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:
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.
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, 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,
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.
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.
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 a COVID-19 test is confirmed positive at the Health Service:
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.
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.
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, PA724-349-4362Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Minute Clinic: The medical clinic in CVS Pharmacy 2501 Warren Road, Indiana, PA 1-866-389-2727
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.