Thanksgiving and Winter Break Testing Guidance for Employees and Students

The last revision was made on Nov. 28, 2022.

As we return from Thanksgiving and approach winter break, many members of our campus community will be visiting family and friends and traveling outside of the Davis area. To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during these heavier travel and engagement periods, campus is issuing the following testing guidance for employees and students.* If you are traveling domestically or internationally, please also review the Winter Travel Advisory page from Global Affairs that provides important information and requirements, especially for international travel. 

*These testing guidelines are being issued based on current public health guidance, and they may need to be revised if there is a shift in state or local public health requirements. 

Testing Guidance

During the break: We strongly recommend that employees and students take a COVID-19 test a few days prior to returning to Davis. If you test positive, please isolate in place and do not return to campus until the isolation period ends. You must also report it to campus in Health-e-Messaging.

After the break: We strongly recommend that employees and students take a COVID-19 test within one week of returning to Davis. If you test positive, you must report it to campus in Health-e-Messaging. For Thanksgiving break, we recommend that you take a saliva test at our testing site by making an appointment at the via HEM. 

Testing Options

Antigen Test: FREE antigen test kits will be available for pick-up at the locations below starting on Monday, November 14. This will allow folks to pick up kits prior to leaving for each break and be able to test during the break. (Due to limited supplies, you may only pick up 1 test at a time.)

Saliva Test (PCR): Davis campus saliva testing is available at the HR Administration Building

  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed Fridays and Saturdays.)
  • Asymptomatic only. Appointments required

Please note that the university will close its COVID-19 asymptomatic saliva testing center at the HR Administration Building on Thursday, Dec. 15. The last day to schedule a testing appointment is Wednesday, Dec. 14. If you are looking for more PCR testing options when you return from winter break, you can also visit other testing sites in Yolo County.


The Public Health Policies & Requirements page on the Campus Ready website is an additional resource for current campus guidance.