Testing and Positive Cases

  • COVID-19 Testing and Positive Cases

    Learn more about IUP's efforts to help students and other members of the university community receive COVID-19 tests, and how you can follow the correct procedure when you suspect or have a confirmed positive test.

    All of our testing and positive case procedures follow recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


    IUP’s free, on-campus COVID-19 testing program for the spring 2021 semester ended on Friday, May 7. Free testing options are available for students in the local community during the summer:

    • 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.

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

    Information about IUP’s testing program during the fall 2021 semester will be available before the semester begins.

    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.

    If You May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

    If, within the previous 14 days, you have visited an area of high prevalence (domestic or international) or you know you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19,

    • Employees should report this to their supervisor.
    • You should self-quarantine in accordance with current state and federal guidance. (See the Research and Travel page about the need to self-quarantine before coming to the IUP campus or the Indiana area.)

    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 by the Pennsylvania Department of health and/or via text from IUP. The text message will come from “IUP COVID-19 Close Contact Alert” and will advise you to contact IUP Health Services for instruction and additional testing.

    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 CDC defines “close contact” as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before the onset of symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 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 Health Service:

    • The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be notified.
    • Contact tracing will be started.
    • Isolation needs will be determined.
    • If on-campus accommodations are needed, the Health Service and Housing staffs will coordinate efforts and determine those needs.
    • Students will be given resources and information pertaining to isolation, including the following:
    • The Health Service will make daily (Monday-Friday) phone calls to those in isolation. Telehealth visits will be available when needed.
    • The Health Service will coordinate discontinuing isolation with students.
    • If student testing is done at another location when the Health Service is closed, 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 Should Isolate Because of a Positive COVID-19 Test

    • 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. As always, students, faculty members, and others should be practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, and complying with appropriate hygiene recommendations. If they follow these practices, they would not be considered a close contact of a person who is COVID-19 positive, and they would not need to be concerned.
    • As is recommended when they need to miss class, students must let the faculty member know they will be absent and will need accommodations for online learning for a period of time.
    • If the IUP Health Service authorizes a student to discontinue 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 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 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.
    • 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.


    Students who are on campus during summer 2021 should work directly with the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining on self-isolation options.

    Anyone concerned about possible COVID-19 symptoms can use the symptom checker on the CDC website for guidance on steps to take.

    Counseling Services

    The IUP Counseling Center does not offer student counseling services in summer 2021. Counseling services will resume on Monday, August 23, at 8:00 a.m. 

    In case of an emergency: Dial 911, contact University Police at 724-357-2141, or call the Armstrong-Indiana Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470. 

    Seeking Medical Care

    The IUP Health Service is not open in summer 2021. For emergency care visit to 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 (Suites on Maple East) on the corner of Pratt and Maple. 

    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.