COVID-19 Testing

This page contains information on current testing options and guidance for student, faculty and staff.

Student Testing

Testing is vital in determining COVID-19 infection and mitigating spread. We will continue to use best practices around testing individuals for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Read the announcement below for COVID-19 testing for pre/post-Thanksgiving break based on vaccination status.

COVID-19 Testing for Thanksgiving

Pre-Thanksgiving Testing – up to 72 hours prior to travel

  • For students who are symptomatic or have been exposed, we strongly recommended that you get a COVID-19 test.
  • For students who are unvaccinated or whose vaccinations are in-progress, we recommend that you get a COVID-19 test prior to holiday travel.
  • For students who are fully vaccinated and symptom-free, no action is required.

Post-Thanksgiving Testing - Between 3-5 days after traveling or after you return to campus and before engaging in activities

  • For students who are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19, we strongly recommend you get a test.
  • For all undergraduate students who attend classes on campus who are unvaccinated, or whose vaccination plan is in-progress, COVID-19 testing is required. Failure to comply may impact your enrollment status. Expect additional recommendations within the next few days.
  • For students who are fully vaccinated and symptom-free, no action is needed.

Testing Resources

Health & Counseling Services – Weekdays; 704 E. Sharp. Call 509-313-4052 between 8 AM-4:40 PM to schedule appointments which are available between 1-4 PM.

Gonzaga University COVID-19 tests are reserved for individuals who are symptomatic and/or have been exposed, and for unvaccinated students required to test following Thanksgiving break. If you need a ‘peace of mind’ test before seeing elderly relatives or others at risk, please consider at-home tests or local testing sites highlighted by the Spokane Regional Health District.

SFCC - Drive-up – M/T/R/F; 8:30 AM-6 PM 3410 W. Whistalks Way. Free.

  • Testing services are provided by Discovery Health MD and supported by Spokane Regional Health District and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Tests are available for those with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have been exposed.
  • Location: 3410 W. Whistalks Way, Spokane, WA (look for signs on Whistalks Way)
  • Cost: Testing is free. If you have current health insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to the site or provide your information when scheduling an appointment.
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:30 AM–6 PM
  • Schedule an Appointment: Appointments recommended; drive-ups welcome. Schedule at: https://www.testdirectly.com/patient/order/order_summary
  • Test Information: Lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests available with results in 48 – 72 hours. Test results are delivered through a secure online portal. Individuals who test positive will receive a phone call. Rapid tests are not available at this site. Testing available for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have recently been exposed to COVID-19. Questions: Contact the DOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Click here for more information.

At-home tests – on your own. SRHD lists these resources. Report results to contracttracing@gonzaga.edu. Free COVID-19 Test Kits are available at local libraries.

Additional Information

Starting November 15 through December 4, the GU COVID-19 HOTLINE will be available to answer any questions or concerns regarding testing pre/post-Thanksgiving break; 509-313-7070.

Signs, Symptoms and Exposure (SSE) Testing

  • If you are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Call Health & Counseling Services at (509) 313-4052 for an appointment to be tested.
  • If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19:
  • Individuals who should be tested for current infection of COVID-19 include those who have:
  • The following individuals do NOT need to be tested for current COVID-19 infection:

Spokane Regional Health District/Spokane Falls Community College - Community Testing Site

A drive-up COVID-19 testing site is open to the community at Spokane Falls Community College. This testing site offers free testing and is open to anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Testing services are provided by Discovery Health MD and supported by Spokane Regional Health District and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Location: 
3410 W. Whistalks Way, Spokane, WA 99224
(testing site is visible from Whistalks Way—look for signs)

Cost:
Testing is free. If you have current health insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to the site or provide your information using the appointment scheduling link below.

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Appointments recommended; drive-ups welcome.

Test Information 
Lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests available with results in 48 - 72 hours. Test results are delivered through a secure online portal. Individuals who test positive will receive a phone call. Rapid tests are not available at this site.

Testing available for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have recently been exposed to COVID-19.

Questions?
Contact the DOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Targeted Testing

  • Targeted Testing is performed by Health and Counseling Services in collaboration with SRHD and is the testing of close contacts of a confirmed case (both symptomatic and asymptomatic). Further targeted testing occurs based on the test results of close contacts and other epidemiologic factors surrounding each specific case.

Surveillance Testing

  • Surveillance Testing on campus will persist only for special populations as needed (e.g., student athletes per NCAA guidelines, nursing students per requirements of clinical site or WA DOH). Walk-in testing will no longer be offered on campus.

Testing for Specific Student Populations

  • Athletics will continue testing protocols for student athletes for a number of weeks as competitions continue.
  • Law School testing has concluded for the semester.
  • Gonzaga-in-Florence and other Study Abroad students may require tests prior to departure. Please contact the Center for Global Engagement for information and details.

Faculty and Staff Testing

Faculty and staff seeking testing are asked to contact their health care provider, and quarantine if you are experiencing symptoms.

Report a positive test result to Human Resources at leaves.accommodations@gonzaga.edu as soon as possible.