Clinical Testing: Symptoms and Contacts

COVID-19 testing information for those who are showing symptoms or have had close exposure with a positive case.


Who is eligible for testing?

PCR (swab) COVID-19 testing at our Durant site is available for UCB students, faculty, or staff who fall into one of the following categories.  Results are generally available in 2-3 days.
  1. close contact with a confirmed case (more than 15 minutes, less than 6 feet apart, and only if between 3-10 days since exposure)
  2. symptoms concerning for COVID-19, which may include NEW:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Tang Center Testing Hours & Location

Testing is performed Monday - Friday from 10am-4pm (closed for lunch 11:45am-12:30pm) on the Durant Avenue side of the Tang Center either as a walk-up or drive-through. Test results are typically known in 2-3 business days, although on occasion it may take longer.

For Students

UC Berkeley Students who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 should:

  • Schedule a COVID test on eTang OR

  • If significantly ill, requiring assessment within our COVID tent: stop by the Durant side of Tang 7 days/week 10am-4pm (closed for lunch11:45am-12:30pm) or go directly to the nearest emergency room. 

* Students are always encouraged to call the UHS Advice Line 24/7 at (510) 643-7197 if you are ill and are unsure if you need to be seen.*

Students do NOT need to be enrolled in SHIP to get tested or be assessed or tested at UHS. All medical insurance is required by law to cover the costs.

For Faculty & Staff

UC Berkeley Employees interested in testing at UHS should:

  • If mild symptoms: schedule a phone consult appointment with Occupational Health on eTang OR

  • If ill: please call your own health care provider first for advice or go directly to the nearest Emergency Room.  You are welcome to call Occupational Health as above for testing if advised by your provider.

  • If you have tested positive or been in close contact with someone, please also contact the Occupational Health hotline (510) 332-7192

The Occupational Health COVID hotline can assist with testing for those required to be on campus and will assist with return to work after a COVID positive result. Remote workers should contact their primary care clinicians for information about testing and all employees should seek care from their primary care provider for evaluation and treatment if ill.

For University Village Residents

University Health Services now provides COVID-19 testing onsite at UC Village for all adult residents (both UC students and other family members/caregivers) with symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • When: Testing will take place on Tuesdays from 9am - 12pm. NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO TESTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20.
  • Where: At the UVA Family Resource Center
  • How: Call University Health Services at 510-541-2851. If someone does not answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will call you back.
You must make an appointment before you come for testing. Please note at the current time the current public health order (law) requires that any symptomatic person tested for COVID-19 self isolate until test results come back. (this is generally 24-48 hours)