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Frequently Asked Questions

Summer 2022

Facial Covering Requirements

Am I required to wear a facial covering?

Facial coverings will be optional in all university owned or controlled spaces, including instructional spaces (classrooms, studios, teaching labs and other spaces where instruction takes place) and research labs subject to the following exceptions:

      • Facial coverings are still required in University Health and Counseling Services as well as in the COVID Testing Center, COVID Vaccination Clinic, Lab and isolation hall.
      • Anyone who has been exposed or tests positive for COVID-19 must continue to wear a facial covering when recommended by CDC guidelines.

Individuals who do not comply with this requirement will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with University Policy 9270.

Members of the campus community who are immunocompromised and may need an ADA accommodation should complete a request for accommodations and a medical release authorization; students seeking accommodations should contact publichealth@boisestate.edu to initiate the accommodations process.

Visitors to any Boise State location are expected to adhere to established, posted guidelines.

If you feel more comfortable wearing a facial covering in campus spaces where it is not required, please continue to wear one. Free KN95 and medical masks for the Boise State campus community are available for pick-up outside of the COVID Vaccination Clinic in Campus School, in Human Resources, and at the Information Desk in the Student Union Building.  

We expect all members of our campus community to be respectful of others’ choices. If you witness or experience facial covering-related discrimination, or discrimination of any kind, please report the incident to Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

If I choose to continue to wear a facial covering, what type of facial covering is most effective?

Some are better than others. Details can be found on the facial covering section of our Stay Healthy page.  

Campus COVID-19 Testing

Where can I get a COVID-19 test on campus?

Testing is fast and easy at Boise State!  Details can be found on our COVID Testing Center page.

What types of COVID-19 testing is offered at Boise State?

The Boise State COVID Testing Center offers both PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Details can be found on our COVID Testing Center page.

How do I schedule my COVID-19 Testing Center appointment?

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

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. For urgent testing needs, testing before noon is recommended for fastest results. 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-19 test at Boise State?

Boise State offers COVID-19 testing services to the university community free of charge. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card with you to your appointment. You will not be billed for uncovered charges.

Testing services are also available to non-Boise State community members. For more billing information, please visit our Testing Service and Charges page.

Isolation

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Contact Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu or 208-426-2968. A Public Health team member will call you to discuss your situation and assist you with next steps, which may include isolation. Details can be found on our Isolation and Quarantine page.

What happens if I live on campus and test positive for COVID-19?

Contact Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu or 208-426-2968. A Public Health team member will call you to discuss your situation and assist you with next steps, which may include isolation. Details can be found on our Isolation and Quarantine page.

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

You will work with the Public Health Team and COVID Nursing team to move from your residence hall to campus isolation housing. Details on the process can be found on our Isolation Housing page.

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

For the summer session you can have food or groceries delivered directly to you.  Contact COVID Nursing for more information at covidnursing@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-5030.

I tested positive and then tested negative for COVID-19. Do I still have to isolate myself?

Once you test positive for COVID-19 you cannot shorten your isolation period through additional or repeat testing. A positive test result for COVID-19 will require you to complete your entire isolation period.

Symptomatic

What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please begin isolating and notify the Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu or 208-426-2968 immediately. A Public Health team member will reach out to you by phone or email to determine next steps and share guidance. Boise State follows CDC guidance, and you may be required to test for COVID-19 and isolate before returning to campus.

What should I do if I develop symptoms but I am boosted, 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 Boise State Public Health if you develop COVID-like symptoms. Breakthrough COVID-19 infections are possible even in those who are boosted and/or fully vaccinated. Boise State Public Health will work with individuals to review their symptoms, any potential exposures and appropriate next steps.

The absence of facial coverings and distancing will mean it is all the more important for Boise State Public Health to identify potential cases of COVID-19, in unvaccinated, boosted, 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.

Quarantine

What happens if I think I’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Contact Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu or 208-426-2968. A Public Health team member will call you to discuss your situation and assist you with next steps, which may include quarantine. Details can be found on our Isolation and Quarantine page.

Vaccination

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

Yes, details can be found on our Boise State Vaccination Clinic page. 

Does Boise State Public Health recommend that I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

You alone make the decision about whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider and review vaccine safety resources provided on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website.

Boise State supports the CDC’s acknowledgement that a COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us all stop the pandemic. Given the social, mental, and economic impact of COVID-19, the large number of associated hospitalizations and deaths, and the high number of remaining long-term health issues following disease recovery; we believe that the individual and societal benefits of vaccination outweigh the associated side effects.

I’m fully vaccinated. Should I get a COVID-19 booster shot?

CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 and older receives a COVID-19 booster vaccine at least 5 months after they have completed their primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech (5 and older) or Moderna (18 and older) or two months after a Janssen’s Johnson & Johnson (18 and older) dose. Details about booster doses and their availability can be found on our Boise State Vaccination Clinic page.

What happens if I lose my vaccination card?

Information about how to request a replacement COVID-19 vaccination card can be found on our Boise State Vaccination Clinic page. 

Additional FAQs for the campus community at large

Are students, faculty, or staff restricted from traveling?

Updated travel information and guidance can be found on our Travel page.

Is there information specific to International Students?

Yes, please see our Information for International Students page to learn more.

Where can I find Public Health information data for Boise State University?

The University offers Public Health data via the Boise State Dashboard. The Dashboard provides a variety of national, state and local data and is updated every Friday morning. 

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