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Winter 2021 COVID-19 testing for students

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December 17, 2020

Winter Recurring Appointments

On Dec. 18, the Fall 2020 recurring appointments will be discontinued in order to accommodate your Winter 2021 schedule. Students must schedule their new Winter 2021 recurring appointments on a day and time to which they can commit for the duration of the term (see below to schedule your appointment).

Testing Available for Residents and Students Living Off Campus

New student populations have been added to our testing pool. Starting Jan. 2, 2021, testing will be open to:

  • Students residing on campus*
  • Students attending in-person classes (when classes resume)
  • Students residing within 10 miles of the campus
  • Students who regularly attend onsite events or activities
  • Students involved in campus-based research
  • Students working on campus
  • *Students returning to their campus residence from Winter Break must test within 48 hours of their arrival to campus.

Testing Locations

  • Bren Events Center
  • Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Yosemite Room
  • Plaza Verde Community Center
  • Vista del Campo Community Center
Map of testing locations »

Click here to schedule your weekly testing appointment.

How to schedule your recurring appointment

  • Log in to the Student Health Patient Portal with your UCINetID and password.
  • Select “Appointments” on the left navigation sidebar.
  • Click on “Schedule an Appointment”.
  • Select “COVID-19 Testing” – click “Continue”.
  • Select “Student COVID Testing” - click “Continue”.
  • Note the testing locations that are available.
  • Select a testing location – click “Continue”.
  • Confirm your contact information (email address, local telephone, local address) – click “Continue”.
  • Enter your callback number (required in case Student Health Center staff needs to contact you regarding the appointment you are scheduling) – click “Continue”.
  • Schedule your first and recurring appointments:
    1. Select a testing location from the drop-down.
    2. Click on “Search for Appointments”.
    3. Please select one of the days of the week and a time that is most compatible with your schedule and to which you can commit on a weekly, recurring basis.
    4. Student Health Center schedulers will then convert this appointment to a “recurring” appointment for your weekly testing.phone icon
    5. If your weekly recurring appointment falls on a holiday or if you need to reschedule, please call SHC’s appointment line at 949-824-5304 to reschedule that week’s appointment. 
      • Note: there must be a minimum of five (5) days between weekly testing appointments if you need to reschedule during any given week.
      • Your original weekly recurring appointment will resume the following week.
    6. Please add your weekly recurring appointment day, time and location to your calendar and set a reminder! – click “Continue”.
    7. Confirm your appointment date and time and then click “Schedule”.
    8. You MUST click on “Schedule” in order for your appointment to be confirmed.
    9. You will receive an email reminder 72 hours prior to your appointment. In addition, a text reminder will be sent one hour prior to the appointment IFyou have opted in to receive text messages on the patient portal.

What should I expect on the day of my test? What should I bring?

  • On the day of your testing appointment,
    1. Complete your Daily Symptom Check.
      • If you are not showing symptoms, keep your appointment and proceed to your testing location.
      • If you are showing symptoms, do not go to the test collection site. Please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 for instructions. If you have health insurance other than UC SHIP and have your own Primary Care Provider (PCP), you should also contact your PCP’s office to advise them of your symptoms.
    2. Know where you are going and give yourself enough time to get there.
      • Confirm the location of your appointment and locate it on the map.
      • Plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time.
    3. Don’t leave home without these items:
      • Face covering, plus a spare face covering
      • Your student ID card or student ID number and another form of picture ID if you do not have your student ID card.

Please do NOT bring anyone with you unless absolutely necessary.