Testing & Contact Tracing

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, Bucknell has implemented a testing and contact tracing program for those who are unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated students may also participate in sequential testing but are not required to participate.

More details about the testing process and contact tracing are below. A full description of what to expect if contact tracers call you can also be found in the Student Guide to Quarantine, Isolation & Contact Tracing.

On-campus Testing

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

Sequential testing is required for all students who have received a medical or religious exemption or who are in the process of vaccination but are not yet fully vaccinated (full vaccination begins two weeks after the final vaccine dose). 

Fully vaccinated students are not required to participate in sequential COVID-19 testing. If desired, fully vaccinated students may schedule up to one COVID-19 test per week at no charge. Appointments are required and must be scheduled in the Aura app.

Fall testing will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Graham Building. Students should use the Aura app to sign up for appointments and bring their phone and Bucknell ID with them to the test site.

Download the Aura app through the Bucknell App, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Go to the Health and Wellness section of the app and look for the Herd Health icon. When you click the Herd Health icon, you will be prompted to download the Aura app.

Instructions for Scheduling Your Test and Getting Results

  1. Open the Bucknell App and click the Herd Health icon on your mobile device.
  2. You will be prompted to install the iOS/Android native Aura app.
  3. Sign in using the Sign in with Google option, and use your Bucknell email credentials.
  4. Use the app to schedule your initial test as soon as possible.

For help, please refer to these frequently asked questions or contact techdesk@bucknell.edu.


Testing by Other Providers

If you take a COVID test from an off-campus provider (such as CVS or Evangelical Community Hospital) and receive a positive result, immediately call Bucknell Student Health at 570-577-1401. Protocols differ depending on the type of test that yielded the positive result.

PCR Tests: If you take an outside PCR test and it returns a positive result for COVID-19, you will be moved to isolation housing for 10 days from the date of your positive PCR test and released on day 11. The University will not retest a student who receives a positive PCR test result. The student is considered positive for COVID-19.

Antigen Tests: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and receive a positive test result on an outside antigen test, contact Student Health immediately to be connected with a health care provider. You will be moved to isolation housing and tested for COVID-19 by Student Health with a PCR test. If the PCR test result is negative, you will be released from isolation housing. If the PCR test result is positive, you will remain in isolation housing for 10 days from the date of your positive antigen test with release on day 11.

Students who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 should not seek antigen tests, as antigen testing is only accurate when symptoms are present. The University will not accept outside antigen tests for students who are asymptomatic.

The University will not accept negative test results procured from other sources for release from isolation housing or sequential testing requirements. 

Contact Tracing

Bucknell has coordinated its own contact tracing program to notify members of the campus community (students and employees) who have been in close contact with persons with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and to monitor exposure to COVID-19 on campus. This pertains to those who have not submitted documentation of full vaccination to Bucknell Student Health.

If you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a member of the Contact Tracing Team may call you and provide instructions. This call could come from a number you don’t recognize. It is important that you answer calls to your phone and comply with the instructions that the contact tracers provide. Depending on your exposure and vaccination status, you could be instructed to:

  • Quarantine in isolation housing for 10 days with release on day 11. Quarantine may be shortened with a negative test taken through the University.
  • Not quarantine, but monitor your health with the daily symptoms tracker in the Aura app and, if you experience symptoms, self-isolate and alert Bucknell Student Health

Students who have been fully vaccinated and have been identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but do not have symptoms of COVID-19 themselves, will not be required to quarantine. The contact tracer will check your documentation with Student Health.

Student Guide to Quarantine, Isolation & Contact Tracing

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