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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.
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:
You may pick up 4 rapid tests per week.
You must be hydrated. Drink fluids beforehand, up to 1 hour before your test.
For 1 hour before your test, you may not:
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:
A man dressed business casual is waiting outside of a pop-up tent. Another man comes out of
the tent passing him, then his head motions a nod then he enters the tent. Upon entry, he finds
a woman there with a face mask and face shield who points to hand sanitizer on a table. The
man then uses the hand sanitizer on his hands. The man picks up a laminated sign on the table
that provides instructions for how to test indicating that the process takes less than three
minutes. He picks up the testing kit which is in a clear bag that is labeled “specimen bag” and
takes out a small transparent funnel and vial. The man removes the cap from the vial and
attaches the funnel in its place. He lowers his mask and spits into the funnel opening at the top
of the vial. He then puts his mask back on, removes the funnel and discards it into a red trash
can containing a red biohazard trash bag. The cap is put back on the vial and then the woman
from earlier points to a box of sanitizing wipes. The man grabs one of the wipes and wipes
down the outside of the vial and his hands then throws the wipe into the red biohazard trash
can. The woman then points at a table where there are three permanent markers lined up on a
paper that says “Clean Pens”. The man takes one of the pens and writes on the vial, places it in
a “used pens” bin and then puts the vial into the original specimen bag and seals it. He then
lifts up his phone and the phone is scanned by a handheld scanner then shortly after, the
specimen bag is also scanned by the scanner. The woman then points to a clear bin and the
man puts the specimen bag in it. The woman waves to the man, he waves back and then
If you have any questions, please contact us.
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