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COVID Testing

COVID-19 testing, Riverfront Hall testing tents, John Kelly photo.

The ability to accurately identify university faculty, staff and students infected with COVID and isolate them, along with tracing close contacts, is critical to limiting the number of COVID cases in the campus community. Below is an outline of local testing options for both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals, as well as guidance on when to quarantine and what the process entails.

Positive test results for both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals will be maintained by University Health Services in accordance with applicable laws. Information regarding positive test results will not be disclosed except where necessary in cooperation with Central District Health’s contact tracing program. Supervisors and faculty members who are informed of positive test results are not permitted to disclose this information.

COVID testing options

The closest physical COVID testing site for the campus community is University Health Services. Patients can call ahead (208) 426-1459 or email healthservices@boisestate.edu to make an appointment. Walk-ins also are accepted. All tests are conducted on the first floor, near the main parking lot entrance to the Norco Building.

University Health Services is only testing symptomatic individuals and those who have been exposed to a known positive COVID case.

There are two types of tests available. The first is a rapid, point of care test which can deliver results in as little as 15 minutes. The number of rapid tests available is limited and depending on the patient’s insurance, there may be out-of-pocket expenses associated with this test. The second test is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test which takes longer to process in the laboratory. In most cases, insurance will cover the full cost of the PCR test.

The PCR tests conducted by University Health Services are collected via a nasopharyngeal swab – a deeper probe which collects the nasal secretions from the back of the nose and throat. PCR tests conducted for screening purposes in Athletics and Housing are collected with a nasal swab.

The rapid testing performed at University Health Services is also collected with a nasal swab.

Sample collection methods at clinics and test sites off-campus will vary. Please consult with the provider if you have questions about how the test sample is collected.

University Health Services

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
University Health Services1529 Belmont Street, Boise Appointments and walk-ins welcome.MTTF: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Weds: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat/Sun: Closed

Saint Alphonsus

Saint Alphonsus offers a range of testing options, from walk-ins to drive-ups. Once patients arrive, they will be assessed for risk of COVID-19. Individuals deemed “high risk” may be tested, including symptomatic individuals, patients with underlying conditions that render them high risk, and patients planning to undergo surgery involving exposure to their breath and/or airway. Appointments are not necessary.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
St. Al's Meridian Health Plaza3025 W. Cherry Lane, MeridianDrive-up testingOpen daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
St. Al's Garrity Urgent Care1150 N. Sister Catherine Way, NampaDrive-up testingOpen daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
St. Al's Fruitland Health Plaza Urgent Care910 NW 16th Street, Ste. #101, FruitlandWalk-in testingMon-Fri: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
St. Al's Medical Building 901 N. Curtis Road, BoiseTesting for patients with scheduled surgeries. Patients should enter at the “S4” entrance.Open daily, 24 hours.

St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s asks that patients who believe they are exhibiting symptoms use this online tool or call a nurse triage at (208) 381-9500 before scheduling an appointment. Individuals who can get tested include those with COVID symptoms, asymptomatic patients who have been discharged from St. Lukes to a high-risk congregate facility, and patients planning to undergo a surgery involving “increased exposure to a patient’s breath and/or airway.”

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine Boise701 E. Parkcenter Blvd., BoiseSchedule an appointment for St. Luke's Boise Family Medicine.Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
St. Luke's Anderson Plaza Draw Station222 N. 2nd St., BoiseSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 381-8829Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s Clinic – Jerome Family Medicine132 5th Ave W., JeromeSchedule an appointment for St. Luke's Jerome Family Medicine.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
St. Luke’s Clinic –Physician Center775 Pole Line Road W. Twin Falls, Magic ValleySchedule an appointment for St. Luke's Physician Center.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Clinic – Ada Medical Associates3399 E. Louise Drive, MeridianReferral required, Schedule an appointment for St. Luke's Ada Medical Associates.Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine Hailey1450 Aviation Drive, Wood RiverReferral required, Schedule an appointment for St. Luke's Meridian Family MedicineMon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine211 Forest St., McCallReferral required, Schedule an appointment for St. Luke's Payette Lakes Family MedicineMon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Primary Health

Primary Health is offering same-day appointments for testing. Symptomatic patients and asymptomatic patients are being tested in separate facilities.

