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Random Testing

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In accordance with Utah State Public Health Order 2020-27 and the Utah System of Higher Education COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan, Brigham Young University students 18 years or older who live in on-campus housing or attend at least one in-person or blended class must participate in COVID-19 testing within five broad categories. One of these categories is randomized testing, which will be conducted weekly throughout winter semester 2021.

BYU will be administering these COVID-19 screening tests free of charge to students who are randomly selected to participate.

BYU non-student employees will not be part of the COVID-19 screening tests. Faculty and staff who wish to be tested can visit coronavirus.utah.gov for information on state testing locations.

What to Expect

Students selected to participate in random testing will receive an email notification on Monday of that week. The email will contain instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the randomized test in the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court.

When students arrive for the randomized test...

  • Distancing and masking will be enforced.
  • Students will be asked to show their BYU ID and confirm that they are symptom-free by showing a green screen on the BYU Healthy Together Passport (or by completing the online passport form or printing and completing a blank form).
  • Trained testing staff will swab 1 inch within each nostril.
  • Test results will be available on the BYU COVID-19 Support webpage shortly after completing the test.
  • If the test is negative, no further action is required and the student should continue to follow state guidance for staying safe.
  • If the test is positive, 1) the student should immediately begin isolation and 2) seek a follow-up PCR test through the BYU Student Health Center or another healthcare provider to confirm the positive result. The student will also receive a phone call from BYU’s COVID Case Management team with additional instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which test is being used? 
    • The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test, which is a widely-used rapid antigen point of care diagnostic test. For more information about the test, please refer to the FDA fact sheet.
  • Is there a cost for me to take this test? 
    • No.
  • Where can I self-isolate if I test positive?
    • Students who live on campus should isolate in a designated isolation residence. Students who live off campus should self-isolate at their off-campus residence until the virus has run its course.
  • What if I have already tested positive for COVID-19? 
    • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days, you will not be required to participate in the randomized testing. This will need to be communicated to BYU’s COVID-19 Hotline (801-422-7662) in order to be excused from the testing requirement.
  • What if I was notified to participate in random testing but I am in isolation, quarantine, or I don’t live or attend class on-campus?
    • Please reply back to the notification email you received and include the details about why you are unable or not required to participate.
  • What if I don’t have the Healthy Together app? 
  • Is this test mandatory? 
    • Yes, Utah State Public Health Order 2020-27 and the USHE Intensive Testing Plan asks university students 18 years or older to participate in COVID-19 testing within five broad categories.
  • Who will have access to my test results besides me?
    • BYU is required by law to report your test results along with certain personal information (i.e., name, address, phone, email, birthdate, sex, ethnicity and race) to the Utah Department of Health. Otherwise, only authorized BYU personnel with a need to know will be informed of your test results. BYU is committed to protecting your privacy and will use your test results only for approved efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more information about BYU’s privacy practices, please visit the BYU Privacy Notice.
  • Who can I contact with additional questions?
    • The BYU COVID-19 Hotline (801-422-7662) will be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also email casemanagement@byu.edu. By choosing to email your question, you authorize BYU to communicate any of your personal information necessary to respond to your question through email, which can be a less secure means of communication.