Blog Highlights | October 11 - 22, 2021
The "Living in the Era of COVID Newsletter" has been reimagined for Fall 2021. To be timely and efficient we have developed this ZagOn COVID-19 Blog with updates and information that has changed since the Student Back to Campus Guides were published in August 2021. Here you'll find key and current information. Consider this your one-stop for the latest 'news you can use' when it comes to COVID-19 at Gonzaga University.
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).
3410 W. Whistalks Way, Spokane, WA 99224
(testing site is visible from Whistalks Way—look for signs)
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.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Appointments recommended; drive-ups welcome.
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.
Contact the DOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics at Health & Counseling Services for Gonzaga students
Health & Counseling Services Building (HCS)
704 E. Sharp Ave. (corner of Sharp Ave. and Dakota St.)
Flu shots $15
Payment : Bull dog bucks, credit card, and check accepted
- 10/15 - 1pm - 4pm
- 10/19 - 1pm - 4pm
- 10/21 - 1pm - 4pm
- 10/26 - 1pm - 4pm
- 10/28 - 1pm - 4pm
- 11/4 - 1pm - 4pm
What to do if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
Those who have symptoms or were potentially exposed should stay away from others (e.g., quarantine) pending their own test results and follow the advice of their healthcare provider.
Students are to report exposure via the COVID Hotline at (509) 313-7070. Employees are to report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Current CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings as required by the Governor.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
- Call into the COVID-19 hotline at (509) 313-7070 ext. 1 to report your positive test and begin the contact tracing process.
- On campus students will be moved into the isolation hall, and immediately connected to dining and care resources.
- Notify your professors that you will be absent from class and discuss options for accommodations.
- Follow the health and safety instructions provided by your contact tracer.
- Access the Student Isolation Guide (myGU) for more resources and support.
- Stay home, except to get medical care, and notify HR by emailing email@example.com. In your email include:
- What day you experienced your first symptom
- When was your last day on campus? Did you have any close contacts on campus?
- When did you test?
- Notify your supervisor that you will not be coming to campus, you do not need to tell them you are COVID positive.
- Follow the health and safety instructions provided by your health care provider.
- A contact tracer from Spokane Regional Health District will contact you to discuss high-risk exposures involving other Gonzaga community members and to identify any close contacts on campus who need to be quarantined.
- Make arrangements to work virtually (if possible and/or approved by your supervisor) if you feel well enough, or if you are unable to work while you are sick, enter sick leave on your timesheet.
Individuals who test positive can return back to campus when
- It has been at least 10 days after symptoms appeared; and
- At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)
Complete this anonymous survey discussing COVID-19 related topics and be entered to win some cool prizes!
OHP has worked with students in a PSYC 206 class to create a survey that investigates how each person's holistic well-being continues to be affected by COVID-19. With this information, GU hopes to better support you and the community at large. Upon completion of the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for some cool prizes! Click the following link to respond: Take the Survey