Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What if I have symptoms and decline to have a PCR test done?
If you have symptoms and do not get tested, you will not know for sure whether you have COVID-19 and could spread this infection to others on campus.
In addition, if you are infected now, you might test positive for up to three months. If you test positive at a later date, such as before you travel, it may cause difficulties for you.
Can I trust a negative result early in the course of my symptoms?
When infected with the SARS-CoV-2 variants BA-4 and BA-5, it may take 3–5 days for an individual to develop a positive test. Students whose symptoms seem consistent with COVID-19 but are testing negative with a home test should continue their self-isolation and make an appointment with a medical provider at the Decker Student Health Services Center via the student patient portal.
Why is it that only students with symptoms may get tested for COVID-19 at DSHSC?
DSHSC runs a diagnostic service for students. Diagnostic testing is only done on people who have symptoms or who have been directly exposed to COVID-19. The accuracy of diagnostic COVID-19 test results depends on the pre-test probability of the person being tested actually having COVID-19. This, in turn, depends on whether symptoms are present. DSHSC wants to have the most accurate results possible for students.
Can I get a hard copy of my test results after receiving a PCR test at DSHSC?
You may request a hard copy of your test results by sending a secure message to the provider "OnlineNurs" in the student patient portal. You will receive a copy of your lab result by return secure message within 5–7 days.
Do I need to upload my positive test results if the positive test was administered
No. Students do NOT need to upload proof of a positive COVID test to the Decker student health portal if the test was administered at Decker Student Health Services Center.
What tests are used at DSHSC?
Testing will be done using a Lucira Rapid PCR test.
Reporting positive results received from a home test or an off-campus provider
What do I do if I have a positive home test for COVID-19 or test positive on a test
administered off campus?
If you have a positive home COVID-19 test while you are in Binghamton, regardless of whether you live on or off campus, follow the steps on the home test webpage.
Residential students who test positive on a test administered by a provider off campus must report their test to the University. Follow the same instructions as reporting a home test.