Beginning Monday, January 11, 2020, the University is offering free COVID testing for students and employees. The testing is mandatory for everyone to help ensure a safe and healthy start to the spring semester. Individuals are required to complete a registration form BEFORE arriving to be tested and to sign up for a time slot. The tests are being offered from January 11 through January 29 at various times throughout the day and evening to accommodate the campus community.
Before you sign up for testing, please review the information below.
- There is no cost to the individual to be tested.
- The University is using the BD Veritor 15-minute rapid test. The test has been proven to be more than 98% accurate (100% accurate for positive tests & 98% accurate for negative tests) Basically if you test positive, the test is accurate 100% of the time. If you test negative, the test is accurate 98% of the time).
- The test is a non-invasive nasal swab that the individual will administer themselves. It is not uncomfortable.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time and bring a photo ID with you (UF ID, driver's license, passport, etc.)
- If you have tested positive for COVID after Oct. 1, 2020, you do not have to be retested, but you still have to complete the COVID registration form so the University has a record of your positive test.
- If you are a student-athlete and are already tested through Athletics, you still have to complete the COVID registration form. Please indicate on the form that you are a student-athlete and follow the instructions you receive in the email after you complete the form.
Watch the video below to help you know what to expect for your COVID test.
Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID Testing
Are all students and employees required to have an initial COVID test and participate in random testing as asked throughout the semester.
Yes, with the following exceptions:
- If you have proof of a positive test in the last 90 days, you should not be tested.
- If you have proof of a negative COVID test taken within the previous 36 hours, you do not need to be tested.
- If you are teaching or taking classes completely online and remotely for the spring semester, you do not need to be tested.
While we understand that not everyone supports required testing, our local health professionals believe it is essential in our effort to identify and contain virus spread so we can continue to have live in-person classes.
How do I schedule a test?
What type of test is it?
Do I need to be tested before I can be on campus for work or classes?
When and where will testing be offered?
- Testing will be offered from 1/11 through 1/29, and you will need to sign up in advance so you have an appointment. All testing will be held in the Student Recreation Center at Koehler. Since live classes do not begin until 1/19, the week of testing prior to that will focus on employees.
If I have tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, should I be tested?
- No. If you have tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, you should not have a test done. If your positive test result has not been reported to Cosiano, please email proof of your positive test result to [email protected].
If I have had a negative COVID test result 36 or less hours prior to returning to campus, do I need to be tested?
- No. If you have had a negative COVID test result 36 or less hours prior to returning to campus, you should email proof of your negative test result to [email protected].
If I am taking or teaching classes online and remotely for the entire spring semester, do I need to be tested?
- No. If you are taking or teaching classes online and remotely for the entire spring semester, please email [email protected] with that information so it can be verified.
If I have had the COVID vaccine, do I need to be tested?
- Yes. The Public Health Department has advised us that vaccinated individuals should still be included in the testing because they could still be an asymptomatic carrier.
Who do I contact if I have other questions?