COVID-19 Testing Information

You will be required to submit a copy of your COVID-19 test result to JCC's COVID-19 Emergency Response Team before you can be cleared to return to campus.  At a minimum, your test result must display your name, the date you were tested, and the location of the testing site.  Results should be submitted by email to jccsafety@johnstoncc.edu.  Once received, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team will evaluate your case and provide you with a plan for your safe return to campus.

* COVID-19 TESTS *

COVID-19 tests must be administered by a local testing site or health care provider and may be a PCR lab test or rapid antigen test.  Johnston Community College does not currently accept at-home or over-the-counter (OTC) rapid test results as proof of a negative test result to permit you to return to campus, as these are not supervised by a healthcare practitioner.

Disclaimer:  Johnston Community College is not responsible for any costs associated with COVID-19 testing.  Before you get tested, be sure to ask your healthcare provider or testing site about any costs related to your test.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for information regarding local testing sites.

* 5 DAYS *

With recent changes to federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidelines, the general rule of thumb is to quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 five (5) days following any known close contact exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. 

* SYMPTOMS *

The same goes for if you have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.  You can go ahead and get tested; however, if your test result is negative for COVID-19, you will need to get retested on/after the fifth day from your date of symptom onset in order to ensure that you are still negative.

By quarantining and testing immediately, you help protect those around you and prevent many more potential infections from occurring.

The following protocol applies if you have recently been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are NOT experiencing COVID-like symptoms:

If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 (No symptoms)

  • Quarantine away from others for at least 5 days AND
  • Get tested for COVID-19 on Day 5 after exposure.
  • If you test negative, submit your test result to the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team in order to be cleared to return to campus.
  • Continue to wear a face covering for 5 additional days when in public settings.

What if I'm vaccinated against COVID-19? (No symptoms)

If you are CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE to receive a vaccine BOOSTER shot, but you have NOT done so yet:

  • Quarantine away from others for at least 5 days AND
  • Get tested for COVID-19 on Day 5 after exposure.
  • If you test negative, submit your test result to the JCC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team in order to be cleared to return to campus.
  • Continue to wear a face covering for 5 additional days when in public settings.

You do NOT need to quarantine IF you meet and can provide documentation to support the following criteria.  However, you still must get tested for COVID-19 on/after five days from your exposure.  Additionally, you should continue to wear a face covering for 10 additional days when in public settings:

  • You have received a vaccine booster shot;
  • You are not currently eligible to receive a vaccine booster shot;
  • You have completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months; OR,
  • You have completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Face coverings must still be properly worn at all times when inside Johnston Community College buildings, unless actively eating or drinking.

There are several options available for getting tested for COVID-19.  It is your responsibility to select the correct test type for your situation and to get tested at the proper time to get a valid result.

The Johnston County Public Health Department and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) currently partners with OptumServe to offer free COVID-19 testing at the Smithfield Men's Progressive Club, located at 1208 Old Goldsboro Road in Smithfield (near JCC's main campus).  Click on the link below for information:

JCPH COVID-19 Testing Site

Local health departments, pharmacies, urgent care, and other locations also provide testing.  There may be a fee.  These testing sites are not endorsed or vetted by NCDHHS.  Please call the testing site or your healthcare provider before you go for testing.  Use the Test Site Finder link below to find locations near you:

Test Site Finder