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Updated Public Health Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions, Fall 2021

FAQs for Fall 2021

Testing for Fall 2021

Who is required to test?

Students, faculty and staff living in on-campus housing who do not meet Boise State’s testing exemption criteria will be required to obtain a PCR COVID-19 saliva test upon returning to campus. Please make plans to test 3-5 days following your arrival on campus. We recommend the COVID Testing Center located on campus for your convenience. As long as you are (and remain) asymptomatic, you may go about your normal campus activities (i.e. moving into the residence hall, attending classes, dining at the University Dining Services, going to the REC Center, etc.) while awaiting your test results. Please observe all health and safety protocols during this time.

What type of COVID testing is offered at Boise State?

The Boise State COVID Testing Center administers a saliva based RT-PCR diagnostic COVID-19 test that will show if you have an active coronavirus infection and need to isolate yourself from others. In order to prevent an inconclusive test result, do NOT eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to testing.

How soon will I receive my test results? Is my information secure?

After testing at the COVID Testing Center, you will receive an email 1-3 business days later letting you know when your test result is ready. Results are accessible from your secure patient portal. Boise State follows all state and federal privacy requirements in maintaining and processing your information.

What is the cost of a COVID test at Boise State?

Testing at the COVID Testing Center is free. If you have health insurance, the COVID Testing Center will bill your insurance, with no co-pays or out-of-pocket charges for your test. If you do not have health insurance, you can still receive the test for free!

Where can I get a COVID test on campus?

Testing is fast and easy at Boise State!

Location and Contact Information
COVID Testing Center
Campus School Building (click for map)
Room 107/109
COVIDtesting@boisestate.edu
(208) 426-1523

Campus School is located between the Brady Street Garage, Interactive Learning Center and the Mathematics Building. To access the testing center, enter using the northeast entrance from the parking lot located between Campus School and the Interactive Learning Center.

Parking
Limited complimentary parking is available in the lot located northeast of Campus School, or in the Brady Street Garage during your appointment. Additional pay-to-park options are available in the Brady Street Garage.

Hours
Regular hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. by appointment only.

Operating days and hours are subject to change.

How do I schedule my COVID Testing Center appointment?

Please visit the COVID Testing Appointment page for detailed instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment.

If I test BEFORE returning to campus, am I required to test again 3-5 days following my arrival to campus?

Yes. Everyone living on campus must test 3-5 days following your arrival to campus— even if you’ve tested recently for travel or other purposes.

If I am part of another group on campus that is required to test in this timeframe (i.e. example Athletics or Club Sports), do I also have to test upon my return to campus?

If you are part of an ongoing testing pool such as Athletics or Club Sports and are regularly testing as part of that pool before arriving on campus, you may not have to test as part of the Residence Hall testing group. Please email publichealth@boisestate.edu if you have questions concerning testing.

What happens if I don’t test 3-5 days following my arrival to campus?

As part of your Housing Agreement with Boise State University and in compliance with Boise State’s Communicable Disease Policy (Policy 9270), you are required to comply with all Boise State COVID testing requirements. At any time, the university may request information or documentation from an individual supporting the reason for a missed test to determine whether administrative or disciplinary action is warranted. Upon request by the university, you are expected to provide honest and accurate information.

Providing false or misleading information to avoid testing requirements may result in restriction on access to or use of university facilities, loss of funding, restrictions on activities and/or suspension or loss of university privileges. The university may also pursue additional disciplinary action in accordance with relevant university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct.

Testing Exemptions

Can I be exempted from required testing?

Yes, there are three possible exemptions from required testing. You must follow the exemption process completely to receive an exemption. Please visit the Testing Exemptions page for a full explanation of exemption criteria and the process to receive the exemption.

You may be exempted from testing if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. You are currently asymptomatic and fully vaccinated with a COVID vaccine (e.g. Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson). You are currently asymptomatic and have tested positive for COVID in the last 3 months prior to your arrival on campus.
  2. You are asymptomatic and test negative for COVID through a third party testing provider. Your test is a PCR test and occurs in the required testing window (3-5 days following your arrival to campus).
  3. You provide the Public Health Office with the negative test result as outlined on the exemptions page.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

You’re considered fully vaccinated when:

  • 2 weeks have passed since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or
  • 2 weeks have passed since you received a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If less than 2 weeks have passed since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series or since you received a single dose vaccine, or if you’ve only received one dose of a 2-dose series and are in between doses, you are NOT fully protected and will not qualify for an exemption from testing or from quarantine if you have a close contact to someone with COVID.

How do I communicate to Boise State that I meet one of the testing exemption criteria?

If you meet one of the exemption criteria, please go to the Testing Exemptions page and follow the instructions.

Isolation and Quarantine for Residential Students, Faculty, and Staff

What happens if a residential student, residential faculty or residential staff member tests positive for COVID?

If you live on campus and test positive for COVID, have had a close contact exposure to someone with COVID, or have symptoms of COVID, the Public Health staff will call you to discuss your situation and assist you with next steps, which may include isolation or quarantine.

If it is determined that you need to isolate, Public Health will involve the following teams as needed to support you:

  • COVID Nursing team
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • The Office of the Dean of Students (if you’re enrolled in classes)
  • Human Resources (if you’re employed on campus)
  • University Dining Services (whether or not you have a meal plan)

Arrangements will be made to move you to the campus isolation hall. Alternatively, you may make arrangements with Boise State Public Health and in connection with private (not public) transportation to isolate off campus.

What’s expected of me when I move to isolation housing on campus?

You will work with the Public Health Contact Tracing Team and COVID Nursing team to move from your residence hall to Jade Hall. Our COVID Nursing team will help you get settled and is available 12 hours a day (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), 7 days a week to assist you with your needs. You will receive a detailed email from Public Health identifying the items you should pack, what amenities are available in the isolation hall, where to park, how to order meals, and the address for delivery of any packages or food during your stay.

Our COVID Nursing Team will reach out to you daily and ask that you provide a daily check in report on how you are doing. Additionally, you will be contacted by the Dean of Students Office to assist you with your academic needs and to provide you with campus resources to help you through your isolation period. To protect yourself and others, you will not be permitted to visit with friends and family in person and should connect virtually or by phone until completing your isolation period. Once you’re in isolation, you may only leave to seek medical attention or to get a breath of fresh air.

If I am in isolation or quarantine how do I get food?

If you are in isolation or quarantine and you have a meal plan through University Dining Services, you will receive a detailed email on how you will be able to continue using your meal plan and have your meals delivered to you. If you do not have a meal plan you will have the option to purchase a limited meal plan or you can have food or groceries delivered directly to you.

Can I test again to get out of isolation early?

Once you test positive for COVID you cannot shorten your isolation period through additional or repeat testing. A positive test result for COVID will require you to complete your entire isolation period.

Vaccination

If I choose to be fully vaccinated prior to arriving on campus what do I need to do?

Great! If you want to be fully vaccinated by the time you arrive on campus, reach out to a local provider in your area as soon as possible and schedule an appointment.

Being fully vaccinated means 2 weeks have passed since receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine series (Moderna or Pfizer), or 2 weeks have passed since receiving a dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

If you choose Moderna or Pfizer you’ll need to start your series by early July in order to receive your second dose on time and be fully vaccinated by August 20.

If I choose to be vaccinated, can I get the vaccine on campus?

The COVID Vaccination Clinic, as a service of the Public Health office, is an enrolled Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider. COVID vaccination services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis depending upon vaccine supply allocated from the State of Idaho and clinic operations.

Location
Boise State Vaccination Clinic
208-426-2969
2100 W University Dr
Campus School Room 106A
Boise, ID 83706

Campus School is located between the Brady Street Garage, Interactive Learning Center and the Mathematics Building. Enter using the northeast entrance, which can be accessed from the parking lot located between Campus School and the Interactive Learning Center.

Parking
Limited complimentary parking, including accessible parking, is available in the parking lot located northeast of Campus School, or in the Brady Street Garage during your appointment. Additional pay-to-park options are available in the Brady Street Garage.

Hours
Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walk-in and scheduled vaccinations are available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Operating days and hours are subject to change.

