COVID-19 Testing Information & Health Updates
COVID-19 TESTING AT CAMPUS HEALTH
Are you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Please call us at (520) 621-9202 before you come in.
Cats TakeAway Testing is free and available at Campus Health M-F 8am-4pm for students & employees.
If you are a student or employee and are NOT experiencing symptoms, see Campus Testing Options & Information.
The Pima County Health Department also offers free COVID-19 testing on evenings and weekends.
GET YOUR TEST RESULTS
- If you have already been tested at North Rec, the Student Union or a remote location, your results will be available on the test results portal as soon as they are ready.
- If you were tested at Campus Health, visit PatientLink for your results.
COVID-19 test results will NEVER be sent via text message or email. Instead, you will receive a notification that your results are available on a secure server. Results can only be obtained by logging into the Test Results Portal or PatientLink.
Please download the Covid Watch Arizona Exposure Notification smartphone app
Help kick COVID-19 off our campus with the University’s anonymous exposure notification app. Select University of Arizona as your community.
- About The Covid Watch Arizona App
- Covid Watch Arizona App FAQs
- Covid Watch FAQs (more information about exposure notifications)
HEALTH & WELLNESS
HOW COVID-19 SPREADS
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
For more information, visit the CDC
(The CDC website is offered in multiple languages)
PROTECT YOURSELF & OTHERS
Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce your risk of COVID-19. Here are other steps you can take to slow the spread:
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
IF YOU FEEL SICK
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact Campus Health at (520) 621-9202 or your healthcare provider.
Fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19, per CDC guidance.
Monitor your symptoms and seek emergency care immediately if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing, inability to stay awake, bluish lips or face).
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Whatever you're going through, you don't have to go through it alone.
Want to talk? Call Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) at (520) 621-3334. Online counseling appointments are available right away.
If you’re feeling alone or struggling, text TALK to 741741 or call 1-800-274-TALK. More information on Crisis Resources & Hotlines.
Health & Wellness
You had a recent close contact (within 6 ft for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
People who are considered close contacts are supposed to quarantine and get tested for the coronavirus.
The University of Arizona is actively tracking COVID-19 positive-test cases in our community to protect public health while taking great care to respect the privacy of individuals. All positive COVID-19 tests are reported to their local health department per state law. Through a partnership with the state and local health departments, the UA SAFER team has been trained and authorized to start the case investigations and contact tracing for faculty, staff and students associated with The University of Arizona.
Here is what else we are doing:
- Posting confirmed aggregate COVID-19 positive-test case numbers among University of Arizona community members on the COVID-19 Testing Results Dashboard. This number reflects students, faculty and staff who have a confirmed positive lab test.
- Providing guidance on how students, faculty and staff can inform their close contacts of their positive COVID-19 result to limit its potential spread. Individuals know their contacts best and can communicate this information rapidly to alert them.
- Informing the campus community of potential exposures that take place on campus or through University of Arizona official business functions. These general exposure notices are in the interest of public health but protect the privacy of individuals by not including names of positive-test individuals.
- Encouraging all students, staff and faculty to download the Covid Watch Arizona Exposure Notification App.
Please note that with COVID-19 in our community, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.
We ask that everyone act with compassion and respect the privacy of members of our community who may have tested positive for COVID-19.
No. Cold water with soap is just as effective at removing germs during hand washing.
According to the CDC, the “temperature of the water does not appear to affect microbe removal; however, warmer water may cause more skin irritation and is more environmentally costly.”
Yes! Please download, print and post the following:
(updatd files will be added soon)
All COVID testing for symptomatic students/employees must be ordered by a medical provider, which will generate a visit charge. Campus Health will secure payment at the time of service and bill insurance plans with which we are contracted or directly to the patient. Coverage of the cost varies by insurance company and plan.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
For more information on quarantine and isolation, visit the CDC (this website is available in multiple languages)
If you are a University Arizona located outside of Pima County, please refer to your local county health department if you are concerned about potential symptoms of COVID-19 or would like additional information. For example, the Maricopa County Public Health Department is the contact for students residing in Phoenix.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to reduce your risk of COVID-19. You can take other steps to slow the spread:
- Maintain good physical distance (about 6 feet). This helps protect ourselves and others from exposure, decreases the strain on our healthcare system, and ultimately save lives.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- More prevention tips here.
Wildcat WellCheck screens employees and students before they are on campus or in class. This advanced screening will help reduce your risk of COVID-19 and ensure that our campus remains open for in-person learning, teaching, and research. There are no apps to download or complicated systems to navigate, just answer a few brief questions on your phone via text message.
Here's how it works:
- Text JOIN to 35106
- After enrolling, Wildcat WellCheck sends reminders to complete a brief health screen via text/SMS
- After enrolling, you may change your preferences
- After enrolling, submit your daily WellCheck
Wash your hands before putting on your face covering. The face covering must always cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face and make sure you can breathe easily.