COVID-19 testing program off to a smooth start

The Texas Woman’s University COVID-19 Proactive Testing Program kicked off this week, with almost 300 employees and students being tested on the first day.

“Things have started smoothly, but hopefully the numbers will increase as the week continues,” said Matt Moustakas, executive director of Risk Management. “Based on the number of faculty, staff, and students who have turned in proof of vaccinations at this point, there are a lot of individuals who still need to be tested.”

GeneIQ, the third-party company under contract to do the testing, reported the total number tested the first day, Monday, Sept. 13:

  • Denton: 266
  • Dallas: 19
  • Houston: 9

The Houston numbers may have been impacted by the threat of Tropical Storm Nicholas. The closure of the Houston campus on Tuesday also will affect the total for the week.

Information about the new program was provided in a town hall, which is available for viewing on TWU’s YouTube Channel. Now that the program is underway, here’s what you can expect:

  • Visit twu.mycovidappointment.com to schedule a day and time for testing. Click on “View Testing Locations” and select the testing center on the TWU Dallas, Denton, or Houston campus
  • Choose a date and time for testing
  • Complete the Personal Details section
  • Confirm your appointment. You will receive a text with an authentication code. Take this code to the testing center at the date and time of your appointment
  • Follow the signage to the testing location on campus and check in at the registration desk
  • You will be directed to get in line to wait for an open testing site. Please observe social distancing
  • At the testing site, you will be instructed to blow your nose with tissue provided. You then will be given a swab and instructed to rotate the swab in each nostril four times
  • Results of your test will be texted to you within 15 to 30 minutes

All faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses are required to receive a rapid antigen test weekly, unless they fall within one of these categories:

  • Employees who fully telecommute
  • Faculty, staff and students who submit proof of being fully vaccinated* (Employees should upload their proof using this vaccine record submission form)
  • Faculty, staff and students with a positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days that has been reported via the COVID-19 form
  • Non-residential students exclusively enrolled in 100% online courses or who don’t come to TWU’s campuses (such as student teachers)
  • Dual credit students who do not come to the TWU campus

*Employees who were vaccinated on campus still need to upload their vaccination form into the system.

Faculty and staff who are not exempt from testing and do not comply with the weekly requirement will be contacted by their supervisors for disciplinary action. Visit the Proactive Testing Program webpage for more information.

The tests are provided at no cost to TWU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status. While testing is required for those who have not met one of the testing requirement exemptions, all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this testing program.