Penn State expands COVID-19 testing capacity for select University Park students

September 01, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has opened a new COVID-19 testing site for students identified via its contact tracing program as being at potential risk of infection and students who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 recently. 

The HUB Parking Deck testing site will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 7. Students arriving for testing should enter via the lower-level entrance on Shortlidge Road. No appointment is required, and students should receive their test results within 48 hours.

Penn State students, faculty and staff selected for surveillance testing have personal appointments at other locations and should not go to the HUB Parking Deck.

Students are reminded of the following protocols for testing at any campus location, including the new HUB Parking Deck site:

  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes before taking the test. However, hydrate at least 30 minutes before the test.
  • Bring your smartphone and Penn State ID card.
  • Use your Penn State email address and local residential address when you register.
  • Follow all Vault Health staff instructions and proceed to testing when prompted.

To support the health and well-being of the University community, Penn State has implemented a contact tracing program in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Health as part of a layered tracing and testing approach across all campuses.

Any student who is a close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days beginning with the last date of exposure to that person.

Students who test negative should continue to quarantine for 14 days from their last date of exposure.

For students who test positive, University Health Services and Penn State’s contact tracing program will be in touch by email or phone as soon as possible to guide them through next steps. Students who test positive ​outside of a University testing process should call Contact Tracing and Student Support Services at (814) 863-8800.

Last Updated September 01, 2020