Testing and Positive Cases

COVID-19 Face Coverings/Masks Policy Update

What to do if someone you know tests positive for COVID-19

Learn about the measures you should take if someone you know tests positive, including determining whether or not you were a close contact and how your actions should change if you are fully vaccinated, boosted, or recovered from COVID-19.


Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students for the spring semester is offered at IUP Health Service. Testing will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The IUP Health Service is located in the Suites on Maple East (901 Maple Street). 

IUP Health Service is open for both testing and vaccination appointments through Friday, May 13. After that date, it is closed for patient care. 

Free COVID-19 testing is available at a number of community sites.

If you cannot visit IUP Health Service, you can take advantage of community resources for COVID-19 testing and care.

Testing is a saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Testing results will be sent within 24 to 48 hours to the email that was used to register for the test.

Testing for students who are asymptomatic (students who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19)—including for students who have traveled; who need testing for work, clinical, or internship sites; or who have been a close contact of a positive student: appointments should be made through the Health Service portal.

Follow these steps to schedule an appointment:

  • Log in to the Health Service portal.

  • Choose Schedule a COVID-19 Test and follow the steps on the screen.

  • After you finish scheduling your appointment, you will receive an email with a QR code.

  • Open the email with your unique QR code. Print this code or save it to your phone or tablet.

  • Bring your unique QR code with you to Health Service at the time of your appointment.

  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment time.

  • The test is a saliva test. Do not wear lipstick or Chapstick, smoke/vape, chew tobacco, drink anything including water, or eat 60 minutes before your appointment. Failure to follow these guidelines will cause testing to be delayed.

For symptomatic testing: Regardless of exposure or vaccination status, students who have symptoms of COVID-19 should call the IUP Health Service at 724-357-2550 to make an appointment for testing.

A number of free testing options are available in the local community:

  • CVS and Rite Aid offer free, appointment-based COVID-19 testing. Same-day appointments can be scheduled on each provider’s website.

  • MedExpress on Oakland Avenue also offers rapid and PCR COVID-19 testing options for students who have health insurance.

  • IRMC’s drive-through COVID-19 testing options are available with orders from healthcare providers only. Students should contact their primary care physician for this option.

  • Individuals can schedule a telemedicine visit with IRMC UrgiCare if they have a need for COVID-19 testing. Personnel are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday by calling  724-459-1740. 

Employees should contact their primary care physician regarding testing needs and options. For questions, call IUP Health Service at 724-357-2550.

Self-reporting: Symptoms and Exposure

Individuals should not report to work, class, or clinical assignments and should not attend or participate in institution-sponsored activities or events if they are not feeling well.

Any individual who is suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19 should self-isolate in accordance with current state and federal guidance.

Individuals who have self-reported should not enter campus buildings—except for students, who should enter only the campus building designated as their place of isolation.

Individuals are advised to consult with their medical provider about options for testing and necessary treatment.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing (getting information from and to people who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual) is essential to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. If you get a call from the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the IUP Health Service about contact tracing, please help! Your information can help prevent others from getting sick. Learn the difference between legitimate contact-tracing calls and scams.

If you have been identified as a "close contact" of a COVID-19 positive person, you will be contacted via text from IUP. The text message will come from “IUP COVID-19 Close Contact Alert” and will advise you to contact IUP Health Service for instruction and additional testing. You may also be contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Exposure Notification App

Pennsylvania now has a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app, COVID Alert PA, available for download free through the Apple App store and Google Play store. The app can detect if a user has had close contact with another app user who later tested positive for COVID-19. When that occurs, users will receive through their phones a notification and guidance on what to do next. Designed to be anonymous, the app does not track location or collect personal information. Learn more: “Wolf Administration Launches COVID Alert PA App.” Download the app: COVID Alert PA App.

Close Contact Definition

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines “close contact” as being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before the onset of symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

When There Is a Confirmed Positive Case

When a COVID-19 test is confirmed positive at the IUP Health Service:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be notified.

  • Contact tracing will be started.

  • Self-isolation needs will be determined.

  • If on-campus accommodations are needed, the Health Service and the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining will coordinate efforts and determine those needs.

  • Students will be given resources and information pertaining to self-isolation, including the following:

  • The Health Service will make daily (Monday-Friday) phone calls to those in self-isolation. Telehealth visits will be available when needed.

  • The Health Service will coordinate when students can discontinue self-isolation.

