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COVID-19 Updates

Free and Voluntary Baseline COVID-19 Testing Aug. 10 - 21

Aug. 5, 2020


Dear Students:

As we prepare for the new academic year, Fresno State in partnership with Valley Children’s Healthcare (VCH), is offering voluntary and one-time baseline COVID-19 testing at no cost

This testing will be offered only to students and faculty who will be on campus for the fall 2020 semester for in-person classes, and to staff (including student assistants) who are currently working on campus this summer or have been approved to return to work on campus in August.

While this baseline testing is voluntary, our university administration is strongly encouraging participation in order to reduce the spread of the virus as we begin to repopulate the campus. By participating in this baseline testing, you will be helping to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.


Voluntary baseline testing will be offered at the Save Mart Center on the following dates, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for students and faculty who will be on campus for the fall 2020 semester for in-person classes.

Please note that you do not have to register in advance.

Monday, Aug. 10 – Friday, Aug. 21  (excluding Aug. 16)   


  • Using your cell phone, please complete the Daily Health-Screening Tool found here, and bring your phone to the testing site to demonstrate you have been cleared to be on campus. (A device will be available at the site, if you do not have a cell phone or are not able to access the Daily Health-Screening Tool.)
  • Plan to arrive at the northwest entrance to the Save Mart Center.
  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Do not bring friends or family members, unless they have also been approved to be on campus this fall. (See explanation above.)


As part of the baseline testing, VCH staff will administer a COVID-19 nasal swab test. If a student tests positive, they will receive a phone call from the University’s Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC). Please note SHCC is required to report any positive cases to the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH). FCDPH would then initiate their contact-tracing protocols. 

For more information about the voluntary baseline COVID-19 testing, please refer to related FAQs.

When you participate in the baseline testing, please adhere to standard health protocols (e.g. wearing face covering and maintaining six feet physical distance). If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home and contact your medical provider.

Fresno State is appreciative for the partnership and collaboration with Valley Children’s Healthcare in offering this important service for our campus community.



Janell Morillo, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President, Student Health, Counseling and Wellness