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COVID Mitigation Testing for Monday, February 15

Due to predicted inclement weather Monday and Tuesday, Wild Health Labs is increasing testing Monday, February 15 from 8am to 2pm. 

Testing will take place in the basketball courts on the lower level of the Campus Recreation Center. Testing hours will run 8am to 2pm. Students with appointments for Tuesday, February 16 were sent a message telling them to come for testing on Monday, February 15 due to predicted inclement weather. If you have an appointment for Tuesday, check your email for a message from Wild Health Labs to have your test done on Monday. Testing is free, fast, and easy - requiring less than 5 minutes to complete. This testing will be offered by Wild Health Labs of Kentucky.

Register for Return to Campus COVID Testing

All University Housing residents will be able to make an appointment for move-in through the housing portal. In addition, you will need to make an appointment for free, on-campus COVID-19 testing, also through the portal.

Spring Semester students who are non-residential but who take part in on-campus activities on Uptown Campus will also need to make an appointment for free, on-campus COVID-19 testing. Plan to get tested 3 days before any on-campus activities you might be planning – whether that’s a class, lab, work, research, exercise, dining or recreation. Once tested, you will receive results within 48-72 hours. Negative test results will be emailed. Once you have a negative test result in Return to Campus testing, your “Yellow Pass” will transition to “Green,” removing the campus access restrictions.

Required Weekly Surveillance Testing

During Spring Semester 2021, students will receive notice when they have been selected to participate in ongoing random sample testing. Participation in such testing will be required of students who fall into the following categories, unless they meet the needed qualifications for a testing exemption. 

  • Residential students living in UC Housing
  • Students attending face-to-face classes or hybrid classes on the Uptown Campus 
  • Students who work or conduct research on campus; or who come to campus for other activities   

Testing will be available every weekday except Thursdays at the following locations in the Uptown Campus:

West Campus ongoing mitigation testing will take place Mondays and Tuesdays (starting Monday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 26) in the basketball courts on the lower level of the Campus Recreation Center. Testing hours will run 10 AM to 6 PM. Testing is free, fast, and easy - requiring less than 5 minutes to complete. This testing will be offered by Wild Health Labs of Kentucky.

Note on entry: please go to the stairwell by Stadium View Cafe at the north end of Nippert Stadium below the large scoreboard and follow the signs directing you to the testing site.  

In addition, Test and Protect (TaP) will offer testing at two sites on a weekly basis. Please note that TaP will request insurance information; however, if a student's insurance does not cover the test, there will be no charge to the student. 

  • Stratford Heights Banquet Room (Stratford Heights Complex, Unit 16, 2634 Stratford Ave, Cincinnati OH 45220 - west side of Clifton Avenue) on Wednesday afternoons from 1 PM to 5 PM.  Parking will be available for a fee in the Stratford garage. Note that while no appointment is required for the Stratford location for TaP testing, the service is offered to a wider audience, and may result in longer wait times than appointments at CRC. 
  • East Campus on Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM, at UC Health's Addiction Sciences (ASD) Division building (2nd floor, adjacent to Suite 201), 3131 Harvey Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229. Once you enter the building, take the elevator to the second floor, and testing will be in the office space to your left.  There will be signage to assist with directing. There is parking available in the Harvey Garage for a fee. Other options include the shuttle or street parking.

See https://healthcollab.org/testandprotect/ for more details. Note that the Stratford Heights location is not on the website, as this site will not be open to the public for testing. (The East Campus site, in the Addiction Sciences building, will be open to the public.)

Results

Test results are generally received within 48-72 hours. Individuals with a positive test will be contacted by phone by a member of UC’s COVID response team or the Hamilton County Test and Protect team, depending on where you tested. Please make sure to answer your phone if you have a pending test result, even if it is an unfamiliar number. Everyone else will be notified of their negative test by their UC email once all results are received. 

Additional Information

Consequences for failing to participate in required mitigation testing throughout spring term will follow a step-ladder approach. Exemptions to required testing will be granted under certain conditions. Please allow up to 72 hours for processing of any exemption request. Additional details can be found on the uc.edu/publichealth testing page. 

