Day: August 27, 2020

COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing Information for Employees

by MTU Flex Task Force

Beginning Monday, August 31, temporary and regular employees who work 20 or more hours per week may receive up to two free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests on campus during the fall semester. Testing will take place in the MUB Alumni Lounge. To schedule a test, please visit the COVID-19 Testing Information for Employees web page. There are a limited number of appointment slots available each weekday. Union and non-union regular employees will receive release time of up to 30 minutes for a scheduled test.  

Please be aware that, prior to or after scheduling your test, you may receive an email from Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL), asking you to complete your UGL Patient Portal profile. More information about this process can be found on the COVID-19 Testing Information for Employees web page.

The test is painless and quick. The test sample is collected via a soft oropharyngeal swab, which is briefly applied to the back of your throat by a trained UGL testing staff member. The swab is then placed in a vial and sent to the testing lab on campus. The results will be made available electronically in your UGL Patient Portal, likely within two to three business days.

Employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week whose work puts them in regular, direct contact with the public or students should contact Human Resources if they are interested in being tested. Employee asymptomatic testing does not extend to student-employees, who will be part of the University’s ongoing student surveillance testing program.

The asymptomatic testing program should not be used by symptomatic individuals or individuals who have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19—those tests are always available and are covered by insurance. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or believe you may have been exposed, call the UGL Clinic at 906-483-1860 and tell them about your symptoms before scheduling a test. You can also call your preferred health care provider, UP Health System Portage (906-483-1000), or Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (906-337-6500).