Updated November 6, 2020
These instructions are for faculty and staff who have daily or near daily interactions with students who live in residential colleges or graduate dorms. You will have a received an email notifying you of these requirements if you fall into this category.
You will be required to have testing weekly as outlined below. All Hospitality and Facilities high contact staff must be tested twice weekly, effective November 9.
Essential Steps to Take for a Successful Testing Process
- Activate your MyChart account.
- MyChart is the patient portal for our electronic health record, EPIC. An active MyChart account is REQUIRED for scheduling testing, receiving results, receiving reminders and canceling tests if needed. Yale Health has been sending information to students for MyChart enrollment; if you have not enrolled please do so now.
- Download the MyChart smart phone app.
General Testing Information
- The testing process involves a self-administered swab in the front of the nose in a specially designed testing booth. The testing process takes less than 5 minutes. Watch an instruction video.
- All testing appointments are self-scheduled.
- All staff are assigned to a testing location.
- If you work in a residential college you will test at the associated test site.
- Those not affiliated with a residential college will test at Dwight Hall on Old Campus.
- Athletics staff will test at the Lanman Center.
- All staff will be tested on Wednesdays. If you do not work on Wednesdays, please inform your supervisor. Athletics staff will be assigned to a day of the week.
How to Schedule a Test
- Go to covidtesting.yale.edu. Bookmark it for easy access.
- Enter your CAS login.
- Click on the scheduling link. It will take you automatically to your assigned testing location.
- Select your assigned testing day based on your assigned schedule.
- Select a time on your assigned scheduling day.
- Confirm your appointment.
- To schedule another appointment, go back to covidtesting.yale.edu and repeat.
- On arrival at the test site, open the mychart app and select “view details of your upcoming appointment” to bring up a bar code (sample below) which is scanned to check you in.
- Results will be delivered to students through the MyChart app. For instructions on how to download the app, see “Essential Steps to Take for a Successful Test” on this page.
- 4 different results are possible
- Negative results: Indicate no evidence of Infection at the time of the test. You may have a very low level of virus in your system so this does not rule out that you may become positive on a subsequent test.
- Positive results: Indicate that there was evidence of viral infection at the time the sample was taken. What to expect in the event of a positive test:
- You will isolate in your room.
- Yale Health staff will call you to discuss next steps in detail.
- Your Dean will be notified.
- You will receive a call from the Yale Contact Tracing Team.
- Invalid: the lab uses human DNA as a control to make sure the sample is adequate. If there is no human DNA in the sample it is labeled as invalid and not processed. In most cases this indicates a need to be more firm in how you are swabbing the sides of your nose.
- TNP: this result means Test Not Processed. This can happen for a number of reasons but one of the most common reasons is too much mucous in the sample which most often happens when someone doesn’t blow their nose.
- If you are in the recurrent testing program we will NOT repeat invalid and TNP samples. Instead you should just attend your next screening test as scheduled.
- If you receive an invalid or TNP result and your test was individually scheduled test outside of a regular testing schedule, you should plan to schedule another test.
- Schedule in advance! (Walk up testing is possible if space is available but you’ll need to schedule in real time.
- Schedule all of your testing appointments on your assigned testing days. Do not select days other than your assigned days of the week.
- While you can’t schedule recurring appointments, you can schedule as many individual appointments as you want in advance (up to one month).