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

Here’s a searchable map of coronavirus testing sites in the San Francisco Bay Area that don’t require a doctor’s referral. Use this list to find drive-through and other testing centers near you.

Additional resources for free COVID testing:

Alameda County has a list of free community testing sites. You do not need a doctor’s note or medical insurance to get tested, you will not be asked about your immigration status, and most test results are available within 2-5 days.

Carbon Health has clinics or pop-up testing sites.

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

Walgreens is offering no-cost, contactless COVID-19 testing at select locations in partnership with the PWNHealth provider network.

Testing FAQ

Are the testing sites indoors or outdoors?

Currently, our symptomatic and asymptomatic testing sites are set-up indoors. We also are piloting wi some at-home salvia based testing options. 

Why can't the testing centers be outdoors?

An outdoor set-up with electronics and biological materials is not safe in inclement weather including rain and wind.  

How are the indoor testing centeres set up to be safe?

UHS also works closely with UC Berkeley Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) to ensure that each testing site is set-up to meet and exceed public health standards and requirements, including but not limited to ensuring that the space aligns with current density and distancing requirements, adequate ventilation, and disinfection.


The testing site is set-up with the proper distancing guidelines in place throughout. This includes the check-in line, registration table and testing areas. The site has been measured and marked accordingly and those coming for testing are directed on where to stand. The distances are clearly marked. In addition, plastic barriers between each testing station, further spreading out the testing spots, extra fans for additional ventilation, and monitoring how many people are indoors at a time. 


All those coming to the testing site are instructed ahead of time through the appointment booking system that they need to wear face-covering when they come to the site. There is also signage reinforcing this requirement when they arrive at the testing site. When they are getting the self-swabbing instructions from staff, they are instructed to leave their mask on until the moment they need to temporarily remove their mask for the self-swabbing part.  


While there may at times be lines (which look long due to the distancing), the line moves extremely quickly and per our measurements, most people get through the entire process within 15-20 min, of which less than 3 minutes are without a mask during the swab.


The surveillance sites were set up to efficiently meet significant testing needs for campus, enabling continued reopening as public health guidance permitted.  We also have separate testing site for those who have symptoms, are ill, or who have been in contact with someone who tested positive as a way to separate out symptomatic and asymptomatic groups. 


It is UHS practice to regularly monitor and evaluate our services. We meet daily to review the operations of the testing sites.

What if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

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