Those who can get tested include: patients with COVID symptoms; patients without symptoms who were in close contact – in the past 14 days – with a person diagnosed with COVID; patients who need a test before returning to work or undergoing a surgical procedure; and patients without symptoms who live or work in nursing homes, jails, residential care facilities, homeless shelters, meat packing plants or grocery stores as well as asymptomatic health care workers, first responders, and mortuary staff.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
Primary Health – Cole and Fairview1475 Cole Road, BoiseSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 809-2880Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Primary Health – Chinden Blvd.5601 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden CitySchedule an appointment by calling (208) 809-2865Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Primary Health – Caldwell Blvd.700 Caldwell Blvd., NampaSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 466-6567Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Primary Health – Nampa Garrity1375 N. Happy Valley Road, NampaTesting for asymptomatic adults, call (208) 809-2869 for appt.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Primary Health – Pediatric Urgent Care3280 E. Lanark Drive, MeridianTesting for children 17 and younger with or without symptoms, call (208) 377-4400 for appt.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Walgreens

Walgreens is offering drive-thru testing for all patients at their Meridian location; Rite Aid has select drive-up locations, offering free testing to patients over 18. Rite Aid patients must first take an online screening before scheduling a testing appointment. The screening will designate a time slot for each patient to arrive for testing.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
Walgreens in Meridian 1570 E Fairview Ave, MeridianTesting for all patients, referral not required. Call: (800) 925-4733 for an appt.Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rite Aid – Eagle Road3250 S. Eagle Road, MeridianSchedule an appointment for Rite Aid Eagle Rd.
Rite Aid – Caldwell2107 Blaine St., CaldwellSchedule an appointment for Rite Aid Caldwell.
Rite Aid – Overland Road5005 West Overland Road, BoiseSchedule an appointment for Rite Aid Overland Rd.
Rite Aid – McCall451 Deinhard Lane, McCallSchedule an appointment for Rite Aid McCall.

Saltzer Health

Saltzer Health temporarily has closed its Ten Mile Crossing location in Meridian pending staff availability and testing supplies, however, the locations below are open for testing to all patients.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
Saltzer Health – South Nampa215 E. Hawaii Ave., NampaSchedule an appointment for Saltzer Health South Nampa.Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saltzer Health – North NampaSaltzer Health – North Nampa9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive, NampaSchedule an appointment for Saltzer Health North Nampa.Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saltzer Health Caldwell512 E. Elm St., CaldwellSchedule an appointment for Saltzer Health Caldwell.Open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

American Family Care

American Family Care in Garden City is offering walk-up or drive-in testing seven days a week.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
American Family Care6965 North Glenwood Street
Garden City, ID 83714
M-F: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat/Sun: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) is providing testing at three of its clinics in the Treasure Valley. FMRI’s testing facility in Nampa has the most capacity for testing. A FMRI testing van also is providing free COVID testing to Idahoans facing homelessness at various shelters in Boise. Shelters with patients showing COVID symptoms should contact FMRI if they would like the mobile testing center to stop by.

Appointments are generally required, however, homeless individuals with COVID symptoms do not need to call before arriving at a mobile testing site at a shelter to get tested.

Other individuals who can get tested include: patients who have been seen by FMRI in the last three years; patients with COVID symptoms who have not been seen by FMRI in the last three years; asymptomatic patients who have not been seen by FMRI in the last three years, if there is capacity.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
Raymond Testing Center777 N. Raymond St., BoiseSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 514-2500.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meridian Schools Clinic925 NW 1st St., MeridianSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 514-2500.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nampa Clinic215 E. Hawaii Ave., NampaSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 514-2500.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Interfaith Sanctuary (for homeless individuals)1620 W River St, BoiseFMRI van open six nights a weekMon-Sat: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Terry Reilly

Terry Reilly has nine testing centers at clinics scattered across the Treasure Valley. Patients of all ages with COVID symptoms are welcome to get tested.

