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Testing for Symptoms and Exposures

The UHS Testing Center is open by appointment only  for students.
Location: Commons Edge North, 57 W. Daniels St.  (across from Daniels Hall)
Appointments: Students may call 513-556-2564 for an appointment.

COVID-19 POINT OF CARE ANTIGEN TESTING

Who: students with symptoms only (you must feel sick, not just need a test because you have been exposed or need it for other reason)

What: a viral antigen test for SARS n-COV2, the virus that causes COVID-19

How:  by nasal swab (gentle Qtip in the lower part of the nose)
Where: The test will be run at the UHS Testing Center while you wait.  Typically it takes about 15 minutes.

The details:  Your insurance will be billed as for any other test performed by UHS.  Students may be responsible for the balance if insurance does not cover.

You will need to remain in isolation after you have this test.  If you are positive, you will need to isolate for at least 10 days.

If you are negative, you will still need to isolate while you wait for the result of the confirmatory PCR test – see below.  Your insurance will be billed for both the Antigen test and the confirmatory PCR test.

COVID-19 PCR

What: a viral test for SARS n-COV2, the virus that causes COVID-19

Who: Anyone with an exposure to COVID-19 or needs a test for another reason and anyone with a negative Antigen test
How:  by nasal swab (gentle Qtip in the lower part of the nose)
Where: All specimens will be sent by courier to the UC Health laboratory for testing.  Results will be available through Epic MyChart in 24-48 hours.

The details:  Student insurance will be billed as for any other test performed by UHS.  Students may be responsible for the balance if insurance does not cover.

You will need to remain in isolation after you have this test.  If you are positive, you will need to isolate for at least 10 days.

  Student insurance will be billed as for any other test performed by UHS.  Students may be responsible for the balance if insurance does not cover.

You will need to remain in isolation after you have this test.  If you are positive, you will need to isolate for at least 10 days.

Rapid Strep

What: Testing for strep, the bacteria that causes strep throat
How: by swab of the back of the throat
Where: Rapid onsite testing will be performed, known as point of care testing.  Results are available within 5 minutes. If this test is negative, it must be confirmed by throat culture which will be completed at UC Health Laboratory.

The details:  Student insurance will be billed as for any other test performed by UHS.  Students may be responsible for the balance if insurance does not cover.

Mono

What: Rapid test for mononucleosis, a common viral infection among college students
How:  A blood sample from the arm
Where: This is a rapid test (“point of care”) performed right in the UHS testing center, with results available within 5-10 minutes.

The details: Student insurance will be billed as for any other test performed by UHS.  Students may be responsible for the balance if insurance does not cover.

UCP employees seeking COVID-19 testing must email COVIDWatch@uc.edu. All other employees should contact their personal physicians.

Contact Us

University Health Services

Richard E. Lindner Center
2751 O'Varsity Way, 3rd Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0010

Mail Location: 0769
Phone: 513-556-2564
Fax: 513-556-1337