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Testing

Section 1

Regular, weekly asymptomatic testing is required for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

In accordance with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are entering or physically present on UCI-controlled property must undergo weekly asymptomatic testing. This requirement also applies those who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral.

Asymptomatic testing is for students and employees who do not have symptoms.

Students, faculty and staff may receive an asymptomatic test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or by dropping by the test site.

A sampling of fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff will test asymptomatically weekly. Students, faculty and staff will be contacted directly if they are required to test in a particular week.

  • 25% of fully vaccinated undergraduate students living in on-campus housing
  • 5% of the remaining fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff

Students who indicate symptoms on the Daily Symptom Check will be referred to the Student Health Center for evaluation and symptomatic testing if needed.

Faculty and staff who indicate symptoms on the Daily Symptom Check will be referred to the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH).

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab or saliva test that takes about 7-10 minutes, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 - 48 hours. 

Student Testing Info Employee Testing Info Testing Locations

Executive Directive: Testing Fact Sheet - SalivaDirect Testing

Testing locations

Fall Testing Sept. 20 - Dec. 10, 2021
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Student Center 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Closed
Plaza Verde 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Closed
University Club* 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Closed Closed
All sites: Saliva testing from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M-TH, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Friday
*University Club may be closed for private events-please check schedule first for availability

Student testing

Weekly testing is mandatory for all students who are not fully vaccinated; who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral, who have not received an approved exemption, exception, deferral; or who are “covered individuals”  as defined by the policy. A covered individual is defined as any student who will  be on campus or access any University facility at any time during the Fall term.

In addition, please note the following:

  1. Fully vaccinated undergraduate students who reside in campus housing must be tested monthly. The assignment of testing appointments will be determined before the start of the Fall quarter. Students will be notified and this webpage will be updated accordingly.
  2. 5% of all other fully vaccinated students will be randomly selected for testing each month. Students will be notified directly and advised to schedule their testing appointment.

Section 4

Testing requirements

Undergraduate Resident

PopulationMove-in/Baseline TestingAdditional TestingDaily Symptom Check
Vaccinated Yes Yes; monthly Yes
Unvaccinated Approved for Exemption, Exception, Deferral Yes Weekly Yes

Graduate Resident

PopulationMove-in/Baseline TestingAdditional TestingDaily Symptom Check
Vaccinated Yes Weekly for sample selected randomly each week [1] Yes
Unvaccinated Approved for Exemption, Exception, Deferral Yes Weekly
Yes

OFF-CAMPUS-All students

PopulationMove-in/Baseline TestingAdditional TestingDaily Symptom Check
Vaccinated N/A Weekly for sample selected randomly each week [1] Yes
Unvaccinated Approved for Exemption, Exception, Deferral N/A Weekly
Yes

[1] A random sample of vaccinated students will be selected and contacted by email to participate in surveillance testing.

Undergraduate Resident Testing

Undergraduate Resident Testing

Who will be tested: All Undergraduate Students Residing in Campus Housing (including ACC)

How often: Monthly or about 3x during the quarter

When will it start: October 4 or the beginning of Week 2

When will I know when to schedule my testing appointment: You are required to schedule your monthly appointment based on alphabetical order by last name. See the ‘Fall 2021 - Monthly Appointment Schedule’ chart below for your assigned dates. 

Fall 2021 - Monthly Appointment Schedule
Last Names that Start With: Appt Date #1 (Week) Appt Date #2 (Week) Appt Date #3 (Week)
A-F October 4-8 (Week 2) November 1-5 (Week 6) November 29 - December 3 (Week 10)
G-L October 11-15 (Week 3) November 8-12 (Week 7) November 29 - December 3 (Week 10)
M-R October 18-22 (Week 4) November 15-19 (Week 8) December 6-10(Finals Week)
S-Z October 25-29 (Week 5) November 22-26 (Week 9) December 6-10 (Finals Week)

Student Testing

How to schedule your appointment

Students may schedule recurring appointments by logging in to the Student Health Patient Portal. Once in the portal,

  • 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 the testing location – click “Continue”
  • Confirm your contact information (email address, local telephone, local address) – click “Continue”. 
  • Enter your callback number (required in case Testing site staff or Student Health Center staff need to contact you regarding the appointment you are scheduling) – click “Continue”.
  • Schedule your appointment. (click to view more) Staff at the testing site will convert your appointment to be a weekly recurring appointment. 
  • Confirm selected appointment

Students having difficulty accessing the patient portal to schedule their appointment can contact the Coronavirus Response Center at 949-824-9918 or covid19@uci.edu for assistance.

Student Health Patient Portal

What to expect and what to bring

On the day of your testing appointment,

  1. Complete your Daily Symptom Check.
    1. If you are not showing symptoms, keep your appointment and proceed to your testing location.
    2. 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, then 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.
    1. Confirm the location of your appointment and locate it on the map.
    2. Plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  3. Don’t leave home without these items:
    1. Face covering (and a spare face covering)
    2. 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.

