COVID-19 Testing


COVID-19 Testing

Last updated on Aug. 30, 2021: NCDHHS Added Test Site Finder link.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing program

UNCSA has on-site surveillance testing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday in Eisenberg Social Hall. Faculty, staff and students without proof of vaccination status are required to complete surveillance testing weekly. If you choose not or are unable to be tested each Tuesday, you will need to have a PCR molecular test conducted by a community provider and you will need to upload your test by 5 p.m. Fridays using the following links:

Surveillance testing is to help identify areas where COVID-19 is present, and therefore, whether further testing is needed. Faculty, staff, and students with proof of vaccination status can voluntarily complete a surveillance test if capacity allows.

Frequently asked questions about surveillance testing

When and where is testing?

Testing will be every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Eisenberg Social Hall located in Hanes Student Commons.

  • If you are required to test, you will receive an email to your UNCSA email address with a link to make an appointment.
  • If capacity allows, time slots will be available each week for students, faculty and staff outside the required testing group.

Who is conducting the testing?

Our testing program is being conducted in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), which has contracted with Starmount Healthcare Management (StarMed) to administer the tests.

Do high school students need consent from parents?

Yes. High School students are required to submit a consent from a parent or guardian. Download the Parental Consent Form for testing minors (PDF).

How will testing work?

About 60 people per hour will be tested. You will be prescreened by a medical provider before testing. The test will be collected via a nasal swab (officially known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR Nasopharyngeal Swab). Any personal information collected for the test will remain confidential and not used for any other purpose.

How will I receive my results from on-campus testing?

Lab results are generally available within 72 hours from the testing date. You will receive a text message and email with a link to access test results via a secure patient portal. 

What happens if I test positive?

You will follow the UNCSA positive case protocol.

Will I be charged for the test?

On-site testing will be conducted at no cost to individuals or the university. StarMed will bill the student’s insurance for the visit with the medical provider and the COVID-19 test; however, students will not be billed for any costs not covered by insurance. For students who do not have insurance, StarMed will bill the federal CARES Act.

Where can I test off-campus?

You can try using NCDHHS Test Site Finder.


Update your vaccination status

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination, you can voluntarily upload your vaccination status.


Symptomatic testing

Symptomatic students may contact UNCSA Health Services for COVID-19 testing or use an off-campus testing facility. Faculty and staff need to contact their medical provider for testing. If their test result is positive, all students, faculty or staff must report immediately.

UNCSA Health Services is testing students for COVID-19, in partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Students who refuse to take a COVID-19 test at the request of health services will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.


  • Tests are no cost to students, when ordered by a Student Health Services medical provider.
  • Faculty and staff need to contact their medical provider for testing. The State Health Plan is waiving cost of copay for in-person and virtual visits to COVID-19 screening, COVID-19 test until CARES Act Requirements expires, and treatment for members with COVID-19.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing will be conducted by the Forsyth County Health Department with assistance from UNCSA. Forsyth County has hired and trained additional contact tracers to respond to the pandemic. UNCSA continues to be in direct contact with Forsyth County health officials and will work with them closely to implement contact tracing on campus.

Note: The CDC defines of a close contact is 15-minute exposure is cumulative at a distance of six feet or less over a 24-hour period.

For example, if you were within six feet of someone infected with COVID-19 for three five-minute segments throughout the day, you would be identified as a close contact and therefore, would be quarantined for 14 days. This guidance means that physical distancing of six feet or more is critical in every situation.

Campus entry protocol for fall 2021

Before the start of the fall semester, UNCSA required a negative PCR Molecular COVID-19 test for all students, faculty and staff without proof of vaccination. Individuals who had not yet completed vaccination requirements also must have submitted a negative test. For the purpose of entry, you may return after you submit proof of your second dose of a two-dose series or after your single dose vaccination.

PCR Molecular Tests (either rapid or non-rapid PCR test) will be accepted and is the test that most COVID-19 testing centers, urgent care centers and pharmacies are using. Antigen tests will not be accepted. Be sure to inquire and confirm the type of test before you are tested.

If you submitted proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, you did not have to submit a negative test. Any expenses incurred with testing are the responsibility of the employee.


Students who do not upload a vaccination card nor submit a COVID-19 test before the campus entry deadlines were not be cleared to move in to their residence halls and lost their One Card access. Commuter students lost One Card access to campus. Intentionally misrepresenting vaccination status may be a violation of student codes of conduct or, if an employee, a violation of employment.