What if I have tested positive for COVID-19?
Follow the instructions on this handout for individuals who have tested positive.
Who is required to get tested?
Testing requirements and recommendations are listed at the bottom of the surveillance testing page.
Where can I get tested?
For required testing - a list of testing locations and their hours of operations are listed on the surveillance testing page.
Can I get my required testing somewhere else?
In order to have a green badge, you must get tested through University Health Services.
Does it hurt to get tested?
The testing conducted is a self-administered nasal swab. It won't hurt, but it might be slightly uncomfortable. The test is different from the nasopharyngeal swab, which must be performed by a health care professional and can be painful. See the self-swab instructional PDF and self-swab video for a preview of what to expect.
Do I need an appointment to get tested?
Yes, Surveillance Testing Appointments are required for all locations and can be booked through eTang.
How long does it take to get tested?
Testing time is about 20 minutes from check-in to test completion. In rare instances, lines have formed at the testing site (for example the first day of testing after winter curtailment last week) but this is not the norm.
How will the testing requirements be enforced?
A program is being developed to train student workers to assist in monitoring compliance with the badging requirement. If you need to enter a university building, you should be prepared to show a green badge. We also expect instructors, research directors, and managers to play a role in compliance in the course of their regular responsibilities.
Are participants in youth programs required to be tested?
Children participants in the early childhood program and other youth programs are exempt from the testing requirement. UC Berkeley-affiliated parents of participants are strongly encouraged to get tested but are not required to do so, unless they meet a separate requirement for mandatory testing. Teachers and other staff in these programs are included in the mandate.