It is important to participate in testing, wear facial coverings, social distance, and frequently wash our hands, and use the COVID Check app to complete daily Health Checks to help stay safer and protect our friends and campus community.  

Return to Campus Required Testing

The best tools for COVID-19 risk mitigation consist of our own personal and community practices: Required use of facial covering, physical distancing, personal hygiene, attention to sanitization, self-monitoring, and appropriate self-care, which includes staying home if ill. 

These steps will do much to prevent the spread of COVID-19, decreasing the likelihood that members of our community will become ill. 

In addition, a robust testing program will help identify cases early and further decrease viral transmission on campus.

  • Testing at UC-Blue Ash will take place March 9, and testing at UC Clermont College will take place March 16. 
  • On the uptown campus, testing will be offered every weekday except Thursday. Notification that testing is required will be sent by email to students residing in University Housing and for those students coming to the Uptown Campus for academic, research, work, or other activities.  
  • Voluntary testing will also be available to students, faculty, and staff at any of the sites.

Testing required for the following

  • Residential students living in UC Housing
  • Students attending face-to-face classes or hybrid classes on the Uptown Campus
  • Students who work or conduct research on campus

And even though we’ve moved to required testing as outlined above and below, voluntary participation in testing will still be an option too.

Testing for students exhibiting symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, or who may have been exposed to the virus, will still be available through University Health Services. Employees should contact their personal physician. Please note that anyone with symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 are required to report in either the COVID Check App or the web-based application.

What to expect in the testing experience

  • Students selected for required strategic surveillance testing will be notified via their university email, along with instructions for next steps.
  • Strategic surveillance testing will be available on campus, but students may also fulfill the testing requirement via other off-campus providers, such as private physicians, Kroger's Little Clinics, or a variety of locales offered by the Hamilton County Health Department. See the Hamilton County Health Department's website for testing sites available in Hamilton County.
  • Only PCR tests will be accepted. Antigen tests are less reliable in individuals who do not have symptoms, and antibody tests are not useful for detecting infection early in the course. 
  • For students opting to fulfill the testing requirement on campus during the spring semester, strategic surveillance testing will be provided at no out of pocket expense. It’s quick, easy, and free (with no charge to students). The entire testing experience requires less than 5 minutes.
  • Students may also choose to participate in strategic surveillance testing provided by Hamilton County Test and Protect, which will come to campus weekly on Wednesdays from 1 PM to 5 PM in the banquet room at Stratford Unit No. 16, located at 2634 Stratford Avenue (west side of Clifton Avenue), and on On the East Campus on Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM, at the Addiction Sciences Division offices, located at 3131 Harvey Ave. on the UC Health business campus. Once you enter the building, take the elevator to the second floor and testing will be in the office space to your left. There will be signage to assist with directing. There is parking available in the Harvey Garage for a fee. Other options include the shuttle or street parking.
  • This testing is open to all. Please note that Test and Protect will ask for insurance information; however, if a student’s insurance does not cover the test, there will be no charge to the student.
  • Please expect to social distance and wear a mask during testing, except while the test is actually being performed.
  • Testing results are generally available within 48-72 hours of the test. All positives receive a phone call from a COVID Check team member within 24 hours; negative results are sent by email.
  • In addition, if you use the COVID Check App, the pass will turn red as soon as the result is recorded in our system. This may happen before you receive a phone call.  We ask that you remain isolated from others as much as possible until you receive the call with specific instructions.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ANSWER YOUR PHONE IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR TEST RESULTS, EVEN IF IT IS AN UNFAMILIAR NUMBER.
  • ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR UC EMAIL FOR RESULTS. THEY WILL NOT COME TO YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL.

Exemption process

Unless a student receives an exemption from testing, failure to respond and obtain a test may result in loss of access to university spaces and services.

Exemptions from on-campus strategic surveillance testing may be granted based on the following:

  • A student is currently in quarantine or isolation.
  • They have a medical condition that precludes them from having the test done.
  • They are currently sick and unable to get to the testing facility. 
  • They have a sincerely held religious belief.
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

Please allow up to 72 hours for processing of any exemption request.

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