Testing for COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing Information

University Health Services offers clinical COVID-19 testing for students and any faculty or staff who are coming to campus: this is high sensitivity testing, coupled with clinical support, for people with symptoms or who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

We are also doing regular surveillance testing for certain campus populations.  The capacity for testing additional campus populations will continue to expand over the Fall semester.  Prevention of infection and quarantine once exposed continue to be our main tools against this virus absent a vaccine.   

Notes regarding testing for COVID-19*

*regardless of where it is done.

Testing is a useful tool in detecting cases, containing outbreaks, and informing the campus and community of current prevalence however it has several very important limitations:

  • There is no utility to re-testing (“test of cure”) if you already tested positive within the past month: it won’t tell you when you can leave isolation (this is determined by the public health department based on timeline and symptoms, and a negative would not change anything since viral shedding can be intermittent and decreases over time), and another positive result does not necessarily mean you are still infectious (RNA from “dead” virus can be detected for weeks in some people).
  • While we strive to test those who are contacts of confirmed cases, it is useless to test too soon (< 4 days after exposure) AND a negative test does not release you from the 14 day quarantine required by public health since you can become infectious later.

If You've Already been Tested

Note: If you have tested positive for COVID outside of UHS, we’re here to help. Please call University Health Services CONFIDENTIAL line at (510) 643-8227 to inform our clinical teams so they can offer you support.

Please see our guidance on:

What to do if you are concerned about COVID exposure within your area*

*For Managers and Department Leads

COVID Flowchart: What To Do If You Think You Were In Contact With A COVID-19 Case

What To Do If You've Been Exposed to Someone You Think is Positive

COVID FLowchart: What to do if you tested positive

What To Do If You or Someone You Know Tested Positive

FLowchart if you've tested positive for COVID-19