COVID Testing

Sindecuse Health Center serves the students, employees and retirees of Western Michigan University as well as their dependents. Some other groups are also eligible. We provide COVID-testing only to those eligible to use our services. Please review our eligibility page for more detailed information.

WMU will cover the cost of some COVID-19 tests administered to students and employees at Sindecuse Health Center. See No-cost Testing for Students, Employees.

Testing is recommended but not mandated. WMU recommends testing as a way to maintain a healthy campus community and to provide prompt notification of cases needing attention. The CDC recommends testing for those living in communal settings (like residence halls or apartments), or those who have frequent contact with the public. WMU is removing a barrier to testing by making rapid-result testing widely accessible.

 

The test we offer

The health center offers rapid-result COVID-19 antigen testing. We provide results within hours for patients with or without symptoms. The antigen test tells whether you have been infected with the Sars-COV2 virus by detecting virus activity with a nasal-swabbed sample. Results are posted in the patient portal or given by phone if positive.

Getting tested

If you have active symptoms or exposure to a positive case, OR If you have previously tested and became symptomatic again

  • Visit the patient portal or call to set up a telehealth appointment with provider.
  • These visits are covered by insurances, and cost $90 out-of-pocket. As long as WMU's no-cost testing offer is in place, there will be no  out-of-pocket charge to eligible patients.

If you do not have symptoms

  • Visit the patient portal or call to set up with a nursing appointment to discuss antigen testing in-person.
  • Insurance may not cover testing that is not medically necessary. The out-of-pocket cost of antigen testing is $50 and the nursing visit costs $35. We will bill medical insurance first if it is provided; any remaining balance after insurance is the patient's responsibility.  Participating insurances are listed here.

after a result is known

All recommendations are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The COVID-19 situation is fluid in nature and these recommendations may change at a time. Current guidelines are:

If a symptomatic patient tests positive, they must isolate until:

  • At least 1 day (24 hours) have passed since recovery—defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

If a symptomatic patient tests positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, they still should take preventive measures to protect themselves and others.

If an asymptomatic patient tests positive, they must isolate until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

If a patient tests negative for COVID-19 by a viral (antigen) test, they probably were not infected at the time the sample was collected. However, that does not mean they will not get sick. The test result only means that they did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. We work with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department on contact tracing and reporting.

Things to consider

  • As with any medical test, there is the potential for false positive or false negative test results.
  • A positive antigen test result means that a person must self-isolate in an effort to avoid infecting others.
  • A positive test may result in extended quarantine or isolation and additional tests, with additional costs.
  • Testing and learning results by itself does not replace treatment by a medical provider.
  • You will be asked to sign an informed consent acknowledgement.