COVID-19 testing for students and employees using a saliva-based test from Nomi Health
BYU–Hawaii has partnered with Nomi Health to provide a saliva-based PCR testing program at no cost to employees and students. To ensure the safety of the campus, testing is required weekly for all faculty and staff, and for students working or studying on campus or using on-campus resources
- Pre-register and make an appointment for your test.
- Bring your BYUH or PCC ID to your appointment. New students who do not yet have BYUH ID cards can bring a letter from Janey Grover in Residential Life referencing the student's ID number in order to take an initial test prior to obtaining an ID card.
- Do not eat or drink anything 30 minutes prior to the test. This helps to lessen any contaminants in the sample you provide.
- Provide a sample (saliva) at the testing site during your scheduled time period.
- Receive an email and text the following day with a link to your results. Participants will be required to enter their date of birth to obtain the results.
Testing is available Monday – Friday between 7 am and 2 pm and on Saturday between 9 am and 12 pm (noon) in the McKay Gymnasium (Old Gym) in the Dance Studio (room 110). The entrance to the McKay Gym is open on the Tennis Court side of the building.
Please note that scheduled operational hours and days may change due to University needs.
An official letter will also be provided with their results to use for any travel purposes (i.e. traveling to another country that requires certification of testing). Currently, this type of test does not satisfy the requirements to avoid state and university mandated quarantine following travel or a positive COVID-19 test result.
Exemptions from Weekly Testing
Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed isolation are exempt from the weekly Seasider Testing for a period of 90 days. These individuals should show documentation of the positive test result with the date of the test to the Safety office. Beginning immediately after that 90 day period, these individuals are required to be tested weekly.
Individuals who have completed the shot sequence (both doses) for COVID-19 vaccination are also exempt from weekly testing. These individuals should show documentation of vaccination shots to the Safety office.
Toggle ItemWhat do I do if I don’t receive my results after a day?There are multiple scenarios where you may not receive your results the day after providing a test sample. The email notification may have been rerouted to another folder. Please verify the email address you used to register for your appointment and ensure the email is not in a spam/junk mail folder. Another possibility is that the lab may have generated an inconclusive result with your sample. If that is the case, the lab will try to re-run your sample. If a positive result is generated, an email will be sent to the email address on file immediately.
If you haven’t received your result by the end of the week (Sunday), please test the following week and continue to test weekly. Do not test again within the same week.
Toggle ItemWhat does weekly testing mean? If I take a test on Wednesday do I have to wait until next Wednesday to test again?Weekly testing means individuals must provide one sample per Monday to Saturday testing period.
Toggle ItemWho can get tested for COVID-19 with Seasider Testing by Nomi Health?Testing is made available to students, faculty, staff, team members including facilities personnel and contract workers, and PCC employees. Student or employee dependents (spouses and children) are not able to register and take a test with Seasider Testing.
Toggle ItemIf I am experiencing symptoms or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, should I take the test with Seasider Testing and Nomi Health?Individuals who are experiencing symptoms can still get tested at the Seasider Testing site through Nomi Health and should notify the testing team of symptoms. Following the testing, those individuals will need to isolate immediately and contact Health Services or their healthcare provider.
Toggle ItemIf I receive a positive test result after participating in Seasider Testing, what should I do?All individuals who test positive will need to isolate immediately and contact Health Services. If Health Services is your main healthcare provider, further instructions will be provided. If Health Services is not your main healthcare provider, your main healthcare provider will ALSO need to be contacted.
Toggle ItemWhat is a saliva-based PCR test?The saliva RT-PCR test provides a qualitative result that detects the live active virus for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is a real-time (RT) test that helps identify if someone has been exposed to the virus. The COVID-19 PCR test is a molecular test that detects the virus’s genetic material and is processed in a CLIA certified lab. Testing collection and method is generally accepted for international travel requirements to enter into other countries.
Nomi Health uses the Logix Smart COVID-19 test kit which has been validated as a lab developed test (LDT) to run saliva samples using Nomi's extraction equipment (kingfisher flex) and PCR machines (ABI 7500 Fast Dx or Co-Dx boxes).
The saliva RT-PCR test is not a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) and does not qualify for the Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Program to avoid state travel related quarantine requirements.
Toggle ItemHow does the saliva test compare to the nasopharyngeal test?In Nomi Health's clinical study comparing the testing results between saliva and nasopharyngeal, Nomi Health recorded a positive percent agreement of 96.8% and a negative percent agreement of 98.1%.
Toggle ItemHow do I know my test is not a false positive?There is a greater than 99.95% chance that the sample that was provided and received a positive test result contained the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Toggle ItemHow do I cancel or reschedule an appointment?There is no way to cancel the existing appointment. Individuals can schedule a new appointment if needed.
Toggle ItemI registered and received my confirmation but my QR code gives me an error. What do I show to take my scheduled test?The support team is aware of the issue with the QR code and is working on a fix. In the meantime, testing personnel will be able to look up your registration with your name and time of appointment when you arrive for your test.