U of I Boise COVID-19 Updates
Last Updated: Jan. 7, 2022
Following CDC guidance, and after consultation with Idaho Public Health, everyone must wear a face covering when in any indoor university-sponsored event or space, regardless of vaccination status. We will review this requirement every three weeks and will communicate changes.
We continue to monitor the increase of the Delta variant in our state and will look at the CDC and City of Boise guidance to determine what is best for our Boise facilities.
All Vandals are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Supervisors must not ask employees their vaccination status for any reason. Employees can share their own status if they choose.
COVID-19 testing is not required to attend in-person classes at U of I Boise, but we encourage anyone who has been exposed or is showing symptoms to talk to their doctor about being tested.
A limited number of vault tests are available at the IWC by appointment only for U of I students, staff and faculty who are symptomatic. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment and pick-up information.
U of I Boise students are welcome to get COVID-19 testing at Boise State Health Services (1529 Belmont Street, Boise). Testing by Boise State Health Services is done by appointment only by calling 208-426-1459. There is patient parking available in the first row of the lot on the South side of the building.
Symptomatic individuals can access testing at the clinic. Please note that the test includes a visit with a medical provider and an office visit will be billed to your insurance in addition to any COVID-19 tests costs. Any amount due from the patient, in accordance with your plan, will be billed to you.
For cost and insurance purposes, there may be two types of tests that accompany the office visit:
- PCR – Billed to your insurance plan with no out of pocket cost if your plan does not cover it.
- POCT – This is a quick results test that Boise State Health Services runs in-house and will be billed to insurance and/or patient if your insurance plan does not cover it 100%. A patient who wants the quick test and gets a negative result will probably need the PCR test due to the risk of a false negative. The quick test is very accurate if it is positive for COVID-19. Please call your insurance carrier to find out what out of pocket you may have; you will be billed for this test.
In general, there is no cost to get tested for COVID-19 with most insurances. Please call your insurance provider for details. Because of testing availability in the Treasure Valley, U of I Boise is not requiring testing but instead is encouraging all students and employees to get tested if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms.