Testing

Testing is available on campus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

What You Need to Know

  • Free COVID-19 testing is available for UO employees, students, and the Eugene/Springfield community through university’s Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as testing events often fill up. This portal will be updated every Wednesday for registrations the following week. MAP test results are available within 2-4 business days. This is not a rapid test.
     

  • Individuals with mild symptoms, similar to the common cold, can get tested through MAP at the ticket booths outside of McArthur Court. Individuals with symptoms should not go inside to test.
     

  • Masks are required at COVID-19 testing sites. Masks should be worn in line even if you are outside.
     

  • Free COVID-19 home tests can be ordered through the United States Postal Service (USPS).
     

  • For Students: If you have viral symptoms and are unsure whether you need a medical evaluation, contact University Health Services at 541-346-2770 or your health care provider to determine if and where you should be tested. For current hours visit University Health Services webpage. Students should not go to the hospital emergency room (ER) solely to get a test.
     

  • For Students and Employees: If you have tested positive, develop symptoms, or think you have been exposed to COVID-19 should follow this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guide to determine whether isolation or testing is needed and next steps.
     

  • Any UO student who has tested positive or has been exposed to COVID-19 may contact the UO Care Team, Monday-Friday 9 a.m - 5 p.m. at 541-346-2292 or careteam@uoregon.edu. The UO Care Team is available with resources, support, and guidance.

Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some general precautions the CDC recommends to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

  • Stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Wear a face covering that covers both your mouth and nose when indoors around others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Do not go to work or class.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Prevention Information

Health Support

If you suspect you are sick with COVID-19, call your health care provider before visiting in person. The following health center providers serve UO students in Eugene, Portland, and Coos Bay, respectively

Eugene Students

Portland Students

OIMB Students​​

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UO, OHA partner to provide free testing to K-12 schools

The University of Oregon, working with the Oregon Health Authority, has received a $24.5 million letter of intent to provide free COVID-19 testing to public and private K-12 schools in southern and central Oregon during the 2021-22 school year. The service area includes Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, and Wheeler counties.

K-12 Testing Information

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COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program

The University of Oregon leveraged the strength of its research capabilities to launch an expansive COVID-19 testing initiative that is helping the university, Lane County, and the state get back to business safely.

Testing Program

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Corona Corps Aides Contact Monitoring and Support

Developed by the UO’s Center for Global Health and University Health Services, the Corona Corps engaged student team members to support the UO and local community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As of July 1, 2022, the Corona Corps transitioned to the UO's Oregon Public Health Corps.

To learn more about the Oregon Public Health Corps, contact the co-directors Jeffrey Measelle or Angela Long or email ophc@uoregon.edu.

Testing FAQs

General Testing

 

How can I order a free COVID-19 home test?

Each residential household in the US can order three sets of at-home tests from COVID.gov.

Is the UO offering COVID-19 testing to students, faculty, staff, or the community?

Free COVID-19 testing is available for all UO students, employees, and Lane County community members through MAP. MAP test results are available within 2-4 business days. This is not a rapid test. Masks are required at COVID-19 testing sites and should be worn in line, even if you are outside. 

If a student has viral symptoms and is unsure whether they need a medical evaluation, they should contact UHS at 541-346-2770 or their health care provider to determine if and where they should be tested. For current hours visit the UHS webpage. 

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, they should contact UHS at 541-346-2770 or their health care provider to determine if and where they should be tested for COVID-19. Testing is available through MAP for those who do not require a medical evaluation.

Students in Portland can be tested at their health care provider or Portland State University through the UO and PSU partnership. OIMB students can be tested through the North Bend Medical Center

Students should not go to the hospital emergency room (ER) solely to get a test. Please do go to the ER or call 911 if you are experiencing severe symptoms. 

Faculty and staff who have COVID-19-like symptoms and need a medical evaluation should contact their health care provider or one of the COVID-19 test sites at various locations around the Eugene-Springfield area. 

Benefits-eligible employees can find a primary care physician by reviewing the options available through their UO health insurance plan at Human Resources. If you do not have a primary care physician, an urgent care location or any of Lane County Public Health’s clinics [en Español] can also be a resource. 

If I have mild symptoms, similar to the common cold, can I test through MAP?

If you are mildly symptomatic and do not feel you need a medical evaluation, testing is available through MAP at the ticket booths outside of McArthur Court. Hours of operation are available on the MAP webpage.

If you are feeling symptomatic, do not go inside McArthur Court. COVID-19 testing inside McArthur Court is reserved for asymptomatic individuals who are taking a precautionary screening test.

