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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Proactive Testing Program

As part of our ongoing strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19, UTSA is facilitating a COVID-19 proactive testing program. This voluntary testing program allows the university to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence and make timely decisions for intervention and response. While this testing is not mandatory, we ask that you do your part to help protect our Roadrunner community.

A proactive testing program means that individuals will be selected and tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a known exposure or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. This voluntary testing allows us to make inferences about the level of virus spread in our on-campus community and identify asymptomatic cases for isolation.

Initially, the program will include students residing in UTSA-owned and operated student housing (Chaparral and Laurel Village). Later, the program may expand to include other student populations and a sample of employees working on campus.


Testing Process

Testing will be available in alternating weeks throughout the semester for residents of Laurel Village and Chaparral Village, beginning the week of September 14 with Laurel Village residents.

Residents will receive a reminder email on the Monday of each week that testing is available to their location.

No appointment is necessary, and there is no direct cost to participants. Questions related to this testing program can be directed to recoveryops@utsa.edu.


Testing Locations

Laurel and Chaparral Village residents can visit the following locations to participate in this voluntary testing program.

H-E-B Student Union, room 1.002
Across the Paseo from RowdyMart
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Community testing locations

(open alternating weeks during that location's testing week):

Laurel Village
Neighborhood Center 12
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Chaparral Village
Neighborhood Center 15
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Week Community
10/12-10/16 Laurel
10/19-10/23 Chaparral
10/26-10/30 Laurel
11/2-11/6 Chaparral
11/9-11/13 Laurel
11/16-11/20 Chaparral
11/23-11/24 Laurel

Frequently Asked Questions 

Look for the email reminder, which will be sent on Monday of each week that testing is available for your housing community. You can also contact recoveryops@utsa.edu for details.

This voluntary testing program is for asymptomatic individuals. If you have a fever or symptoms, please contact your physician or Student Health Services for advice. If you are in quarantine or isolation, you should not leave to get tested through this program.

If you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past, you do not need to participate in this testing. If you have not already done so, you should report your diagnosis using the Self Reporting Portal if you were tested after 8/22/20 or email us at recoveryops@utsa.edu if you were tested prior to 8/22/20.

Bring your student ID to the testing site and have it ready to show at check-in. You do not need a health insurance card and there is no cost to you for these tests.

Testing will occur with physical distancing and masks required. Only students who need to complete testing will be permitted in the testing facility.

During the test, a technician will insert a special cotton swab in both sides of your nose and move it around for about 15 seconds. It won’t hurt, but it might be uncomfortable. The technician sends the swab to a lab to test the material from inside your nose.

Testing typically takes 5-10 minutes.

You will receive instructions for checking your results via a patient portal. A university representative will call you if you have a positive test result.

The results will be shared with you and Student Health Services (for students) or Occupational Health (for faculty and staff). If your test is positive, your name will also be forwarded to San Antonio Metro Health, as required by health officials. UTSA will assist Metro Health with contact tracing..

When a positive test result comes in, UTSA will immediately ask the person who tested positive to isolate. Then, we will determine who else on campus may have been exposed to the person who received a positive test, such as classmates or co-workers, and invite them to be tested as well. By participating in the proactive testing program, you help UTSA better understand the spread of the virus on campus so we can make timely decisions on preventative measures.

No, the data collected is not used for research. The purpose of this program is to identify asymptomatic cases among our on-campus community. This information allows us to make timely decisions for intervention and response.


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