Testing SiteAddressNotesHours of Operation
Nampa 16th location223 16th Avenue North, NampaWalk-ins welcome at this location. Schedule an appt. by calling (208) 467-7654.Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Urgent Care Nampa 1st207 1st Street S., NampaSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 466-7869Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Boise 23rd St300 South 23rd Street, BoiseSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 344-3512Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Boise Latah848 La Cassia Street, BoiseSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 344-0086Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
Caldwell2005 Arlington Avenue, CaldwellSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 459-1025Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Homedale108 E. Idaho Avenue, HomedaleSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 337-3189Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-6 p.m.
Marsing201 Main Street, MarsingSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 896-4159M-W,F: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-6 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m-2 p.m., 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Melba150 2nd Street, MelbaSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 495-1011Tues-Fri: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-6 p.m.
Middleton201 S Paradise Ave, MiddletonSchedule an appointment by calling (208) 585-0048M-W, F: 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
Thurs: 9 a.m-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

COVID testing of asymptomatic individuals

Boise State has partnered with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Saint Al’s) to provide COVID testing for members of the university community. These tests will be administered at a Saint Al’s testing site or at University Health Services.

Due to the sharp increase in local COVID infections, our local healthcare system’s capacity for testing is significantly strained. Only individuals who have been in close contact (within six feet, facial covering or not, for more than 15 minutes) with an individual with COVID (diagnosed or confirmed), those with symptoms, or those who have been instructed by the university to be tested for COVID will be tested for purposes of returning to work.

If asymptomatic testing can be resumed, it is the university’s intention that the following groups would be required to test negative for COVID as indicated below:

  • Student athletes, before returning to campus for training or practice
  • Residential students, before checking into Housing for fall semester
  • Employees who have been working remotely since the governor’s stay-home order was issued before returning to campus-based work
  • Employees who, due to the nature of their work, have remained on campus during the stay-home order due to their designation as “essential” under the order, before July 6
  • Other groups deemed to be in high risk categories may also be required to undergo COVID testing based on guidance from university public health and medical advisors.

All groups undergoing COVID testing will be given specific instructions regarding the time and location of their test. Test results will be provided to the individual being tested, to University Health Services and the university’s public health officer. The test results will be secured by University Health Services in the same manner as all medical records.

Students and employees in the groups above who cannot obtain COVID testing from Saint Al’s or University Health Services will be given instructions regarding accepted testing types, the allowable window of time for testing before their return/arrival on campus, and instructions for submitting test results to University Health Services. This information will be shared once available.

The university will work to assist underinsured individuals and those in the groups above whose insurance does not cover the cost of COVID testing. These individuals should seek testing from University Health Services.

The university’s public health officer will work with University Health Services, Saint Al’s and Central District Health to ensure that individuals who test positive receive instructions on self-isolating and that contact tracing begins immediately. University Health Services or the public health officer will also assist the test-positive employee in notifying the employee’s supervisor of their absence from work. The public health officer or University Health Services will also assist positive-test students with contacting their faculty members in order to excuse them from class.

COVID testing of symptomatic individuals

Members of the campus community who are symptomatic and/or are tested by a non-University Health Services provider should notify the university’s Public Health office at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968. The Public Health office will assist the student or employee with next steps, including contacting as needed their supervisor, faculty members, and on-campus housing.

Antibody testing

At this time, the university will not require large scale antibody testing (serological testing) in managing the phased reopening of the university as it does not determine active viral infections of COVID. 

Such testing will be useful in research and to establish baseline population data in Idaho and perhaps in a representative sample of university students, faculty and staff who have been exposed to and developed antibodies in response to COVID. As this testing evolves, it will be reviewed and assessed for possible broader implementation.