If you feel sick and that home care and self-monitoring are not sufficient, please contact your health care provider. A COVID-19 test is not a substitute for a medical evaluation.

If I have more serious symptoms or want a medical evaluation, can I test through MAP?

No. Contact your health care provider or local public health department to determine if and where to test.

UO students experiencing viral symptoms who need a medical evaluation or are unsure whether they need a medical evaluation should contact UHS at 541-346-2770 or their health care provider to determine if and where they should be tested for COVID-19.

How much does the COVID-19 test cost?

Testing is currently available for free through MAP.

Students living off campus who are tested at UHS  or off-campus laboratories will be billed through their health insurance. UHS accepts almost all major insurance carriers. If a student has insurance with a carrier that is not accepted, UHS will either see them anyway if they are willing to incur out-of-network costs or help the student find a local provider who participates in their network.

More information on coverage of COVID-19 testing in Oregon is available from the Oregon.GOV COVID-19 consumer health insurance webpage.

Should I get tested before or after traveling?

Testing before and after travel can reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19. The CDC provides recommendations about COVID-19 testing and travel. If you are flying, be sure to check with your airline and destination, which may have more specific testing requirements.

Please note results from MAP take 2-4 business days. Results cannot be guaranteed in time for travel. If you are traveling to a destination with strict entry testing requirements, utilize commercial COVID-19 test providers who administer pre-travel screening tests. You may also refer to Lane County's list of testing resources, but check with testing facilities to ensure they meet the test type and time frame requirements.

Can children be tested through MAP?

Yes, Parents or legal guardians may register minors who are at least 3 years of age and under age 15 to be tested through the UO MAP testing. Community members between the age of 15 and 18 may register and attend the testing event without a guardian. If you are registering yourself and one or more minor(s) in your care, you must complete the registration form once for each person receiving a test. You must accompany the minor(s) you register to the testing event.

We encourage self-collection in children who are able, however minors under the age of 10 may need your help to collect their sample. Staff onsite will assess if your child needs assistance and help guide you. MAP offers self-collected tests only. Staff will not directly collect samples from minors or adults that need assistance. This should be done by a parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Testing is not currently available for children younger than 3. Test results will be released to the guardian registering the minor for testing. We will not contact the minor directly.

Will MAP testing still take place if there is inclement weather?

Winter weather may impact testing operations, up to and including cancellation of your testing appointment. If we need to cancel your COVID-19 test due to weather, we will inform you via text and email at the contact information you provided during registration. The UO campus status during winter weather is available on the UO alerts page.


Registration and Notifications

How do I select a location, date, and time for testing?

During the registration process, you will be able to view current testing locations and available appointments at each location. The number of available appointments is listed to the left of the testing location. See an example testing selection screenshot.

Select the testing location you wish to test at and then, on the following page, the testing date and time slot for your test.

If appointments are not available in your selected testing location on the day you are completing your registration, or you wish to register for a future date, you will be able to select “next available testing days” to see more appointment options at your selected location

What if I have trouble registering online?

The MAP team accepts walk-in testers until a half hour before closing time. If you cannot sign up for a time or your preferred time, you are welcome to come to testing as a walk-in tester. Please allow half an hour for the walk-in registration and testing process.

Can I view the registration form in another language?

The registration form is currently available in English and Spanish. You can change from English to Spanish using the dropdown in the upper right corner of the page on the green header bar. Please note that this will take you to the beginning of the form. If you are using the Google Chrome browser, please avoid using Google Translate as it may lead to improper translation.

Are email and SMS text notifications only available in English?

No. During registration, you will be able to choose whether your communications (emails and texts) will be sent in English or Spanish.

How will my email and mobile phone number be used?

Email and SMS enabled mobile phones will be used for communication purposes related to your testing appointment, for example, confirmation of scheduled testing appointment, reminders, and alerts that your results are available to view in the online portal. Additionally, should you test positive, your phone number will be shared with the public health office in your county of residence to allow for a case manager to contact you to provide resources, guidance, and to begin the contact tracing process.

Why is MAP requesting that I fill out the REALD Survey after I register for testing?

REALD is an initiative by the community and OHA (Oregon Health Authority) to collect demographic information (Race, Ethnicity, Language and Disability) for the purpose of identifying communities most impacted by COVID-19 and to help the state identify, address, and eliminate social and health inequities in Oregon.

In order for the state to better understand the communities impacted by COVID-19 and provide future resources, we request that you fill this survey out once per year. Providing the information is optional.

