COVID-19 Testing

How does COVID-19 testing work, and who needs to test?

If a student tests positive, they will need to submit results to the Health Center by calling 253-535-7337. If results are received after hours leave a voicemail or email the Health Center ( the details of your positive test (date, type of test, testing location), whether or not you have symptoms, ext. The Health Center will contact you on the next day they are open.

If an employee tests positive, they will need to contact their healthcare provider, supervisor, and Human Resources,, (253) 535-7185.

What should I do if I have COVID symptoms?

Students — Regardless of vaccination status, students experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should make an appointment with the Health Center to participate in testing. We will have the capacity to test symptomatic students on weekdays and will assist in identifying testing locations on the weekends. Also, LuteTelehealth — PLU’s 24/7/365 medical and mental healthcare phone and video telehealth service—is available for ongoing support and coordination of care.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 at a testing facility that PLU does not coordinate, they should share this information with the Health Center for any follow-up that may be required for them and other members of the PLU community. Confidentiality will be maintained.

Faculty and staff — Regardless of vaccination status, employees experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should make an appointment with their healthcare provider to participate in testing. Pierce County is offering testing at the Pierce County Covid-19 Testing Station.

All PLU employees should follow the COVID Symptoms & Testing Guidance.

Our success as a university begins and ends with the health of our community. This work continues with robust and rigorous vaccination and testing efforts, but also includes our individual actions as community members, such as wearing face masks, following proper hand hygiene, and social distancing. Our most effective approach to mitigation and keeping our community well involves purposeful, consistent use of all of these preventative measures by all community members.