Message to the campus community (Jan 12)

COVID Testing

As we start the 2021 spring semester, there are two different types of COVID testing to be aware of for students, faculty, and staff. 

The first is a rapid test from Abbott called BinaxNOW that uses a nasal swab to collect a specimen. The second is a saliva-based test from Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL) for individuals without symptoms.

Rapid Testing at Burton Creek (Symptomatic and Asymptomatic)

Some of you may remember that rapid testing became available during the 2020 fall semester for individuals who were exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals would go to Burton Creek Rural Clinic to have the test administered with results available in approximately 15 minutes. Later in the semester, individuals who did not have symptoms were added to the group of individuals allowed to get tested using the rapid BinaxNOW test kit. These tests are still available at Burton Creek and testing is available during clinic hours. 

Below are more details on obtaining a rapid test.

  1. While you are at Burton Creek, call 417-257-6111 to let them know you are there for COVID testing.
    1. Hours of operation are:
      1. Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      2. Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      3. Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  1. State that you are with Missouri State-West Plains and need the rapid BinaxNOW test.
  2. Provide the clinic with necessary personal information (i.e. name, date of birth, SSN, address, phone number, etc.)
  3. Present a valid university-issued ID for proof of participation in this program
  4. Once registered, the clinic will then direct you to their covered parking area in the back of the clinic (if you are not already there).
  5. You will need to sign a consent form and review the provided educational sheet before the test is administered.
  6. Results should be available in 15 minutes

On-campus Surveillance Testing Using a Saliva Test Kit (Asymptomatic Only)

The second type of test the campus has available is a saliva test for COVID-19. This test is being used as a tool for non-symptomatic students and employees for detection of the virus in an effort to help slow the spread should anyone have the active virus and not know it or have any symptoms to go along with it.

Individuals who would like to participate do not need to make an appointment, but should wait 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything before taking the test. 

Testing is different from the rapid test. With saliva testing, an individual puts their saliva in a vial using a funnel, then snaps the lid shut to add a stabilizing liquid and replaces the funnel with a cap.  The vial is then shaken for five seconds, is labeled appropriately and packaged for delivery to the testing lab.

Testing is currently scheduled to take place in Garfield Hall at 304 Garfield Ave. in West Plains every two weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. While the test is voluntary, a maximum of 50 tests will be available every two weeks and offered to 35 students and 15 employees on a first-come, first-served basis. While testing is scheduled over a two-day time period, testing may end earlier before the scheduled testing time has expired if the supply of test kits is exhausted. 

Below are the currently scheduled test dates for the semester.

Tuesday and Wednesdays:

  • Jan. 19 and 20
  • Feb. 2 and 3
  • Feb. 16 and 17
  • March 2 and 3
  • March 16 and 17
  • March 30 and 31
  • April 13 and 14
  • April 27 and 28

After the samples are collected they are sent to Clinical Reference Laboratory in Lenexa, Kan., by FedEx at the end of each day. The test results should be back by the end of the following day.

According to Clinical Reference Laboratory’s privacy practices page, no information from the collected samples is sold. “Similarly other than as disclosed in this policy, we will not disclose any of your information, except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under circumstances described in this Policy,” the page said.