COVID-19 On-site Employee Testing Program

As Bucknell continues efforts to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, the University has partnered with Genetworx to conduct employee testing. This partnership should supplement the vigilance already exercised by faculty and staff in monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 and in following the advice of health care providers.

In addition to helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Bucknell's employee testing program is free for employees and does not require a doctor's order. Paid release time will be provided as necessary, and turnaround time for test results is expected to be faster than many other testing programs.

Testing Options 

Bucknell's on-site testing program does not preclude employees from seeking testing elsewhere or under the direction of their health care provider or public health officials.

For those covered under Bucknell's health insurance plans, co-pays, coinsurance and deductible expenses associated with COVID-19 testing elsewhere will be waived.

Employees who are tested elsewhere and have positive results must contact Human Resources by completing a COVID-19 intake form. This form is also available in the Absence worklet in Workday. If assistance is needed, contact Danielle Kraus at 570-577-1710 or dkraus@bucknell.edu.


Who Should Be Tested 

A COVID test is required for all employees who are planning or required to be on campus at any time during the 2020-21 academic year with the following exceptions:

  • If your presence on campus will be limited and your work will be primarily remote, please speak with the OMG leader responsible for your department for a possible exemption from the initial test.
  • Anyone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 should not be retested until 90 days after the date of their positive test.

Summer 2021 Testing

Employee testing during summer 2021 will be available in the Graham Building lobby. Employees in the high-contact group, who are working on campus and have a high level of contact with others, should continue sequential testing during the summer.

Tests must be scheduled in the Aura app. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Testing will be offered once per week on Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, May 25. 

Employees who are fully vaccinated are not required to participate in the University's sequential testing program, beginning two weeks after they have completed the vaccine regime.

Faculty and staff should send vaccination documentation to cbilger@bucknell.edu to be removed from the sequential testing program.


If You Are Symptomatic or Have Been in Contact With a COVID-positive Person

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should not come to campus. Contact your health care provider for instructions. If you are traveling, please follow order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 information for travelers.

If you have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, do not go to the Bucknell testing site. The following list of resources are provided to assist you in locating a COVID-19 testing site:

  • Geisinger: Please visit the COVID-19 testing website or call the COVID-19 hotline, 570-284-3657.
  • Evangelical: Please visit the coronvirus updates website or call the COVID-19 Hotline, 570-522-4530. The hotline is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • CVS: Please visit this COVID-19 testing website or call 1-866-389-ASAP (2727).

The following Urgent Care centers are typically available daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Urgent Care of Evangelical: Please visit their website or call 570-523-3006.
  • MedExpress: Please visit the COVID-19 testing and evaluation website or call 570-743-7821.
  • Geisinger: Geisinger has 24 urgent care centers Pennsylvania. More information is available here

For additional testing locations in Pennsylvania, please visit the state provided resource

Mail-in test kits are also available. One option Bucknell has used for students is letsgetchecked.com, which costs about $120.

Do not got to Bucknell Student Health for symptomatic testing or treatment. The center is for Bucknell students only.


Test Results

Employees with positive results will be contacted by a University contact tracer. Employees enrolled in the Aura app can also access their results in that app. Individuals whose results are positive will also be contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for contact tracing. Employees with positive results should contact their health care provider for directions on treatment and care. Human Resources will contact the employee to support them with appropriate workplace assistance, including but not limited to absence management, remote work, reasonable accommodations and eventual return to work. Human Resources will also notify those whose results are negative.

As a reminder, outside of the scheduled testing program, any employee who has symptoms (such as fever, cough or shortness of breath) should stay home, contact their health care provider and notify their supervisor. Sick employees should follow the instructions of their health care provider, including when it is safe to return to work.

FAQs

Faculty and staff are reminded to check their Bucknell email for important University notifications. We will continue to add FAQs to this page as they are available.