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COVID-19 PCR testing is optional unless you are symptomatic. If you are symptomatic, please go to Student Health Services (SHS) to be tested during SHS open hours listed below. Please also contact us to report your symptoms and determine additional next steps. Identified close contacts are required to test via rapid or PCR. Rapid tests are available at the following locations for all students and employees that are not symptomatic. You may test as often as you like at SHS or with the rapid tests regardless of symptoms.

Rapid Tests:

If you have symptoms, please get a PCR test at SHS (hours listed below). Do not pick up a rapid test at one of these locations. If you have no symptoms, rapid tests are available for your convenience at all of these locations on campus:

  • Student Health Service: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Field House Athletics Trainers Office: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • JSAC Student Engagement and Leadership Desk: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m, closed 5-6 p.m.
  • Ballard North RA Desk: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • College Hall Human Resources Office: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

You may pick up 4 rapid tests per week.

PCR Tests:

Student Health Services (SHS)

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Before PCR Testing:

You must be hydrated. Drink fluids beforehand, up to 1 hour before your test.

For 1 hour before your test, you may not:

  • Drink, not even water
  • Eat
  • Chew gum
  • Take medication
  • Brush your teeth
  • Smoke
  • Use chewing tobacco

If your sample cannot be analyzed, you will need to do it again.

Watch one of the videos below that show how to provide a saliva sample:

English Instructions

Spanish Instructions

To check-in and receive your PCR results:

  1. To check-in for your test and to receive the results from your test, download the Safer Community smartphone app from the Apple iOS or Google Play store.
  2. Sign in using your Gallaudet University single sign-on (SSO) credentials.
  3. Once signed in, please be sure to go to settings and input all personal information. This is what we will need in order to check in all patients.
  4. You will receive your test results through this app.

PCR testing results availability:

  • Weekdays: within 8-12 hours after closing
  • Saturday: by the next Monday evening

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Contact Us


Chapel Hall 102

(202) 250‐2738

(202) 651‐5505

(202) 651‐5704


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