WSU offering COVID‑19 testing for employees beginning Sept. 29

National Guard members setting up outdoor tents.
National Guard sets up for Covid‑19 testing at the Steptoe apartments on the WSU Pullman campus, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

WSU Pullman employees will be able to receive asymptomatic COVID-19 testing from the Washington National Guard beginning Sept. 29.

Screenings will be provided at no cost to faculty, administrative professional, classified staff and non-student temporary/hourly employees working in Whitman County. The university is encouraging all Pullman employees who regularly work on campus to get tested.

A list of common questions related to the employee testing can be found on Human Resource Service’s website.

“We want to do everything we can to keep our employees on the front lines as safe as possible,” Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, vice president and chief human resource officer, said. “With Pullman being the WSU system’s largest campus in a community currently grappling with the spread of COVID-19, we knew this was the next essential step to broadening testing capacity.”

The Washington National Guard, which also is providing COVID-19 testing at no charge to WSU Pullman students, will operate testing sites from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays weekly. The testing site on Sept. 29 and 30 is near The Hills on Grand apartment complex, 2905 N Grand Ave. On Oct. 1 and 2, testing will be available at the LJ Smith Parking Lot, 1935 Ott Road. National Guard staff will also conduct testing at Beasley Coliseum on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employees are to use the Orchard Drive entrance and free on-street parking will be available on Fairway Lane.

The latest information on the National Guard’s mobile testing location can be found on the university’s COVID-19 website.

Employees must complete attestation through WSU’s Attestation website prior to visiting the testing site and bring with them a filled out Requisition/Consent and Release of Information form.

Employees seeking tests will also need to bring along their WSU ID or Cougar Card along with their Driver’s License or other official state or federal photo identification. Face coverings are required and proper physical distancing must be observed. Testing will be offered through Nov. 20.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is asked to call their healthcare provider and follow the WSU Personnel Experiencing COVID‐19 Symptoms flowchart for instructions.

At this time the testing is only available on the Pullman campus, however WSU is exploring options for other WSU locations.

The university continues to encourage all WSU Pullman students to get a COVID-19 test before the end of the month. Additional information on how students can do so can be found on the Cougar Health Services website.

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