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 McArthur Court ticket booths. 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 develop COVID-19 symptoms, test positive, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, review the COVID-19 exposure scenarios and guidance for next steps and resources.
     

  • The Corona Corps is available to help students with resources including food, housing, health care, financial assistance, mental health supports, and academic accommodations.
     

  • Effective April 25, the required testing program will be suspended due to Low COVID-19 Community Level and resumption of more normal campus operations. If our Community Level moves to medium or high, the UO will reassess the situation and work in consultation with public health authorities to determine if the required testing program should be reinstated.
     

  • The university has developed extensive protocols for notifying, isolating, and accommodating people who test positive, as well as communicating about cases with the wider community.

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.

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 engages student team members to support the UO and local community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Corona Corps

Testing Categories

Testing provides a snapshot in time, giving information needed to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. This information allows individuals to isolate and reduce spreading COVID-19 in the community.

Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing is "intended to diagnose an infection in patients suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider," per the FDA. University Health Services provides on-site diagnostic services to students. Diagnostic tests are performed when there is a reason to believe the individual may have contracted COVID-19 (e.g., they have symptoms).

Screening Testing

Screening testing is "looking for an occurrence at the individual level even if there is no individual reason to suspect infection such as a known exposure," per the FDA. Give the risks of congregate living, the UO used screening testing to identify infected residential students prior to their arrival on campus. UO MAP screening tests are available to all students and employees.

This type of testing is not for symptomatic individuals.

Community Testing
Random community testing is "generally used to monitor for an occurrence, such as an infectious disease outbreak, in a population or community, or to characterize the occurrence once detected, such as looking at the incidence and prevalence of the occurrence," per the FDA. We encourage the campus community to participate in widespread testing through our voluntary COVID-19 testing for students and employees.
This type of testing is not for symptomatic individuals.

Testing FAQs

General Testing

 

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

Each residential household in the US can order two sets of four free at-home tests from USPS.com.

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. 

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 McArthur Court ticket booths. 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. If you are flying, be sure to check with your airline and destination, which may have more specific testing requirements.

Per the CDC, people who are up to date with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States and do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it or they develop symptoms.

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.

If I test positive for COVID-19, will my privacy be protected during contact tracing?

In the interest of disease spread prevention and public health, any information collected by the university during its investigation of a positive case within the UO community will be shared with the relevant local public health authority (e.g., Lane County Public Health) and may be shared with other UO employees such as those directly involved in case management to the extent they have a legitimate need to know for health or safety purposes. Either the public health authority or UO may reach out to individuals identified as "contacts" of positive cases to prevent disease spread. In such cases, the university will only share the minimum information necessary for effective contact tracing and case management.


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

How is COVID-19 (coronavirus) affecting the state of Oregon?

See the Oregon Health Authority for situation updates in Oregon, and the CDC [en Español] for general information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

Has anyone associated with the UO tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes. The University of Oregon is providing information about reported positive COVID-19 test results for UO community members.

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 the exposure scenarios.

If an employee tests positive they should complete the Employee case form. 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.

The UO Case Management Team, including the Corona Corps, offers case management support. Corona Corps is available to students and Human Resources reaches out to employees who have been deemed close contacts and who may have been exposed.

Corona Corps notifies instructors if a student in their class has recently tested positive. For privacy reasons the name of the student is not provided.

The UO Case Management Team has protocols for isolation, facilities cleaning, accommodations, and notification. Corona Corps is available to provide guidance to students on next steps and resources such as food, housing, health care, financial assistance, mental health support, and academic accommodations. HR works with employees on case management and contact tracing for work-related cases.

Additional information can be found on the case management page.

How does the university provide information about positive COVID-19 cases involving students, faculty, and staff at the UO?

The University of Oregon reports all new reported positive and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases among all students as well as employees who are confirmed to have been on campus during the period of transmissibility. Cases are identified through MAP, UHS, employee supervisors, athletics, self-reporting through the Employee case form, and Lane County Public Health.

New case numbers are published on Mondays and emailed weekly to campus in the COVID-19 Update. County health authorities report cases following OHA and CDC reporting requirements.

If you have tested positive or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, review the exposure scenarios webpage for next steps and guidance.

How does contact tracing work?

Following the practices of Lane County Public Health (LCPH) the UO is limiting contact tracing to on on-campus residential students, students living in large congregate living situations, members of our highest-risk groups, and workplace-related cases. 

The UO Case Management Team will continue to be available for questions, guidance, and resource information. As part of the Case Management Team, HR will work with employees on workplace contact tracing.

Will I be informed if I have been in close contact with a positive case while on the UO campus?

Consistent with Oregon Health Authority and LCPH guidance the UO is limiting contact tracing and prioritizing on-campus residential students, students living in large congregate living situations, members of our highest-risk groups, and workplace-related cases. Individuals within those situations who are deemed close contacts and who may have been exposed as determined during the limited contact tracing process will be notified. 

We ask individuals who are infected with COVID-19 to inform household members/suitemates and those they were in contact with that they were potentially exposed.

Any UO student or employee who has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19 may contact the Corona Corps care team for support, guidance, and resources.


UO Weekly Testing Requirement

Does the university require COVID-19 testing for students and employees?

Effective April 25, 2022, the required testing program will be suspended due to Low COVID-19 Community Level and resumption of more normal campus operations. If our Community Level moves to medium or high, the UO will reassess the situation and work in consultation with public health authorities to determine if the required testing program should be reinstated.

Prior to the week of April 25, 2022 unvaccinated students and employees, those who have not completed a primary vaccine series, those who choose an exemption, and newly hired employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement process, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Can I provide results from a testing provider other than UO/MAP to meet my weekly testing requirement?

No. To meet the weekly requirement, testing must be completed through the MAP Test results from other providers or from self-testing kits available through pharmacies will not be accepted.  

Eugene-based employees and students schedule their appointment directly through MAP. Those who study and work in Charleston or Portland will receive testing kits for self-collection. The kits will be sent to Eugene for analysis and resulting.

Who will know that I am required to test through the UO COVID-19 weekly testing program?

In general, the information will be disclosed only to employees who have a legitimate need to know the information in order to carry out the University’s compliance and public health requirements related to the testing program. Authorized employees may have access to participant lists in order to assist with the administration of the program, to ensure compliance with the weekly testing requirement regulation, and to facilitate contact tracing and case management.    

Unit leadership is provided lists of employees expected to test each week and may notify appropriate supervisors as necessary. In such cases, the designated supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees are completing the weekly testing and verifying an employee’s reason for missing a weekly test. These are legitimate needs, which require supervisors to work on behalf of IMT to protect health and safety by ensuring compliance with the testing protocol. This is similar to the role supervisors have in assisting with the management of other campus safety policies and procedures and ensuring employees meet expectations. Supervisors are directed to keep an employee’s vaccination information and testing requirements confidential. 

Are newly hired employees required to test?

All newly hired faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, and UO temporary employees must complete the online COVID-19 vaccination requirement form within 30 days of their start date and are subject to weekly testing until submit their form reporting they are fully vaccinated.

I requested an exemption to the vaccination requirement, but I work 100% remotely. Am I still required to test?

If you have an established flexible work agreement documenting your 100% remote status, then you are excused from testing through the end date of your agreement. This includes those based in Eugene, Portland, or Charleston.

Your supervisor must submit an exception form indicating that you are fully remote in order for you to be removed from the list of testing requirement participants. The HR website provides supervisors with further guidance including the exception process and required form.

If my class moves online, and I have a vaccine exemption, am I still required to test weekly?

Yes, when testing is required, it continues regardless of course modality.