All students will be required to take a weekly COVID-19 test until further notice. Testing will be available until May 21. Please plan to schedule your first test in the Aura app once you arrive on campus.
- All students should be tested only once per week.
- The University only accepts test results from Genetworx to fulfill the requirements of the weekly testing program.
Please note that advance appointments are required for testing; walk-ins are no longer accepted.
COVID tests are required and will be offered in staggered, ongoing appointments on weekdays scheduled through the Bucknell App.
Do not get tested more frequently unless directed to do so by Student Health. Additional tests are not medically necessary and do not mitigate the need to follow consistent health and safety practices. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not go to the testing site. Instead, call Student Health at 570-577-1401 to immediately arrange a test.
A follow-up test is not required to confirm a diagnosis. PCR testing detects nucleic acid at a certain level, so when the viral load drops, as we expect over the course of illness, the results may change to "not detected" between one day and the next. For some people this drop takes longer than others, and the detection may also be affected by collection technique. This does not indicate a false positive on the initial test.
Instructions for Scheduling Your Test and Getting Results
- Open the Bucknell App and click the Herd Health icon on your mobile device.
- You will be prompted to install the iOS/Android native Aura app.
- Sign in using the Sign in with Google option, and use your Bucknell email credentials.
- Use the app to schedule your initial test as soon as possible.
- COVID tests will be mid-nasal tests administered and processed by Genetworks, with results expected within 48 hours. Check-in for testing will take place in the lobby of Sojka Pavilion, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are quarantining (see below).
- You will receive results via the app about two days after each test. (If you test positive, you will be contacted by Bucknell Student Health with further instructions.)
- The app will remind you to schedule additional tests in the weeks ahead.
For help, please refer to these frequently asked questions or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If You Are Quarantining After Exposure or Have Symptoms of COVID-19
A separate, outdoor testing site has been set up behind the Graham Building. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are quarantining because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, do not go to Sojka Pavillion. Make an appointment in the Aura app to be tested in the tent behind the Graham Building, using the method described above.
Once your test is scheduled, go to the tent behind the Graham Building to take your test.
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.
Please note that the University will not accept negative test results procured from other sources. If you are you required to enter isolation housing after a positive test result, the University will not retest you unless you are symptomatic, and will not accept test results from other sources as grounds for release from isolation housing.
Students Who Have Been Vaccinated
Students who have been fully vaccinated (both doses for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will no longer be included in on-campus testing beginning two weeks from receiving the final dose.
Send documentation of your Moderna or Pfizer mRNA COVID vaccine to Student Health at email@example.com.
Beginning two weeks after their final dose, 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.
Bucknell has implemented a contact-tracing program to provide timely notification to those who have been in close contact with persons with confirmed cases of COVID-19. You may be contacted by phone by Bucknell's Contact Tracing Team or other health authorities by phone and directed to quarantine. These calls may come from numbers you do not recognize. It is important that you answer calls to your cell phone and follow the instructions contact tracers provide.
Bucknell is coordinating its own contact tracing program in order to avoid straining state resources as well as to stay informed about exposure to illness on campus to be able to make critical decisions for University operations. For a variety of reasons, Bucknell's contact tracing program will not extend beyond our campus community, and we will be unable to contact those who are not University students or employees.