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Testing Options for Students

University Health Services/Campus Health Center Testing

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, schedule an appointment for testing with University Health Services through myUHS. Students at Commonwealth Campuses should contact their campus health center

University Health Services offers two options for COVID-19 testing. Students can get tested during a University Health Services appointment or use the COIVD-19 testing boxes located at the second-floor entrance on the Student Health Center. Both testing options require an appointment. To schedule an appointment for a test with University Health Services visit myUHS. For after-hours advice, students should begin the screening process for coronavirus over the phone by calling the 24/7 UHS Advice Nurse at 814-865-4UHS (4847) (Press 3).

COVID-19 Testing Only Appointments (COVID-19 BOX Testing)

COIVID-19 box testing is a fast and easy testing option for students with a COVID-19 concern or mild COVID-19 symptoms. Students with more severe symptoms are asked to get tested in-house (through an appointment with a clinician). Once an appointment has been made for the testing site, students will arrive at the second-floor entrance on the Student Health Center building's south side, facing Millennium Science Complex, and follow the signs.  Getting tested only takes about 30 seconds. Tests results are typically available within a few hours. 

In-house Testing

Depending on symptoms, students may also be tested for COVID-19 during an appointment with their clinician at UHS. Tests results are typically available within a few hours.

Understanding your testing options 

Following is information on what action you should take based on your symptoms or contact with the virus. Use this information to help you determine if you should be tested and, if so, where/how you should be tested. 

I have COVID-19 symptoms and/or am feeling ill

Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact University Health Services, their campus health center, or their primary care provider. 

To schedule an appointment for a test with University Health Services visit myUHS. For after-hours advice, students should begin the screening process for coronavirus over the phone by calling the 24/7 UHS Advice Nurse at 814-865-4UHS (4847) (Press 3).

If you are showing any of these signs or other signs or symptoms which are concerning to you, seek emergency medical care immediately. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Purple/blue discoloration of one or more toes 

Call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care and may have COVID-19.

I do NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but wish to have a test

Students are strongly urged to bring a minimum of four COVID-19 at-home test kits with them to campus.  Free tests can be ordered online at COVID.gov/tests.

I have been in close contact with or live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

Instead, individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should begin wearing a well-fitting mask indoors immediately and take a COVID-19 test after five days. Individuals who test negative should continue to wear a mask indoors around others for 10 days. Those who test positive should enter isolation immediately.

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