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COVID-19 Testing Information for Students

General Information

COVID-19 testing will be free on campus throughout the spring 2021 semester. For spring, Michigan Tech conducted baseline testing in January and will continue surveillance testing for all students. All testing is voluntary. We ask members of the Husky community to join us in this effort to keep our campus healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan Tech's testing is provided by Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL). However, you may also choose to use your own preferred provider and inform Michigan Tech of the test results to be included in the program. Michigan Tech, in partnership with UGL, will provide free asymptomatic testing as capacity allows. Michigan Tech is not able to guarantee that asymptomatic testing other than that offered in partnership with UGL will be free of charge at this time.

Scheduling a Test

All testing will be scheduled via text message. To schedule a test, text Hello to 906-257-9677 and follow the prompts. This scheduling number is new for spring—if you have the old number saved, please update it. Those who do not have access to texting can schedule an appointment by calling UGL at 906-483-1860. 

DO NOT schedule a test if you are symptomatic or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19. In those instances, please call UGL at 906-483-1860 to schedule a test. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to get tested.

Testing Location

From January 22 through the rest of the spring 2021 semester, on-campus surveillance testing will take place in the MUB Alumni Lounge. 

Testing Requirements for International Travel

If you must travel internationally or are considering whether to do so, please review the country-specific COVID-19 information available on the US Department of State website.

If you are traveling to a country that requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test, plan ahead. Daily testing capacity is limited and in demand. Scheduling a test as far in advance as possible will help ensure you can get tested within a timeframe that complies with your country's requirements. To schedule a test, call UGL at 906-483-1860. Tell the staff person scheduling the test that you need the test result for international travel. 

PLEASE NOTE: Test results are typically available within 48–72 hours (not including the weekend), but it may take longer to receive your results. Test results cannot be expedited due to international travel requirements. Testing priority is determined by the presence of symptoms, the presence of underlying health conditions, whether the person getting tested is a health care worker, or whether the person getting tested resides in a congregate living situation.

When you arrive for your scheduled COVID-19 test, remind UGL staff you are getting tested for international travel and ask for a visit summary. The visit summary includes your name, demographic information, test ordered, and the date it was performed, as well as the location of the test and clinic contact information. 

When your COVID-19 test results are available, they will be posted on the UGL Patient Portal. Log in to the portal and print your results. The results will include the type of test administered and the address of the lab that processed your sample. You may also contact UGL at 906-483-1860 and ask them to print a copy of the lab result for you to pick up.

If necessary, you may also request a typed letter from your health care provider that includes the information you will need to travel to your country of destination.

Michigan Tech COVID-19 Testing: Process, Type of Tests, and Costs

How to Participate in Surveillance Testing

At some point during the semester, and likely more than once, you will receive a text message from UGL letting you know you have been selected for COVID-19 surveillance testing. The text will ask you whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you reply Yes, you will be texted with next steps. If you reply No, you will be texted three potential testing times. If none of the proposed times work for you, you will need to call UGL at 906-483-1860 to schedule an appointment.

UGL is currently receiving a high number of calls. While their goal is to return phone calls and schedule appointments as rapidly as possible, wait times for both may fluctuate depending on demand and other factors.

Registering with UGL

You may receive an email from UGL asking you to complete your profile on the UGL Patient Portal. The email looks like this:

Screenshot of the registration email.

A sample email from UGL. The message will be addressed to you, include introduction text, and provide a link to your patient portal along with your username. Information about the features in the portal and how to unsubscribe are also included.

Not sure you’ve received the email? Search your MTU email account for an email titled, “Portal login information from your doctor’s office.” It will be sent from on behalf of Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. 

Completing your patient profile by following the emailed instructions will let you view your test results online. If you are already a web-enabled UGL patient (i.e., you use the Healow app or website to communicate with your doctor or access your medical records), you will not receive an email. If you are a UGL patient who is not web-enabled and has not yet received an email to complete your patient profile, you may call the UGL Clinic at 906-483-1860 to start the process.

If you are experiencing trouble accessing your account, please attempt to reset your password using the password reset tool.

After you’ve completed your registration, you may sign into your account anytime.

Sign the Consent Form

All students who wish to get tested should review and sign the Informed Consent for Disclosure of COVID-19 Patient Health Care Information in the UGL Patient Portal. This will allow the Michigan Tech COVID-19 Testing Lab and UGL to inform the University of the results of your COVID-19 test so Michigan Tech can provide you with the proper information, support, and services.

To make sure you’ve completed the form, log on to the UGL Patient Portal, select Questionnaires from the left menu bar, select MTU Only COVID Questionnaire, and complete and sign the release form.

If you are under the age of 18, a parent will need to sign your consent form as well.

If You Experience COVID-19 Symptoms

Michigan Tech's surveillance testing program is not intended to be used by symptomatic individuals or individuals who have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19—those tests are always available and are covered by insurance.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, please reach out to UGL at 906-483-1860 or your preferred medical provider to discuss your symptoms and arrange for potential testing. If you are have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, an inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, or other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, please call 911 right away. 

If you think you are a close contact, please fill out the Daily Symptom Monitoring Form and respond “Yes” to the question that asks whether you’ve been in close contact with someone you know or suspect to be infected with COVID-19.

About the Test

The COVID-19 test is painless and quick. A soft oropharyngeal swab is briefly applied to the back of your throat by a trained UGL testing staff member. The swab is then placed in a vial and sent to the testing lab on campus. The results will be made available electronically, likely within two to three business days.

Viewing Your COVID-19 Test Results

  • Log on to the UGL Patient Portal.
  • From the dashboard, locate the Latest Results section and click on the COVID-19 MTU lab order to find your result. You may also see the result directly under the lab order.

Lastest Results screen from UGL Patient Portal

Interpreting Your Test Results

After receiving a COVID-19 test through UGL, you will receive one of three results:

  • Completed: The virus was not detected in your pooled test.
  • Not Detected: The virus was not detected in your individual sample. 
  • Detected: The virus was detected in your individual sample. 

Learn more about pooled testing and how to understand your test results.

If You Do Not Know Your Login Information

Account Recovery page on UGL Patient Portal

  • Select "Trouble logging in."
  • Select "Forgot Username", then select "Next."
  • Fill out the demographic information. You will be sent an email to recover your account.