Free COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing reservations are available for all UO employees, students, and the Eugene/Springfield community through university’s Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Testing events are taking place November 30, December 1, and December 3.

Pre-registration is required via the MAP registration portal. This portal will be updated every week for registrations the following week.

Students living in Residence Halls should register for testing via the My Housing portal.


What You Need to Know

  • Testing is FREE.

  • Testing is conducted through a self-collected shallow nasal swab (anterior nares).

  • Individuals should not sign up if they:

    • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days
    • Are currently isolating or quarantining due to their contact with a known positive case
    • Are feeling sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Test results will be sent within four days of the test by 9:00 pm.


Why Get Tested

  • Many people are asymptomatic carriers of the virus. If you are asymptomatic, you can prevent further spread of the virus to your family, friends, and others in the community by identifying the virus, isolating, and cooperating with contact tracers.

  • Participating in MAP testing helps the UO develop strategies that local officials and university leaders can enact to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in our community.


What to Expect at Your MAP COVID-19 Test

On testing day, please show up to the testing site at your scheduled time. At this time, all testing will occur at the Matthew Knight Arena. Please enter via the western entrance.

The testing process itself will require minimal time. While there may be some waiting time, lines are expected to move quickly and you should only need 15-30 minutes to complete the process from start to finish.

Before entering the building there is a station where you will be asked to blow your nose. This helps clear out excess material from your nose and will improve the accuracy of the test. Tissues, a wastebasket for disposal and hand sanitizer will be provided.

After you enter the building, you will go to the testing check-in table. Testing personnel will verify your name and other information about you, such as your 95-number if you are affiliated with the University of Oregon or your date of birth. Testing personnel will also prep your sample collection tube, which you will be asked to take with you to the sample collection station.

The sample collection personnel will give you a collection swab and ask you to collect your sample following this process:

  1. Insert swab pointing toward the back of your nostril.
  2. Press gently against the back of your nostril and rotate the swab once by spinning between your thumb and forefinger.
  3. Leave the swab in place for 10 seconds.
  4. Repeat in the other nostril using the same swab.

When you have completed the collection, give the swab back to the sample collection personnel. If there is any visible mucus, snot, or clotted blood on the swab you’ll be asked to repeat the process. Excess material on the swab can interfere with the lab test and it is common to be asked to recollect a sample.

You are then finished with the sample collection. You will receive your results within four days by 9:00 p.m.

How to Collect Your Anterior Nasal Swab Sample for COVID-19 Testing

Image Holding the swab in the hand
Remove swab from container, being careful not to touch the soft end with your hand
Image Swab inserted in the nose
Insert swab pointing toward the back of your nostril
Image Inserted swab being twisted
Press gently against the back of your nostril and rotate the swab once by spinning between your thumb and forefinger
Image Swab being held in the nose for 10 seconds
Leave the swab in place for 10 seconds
Image Swab inserted in the other nostril
Repeat in the other nostril using the same swab
Image Holding the swab in the hand
Hand swab back to testing personnel. If there is any visible mucus, snot, or clotted blood on the swab you’ll be asked to recollect.