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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Testing

Students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated or have attested to a medical or religious exemption (including those who are booster eligible) are required to complete mandatory, weekly COVID-19 testing surveillance testing (PCR or Rapid Antigen Test). Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine and boosted if eligible. 

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

Our COVID-19 Testing Center is open on the main floor of the USU. Days and times are subject to change. Test results may be available 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 9 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. - 1 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 use an at home Rapid Antigen Test kit to self test at home. 

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 2:30 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.

The Testing Center will be open the following days and times: 

Staff will monitor Rapid Antigen Tests Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. these tests fulfill the campus weekly testing requirement.

When you arrive: 

  • You will be given a Rapid Antigen Test to complete a nasal swab.   
  • Staff will process your test. 

After your test: 

  • Within 30-45 minutes you will receive an email that your test results have been posted in your health portal.
  • If you test positive, you will need to leave campus and fill out a COVID reporting form. 

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.