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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing Information

Linfield University is committed to providing a learning and work environment that is as safe and as healthy as possible for all our community members. One of the ways we minimize the risk at Linfield's campuses in McMinnville and Portland is through an aggressive COVID-19 testing strategy for our students.

Test before you arrive

In order to create the safest campus community possible, Linfield University is requiring students to obtain a COVID-19 test before returning to campus for the start of the spring 2021 semester.

McMinnville students

McMinnville students must obtain a COVID-19 test at least 5 days prior to their approved spring semester arrival date. Antigen or molecular tests are acceptable. Results need to be sent to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center at SHLT@linfield.edu before arriving on campus. All McMinnville campus students will also receive another test on site as part of the check-in process. The cost of the first test collected at Linfield University will be covered by the university. 

If you were tested at home, but have yet to submit your results, please send them to SHLT@linfield.edu as soon as possible.

If your pre-arrival test is positive, contact Patty Haddeland at phaddel@linfield.edu as your arrival date may need to be rescheduled.

Students who do not obtain a COVID-19 test before arrival will need to self-quarantine in their room without face-to-face engagement with anyone other than their roommate until they can be retested 5-10 days later. Students in self-quarantine may only come out of their room for food pick up, to use the bathroom and to exercise outdoors alone. A second test can be done in the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center for a $60 fee (Walker 101, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to noon), ​which will be assessed to your student account, or through other testing sites (locations listed below). Students shall self-quarantine until results this second test is received. All results should be sent to SHLT@linfield.edu.

 

Portland students

Students will not be required to obtain their own COVID-19 test in January. All Portland campus students will be tested on Feb. 1-2, 2021. 

Exception: Portland campus students who participate in athletics on the McMinnville campus should work with their coach to make sure they are following NCAA testing protocols.

Find a test site

Click on the links below to find a testing site in your community.

Additionally, many pharmacies are providing testing.  CVS, Walgreen’s, Rite Aid may have testing options in your community, please check websites.

 

Yamhill County free drive-thru testing

Yamhill County will be holding four days of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in January. You do not need to have symptoms to have a COVID test, and insurance is not required. Pre-registration is highly recommended and can be done at doineedacovid19test.com. Testing is scheduled for: 

  • Friday, Jan. 8 from 4-7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 15 from 8-11 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 22 from 4-7 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 29 from 8-11 a.m.

All events are held at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds. Additional information can be found on the Yamhill County Public Health website.

Test when you get here

Students on both the McMinnville and Portland campuses will complete COVID-testing at the start of the spring semester. The cost of the test collected at Linfield University will be covered by the university. 

McMinnville campus students will be doing nares (nostril) testing during check-in on their approved arrival date and check-in/testing time slot, Jan. 5-15, 2021. Check-in times were emailed to students in mid-December.

Portland campus students will utilize saliva-based testing during appointments between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 1 and 2, 2021. Sign-up details will be sent to students in January.

Results will be back within a few days. Students will be asked to participate in a modified quarantine, staying in their room/residences except to come out for meals, bathroom and exercise, until test results are received. Students will receive more specific information about testing times and processes as the dates near.

Test throughout the semester

In addition to screen testing the student population upon their return to campus, Linfield will continue to test students during the semester, using a focused approach. Linfield will spot test groups on campus to get a picture of how COVID-19 might be affecting our community.

On the McMinnville campus, groups of students will be tested each week. This will include a percentage of student-athletes who are engaged in moderate and high contact sports, because we know these activities pose a risk, as well as students from different residence halls and apartments. 

On the Portland campus, a group of students will be tested every two weeks throughout the semester.

Some clinical sites may require nursing students to have a COVID-19 test before going to clinical. This will be the responsibility of the student to obtain their own test.

In addition, students are encouraged to seek medical care if they are worried about symptoms resembling COVID-19 or the #CampusClear app tells you to contact your provider. Portland students should reach out to their primary care providers. McMinnville students can be examined at the acute respiratory clinic within Linfield’s Student Health Center. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 503-883-2535. And, as always, all Linfield University students are eligible to use the facility. The Student Health Center, located in Walker 103, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. McMinnville students looking for medical assistance outside of office hours can be seen at Physicians Medical Center or Willamette Valley Medical Center.

For more information about ongoing testing, contact Student Health, Wellness and Counseling in McMinnville at SHLT@linfield.edu or Student Life in Portland at pdxstudentlife@linfield.edu.

Questions?

For questions about Linfield University and coronavirus, contact covid19ert@linfield.edu. Please direct any medical questions to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center at SHLT@linfield.edu.