Surveillance Testing Program

Surveillance Testing Program

Asymptomatic surveillance testing is paused during the winter break. It will resume weekly once students return for the spring semester. Testing dates and details will be communicated at that time.

The COVID-19 surveillance testing program at UNCSA is an additional way to help keep our campus safe. Weekly surveillance testing identifies areas where COVID-19 is present, and therefore, whether further testing is needed. All testing is optional, but participation is strongly encouraged. The university is only testing asymptomatic individuals as part of surveillance testing. Anyone with symptoms should stay home and immediately self-isolate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is testing?

Testing occurs weekly throughout the fall semester in Eisenberg Social Hall of Hanes Student Commons. Anyone selected for testing will receive an email with further instructions and an appointment time.

Who is conducting the testing?

The surveillance 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.

How is the testing group selected?

Testing groups are voluntary, students, faculty and staff sign up for spots each week. High School students are required to submit a consent form from a parent or guardian. Parental Consent Form for testing minors (PDF).

 How will testing work?

After a prescreening, 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 be used for any other purpose.

How will I receive my results?

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, and contact tracing will be conducted by UNCSA and the Forsyth County Health Department.

Will I be charged for the test?

Testing will be conducted at no cost to individuals or the university.