Covid 19 Testing Requirements

COVID-19 Testing

Testing Procedures


  • Make a COVID-19 testing appointment by logging into your patient portal  and have this barcode ready when you arrive at the testing site. Be sure not to eat, drink, smoke/vape, or brush your teeth 30min prior to your appointment.
  • Watch the video on what to expect.


When to Get Tested



Testing Locations 
Testing Requirements

UC Riverside requires regular COVID-19 testing for select groups of employees and students on campus – including everyone who is not up to date on vaccinations, symptomatic, or with a confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19. Routine testing is also expected.

Required testing protocols are as follows:

Testing Kits

Antigen tests kits are available are for your protection and convenience. They are not intended to replace required weekly testing for individuals who are not up to date on vaccinations. They cannot be used for determining early return to work. They should also not be used to replace monthly testing for asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals.

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Testing Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who may get tested at the campus testing sites?

    The testing sites are open to UCR students, employees, family members, and the public, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • When can I expect my results?

    When can I expect my results?
    If you test on campus, you may expect to receive your results 24-48 hours after the test. Results may vary based on lab processing time.


  • How do I report a positive test?

    How do I report my results?
    If you test positive please report your results immediately through the COVID Screening Check.

  • Can I take time off to test?

    Can I take time off to test?
    Employees should work with their supervisor(s) for scheduling, and may use up to two hours of their regularly scheduled work hours to take a COVID-19 test, if necessary.

  • What does it mean to ‘sequester’ between COVID-19 tests? 

    What does it mean to ‘sequester’ between COVID-19 tests? 
    Sequestering means to limit in-person interactions for a limited time. During a sequester period students should mostly stay in their own room, not attend events or gatherings, and only leave for essential activities such as: 
    •    Using the bathroom/shower
    •    Going to the dining hall, picking up meals, or accepting deliveries
    •    Solo outdoor exercise (walking, jogging, biking, etc.)
    •    Getting vaccinated or tested
    •    Doing laundry and picking up mail
    •    Working

  • Do I need to be tested if I previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days?

    Anyone who receives a positive PCR test result, and recovers, should pause this testing protocol for 90 days unless they develop new symptoms.

  • When do I need to confirm a positive test result with a second test?

    A positive antigen test must be confirmed with a PCR test. A positive PCR test does not require a second test to confirm. If you are coming to a campus testing site to confirm a positive antigen test, please wear your mask, keep six feet of distance, and go to the front of the line to notify the testing staff.