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J-Term testing on campus and other reminders

Posted by:
December 14, 2021
Covid 19 rapid testing at PLU

Dear community,

As we continue our efforts to combat COVID-19, there are a number of opportunities available to continue keeping our community safe and healthy. We are continuing to monitor the impact of the emerging Omicron variant.

Mitigating risk in our everyday lives through masking, social distancing and vaccines helps us all fight the spread of COVID-19.

J-Term testing on campus

All on-campus testing  for individuals who are not vaccinated and individuals identified as close contacts of a positive COVID case take place in AUC 133. It is a walk-in only, no appointment necessary rapid testing location.

If you have illness symptoms and are a student, please call the Health Center for assistance. Health Center testing for students with illness symptoms is by appointment only. Faculty and staff should contact their health care provider.

January Schedule*

  • Sunday, January 2, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in AUC (CK Hall)
  • Regular weekly schedule:
    • Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AUC (CK Hall)*
    • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AUC (CK Hall)
    • Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AUC (CK Hall)
    • Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AUC (CK Hall)

*No testing clinic January 17 due to the holiday, testing will take place Tuesday and Wednesday of that week.

Health Department Vaccine Clinics at PLU

The clinics will be open through January 29 (no clinics Dec. 24 – Jan. 4).

The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department will be running COVID Vaccine Clinics on the PLU campus through January 29. The clinics are open to the public.

Clinic Schedule: Through December 23

  • Mondays | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Garfield Station
  • Wednesdays | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Columbia Center
  • Thursdays | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Garfield Station
  • Saturdays | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Columbia Center

No clinics Dec. 24 – Jan. 4

Clinic Schedule: January 5 – 29

  • Wednesdays | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Columbia Center
  • Saturdays | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Columbia Center

The Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for 1st shots, 2nd shots and boosters.

The clinics are walk-in only, no pre-registration required, except for children ages 5-11 years old for the Pfizer vaccine.

Covid Vaccine Clinic Registration

Omicron variant

There are confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in Washington, including in Pierce County. We continue monitoring the situation and following recommendations by the Health Department and the CDC.

Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging; masks offer protection against all variants; and tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19, according to the CDC.

End-of-Year Gatherings

We all are looking forward to being able to celebrate together as we approach the holidays and end-of-the year. It’s our responsibility to keep each other safe by wearing a mask and maintaining a safe distance when possible indoors. These measures are some of our best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While hosting or attending events and gatherings we strongly urge you to wear masks and consider whether you have adequate space and ventilation for the number of people present to be safe.

In Community,

Teri Phillips
VP & Chief Operating Officer
COVID-19 Site Supervisor

Shawn Thompson
Associate Director of Emergency Programs
COVID-19 Task Force Coordinator

Mike Snyder
Director of Athletics and Recreation

Michelle Ceynar
Dean of Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology

Chris Albert
Director of Web Development & Design