Symptomatic COVID Testing Availability and Requirements

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Eligibility for Testing 

Testing is not available to anyone who wants it. According to the CDC, not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19, and decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians. Most sites require that you have symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever of 99.6F or higher, cough, shortness of breath) in order to be tested. 

  • University Employees: assess your symptoms via online assessment.
    • VitalCheck—Doctors in Your Office: offered through Human Resources is available to all faculty, staff and their eligible dependents to speak with a doctor, be screened and, if appropriate, have help facilitating testing for COVID-19. See all HR coronavirus resources here.
    • UHS is able to offer testing for employees who are first responders: UHS providers and Department of Public Safety staff.
  • Students (on campus): if you have symptoms or want to request a test for other reasons, call University Health Services at 609-258-3141 to be assessed. 

Community-Based Testing Sites

New Jersey residents

For a list of community-based testing sites, visit New Jersey's COVID information website. Testing sites have various operating hours and requirements. Most require an appointment in advance. Some require proof of residency in New Jersey or a specific county or municipality. We recommend verifying hours and requirements with a test site before visiting.

Pennsylvania residents

For a list of comunity-based testing sites, visit Pennsylvania's Department of Health website. Testing sites have various operating hours and requirements. Most require an appointment in advance. We recommend calling ahead or checking the testing site’s website before going to one of the testing sites to confirm its current availability and site-specific requirements. 

You may also call:1-877-PAHEALTH (72492584) to be connected with your local health department.

Commercial Testing Facilities

Commercial labs, such as Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp, are offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet certain criteria. Your health care provider must order these tests and collect specimens in-office. You cannot walk into a commercial lab and get tested on-site.

University Health Services' lab (Quest) in McCosh Health Center is not currently testing employees.