Saliva-Based Testing Process

Surveillance testing on the Huntington campus is being done Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Student Center.

Testing details for the South Charleston and Mid-Ohio Valley Center campuses will be shared directly with employees in those locations.

This surveillance testing program is for asymptomatic individuals. You cannot test if you have symptoms. If you have a fever or other symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately or call the Marshall Health COVID-19 information hotline at 304-696-2900 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are already in quarantine or isolation, you should not leave to visit the testing center. E-mail and indicate why you are unable to participate in surveillance testing at this time.
If you have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days, you should not be tested. Notify the university of any recent positive test by e-mailing If the appropriate documentation is not provided, testing will be required.
Surveillance testing will be a self-administered salvia-based test. It is recommended that you hydrate in the hours before your test, however, you should not eat, drink, smoke, use tobacco products, chew gum or use mouthwash within 30 minutes of your test.
Please bring your Marshall ID to the testing site and have it ready to show at check-in. You will not need a health insurance card and there is no cost to you for these tests.
Testing will occur with  physical distancing and masks required. Only those who need to complete testing, or are assisting in the testing process, will be permitted in the testing area.
When you arrive, you will scan a QR code with your mobile device to access the Vault Laboratory testing website to complete patient consent documents. Please use your official Marshall e-mail address in the registration process.
You will then proceed to swipe your Marshall ID card and will be handed an envelope that contains your test. You will then be sent to a sanitized testing table where you will use your phone to associate your unique test code with your profile. There will be a laptop available for anyone who does not have a mobile device.
After following the provided instructions and providing your sample, you will seal your tube and place it in a bag. All wrapping materials are then discarded and as you exit, you will hand your test to a staff member who ensures the test is valid and then places it in a mailing envelope.
Tests are mailed to the laboratory and results are expected to be returned 48-96 hours after being received by the lab. Results are e-mailed to you based on information provided during the registration process.
You will receive results via e-mail to your official Marshall e-mail account from Vault Health, the service contracted to conduct the testing. It is anticipated that results will be available within two to three business days. A representative from the Marshall University COVID team will call you if you have a positive test result. Please note that if results are received late at night, you may not be contacted until the next morning.
Testing typically takes 10-30 minutes. If you have a disability and have difficulty standing for up to 30 minutes, you can request a chair. Please let the person know at the check-in desk. If you are a student who needs accommodations related to the testing process, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 304-696-2467. Employees with questions or requests related to a needed accommodation in the testing process should contact HR at

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