Mandatory Testing Program
This page is updated as new information becomes available. Last updated: 9/14/2021.
Who Must Get Tested:
The mandatory testing program is now in effect and will continue through October 15, 2021*.
For the duration of the program, all students, faculty and staff who meet the following criteria must be tested for COVID-19:
1. If they have symptoms1 of COVID-19, or
2. If they have had a high-risk exposure2 to COVID-19
The mandatory testing program only requires testing for individuals who meet the criteria outlined above. It does not require regularly scheduled, asymptomatic testing. If you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have not recently had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19, you do not need to get tested.
*Program end date is subject to extension, contingent upon local pandemic conditions. In the event the program is extended, the Roadrunner community will be notified.
When to Get Tested:
|Get tested right away, regardless of vaccination status.|
If you had a high-risk exposure to COVID-19, and you:
|Are fully vaccinated||Get tested 3-5 days following the exposure|
|Are not fully vaccinated||
Get tested 3-5 days following the exposure, AND
|Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and have fully recovered||If asymptomatic, no testing needed.
Get tested if symptoms develop.
Where to Get Tested:
Roadrunners can get tested at any testing location that is most convenient for them.
It is highly recommended to get tested at a UTSA-affiliated testing location, as these options are free for Roadrunners, offer a quick turnaround time for results, and enable the UTSA COVID-19 Response Team to efficiently respond to positive tests and provide guidance.
Which Test to Get:
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) molecular test is required for the mandatory testing program. The recommended testing locations all provide PCR tests. If you do not get tested at one of these locations, be sure to use a testing provider that offers PCR testing.
Rapid antigen tests (e.g. BinaxNOW) are less sensitive than PCR tests, and a negative result from an antigen test does not necessarily rule out COVID-19 infection. Per CDC and Texas DSHS recommendations, a negative antigen test should be followed by a confirmatory molecular test for individuals who are symptomatic or have had a high-risk exposure to a confirmed positive case.
Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms can vary for each person and include one or more of the following: congestion or runny nose, fever/chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, muscle or body aches, diarrhea, and/or new loss of taste or smell.
High-risk exposures are defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a combined total of 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period. Household contacts generally constitute a high-risk exposure and meet above criteria.