Students and employees with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed are encouraged to call Student Health Services, 254-968-9271, to make an appointment at a Tarleton primary testing center —Traditions Hall North at 600 Rome St. in Stephenville or at the Fort Worth Campus at 10850 Texan Rider Drive. Employees will need to see their primary care physician for any medical care beyond testing.
The initial COVID-19 health screen includes a temperature check, then a trained observer will guide you through the process.
Students or employees who are not experiencing symptoms or have not knowingly been exposed but still want to be tested may be directed to the secondary testing center at 201 N. Saint Felix St. in Stephenville. COVID-19 testing for these individuals also will be planned throughout the semester. Email Walter Bridges, Emergency Management and Special Project Coordinator, for more information.
Employees who have health insurance and seek individualized care based on personal health concerns should contact their primary healthcare provider.
Types of Coronavirus Tests
|Molecular Test (Tarleton’s Test)||Antigen Test||Antibody Test|
|Also known as…||Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP test.||Rapid diagnostic test (Some molecular tests are also rapid tests.)||Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test.|
|How the sample is taken…||Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests).||Nasal or throat swab.||Finger stick or blood draw.|
|How long it takes to get results…||Same day (some locations) or up to a week.||One hour or less.||Same day (many locations) or 1-3 days.|
|Is another test needed…||This test is typically highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated.||Positive results are usually highly accurate, but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test. If you are symptomatic a negative PCR test is needed prior to returning to campus.This test can be scheduled at Tarleton’s Student Health Center by calling x9271.||Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.|
|What it shows…||Diagnoses active coronavirus infection.||Diagnoses active coronavirus infection.||Shows if you’ve been infected by coronavirus in the past.|
|What it can’t do…||Show if you ever had COVID-19 or were infected with the coronavirus in the past.||Definitively rule out active coronavirus infection. Antigen tests are more likely to miss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular tests. Your healthcare provider may order a molecular test if your antigen test shows a negative result but you have COVID-19 symptoms.||Diagnose active coronavirus infection at the time of the test or show that you do not have COVID-19.|
Individuals should consider a molecular (aka RNA or PCR) test over the rapid Antigen Test. The PCR test is offered at several locations at Tarleton and is more accurate, whereas the current Antigen Rapid Test can provide a false negative. If you have COVID symptoms but test negative using a Rapid Test, your doctor may order a PCR test just to rule out a false negative.
If you are symptomatic and test negative with a Rapid Test, we will ask that you either:
- complete a 10 day isolation period in line with CDC guidance for positive cases, or
- test negative with a PCR test before you will be allowed to return to campus activities