Testing Outside the Tang Center & Testing FAQ

Testing Outside the Tang Center

If You've Tested Positive Outside of UHS

We are asking that if students, faculty, staff and other campus affiliates get a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test from an outside provider/lab to voluntarily call our University Health Services CONFIDENTIAL line at (510) 643-8227 to inform our clinical teams.

We want to offer our support and services to help those through their care and recovery. It will also help us be aware of the number of positive cases so we can plan our services and resources to support the campus community.

Your private information will not be shared beyond that required for Public Health. Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • Are you a student, faculty, staff member or campus affiliate
  • Spell your first and last name
  • Date of Birth if you are a student, or Employee ID for faculty / staff
  • City you tested positive in
  • Date of confirmed positive test
  • Contact number and email address

Testing in California

COVID-19 Testing Sites in California

Additional resources for free COVID testing:

City of Berkeley - free to anyone living or working in Berkeley, includes asymptomatic testing
Community members can call the test screening line by dialing 510-981-5380 to speak with a Berkeley Public Health nurse or schedule appt onlineTests will be scheduled weekdays from 9am-4pm. at the city/s West Berkeley facility- 1730 Oregon St.

City of Oakland - free to anyone living in Alameda County

SF CityAny SF resident with at least 1 symptom, a known exposure to lab-confirmed COVID19 or a frontline worker

San Mateo County - Project Baseline- Free testing to anyone without restriction

Santa Clara County - Free for symptomatic, those with known exposure to lab-confirmed COVID19, frontline workers

IGI Saliva Testing (FAST) Study (for those without symptoms)

For people without symptoms: The Innovative Genomics Institute is piloting a new, saliva-based test for COVID-19 on campus to help establish a testing model for our campus when it reopens.

If you are a UC Berkeley staff, faculty, or student who is currently approved to be on campus during the pandemic, you are invited to join. Find out more and sign up for an appointment.

Testing FAQ

I am worried I have coronavirus -- what do I do?  How can I get tested?

  • First: take a deep breath, gently.  We continue to see other viruses circulating in the community, including influenza - COVID doesn’t have a monopoly.  That said: it is very hard not knowing, especially given how frightening it is to be ill in these times.
  • Second: think hard about your home setting and isolate yourself as best you can from others, especially anyone who is at higher risk for complications (elderly, heart or lung disease, diabetes, cancer, immunocompromised, maybe pregnancy).  If you have a mask, put it on. And wash your hands.
  • Third: call your healthcare provider for advice.  Students: call the Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at (510) 643-7197. 
  • Fourth: testing availability has improved locally over the last few week.  At UHS we are offering assessment and testing for any UCB student, faculty or staff who may have symptoms.  See our COVID-19 testing page for details.


What do I do if I'm living in the dorms or self-isolating in an apartment?

What about students, faculty, or staff who have returned from a country or area with widespread transmission of COVID-19?

All UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students, postdocs and other UC affiliates including visiting scholars are asked to call the University Health Services COVID-19 Travel Line at (510) 642-6622 upon arrival in the Bay Area for instructions and support. (CDC List of areas with widespread transmission of COVID-19)

If you are healthy and have no symptoms, take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing: 

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing. • Avoid crowded places (such as stores or movie theaters) and limit your activities in public as much as possible. 

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. You can discontinue these procedures 2 weeks after leaving the COVID-19 affected area if you do not become ill. 

If you have any signs of illness, especially fever, chills, cough, have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath: 

  • Put on a surgical (paper) mask, if you have one, and stay in a private room

  • Call your healthcare provider immediately for further guidance (students only: call the the UHS Nurse Advice Line at (510) 643-7197). 

  • Don’t expose others. Please be sure to let your healthcare provider know the concern for COVID-19 as soon as you arrive.

What if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

Follow the instructions on this handout for individuals who have tested positive.