Testing and Vaccinations

As with all medical decisions, you should consult with your medical provider to determine if antibody testing, COVID testing or vaccines are right for you. If symptoms are present, quarantine and a test are required.

Vaccines

  • Moderna vaccines are available at the Upland Family Pharmacy in the same building as the TU Health Center. You do not need to schedule ahead of time.
  • Walk-in vaccines are also available at CVS in Gas City and Marion and at Meijer in Marion.
  • Students and employees, please report your vaccination on the portal.

Testing

Antibody Testing

Covid-19 antibody testing is available through Lucid Labs at the south entrance to the Taylor University Health Center. TU has the following protocol for antibody testing: Unvaccinated individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 or Covid-19 antibodies within the previous 3 months do not need to quarantine

Lucid can provide rapid (same day) antibody testing through a finger prick. After the test is complete, you can leave the center. Results will be communicated through Lucid directly to you within an hour. The cost for the screen is covered through federal/state resources. Regardless of insurance or no insurance, Lucid can provide antibody testing. Students and employees can register here. If you’ve already registered at Lucid for a Covid-19 test, you do not need to register again. Antibody testing is available to the Upland community as well.

Students and employees, please report your results on the portal.

The antibody assessment that persons will receive through Lucid will measure lgM (short-term) and lgG (long-term) antibodies. lgM is usually the first antibody produced by the immune system when a virus attacks. lgG antibodies develop in most persons within seven to 10 days after exposure of COVID-19. IgG antibodies remain in the system after an infection has passed. These antibodies indicate that you may have had COVID-19 in the recent past and have developed antibodies that may protect the person from future infection.

The antibody result will be one of the following:

No restrictions:

  1. no lgM (short term), yes lgG (long term)– This result means that the person was exposed to COVID in the past. This is what we typically talk about when a “person has immunity to COVID.” This is the best result.

Increased risk for COVID:

  • no lgM, no lgG– This person does not register previous exposure to COVID. This person is at an increased risk for COVID because of lack of exposure to COVID.

Quarantine until a negative test:

  • yes lgM, no lgG– This result means that the person was recently exposed to COVID and may still be shedding the virus. This does not mean that the person is positive for COVID so we do not need to close contact quarantine people. This person should be quarantined until a negative COVID test. They can quarantine in their room if they do not have any symptoms.
  • yes lgM, yes lgG– This result means that they person was recently and previously exposed to COVID. A follow-up PCR test is recommended to determine if the person is actively positive for COVID. This does not mean that the person is positive for COVID so we do not need to close contact quarantine people. This person should be quarantined until a negative COVID test. They can quarantine in their room if they do not have any symptoms.