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COVID-19 Testing

Regular, periodic testing is important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. UCR has created a new testing lab located at the Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB) on campus to provide convenient access to COVID-19 testing. The on-campus testing lab has limited capacity, so is limited to students, COVID-19 Response Team (Student Health Services, UCR Health, MRB/CLIA Lab Group) and Athletics staff approved for competition, per NCAA and Big West protocol (MBB and WBB).

UC Riverside employees will be able to get tested for COVID-19 at no cost at a drive-through site on campus starting Thursday, December 17, 2020. See below for details.

  • Faculty/Staff
    In partnership with City of Riverside, UCR employees can be tested for COVID-19 at no cost at a drive-through site on campus starting December 17, 2020. The City of Riverside is working with Curative, which provides a quick self-administered test that involves swabbing the mouth.
     
    Employees who work regularly on campus are encouraged to get tested although testing is available to all members of the campus community as well as area residents. Employees can get tested up to twice a week at no charge.
     
    Results are available via text or email within 72 hours. 
     
    Individuals must arrive to testing site in a motor vehicle (must have windows). The site cannot accommodate individuals who walk up or come on their bicycle.
     
    The drive-through testing site is separate from UCR's diagnostic laboratory that opened in September at the Multidisciplinary Research Building and has been working with Student Health Services to test students living on campus twice a week. 
     
    Location: Parking Lot 26
    Hours of operations: 7 days a week from 8:00am to 4:00pm
    Book an appointment ahead of time (preferred): Appointments are available online 5 days ahead of time.
    Same-day testing: Complete the registration questions for same-day testing. You can go between 8am to 12pm (even if appointments are not available). 
     
    Individuals must arrive in a motor vehicle (must have windows). The site cannot accommodate individuals who walk up or come on their bicycle. 
    To ensure test can be administered and results are accurate, do not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke, or brush your teeth a half-hour before taking the test.
     
    Frequently Asked Questions: 
    How is the test administered? 

    Curative’s oral-fluid swab testing involves having a person first cough into their elbow or mask, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The person then swabs the teeth, inside of the cheeks, and the roof of the mouth before sealing the test within a secure container and returning it to a Curative observer.

    The entire Curative test is done without having to come into close contact with others, therefore eliminating the need for personal protective equipment changes. Results are sent via text or email within 72 hours of testing. To ensure test can be administered and results are accurate, do not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke, or brush your teeth a half-hour before taking the test.

    Can I show up to a testing site and see if they have availability? 

    Testing by appointment is preferred; however, same-day testing options may be available. Having an appointment helps reduce wait times and helps ensure enough staff and testing supplies are available. For same-day testing, complete the registration questions for same-day testing. You can go between 8am to 12pm (even if appointments are not available). 

     

    You can schedule an appointment up to five days ahead of time. Same-day testing options may also be available. For same-day testing, complete the registration questions for same-day testing. You can go between 8am to 12pm (even if appointments are not available). 

    Why do you ask for insurance information? Does it cost to get a test at a City of Riverside-operated site?
    Testing is free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. When you give your insurance information, it allows the laboratory to bill your insurance to get reimbursed for the cost of the tests.
     
    Please review your individual medical plans COVID-19 information site for additional details.
     
    The State of California provides additional resources regarding COVID-19 testing costs.
  • COVID-19 Response Team (Student Health Services, UCR Health, MRB/CLIA Lab Group) and Athletics Staff Approved for Competition, per NCAA and Big West protocol (MBB and WBB)

    UCR offers on-campus COVID-19 testing free of charge to eligible faculty, staff and students. See below for details.

    Where: At designated location

    When: By appointment only

    Before Arriving to Testing Location: Complete the Daily Wellness Survey

    Symptomatic/Asymptomatic Groups Mandatory Strongly Recommended Voluntary
    Symptomatic COVID-19 Response Team (Student Health Services, UCR Health, MRB/CLIA Lab Group) x    
      Athletics staff approved for competition, per NCAA and Big West protocol (MBB and WBB) x    
             
    Asymptomatic COVID-19 Response Team (Student Health Services, UCR Health, MRB/CLIA Lab Group)   x  
      Athletics staff approved for competition, per NCAA and Big West Protocol (MBB and WBB); including game officials x    
  • Student Testing (Undergraduates and Graduate Students)
    UCR offers on-campus COVID-19 testing to students. See below chart to determine eligibility.

    Where: On-Campus "Spit and Go" Testing Station

    Hours*: Monday - Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-3:00pm

    *Holiday Testing Hours: Testing Site CLOSED on 11/25/2020 - 11/29/2020

           Post Holiday Requirements for All Students Living on Campus:

           - 14-day sequester after the Fall (Thanksgiving) break

           - 4 negative tests for students living in residential halls

           - 2 negative tests for students living in campus apartments

     

    Before Arriving to "Spit and Go" Testing Station: Follow the steps as outlined on https://studenthealth.ucr.edu/

    Symptomatic/Asymptomatic Groups Mandatory Strongly Recommended Voluntary
    Symptomatic** All on-campus residents (residential halls, apartments, family, housing) x    
      Medical Students x    
      Student-athletes approved for training/competition on campus, not living on campus x    
      Students/TAs participating in in-person classes or graduate student researchers, not living on campus x    
      Students living off-campus in Riverside County x    
      Students living off-campus, outside Riverside County x    
             
    Asymptomatic Students living in residential halls x    
      Student workers in housing/dining, not living on campus x    
      Student-athletes approved for competition, per NCAA and Big West protocol (MBB and WBB); including visiting athletes x    
      Students living in high-density apartments (Glen Mor) x    
      Medical students x    
      Students identified by case investigation, due to possible exposure x    

    **Symptomatic or Ill UCR Students - Medical services are available at Student Health Services. Call (951) 827-3031 to schedule appointment. Medical services are available to non-UC SHIP and GSHIP students at standard non-insurance fees.