More information is available through the Oregon Health Authority website.


Results

How long does it take to get results from the MAP test?

MAP test results are available within 2-4 business days. MAP does not offer rapid tests.

How will I get my test result?

Testing participants will be alerted by text and/or email when their test results are available. The email and text will provide a confirmation code and link to a secure online portal where participants can see test results.

You will have the opportunity to indicate during the registration process which method of notification you prefer for your results. If you consent to receive your result through the secure online portal, you will receive notice that your results are ready to view within 4 business days. If you elect to receive results by United States postal service, the results will be postmarked within 4 business days, but we cannot guarantee a timeline for their delivery.

Additional information is available on the How To Access Your Results webpage.

How do I interpret my test results in the secure online portal?

Below are descriptions of test result fields that may be helpful when viewing your results.

Sample Type: Lists the type of test administered. In this case, a saliva test or anterior nares (AN) swab was administered.

Physician Name: The ordering physician for the testing being conducted at UO testing sites.

Sample ID: The sample tube barcode that is associated with your test sample on a particular test day.

Patient ID: The unique confirmation ID that was provided to you in your confirmation email or text at the time of registration.

Samples Received: The time your test sample was received in the UO MAP lab for processing.

Reports Completed: The time your test sample processing was completed.

SARS-CoV-2 Not Detected: Your sample has tested negative for COVID-19. This means you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected.

  • If you are sick and not getting better, talk to your doctor or clinic. You might be sick with something other than COVID-19, or it is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you may test positive later. If you don’t have a doctor, call 2-1-1. They can help you find care even if you don’t have health insurance. Interpreters are available.

SARS-CoV-2 Inconclusive: Your sample did not produce enough information during the testing process to establish a definitive result. THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULT.  We strongly recommend that you contact the organization you tested with the first time to schedule another test.

Re-Collection Necessary:  This means there was a problem with your sample collection and we were unable to complete testing.  We strongly recommend that you get tested again soon in order to establish your COVID status. A common reason for recollections with saliva samples is the patient ate, drank, or brushed their teeth right before the sample was taken. Please refrain from these activities for at least 30 minutes before your sample is collected.

POSITIVE SARS-CoV-2:  You have the virus in your body and can spread it to others. UO Students and employees who have tested positive should review the COVID-19 exposure scenarios and guidance. If you have questions or need resources and are a resident of Lane County, you can cal the LCPH COVID-19 help line at 541-682-1380.

Test Description: The type of test processed in the lab is a RT-PCR. SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests detect genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction.

Having trouble locating your test results?

Click here and provide your information. A UO COVID-19 MAP lab member will follow up with you regarding your results.

Why should asymptomatic people get tested?

People can be 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 that you are infected with the virus, isolating, and cooperating with contact tracers. Also, 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.

Does MAP provide test results for traveling or attending public events?

MAP is not registered with airlines, states, or countries for travel testing. We encourage individuals to utilize commercial COVID-19 test providers who administer pre-travel or pre-event screening tests that can provide results within 24-72 hours. You may also refer to Lane County's list of testing resources, but check with testing facilities to ensure they meet the test type and time frame requirements.

Results through MAP are typically available within 2-4 business days of the test. MAP does not offer rapid tests.

Are my test results and information kept private?

Yes. All personal data collected for testing is protected in compliance with HIPAA regulations and will not be shared without your consent.


Monitoring and Assessment Program

What is the University of Oregon’s COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP)?

MAP was created in spring 2020 to develop and expand the university’s testing capacity for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The program leverages the research strengths of the UO, including experts in genomics, data science, prevention science, and other areas.

The MAP team has testing capacity of about 4,000 tests per week. All residents of Lane County are invited to participate in testing. We particularly encourage students living off campus in group or apartment-living settings, faculty and employees whose work requires them to be on campus, and under-served communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to sign up for testing using the MAP registration portal.


Other

What happens when a student, staff, or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19?

Students and employees who have tested positive are encouraged to review this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guide

If a student tests positive positive through a home test they should complete the Lane County home-test form. Students who test positive through MAP, UHS, or through a testing facility in Lane County do not need to fill out an additional form. The UO will be notified of your positive test result.

Any UO student who has tested positive or has been exposed to COVID-19 may contact the UO Care Team, Monday-Friday 9 a.m - 5 p.m. at 541-346-2292 or careteam@uoregon.edu. The UO Care Team is available with resources, support, and guidance.