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. The proactive testing program allows us to make inferences about the level of virus spread in our on-campus community and identify asymptomatic cases for isolation.
Update (7/30/2021): The proactive testing program will resume in the fall 2021 semester. Residents, watch this page and your inbox in the coming weeks for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Watch 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 email@example.com 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. 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 within the last 90 days or you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to participate in this testing.
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. 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.