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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 tests are available to all current students, faculty and staff, at no cost. 

The COVID Testing Center, located on the main level of the USU, will no longer be staffed to monitor testing or provide PCR testing services. PCR test kits are available from a self-service vending machine located on the main level of the USU.  All deposited tests will be picked up M-F before 12 pm for lab testing and results will be provided within 24 - 72 hours.

At home Rapid Antigen Tests are available for the campus community to pick up at the following locations: Student Health & Counseling Center, Library, USU and Housing Atrium. 

A Saliva PCR test vending machine will be available at the Testing Center. Tests will be available to pick up:  

  • Monday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Thursday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Before you arrive, be advised of the following: 

  • No food or drink one hour prior to your test (no water/gum; also, no smoking or chewing).
  • Bring your Fresno State ID card.
  • Face coverings are recommended. 
  • Complete the one-time consent form by logging into the health portal, click on Medical Clearances then choose COVID-19
  • Testing Consent Form.
  • Watch a video on how the test is collected.

If you are symptomatic:  

  • You should not come to campus, and instead should use an at home Rapid Antigen Test kit to self test at home, or seek testing from your personal physician or use a community testing facility (such as: My Turn Find a testing site). Students who are experiencing symptoms can contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 559.278.2734 for further medical direction.

When you arrive: 

  • Scan the QR code on the screen of the vending machine 
  • Log into the health portal from your cell phone and click on "Get a Shield T3 COVID-19 Test." 
  • Scan the QR code on the vending machine that says "dispense test" and your test kit will be dispensed from the machine.
  • Follow the instructions on the test kit to provide your saliva for the PCR test. 
  • Register your test in the health portal by clicking on "COVID Test Self Collect Activation."
  • Input barcode information from your test. 
  • Place test in dropbox next to the Vending Machine. 
  • You must register and drop off your sample within two hours after retrieving the test from the vending machine. 

After your test:

  • Tests are sent to the lab Monday - Friday at 12 p.m.
  • You will receive an email notification within 24 - 72 hours alerting you that your results are available.
  • You can log into the health portal to view your results.
  • If your test is negative, continue testing weekly as required.
  • If your test is positive do not come to campus. Follow the campus reporting protocol by filling out the COVID-19 Reporting Form and Environmental Health and Safety will contact you.

Rapid Antigen Self Tests are available to pick up at the University Student Union, Library, Student Health & Counseling Center, and Housing Atrium. 

To exit isolation: 

  • In accordance with California Department of Public Health and Cal-OSHA guidelines, students, faculty and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to in-person activities after a minimum of five (5) days of isolation if their symptoms are not present or are resolving, and they test negative with a rapid antigen test.
  • Rapid antigen testing to exit isolation can be done by completing an at home test.  

If you are symptomatic:  

You should use an at home Rapid Antigen Test kit to self test at home.