Covid 19 Testing Requirements

COVID-19 Testing

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COVID-19 Testing Requirements 

UC Riverside will require routine COVID-19 testing for select groups of employees and students on campus – including everyone who is unvaccinated (with approved exemptions), symptomatic, or with a confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19. Optional testing will also be available.

Who Should Get Tested 
  • If you are symptomatic 

    If you are symptomatic 

    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, including mild ones, don't come to campus and get tested – even if you are vaccinated. If you become symptomatic after vaccination, get tested. 

  • If you have been traveling 

    If you have been traveling 

    • Returning from international travel: If a UCR employee or student is not fully vaccinated, complete the daily wellness check and home quarantine for seven days with a negative test result on day 5 or later – or 10 days without at test. Fully vaccinated employees and students should receive a test on day 5 or later; however, you do not need to quarantine.  

    • Returning from domestic travel: If an employee or student is not fully vaccinated, complete the daily wellness check and home quarantine for seven days with a negative test result on day 5 or later – or 10 days without a test.    

    • Travel guidelines from the California Department of Public Health is available here.  

  • If you were exposed* to a person with COVID-19 

    If you were exposed* to a person with COVID-19 

    • If not vaccinated: If you have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19, a test on day 5 or later is required. 

    • If vaccinated: If you have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19, a test is on day 5 or later highly recommended. 

    *Exposure or close contact is defined as: 

    • If you have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (of for an asymptomatic individual, two days prior to the test specimen collection) until the time the individual is isolated. An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.; OR 

    • If you have had direct physical contact, including unprotected contact, with bodily fluids and/or secretions (e.g. being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils, or drinking out of the same container); OR 

    • If you have provided care for a COVID-19 positive person without wearing personal protective equipment. Cloth face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment.  

Student Testing Protocol Student Testing Protocol (effective Sept. 27.)

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Employee Testing Protocol (effective Oct. 15)

Where to Get Tested – On Campus 
Student Testing Site

Students will be tested by Student Health Services, and the tests will be processed through UC Riverside’s diagnostic testing lab. Walk-in testing now available at the site. 

Location: Pentland Hills (Bear Cave Meeting Room)
Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (8:30-11:30 a.m., 1-3:30 p.m.)
Wednesday (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.)
Friday (8:30-11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m.)
Instructions: Watch the following video for guidance on how to take a COVID-19 test on campus.

Employee Testing Site

Site opens week of Oct. 25. Testing required for employees who are unvaccinated (with approved exemptions), have a confirmed exposure, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Location: HUB 302 North
Hours: Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-noon, 1-2 p.m.)
Instructions: By appointment only. Employees requiring testing will be sent instructions for how to schedule an appointment and will receive weekly reminders.

Drive-Thru Site

Site is located on campus in partnership with City of Riverside and Curative.

LocationParking Lot 26, 3443 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, CA 92507 
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 days a week 
Advance Appointments: Appointments can be scheduled online up to five days in advance. 
Same Day Testing: Complete the registration questions online and visit the testing site between 8 a.m.-noon. 
Instructions: Individuals must arrive at the testing site in a motor vehicle (must have windows). To ensure test can be administered and results are accurate, do not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke, or brush their teeth a half-hour before taking the test. 

Where to Get Tested – Off Campus 

Free COVID-19 testing is available throughout Riverside. Testing locations can be found here.