  • If student testing is done at another location when the Health Service is closed, self-isolation accommodations can be coordinated by University Police and Housing.

  • IUP will report positive cases on this website while protecting the privacy of individuals.

When a Student Has a Positive COVID-19 Test and Must Miss Classes

  • It is up to individual students if they want to notify their faculty member (1) that they have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or (2) that they are in self-isolation.

  • Contact tracing for COVID-19-positive students will be completed by University Safety and the IUP Health Service based on the COVID-19-positive student’s information about who has been a close contact. Students who believe they have been a close contact with a student that they know is COVID-19 positive should contact the IUP Health Service for advice on testing.

  • As is recommended for any class absence, students should inform their faculty member(s) of their expected absence and discuss options to complete classwork being missed during that time period.

  • If the IUP Health Service authorizes a student to discontinue self-isolation and return to class, the Health Service will provide this student with written authorization that can be shown to faculty members. This authorization will indicate that the student has completed the required time in self-isolation and is able to return to class. This is the case only when a student seeks care from the IUP Health Service. If a student seeks care from an off-campus provider, the student should obtain this authorization to return to class from that health care provider.

  • Students are not required to have a return-to-class note for all illnesses, but students are required to be fever free for 24 hours after having the flu before returning to class.

  • If a faculty member requests a return-to-class note and the student was treated or seen in the IUP Health Service, the Health Service will give that student a return-to-class/work/practice note once the student is fever free.

Self-Quarantine/Self-Isolation if You are a Close Contact of a COVID-19 Positive Individual

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should follow self-isolation requirements and recommendations according to these CDC guidelines:

  • Isolate for 5 days. The first day you developed symptoms is day 0; if you do not have symptoms, the day of your test is day 1
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your self-isolation location.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

On-campus self-isolation rooms are available to students who test positive for COVID-19, or who are presumed positive and waiting on test results. The IUP Health Service will provide options to students who have been recommended to self-isolate; those options include self-isolating in their current living spaces or in self-isolation rooms on campus.

Self-Quarantine Guidelines If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

If you: Have been boosted, OR completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine within the last six months, OR completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the last two months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Get a COVID-19 test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or begin to feel sick in any way, get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine until the results are available.

If you: Completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago and are not boosted, OR completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine more than two months ago and are not boosted, OR are unvaccinated:

  • Quarantine for 5 days. After the fifth day, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Get a COVID-19 test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or begin to feel sick in any way, get a COVID-19 test and remain in self-quarantine until the results are available. 

Individuals who develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should be evaluated by a healthcare provider and tested as appropriate. Please follow the procedures for testing of symptomatic students: call the IUP Health Service at 724-357-2550 to make an appointment.

Counseling Services

The IUP Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. when classes are in session. The Counseling Center is available by phone (724-357-2621) or email (counseling-center@iup.edu) Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. In your email, write, “Hi, I'm interested in scheduling an appointment.You will receive a response from the department secretary with scheduling options. Visit the Counseling Center web page for more information and helpful mental health resources related to COVID-19.

In case of an emergency, or outside of traditional business hours, students should call 911 or contact University Police at 724-357-2141, or call the Armstrong-Indiana Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470.

Seeking Medical Care in the Community

Outside of traditional business hours, or for emergency care, students should visit the Indiana Regional Medical Center’s emergency department or call 911 (9-911 if on campus). There are blue emergency phones at both ends of the Center for Health and Well-Being on the corner of Pratt Drive and Maple Street. These phones automatically connect to University Police (no dialing required).

For non-emergency health needs, MedExpress Urgent Care is a full-service, walk-in clinic. With a full medical team, they provide fast, effective treatment for most injuries and illnesses.

MedExpress Urgent Care Center
2128 Oakland Avenue Indiana, PA
Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Minute Clinic: The medical clinic in CVS Pharmacy
2501 Warren Road, Indiana, PA

Coordination with Local Public Health Officials

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Indiana County State Health Center (724-357-2995) is the first point of contact for coordination and guidance regarding all COVID-19 concerns. For questions or concerns that cannot wait until the next business day, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will work with the Bureau of Epidemiology staff to provide guidance on isolation, contact identification, quarantine, cleaning, or any other concerns.

IUP leadership is communicating and coordinating efforts with Indiana County health agencies to keep IUP and the community at large informed and protected during the pandemic. President Michael Driscoll represents IUP on a county planning task force committed to working together to make the best choices for the community.