COVID-19 Testing FAQs

For Lewis & Clark Faculty, Staff, and Contractor Employees

  • In our first COVID testing clinic on January 15 and 19, 2021, we will be testing everyone expected to be working on campus during the period between January 15 and February 2. Supervisors were asked to provide a list of those who fall in this category. Those who have been identified as requiring testing have been notified by Human Resources and asked to sign up for a testing time. If you believe you have been misidentified, please communicate with your supervisor as soon as possible, so that supervisors can alert Human Resources of any adjustments necessary to the testing roster.

  • Sign up for a testing window. Lewis & Clark employees should sign up here. Contractor employees (e.g., Bon Appetit, A&A, Barnes & Noble, Ricoh) should sign up here. You only need to provide your name and email address to sign up for a testing time. If you do not have an email address, please consult with your supervisor. Please do not enter an ID number.

    In addition, all individuals who need to test should read this informed consent form prior to testing, and bring a signed copy with them to the Pamplin Sports Center. Copies of the form will also be available in the gym. (The informed consent form is also available in Spanish.)

  • Come to the main doors to the Pamplin Sports Center during your assigned time. Bring your signed informed consent form with you. Copies of the form will also be available in the gym. (The informed consent form is also available in Spanish.)

    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. Do not use mouthwash for at least 2 hours prior to providing your sample. It is OK to drink water. Contaminating your sample by eating or drinking prior to the test could result in an inconclusive or inaccurate test, and you may be required to return for retesting.

  • You may not come to campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19. These testing clinics are for asymptomatic persons only.

    Primary COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. Other possible symptoms are muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and runny nose. More information about COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC webpage.

  • The lab will initially run our test samples in pools of 24. If all samples included in a pool of 24 are negative, then persons in that pool will be notified of their negative test and no further analysis is necessary. If a pool includes a positive result, the lab will then test the individual samples in smaller pools until they determine which individual sample(s) is/are positive.

  • You will get your results from Meenta by email. (Meenta is the vendor we are working with to coordinate the testing.) It is very important that you monitor your email address on file with Lewis & Clark starting about 24 hours after testing and going until you have final testing results. The email should come from “support@meenta.io” or a very similar address, so please be on the lookout, including in your spam and junk email folders.

  • If you get an email from Meenta stating that your sample requires diagnostic testing and asking that you provide additional information to Meenta, that means that your sample is part of a pool of two samples that is positive for COVID. In other words, there is about a 50/50 chance that your sample was positive. In order for the final diagnostic test to be completed and shared with you, you must then complete Meenta’s additional online informed consent form. In this case, it is very important that you do so promptly. It is also very important that you self-isolate, and stay off campus, until you receive the final results of your test.

  • For Lewis & Clark employees, we will maintain test results in the same way that we maintain other medical information regarding employees. Only staff in Human Resources and Health & Wellness Services with a need to have access to test results will have access to test results. Our College contact tracer, Ami Hanna, who works in Wellness Services, will be provided information regarding positive test results in order to assist with contact tracing. However, employees who test positive will not be included on the list of persons who are “cleared” to be on campus. Such persons will need to be in contact with their supervisor, chair, or dean, and potentially Human Resources, regarding the use of sick leave during their mandatory quarantine period.

    For employees of our contractors, such as Bon Appetit, A&A, Barnes & Noble, and Ricoh, the College will share the testing results with your employer, and you should work with your supervisor regarding your necessary time off.

  • We continue to ask all employees to work from home to the greatest extent possible. However, you can come to campus while waiting for your test results if it is necessary for you to do so. If you do come to campus, you should continue to follow all health and safety expectations for members of our community.

  • Please contact Kris Codron in Human Resources at kcodron@lclark.edu to arrange for a different testing time.

  • In most cases, we will require employees to get a COVID test through our testing clinics. However, if you have a molecular (e.g., PCR or Abbott ID Now rapid test) negative COVID test that was taken within the last 5 days and you would like to be excused from this testing clinic, please contact Kris Codron in Human Resources at kcodron@lclark.edu. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Health Services.

  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, and have cleared your isolation period, you are not required to be tested. This is because your test would likely be positive even though you are not infectious. If you meet this exemption criteria, you must inform Kris Codron in Human Resources at kcodron@lclark.edu.

  • The testing is being conducted for the benefit of all members of our community and is mandatory for those who have been identified as working on campus. Requests for accommodations should be directed to Kris Codron in Human Resources at kcodron@lclark.edu. If you fail to comply with this requirement, you will not be permitted to be on campus and may be subject to disciplinary action.