UVU COVID-19 Testing

UVU is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. In accordance with statewide restrictions and guidelines, students attending at least one in-person class are asked to take a free, non-invasive, COVID-19 test during the first two weeks of the semester. Testing will be available beginning January 5. Asymptomatic students enrolled in courses on campus may also be invited to participate in testing periodically throughout the semester as part of a plan developed by the Utah System of Higher Education and approved by the Utah Department of Health.  

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to support the health and safety of the UVU community, free testing options are provided for UVU students, faculty and staff.  Here is the information you need to know. 

Free COVID-19 testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available in the Sorensen Ballroom. Students, faculty, and staff can make an appointment.  The tests are performed by trained UVU employees utilizing non-invasive anterior nasal swabs. Results are available within a few hours of testing.

Type of test

The test is a non-invasive nasal swab that provides rapid results.

Governor's mandate

The Utah System of Higher Education released its COVID-19 Intensive Testing Plan in accordance with the State’s most recent Public Health Order, 2020-27. The plan uses a more efficient testing model to mitigate coronavirus spread while allowing greater flexibility for universities and less disruption for students. UVU is making testing available as required by the State, and with the goal of maintaining the opportunity for face-to-face courses.

Identification is needed

Free testing is only available at UVU to those who have a university ID number. Photo identification is needed to be tested.

Testing locations

Free COVID-19 testing is available in the Sorensen Student Center Ballroom. Students, faculty, and staff can make an appointment.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday testing begins on January 9, between 9 a.m. and noon, and will continue throughout the semester.
  • Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get a test. Drive-thru testing for symptomatic students begins January 11, in lot L10 by the Clarke Building (CB), between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please utilize testing in the SB until then.

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COVID-19 testing

Please see answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 testing below. We will continue to share updates on local restrictions and guidelines. Thank you for your efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

What does Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s executive public health order mean for UVU students?

Governor Herbert has issued several public health orders regarding testing. The current order requires that everyone wear a mask and maintain six feet physical distance from any individual from a separate household. Beginning January 1, 2021, all state universities and colleges are required to provide testing for students 18 years or older who attend in-person courses. Asymptomatic students will be invited to participate in testing throughout the semester to help determine COVID-19 infection trends.

Which type of testing will be offered?

 A non-invasive antigen rapid test will be provided free of charge. The PCR test, which utilizes an invasive nasal swab, is not administered at UVU.

Is testing mandatory?

As a state institution, we are complying with current public health orders. We encourage participation in the free and non-invasive tests. By testing, you avoid unknowingly transmitting the virus to others. 

How are we regulating the testing?

We are relying on students to utilize the services provided. Testing is a critical component of the plan to keep the campus safe and open.

When should I begin getting tested?

Testing will resume on Jan. 5. We ask that students who are attending one or more face-to-face classes on campus be tested within the first two weeks of the semester and encourage them to make an appointment early to avoid potential wait times. The goal is to have all students taking face-to-face courses tested by Jan. 25.

Who will be administering the tests?

The tests will be administered by UVU’s student emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and other hired medical professionals.

What if I already tested positive for COVID-19? Do I still need to be tested?

Current evidence shows you have immunity for about 90 days after contracting COVID-19. It is not necessary to test during that time period.

Do I need to make an appointment to be tested?

Yes, anyone with a UVU ID can make an appointment. The tests are free and provide results within hours. You will need to show a photo ID before being tested.

Where can I be tested?

Testing is currently offered at the Grand Ballroom in Sorensen Student Center. During spring semester, those who are not experiencing symptoms will be tested in the ballroom. Individuals who are symptomatic will be tested in the drive-thru testing site located near the Clarke Building (lot L10).

When will testing be offered?

Testing is offered during the following times in the Sorensen Student Center Ballroom.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday testing begins on January 9, between 9 a.m. and noon, and will continue throughout the semester.
  • Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get a test. Drive-thru testing for symptomatic students begins January 11, in lot L10 by the CB, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please utilize testing in the SB until then.

What if I don't have a parking pass for campus?

There is free parking near the HP building. The newly completed UVU Pedestrian Bridge will be available for the spring semester, making the campus easily accessible from free public transportation options like UVX, buses, and FrontRunner. Low-cost short-term paid parking is available in the parking terrace and other areas on campus.

How long will it take to be tested?

Approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on numbers of people being tested. 

How long will it take to receive my test results?

Your results will be emailed to you within two hours. If for some reason you do not receive your results, please email covidtesting@uvu.edu.

What will happen if I test positive?

The email with your test results will ask you to complete the self-reporting form that will alert the UVU contact tracing team to contact you. They will help guide you through the isolation period and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Can my family, friends, and roommates also receive free testing?

Unfortunately we cannot test those who do not have a current UVU ID number. However, free testing is available through TestUtah. Their service is provided at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, and Provo Towne Center in Provo.

Can I be tested if I am a concurrent enrollment or UCAS student?

Unfortunately we cannot test minors as directed by the state health order. The exception would be if you have graduated from high school and are currently registered or attending UVU classes. In this case, an informed consent signed by a parent will be required for testing. The informed consent will be available at the test sites or here.

Who can I contact for more information about testing?

Send an email to covidtesting@uvu.edu.