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Arrival COVID-19 Testing

Last Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 3:03 pm

As part of Lehigh’s health and safety plan for the Spring 2022 semester, the university is requiring arrival testing for all students.

All students should get a COVID test within 2 days BEFORE traveling back to campus in case you are positive but asymptomatic. If your pre-arrival test is negative, you will still be required to complete arrival testing. 

Upon arrival, students will receive an InteliSwab COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit as part of the University’s arrival testing program, with distribution as follows: 

Undergraduate Residential Students, Fraternity and Sorority Residents, International Students, Athletes and Early Arrivals 

  • As shared in instructions by Housing Services, all on-campus residential undergraduate students will be provided with an InteliSwab™ COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit to take in their residence halls upon their return.
  • Fraternity and sorority residents will be issued a test to take in their room upon their return to campus.
  • First-year women participating in Panhellenic recruitment should follow instructions provided by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.
  • International students arriving on campus should follow the instructions provided by the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).
  • Early arrivals approved to come to campus before Thursday, Jan. 20 will pick up a test at the Health and Wellness Center.
  • In-season NCAA athletes should follow the testing instructions provided by their team coaches. 

All Other Students

All other undergraduate students living off campus and graduate students living on or off campus who have not recently tested positive must pick up a test kit within 24 hours of arrival on campus at the LUPD station garage, which can be entered from VanBuren Street or the police parking lot. This includes those who have been in the Bethlehem area throughout winter break. You must show your Lehigh ID to receive your test kit. Only Lehigh students are eligible to pick up one test kit for the purpose of arrival testing (kits may not be shared or distributed to non-Lehigh individuals).

Test pickup dates and times are as follows: 

Thursday, Jan. 20, 9am-5pm

Friday, Jan. 21, 9am-5pm

Saturday, Jan. 22, 9am-5pm

Sunday, Jan. 23, 9am-5pm

Monday, Jan. 24, 9am-5pm

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 9am-5pm

Students arriving after Jan. 25 can pick up their test kits inside the LUPD, which is open 24/7. Please enter through the main doors. 

Directions for Taking the Test

When you receive your test, take it immediately using the below instructions. DO NOT take this test if you tested positive for COVID within the last 90 days. If you have not already done so, please upload your positive report to the Health and Wellness Center through the Patient Portal.

  • Administer the first swab by following the instructions included with the test kit. You will receive results within 15 minutes.
    • If the first swab is negative, no further action is needed at this immediate time. You will need to take the second test (swab) in 24-36 hours.
    • If the first swab is positive, take a picture of the result along with a piece of paper with your full name, birth date and the date the test was taken, and upload it to the Student Patient Portal. You must self-isolate and wear a mask in your residence until receiving further isolation instructions (NOTE: This may take up to 24 hours after the result has been uploaded). Please monitor your Lehigh email and secure messages in the portal.**Do not retest using the 2nd swab.** 
  • If the first swab was negative, test using the second swab within 24-36 hours of the first test. You will receive results within 15 minutes.
    • If the second swab is also negative, you are cleared for campus participation. No further action is needed. 
    • If the second swab is positive, take a picture of the result along with a piece of paper with your full name, birth date and the date the test was taken, and upload it to the Student Patient Portal. You must self-isolate and wear a mask in your residence until receiving further isolation instructions. Please monitor your Lehigh email and secure messages in the portal. 

Where To Pick Up Your Test:

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Our goal is to minimize the spread of COVID on campus following the winter break. A rapid test allows us to minimize interactions between COVID-positive students and COVID-negative students during their initial return to campus. With the highly transmissible Omicron variant, identifying individuals with an active infection as soon as possible will allow us to mitigate the spread of the virus and start the spring semester strong. 

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the testing process, test results and reporting procedures. For questions not answered here, email inlutest@lehigh.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Test Details

There are different kinds of tests for diagnosing COVID-19. InteliSwab™ is an antigen test. Antigen tests detect proteins (small parts) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Antigen tests are designed to detect virus levels that reflect active infection. More FAQs About the InteliSwab COVID-19 Rapid Test can be found at: https://inteliswab.com/faq/#about-inteliswab

InteliSwab™ results were compared to highly sensitive molecular FDA Authorized SARS-CoV-2 assays to determine test performance. InteliSwab™ correctly identified 84% of the positive samples with both low levels and high levels of virus. Additionally, InteliSwab™ correctly identified 98% of negative samples. InteliSwab™ is a lateral flow in vitro diagnostic antigen test to detect COVID-19. Antigen tests are designed to detect active infection in individuals.

Our goal is to minimize the spread of COVID on campus following the winter break. A rapid test allows us to minimize interactions between COVID-positive students and COVID-negative students during their initial return to campus. With the highly transmissible Omicron variant, identifying individuals with an active infection as soon as possible will allow us to mitigate the spread of the virus and start the spring semester strong.

Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate per Health and Wellness Center guidance. Lehigh will be following the updated CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine. Follow the instructions provided by the Lehigh Health and Wellness Center and relocation teams. Students who test positive may also elect to isolate at home for the required 5-day period.

No. The first positive will be considered a true positive. This will allow us to quickly provide isolation housing to students. With lab-based testing turnaround times at times exceeding the average of 24-48 hours, waiting for a PCR test result may take as long as the shortened isolation period of five days.

Yes. Lehigh will continue to offer testing as described here: https://coronavirus.lehigh.edu/covid-19-testing-options. This includes diagnostic testing for symptomatic individuals, close contact testing, and targeted surveillance testing. For more Lehigh COVID-related information, visit https://coronavirus.lehigh.edu/.

Depending on your location, some tests may be easier to obtain than others. Either PCR or rapid antigen tests, including at-home tests, are appropriate for this purpose. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to isolate at home and avoid traveling to Bethlehem only to find out they must isolate.

No. You do not need to report negative test results. Report only positive test results by submitting a picture of the result along with a piece of paper with your full name, birth date and the date the test was taken, and upload it to the Patient Portal.

For positive results, yesStudents should upload a copy of the report of their POSITIVE test results on the Health and Wellness Center patient portal. For negative results, no. You do not need to upload your negative test results.