for knowing the specific testing requirements of the state or country to which they will be traveling. The cost and billing arrangements for this individualized testing may fluctuate, depending on the specific test administered.
Note for students traveling to Hawaii: We have recently been informed by representatives from Hawaii that the testing we conduct on campus may not meet their entrance criteria to waive the state’s 14-day quarantine period. This is not a reflection on the tests we use, but rather because Hawaii has only authorized a very limited number of vendors to be their “trusted testing partners.” We continue to work to see if we can influence the situation so that Hawaii will accept tests we administer on campus (and process via Quest Diagnostics). However, if you are planning to travel to Hawaii, we currently recommend against testing on-campus. The Raleigh Hills location for Go Health Urgent Care may be your best option for testing through a state of Hawaii “trusted testing partner.” We recommend contacting them immediately at (971) 808-0665 to discuss potential options.
Testing for all other students
The Health Service has a few spots remaining for the testing clinic on tomorrow, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Pamplin Sports Complex on the undergraduate campus. For a few undergraduate students, testing in this clinic is required. If you are required to test tomorrow, you have been informed already. For all other students, this clinic is optional. Any student who will be returning to an environment where there are members of the household who might be at risk of severe illness due to COVID should consider being tested prior to returning to that household. Bear in mind that any testing conducted on-campus prior to a student’s departure is not a guarantee that the student will be COVID-free after their travel, so social distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene will continue to be important for students both during and after their travel.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID since September 15, there is a significant chance that any COVID test you take during the week of November 16 would yield a positive result. For this reason, we ask that individuals who have tested positive with COVID since September 15 do not participate in tomorrow’s testing.
The cost for tomorrow’s testing will be $65. The Health Service expects to know the results of these tests no later than end-of-day on Thursday, November 19. Only students who test positive will be notified of their test results by the 19th. The cost of this testing clinic will be charged to students’ accounts. Students may print receipts from the Health Information Portal and submit receipts to their health insurance programs for potential reimbursement. The student health insurance plan will reimburse students who submit receipts for 100% of the cost of this testing.
The Student Resources Committee of the Associated Students of Lewis & Clark (ASLC) has allocated funds toward helping with the out-of pocket costs of testing for undergraduate students experiencing financial hardship. Students can apply for funds using this link, but please note that prior to applying for funds, students are expected to submit a claim to their health insurance carrier. Please contact Cas Mulford at email@example.com with any questions.
To sign up for the November 16 testing clinic, please do so through the “Apptmts” (appointments) tab at the top of your homescreen in the Health Information Portal. We encourage you to make your appointment as soon as possible. Be sure to read the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail related to preparing for your testing experience.
Testing results are confidential and will remain secure within Wellness Services. Should any student participate in this voluntary testing program and test positive for COVID-19, the College will provide guidance related to postponing travel and entering isolation. Isolation housing will be made available to residential students who need to postpone travel.
Please direct any questions about this testing program to Ami Hanna, Wellness Services Case Manager and Contact Tracer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special instructions for those students signing up for testing on November 16:
A number of parking spots have been reserved in lot D. There are many stairsteps between lot D and the Pamplin entrance. If navigating these steps will pose a problem for you, please park in the reserved spots in lot F.
Students will be tested using a PCR saliva test. When you come to the test, be sure that you have not had anything to eat, drink, smoke, or chew for 30 minutes before you test. Do not brush your teeth during that 30-minute time window. It is OK to drink water during that time period. Students should familiarize themselves with this procedure prior to their test date by reading this testing consent form and the fact sheet. Students must bring their own pen with them on the testing date to sign the consent form.
Best wishes for your health and safety,
John Hancock, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellness