Self-directed COVID-19 Test

University of Oregon students can visit University Health Services (UHS) on Mondays–Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to pick up a COVID-19 test kit. No appointment is needed to pick up a kit. You can take the kit home to register and collect your saliva sample, then return it to UHS within 48 hours.

Please note these changes in hours during winter break:

  • Self-testing will end at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021.
  • For the week of December 13–16, the deadline for self-test kits will be at noon every day that week, to reflect reduced hours at UHS.
  • The program will be suspended December 20–31, 2021.
  • The program will resume on January 3, 2022.

Who is eligible? 

UO students with mild viral symptoms who do NOT feel they need a medical evaluation and have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Who should NOT use this testing option?

  • People who are not UO students. 
  • Students who feel they need a medical evaluation for their symptoms. Reason: COVID-19 testing is not a substitute for a medical evaluation. If you feel your symptoms need more than home care and self-monitoring, please call University Health Services at 541-346-2770 to get an appointment or speak with a triage nurse. 
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 90 days. Reason: COVID-19 tests can stay positive for up to 90 days, so a positive result today would be difficult to interpret. Please call University Health Services at 541-346-2770 to get an appointment or speak with a triage nurse. 

I have determined that I am eligible to use this Self-Directed COVID-19 Testing process, so what are the next steps? 

  • Use a fine-tipped Sharpie to write your last name, first name, and date of birth on the enclosed label.
  • Use a fine-tipped Sharpie to complete the back of the Instructions paper within the kit. 
  • Register your kit on-line by scanning the QR code on the instruction sheet in the kit and completing the form. You have 48 hours from registration to return your sample to University Health Services.
  • Complete steps 1-8 of the instruction kit to collect your saliva sample.
  • Double check your work!
    • Did I complete the registration process online? 
    • Does the label on my tube have my last name, first name, and date of birth written on it? Is it legible? Is it affixed so that it does NOT cover the bar code on the tube?
    • Is my identification sheet with my name, date of birth, 951 number, and collection date in the outside pocket of the biohazard bag with my name facing outwards? Is it legible?
  • Return your kit to University Health Services by 3:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. (Kits dropped off after 3:00 p.m. will be processed the following afternoon.)

What happens after I drop off my sample to UHS?

Your sample will be taken to UO Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) for testing using a PCR NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test) that is FDA-EUA approved. 

How long do results take to come back and how will I be informed? 

Results will be back within 2-4 business days, often within 24 hours. You will be notified via text or email when your results are available in your MAP portal. There will be a pdf copy of your lab result to download if desired. 

What should I do while I’m waiting for my results? 

If you are symptomatic and you have decided to get a COVID test, after your test you should “shelter-in-place” until you receive your test results. This means you should stay in your current living situation, not go to class or to work, and avoid situations where you have contact with others.

If you receive a negative PCR test result, you can resume activities once your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free for 24 hours. See the COVID-19 Exposure Scenarios and Guidance.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? 

If you receive a positive test result or any kind, including a home test, complete a Case and Contact form. This form goes to the Corona Corps and they will reach out to you to confirm your isolation dates, talk about how to safely isolate, and provide advice about available resources. The Corona Corps and the Univeristy Housing team also will help students who test positive in residence halls to safely isolate in an alternative space outside of their current residence hall assignment. If you have medical concerns, call University Health Services at 541-346-2770.