Testing and contact tracing

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Spring semester pre-arrival test

All Bucknell students, including those who are vaccinated, must take a COVID-19 test three days or 72 hours before arriving on campus in order to begin classes. Test kits will be shipped from Bucknell’s testing partner to each student’s permanent home address * registered with the University during the week of January 10. There is no cost for testing or shipping.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not take a pre-arrival test. Make sure you have submitted documentation of your positive test results to medicalrecords@bucknell.edu.

Students who do not meet the pre-arrival test requirements will be unsubscribed from their spring courses.

* Test kits will not be shipped internationally. If you are outside the United States, follow the instructions in the next section for students living at a different address.

To take the test:

  • Make sure you’ve downloaded the Aura app, which is required to receive test results (to access Aura, go to the Bucknell app, choose the student character, and go to Health & Wellness> Herd health)
  • Read all instructions and activate your test kit
  • Take the test three days or 72 hours before your scheduled arrival
  • On the same day, attach the provided prepaid return label and ship the kit. You can either call FedEx to schedule a pickup or place the package in a FedEx drop box.
  • If your test date falls on the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday before your scheduled arrival, take your test on Friday and return it by noon on Friday.
  • The result of your test will be automatically reported to Student Health.
  • Do not come to campus if you have a positive test result – immediately contact Student Health at 570-577-1401 for further instructions.

If you are at a different address or if you do not receive a test kit

If you are not currently at the address we have on file, if you are located outside of the United States, or if you do not receive your test kit, you can take a COVID-19 PCR test by yourself. – even or a test when you arrive on campus.

  • If you are testing yourself at home, take the test three days or 72 hours before you arrive on campus and promptly submit the results to medicalrecords@bucknell.edu.
  • Do not come to campus if you have a positive test result – immediately contact Student Health at 570-577-1401 for further instructions.
  • If you need to take a test when you arrive on campus, use the Aura app to schedule your appointment as soon as possible after your arrival.

Other circumstances

Follow the instructions below if any of the following apply to you.

Students who have an approved medical or religious exemption from Bucknell’s vaccination requirement Take the pre-arrival test which is sent to you 72 hours before arrival (rather than the five days given to you in November)
Students already on campus Schedule a test in the Aura app. Tests are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Graham Building. Students currently on campus must take the test by January 12.
Students allowed to arrive early on campus who have not received their test kit 72 hours prior to arrival Plan to test on your arrival. Tests are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6.30am to 3.45pm in the Graham Building and can be scheduled in the Aura app.
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days You should not take a test before arrival. Make sure you have submitted documentation of your positive test results to medicalrecords@bucknell.edu.

Campus test

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6.30 a.m. to 3.45 p.m.

Sequential testing is required for all students who have received a medical or religious exemption or who are in the process of immunization but not yet fully immunized (full immunization begins two weeks after the last dose of vaccine).

Fully immunized students are not required to participate in sequential COVID-19 testing. If desired, fully immunized students can schedule up to one COVID-19 test per week at no cost. Appointments are mandatory and must be scheduled in the Aura app.

Fall tests will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Graham Building. Students should use the Aura app to register for appointments and bring their phone and Bucknell ID with them to the testing site.

Download the Aura app through the Bucknell app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Go to the Health & Wellness section of the app and look for the Herd Health icon. When you click on the Herd Health icon, you will be prompted to download the Aura app.

Instructions for planning your test and getting results

  1. Open the Bucknell app and click on the Herd Health icon on your mobile device.
  2. You will be prompted to install the native iOS / Android Aura app.
  3. Sign in using the Sign in with Google option and use your Bucknell email credentials.
  4. Use the app to schedule your initial test as soon as possible.

For assistance, please refer to these frequently asked questions or contact techdesk@bucknell.edu.


Sequential tests during the winter holidays

The tests will be available on the following dates and times during the winter vacation period for students who have been granted permission to stay in campus accommodation during the vacation. Students who are not staying in campus accommodation should not go to the exam site during breaks.

  • December 20, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no test available for the rest of the week)
  • December 27, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no test available for the rest of the week)
  • On January 3, the schedule for regular sequential testing (MW) resumes
  • January 13 and 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • January 15 and 16, 9 am-4pm

  • January 20 and 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Tests by other suppliers

If you take a COVID test with an off-campus provider (such as CVS or Evangelical Community Hospital) and receive a positive result, immediately call Bucknell Student Health at 570-577-1401. Protocols differ depending on the type of test that gave the positive result.

PCR tests: If you take an external PCR test and it returns a positive result for COVID-19, you will be transferred to isolation accommodation for at least five days from the date of your positive PCR test and released on the sixth day if your symptoms have disappeared or improved. The University will not retest a student who receives a positive PCR result. The student is considered positive for COVID-19.

Antigen tests: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and receive a positive test result on an external antigen test, contact Student Health immediately to be put in contact with a health care provider. You will be transferred to isolation accommodation and tested for COVID-19 by Student Health with a PCR test. If the PCR test result is negative, you will be released from the isolation housing. If the PCR test result is positive, you will stay in isolation accommodation for five days from the date of your positive antigen test with a release on the sixth day if you no longer have a fever and your symptoms are disappear.

The University will not accept negative test results obtained from other sources for the release of isolation accommodations or sequential testing requirements.


Contacts search

Bucknell coordinated his own contact tracing program to educate members of the campus community (students and employees) who have been in close contact with people with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and to monitor exposure to COVID -19 on campus. This applies to those who have not submitted complete vaccination documentation to Bucknell Student Health.

If you’ve been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a member of the contact tracing team can call you and give you instructions. This call may come from a number that you do not recognize. It is important that you answer calls on your phone and comply with the instructions provided by the contact tracers. Depending on your exposure and vaccination status, you may be asked to:

  • Quarantine in isolation accommodation for 10 days with release on day 11. Quarantine can be shortened with a negative test performed by the University.
  • No quarantine, but monitor your health with Daily Symptom Tracker in the Aura app and, if you experience symptoms, isolate yourself and alert Bucknell Student Health

Students who have been fully vaccinated and who have been identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 themselves, will not be required to self-report. quarantine. The contact tracer will verify your documentation with Student Health.

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