LU COVID Testing

COVID-19 Response

The university has secured a new testing vendor through a continuation grant from Testing for America or TFA, who facilitated a partnership with Delaware State University and New Castle County to create a local testing laboratory, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory or MDL, to expedite results in the Northeastern region. 

Faculty, staff, and student will have the ability to upload information related to their coronavirus vaccination and activate their profile to request a COVID-19 test through health services.

MDL will provide Lincoln University with an end-to-end, on-site COVID-19 testing service, which will include: HIPAA-compliant user registration, on-site sample collection, laboratory testing, and confidential results reporting. Lincoln University’s Office of Health Services will have access to the results of the test and are available for any questions. MDL will communicate positive test results to the Chester County Health Department as required by law.

The version of MDL’s test is a saliva-based test and is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based test designed to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens. The official portal used to consent to testing and indicate one’s vaccination status is  

Weekly Testing Requirements

We require all members of the campus community to be tested weekly based on their vaccination status. 

  • Vaccinated:     Once (1) per week
  • Unvaccinated: Twice (2) per week

Testing Sites

To achieve this new requirement, we have strategically identified 3 testing sites within the campus community:

  • Health Service’s (Wellness Center)
  • Student Union Building (SUB)
  • Mario Rivera Hall, Room 220 (Athletics’ Department Only)

On a given test day, a Lion will proceed to one of the three locations; provide your Lincoln email address; retrieve a sample collection kit; provide 0.5 ml of saliva and return it the testing staff. Results will be communicated via email from