FAQs

Student FAQ

If you have COVID-19-related questions, please contact the Coronavirus Response Center at 949-824-9918 or email covid19@uci.edu.

Why are we testing students?

As you know, while the majority of COVID-19 cases are associated with symptoms including very mild cold/flu like symptoms, research has shown that a significant proportion of the populations could be asymptomatic. Our testing helps to identify asymptomatic cases and protect the UCI community at large.  

Additionally, there is a UCI executive directive mandating student testing. A conduct process will apply for students who do not participate in COVID-19 testing.

What if I need a special accommodations?

Students can contact the Disability Services Center for an accommodation request. Phone: 949-824-7494, Email: dsc@uci.edu, web: https://dsc.uci.edu. If a student needs assistance at the testing site with administering the test or other assistance, staff will be available. If testing cannot be completed at the site, testing at SHC can be arranged for students who need a special accommodation.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should continue to seek healthcare with your healthcare provider. The contact tracer will call you to ask where you have been, where you think you may have been exposed and who you have been in close contact with. You will also receive instructions on self-isolation during recovery and assure you have the resources you need. For questions, please contact UCI’s Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services at 949-824-2300 or contacttracing@uci.edu.

Follow these steps to obtain the testing clearance letter:

  1. Obtain an electronic copy of your previous COVID test result from your healthcare provider. 
  2. Log in to the Student Health Portal using your UCInetID.
  3. Select 'Medical Clearances' on the main menu.
  4. Click on the ‘Update’ button next to 'COVID-19 Test Results'.
  5. Click on the ‘Upload’ button. Select the document/image (i.e., the document from your healthcare provider) you want to upload.
  6. Click on ‘Looks Good’ button if you are satisfied with the document you have selected.
  7. If you have additional documents, follow steps 4 and 5 above.
  8. Once you have finished selecting the documents to upload, click on the ‘Save’ button to transmit your document to your medical record.
  9. Student Health will upload your clearance letter to the ‘Letters’ section of the patient portal.

I was tested elsewhere, do I need to test again?

Yes. Our goal is to ensure your health and safety and that of the entire campus community. Therefore, we would like you to participate in our testing. It will take no more than 15 minutes to complete the self-administered test.

If you have tested COVID-19 positive elsewhere, please upload a copy of your positive test results through the Student Health Portal, for review and further direction. Upload instructions are here. You may be exempt from weekly testing for a period of three (3) months from the date of your positive test.

Employee testing

Weekly testing is mandatory for all employees who are not fully vaccinated; who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral, who have not received an approved exemption, exception, deferral; or who are “covered individuals”  as defined by the policy. A covered individual is defined as any student who will  be on campus or access any University facility at any time during the Fall term.

Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated employees will participate in periodic sampling. Surveillance testing is an additional important source of information to learn about the rate of breakthrough cases in our community. Just about every peer campus is carrying out some level of surveillance testing. Our asymptomatic testing program impacts only a small fraction of our community each week; we are starting with a sampling rate that would have each employee tested less than once per quarter on average. To provide accurate data for the community, it is important that the program include all employees who are working on campus, even those who are primarily remote.

More information on employee testing is available on HR's website

Working Well: Asymptomatic Testing

How to schedule your weekly test

Testing volume is expected to be high, employees are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance.

Once in the portal, select “Appointments” from the left menu bar. If you need help with appointment scheduling, you may contact the Student Health Center directly at 949-824-5304.

Employees without an appointment will be accepted on a “walk-in” basis but only if there is availability.

FAQs

Employee FAQ

If you have COVID-19-related questions, please contact the UCI Coronavirus Hotline at 949-824-9918 or email covid19@uci.edu.

Why are we testing employees?

While the majority of COVID-19 cases are associated with symptoms including very mild cold/flu-like symptoms, research has shown that a significant portion of the population could be asymptomatic. Our testing helps to identify asymptomatic cases and protect the UCI community at large. 

What if I need a special accommodations?

If an employee needs assistance at the testing site with administering the test or other assistance, staff will be available. The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health can assist any employee who need a special accommodation.

What happens if I test positive?

Employees testing positive for coronavirus will be contacted by the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) with instructions for isolation and treatment. Additionally, a contact tracer will call to interview you about who you have been in close contact with. You will also receive instructions on self-isolation during recovery and assure you have the resources you need.

Employees with previous COVID-positive tests:

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 months, you will not participate in this testing program. Please contact COEH at 949-824-8685 for further information.

I was tested elsewhere, do I need to test again?

Yes. Our goal is to ensure your health and safety and that of the entire campus community. Therefore, we encourage you to participate in our testing.

If you have tested COVID-19 positive elsewhere, please contact COEH at 949-824-8685 for further instructions.