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COVID-19 Testing

Antigen Test Kit Update

With free antigen test kits widely available from the Federal Government and in Yolo County, UC Davis is no longer providing test kits for students and employees to pick up on campus. 

For more information on FDA-authorized at-home COVID-19 diagnostic test kits, please visit the FDA website. They provide a table that includes information on expiration dates, who can use the test, and other details that may help you decide what test is right for you. 

What if I have symptoms?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, students are encouraged to utilize an at-home antigen test. If they are concerned or have questions, students can make a telehealth appointment in Health-e-Messaging or contact Student Health and Counseling Services for a phone visit with the triage nurse to further discuss testing and/or treatment options, including those available at SHCS. If students have a positive test and it is after hours or on the weekends, and they have questions about possible treatment, they may also engage in a free virtual visit for those in the state of California through Sesame Care.

If you are a campus employee, then you are encouraged to contact your medical provider or Occupational Health if you have questions.  

You can request free at-home tests delivered through the mail to keep available for convenient testing or to use when you develop symptoms. If you are looking for more testing options, visit other testing sites in Yolo county or find more testing options in California.

Testing rollout: From student move-in to Davis community

Students living on campus with Student Housing and Dining Services were first required to get tested for COVID-19 before moving into their residences in September 2020. Student residents continued to be tested throughout the school year on at least a weekly basis.

During the initial pilot phase, the saliva screening process was backed up with a more traditional, certified testing process using nasal swabs. As part of the pilot phase, UC Davis students residing at The Green and in Sorority and Fraternity residences were also eligible to begin testing, as were student firefighters and EMTs living on campus. First responders and frontline health employees on the UC Davis campus were also invited to participate in testing during the pilot phase. After the saliva test was validated, additional groups of students and employees were invited to begin participating in the testing program (see the scope of the COVID-19 testing and screening program for more details).

COVID-19 testing is available for all UC Davis students and employees. The UC Davis COVID-19 Dashboard provides weekly updates on the number of tests and positive results.

Additional saliva-based testing kiosks were also opened as part of the Healthy Davis Together initiative to serve the needs of residents and workers in the city of Davis and other Yolo County communities. The Genome Center successfully processed more than 2.1 million saliva tests and the City of Davis and UC Davis were honored with an award from the International Town Gown Association for their partnership, before Healthy Davis Together was scheduled to close in June 2022.

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