What happens if I lose my vaccination card?

You can request a replacement COVID-19 vaccination card from Boise State only if you were vaccinated at Boise State University at the Boise State Vaccination Clinic, including our pop-up clinics at the ExtraMile Arena or other authorized location.

If you are in Boise or the surrounding area and would like a replacement COVID-19 vaccine card, please visit our Boise State Vaccination Clinic in person, located at 2100 University Drive, between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Monday through Friday. Bring a valid government issued ID.

If you are unable to visit the clinic in person, we can send you an electronic copy of your vaccination card (we do NOT send CDC issued vaccine cards in the mail).

To receive this electronic copy, email covidvaccine@boisestate.edu and provide the following information:

  • the full name of the person whose record is being requested
  • student or employee ID number
  • mailing address used when registering for the vaccination to be used as identification verification
  • a copy of the following acknowledgement statement: I acknowledge that communications via email over the internet are not secure and that although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information I include in this email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed.

If you are a member of the Boise State community, please use your university email address to contact us.

If you were vaccinated at a location other than Boise State University, please contact that location to inquire as to the process to replace a lost card.

Public Health Resources

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Testing Requirements or General Public Health Questions
Email publichealth@boisestate.edu or call 208-426-2968

Scheduling tests or how to retrieve test results
Email covidtesting@boisestate.edu or call 208-426-1523

How to schedule a vaccination appointment, lost vaccine card or other vaccination related questions
Email covidvaccine@boisestate.edu or call 208-426-2969

Additional FAQs for the campus community at large

What should I do if I develop symptoms but I am fully vaccinated, between vaccine doses, or I received my final dose but it was less than 2 weeks ago?

Regardless of your vaccination status, it is important that you reach out to the Public Health office if you develop COVID-like symptoms. While uncommon, breakthrough COVID infections are possible in those who are fully vaccinated. The Public Health office will work with individuals to review their symptoms, any potential exposures and appropriate next steps.

Remember that in order to be considered fully vaccinated, 2 weeks must pass after you received the final dose of the vaccine in your vaccine series or you received a dose of a single-dose vaccine. Therefore, while you are waiting for your 2 weeks to pass, or if you are between doses in a 2-dose series, be sure to continue taking appropriate precautions such as distancing and masking.

If you develop symptoms, or have an exposure to a COVID positive individual before you’re fully vaccinated, reach out to the Public Health office to discuss your situation and receive direction on next steps. The absence of masking and distancing will mean it is all the more important for the Public Health office to identify potential cases of COVID, in both unvaccinated, fully vaccinated, and partially vaccinated individuals so that steps can be taken to limit spread and achieve a safe and healthy campus environment for all campus community members.

I am fully vaccinated (2 weeks have passed since my final dose in the vaccine series or 2 weeks have passed since one dose of a single-dose vaccine), but I just learned I was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID. What should I do?

Even after you meet the fully vaccinated or fully immune status following your COVID vaccine, learning you might have had an exposure to the virus may be disconcerting. While your risk of contracting COVID is extremely low, it is not impossible. Evaluate yourself (or consult your healthcare provider) for symptoms of COVID, even if you think your symptoms might be related to some other condition.

As long as you remain asymptomatic and your exposure to COVID occurred after you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine. Instead, continue to monitor yourself for symptoms over the 14-day period following your last exposure. If you are symptomatic, reach out to the Public Health office to discuss your situation.

What if my exposure to a COVID positive individual occurred before the 14-days have lapsed between my final dose in the vaccine series, or between my doses in either of the 2-dose series vaccines?

If you have/had an exposure before you reach full vaccination or fully immune status, contact the Public Health office to discuss your situation regardless of whether or not you have symptoms.

I received an exemption from required testing and/or quarantine from the Public Health office, are there any instances this exemption would not be valid for Campus related activities?

Yes, a testing/quarantine exemption is only valid so long as you remain asymptomatic. Please reach out to the Public Health office should you develop symptoms while you have an active exemption to discuss next steps. Previous positive COVID exemptions are only issued for the 3 months following a verified positive COVID case.