Testing & Health Services

COVID-19 Testing

Ongoing COVID-19 testing the University is offering for free to all students, staff and faculty through Helix Diagnostics using PCR-based testing. This PCR test (polymerise chain reaction) is the most accurate and commonly used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body's immune response, or antibodies.

  • Testing is offered on both an open and scheduled basis to the community. 
    • Communication of when and where testing will be available will be emailed directly to the campus community in advance. 
    • Additional testing is done on-demand as the University identifies potential situations requiring additional testing and/or contact tracing.
  • Results are typically received by the University from Helix within 72 hours, but that can be impacted by demand and amount of tests submitted. 
    • Anyone with a positive test is directly contacted either by Human Resources (employees) or the Wellness Center (students), and the contact tracing process begins.
  • Contact tracing process includes self-quarantining by positive subjects, interviewing of recent contacts and locations as well as notification of those contacts and locations identified with further instructions on self-quarantining and testing.
  • All members of the community should refer to the CDC and state of Michigan for latest guidelines on quarantining if tested positive or potentially exposed to someone positive. Any employees with questions or special circumstances should contact Human Resources, and students should contact the Wellness Center.
  • For Winter Term 2021:
    • Testing will be mandatory for all members of the Kettering community including faculty, staff and students (both residential and nonresidential) who will be on campus during the term. 
    • Testing will be the first week of January 2021, and further details will be communicated directly through University email.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the Campus Center. The phone number is (810) 762-9650.

  • A nurse and counselor will be onsite during these hours
  • Students with illness should call and speak to the nurse prior to visiting the Center and will be required to self-swipe at each visit
  • Students will be required to wear face masks at all times unless receiving an exam or test that requires its removal
  • Social distancing will be enforced
What To Do If You Are Sick

The Wellness Center has a list of guidelines to be followed if a student is sick. These guidelines include:

  • Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms which include: 
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body ache
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • If you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call ahead before visiting the Wellness Center or your healthcare provider. Fill out the Self-Reporting Form for the Wellness Center.
    • Wellness Center phone number is (810) 762-9650
  • Isolate yourself until you are able to speak to a healthcare provider and Wellness Center staff
Positive Case On Campus

In addition to normal medical and wellness services, the Wellness Center has been regularly monitoring and following CDC and state and local health guidelines to manage any potential COVID-19 cases on campus. This process includes:

  • The Wellness Center will oversee the initial report of a positive student case on campus and will retain a record of the case as the student moves through quarantine to return to campus
  • After the initial self-report of symptoms, staff will gather information to conduct contact tracing of on-campus activity, determine residence location and roommates, and submit a report to Custodial Services, ASC, and Thompson Hall (if relevant) to initiate sanitation processes, quarantine processes, and assistance with initiating transition to virtual learning
  • Return to campus will require specific CDC and campus guidelines to be met

Local Testing Availability

Find an area testing site at solvhealth.com or at Michigan.gov. Many are free and do not require a health insurance card.

Mental Wellness Resources

The Wellness Center provides individual counseling to students who experience psychological, behavioral, or learning difficulties whenever they occur. Students can contact the Wellness Center to make an appointment to see the counselor in person, by phone, or virtually. Students can also call the Student Assistance Program (SAP) at (855) 774-4700 24/7 to speak directly to a licensed mental health specialist.

Other Resources

Symptoms Check

Do you think you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Check your symptoms and learn what to do next.

Symptoms Check >

Learn more at these additional resources:

  • COVID-19 Testing

    COVID-19 Testing

    Ongoing COVID-19 testing the University is offering for free to all students, staff and faculty through Helix Diagnostics using PCR-based testing. This PCR test (polymerise chain reaction) is the most accurate and commonly used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body's immune response, or antibodies.

    • Testing is offered on both an open and scheduled basis to the community. 
      • Communication of when and where testing will be available will be emailed directly to the campus community in advance. 
      • Additional testing is done on-demand as the University identifies potential situations requiring additional testing and/or contact tracing.
    • Results are typically received by the University from Helix within 72 hours, but that can be impacted by demand and amount of tests submitted. 
      • Anyone with a positive test is directly contacted either by Human Resources (employees) or the Wellness Center (students), and the contact tracing process begins.
    • Contact tracing process includes self-quarantining by positive subjects, interviewing of recent contacts and locations as well as notification of those contacts and locations identified with further instructions on self-quarantining and testing.
    • All members of the community should refer to the CDC and state of Michigan for latest guidelines on quarantining if tested positive or potentially exposed to someone positive. Any employees with questions or special circumstances should contact Human Resources, and students should contact the Wellness Center.
    • For Winter Term 2021:
      • Testing will be mandatory for all members of the Kettering community including faculty, staff and students (both residential and nonresidential) who will be on campus during the term. 
      • Testing will be the first week of January 2021, and further details will be communicated directly through University email.
  • Wellness Center

    Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the Campus Center. The phone number is (810) 762-9650.

    • A nurse and counselor will be onsite during these hours
    • Students with illness should call and speak to the nurse prior to visiting the Center and will be required to self-swipe at each visit
    • Students will be required to wear face masks at all times unless receiving an exam or test that requires its removal
    • Social distancing will be enforced
    What To Do If You Are Sick

    The Wellness Center has a list of guidelines to be followed if a student is sick. These guidelines include:

    • Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms which include: 
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body ache
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
    • If you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call ahead before visiting the Wellness Center or your healthcare provider. Fill out the Self-Reporting Form for the Wellness Center.
      • Wellness Center phone number is (810) 762-9650
    • Isolate yourself until you are able to speak to a healthcare provider and Wellness Center staff
    Positive Case On Campus

    In addition to normal medical and wellness services, the Wellness Center has been regularly monitoring and following CDC and state and local health guidelines to manage any potential COVID-19 cases on campus. This process includes:

    • The Wellness Center will oversee the initial report of a positive student case on campus and will retain a record of the case as the student moves through quarantine to return to campus
    • After the initial self-report of symptoms, staff will gather information to conduct contact tracing of on-campus activity, determine residence location and roommates, and submit a report to Custodial Services, ASC, and Thompson Hall (if relevant) to initiate sanitation processes, quarantine processes, and assistance with initiating transition to virtual learning
    • Return to campus will require specific CDC and campus guidelines to be met
  • Local Testing Availability

    Local Testing Availability

    Find an area testing site at solvhealth.com or at Michigan.gov. Many are free and do not require a health insurance card.

  • Mental Wellness Resources

    Mental Wellness Resources

    The Wellness Center provides individual counseling to students who experience psychological, behavioral, or learning difficulties whenever they occur. Students can contact the Wellness Center to make an appointment to see the counselor in person, by phone, or virtually. Students can also call the Student Assistance Program (SAP) at (855) 774-4700 24/7 to speak directly to a licensed mental health specialist.

  • Other Resources

    Other Resources

    Symptoms Check

    Do you think you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Check your symptoms and learn what to do next.

    Symptoms Check >

    Learn more at these additional resources: