COVID-19 Testing FAQs
My roommate tested positive for COVID-19. Does that constitute a high-risk exposure?
Yes. Roommates constitute a member of your household.Permalink
How will UTSA use the test results to keep the campus community safe?
When a positive test result is reported, UTSA will immediately ask the person who tested positive to isolate. Next, we will determine who else on campus may have been exposed to the person who tested positive, such as classmates or co-workers, and invite them to be tested as well. By participating in the mandatory testing program, you help UTSA better understand the spread of the virus on campus so we can make timely decisions on preventative measures. Housing roommates are notified by UTSA Housing and Residence Life and will receive instructions for quarantine options. Additionally, the contact tracing team works with COVID-positive individuals to identify and notify close contacts. Since a COVID diagnosis is personal health information, UTSA must be careful not to share the identity of the COVID-positive individual.Permalink
Can I get tested off-campus and provide my results?
Yes, Roadrunners can test anywhere they wish and provide their results. However we recommend testing at these locations because it’s free, convenient, has a quick turnaround time, and the UTSA COVID Response Team can quickly respond with guidance and support.
If you obtain your test from another testing provider, ensure that you are given a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. Rapid antigen test results will not be accepted for this program, as rapid antigen testing is less sensitive and negative results from these tests do not necessarily rule out COVID-19 infection.
To submit your test results, complete the online Self-Report. A member of the UTSA Covid-19 Response Team will reach out to you.Permalink
Will my data be used for research purposes?
No, the data collected is not used for research. The purpose of this program is to identify COVID-19 cases among our on-campus community. This information allows us to make timely decisions for intervention and response.Permalink
Are my results shared with anyone?
The results of tests administered by Livingston Med Lab or Student Health Services/UT Health Wellness 360 will be shared with you and UTSA's COVID Response Team, which includes representatives from Student Health Services, Housing and Resident Life, and contact tracing. If your test is positive, your name will be forwarded to San Antonio Metro Health, as required by health officials. UTSA will assist Metro Health with contact tracing.Permalink
My assigned work or learning modality is remote or hybrid. Am I required to get tested?
You do not have to come to campus for the sole purpose of testing, but you must get tested if you meet the criteria.
You do not have to test at a UTSA-affiliated site. If you obtain your test from another testing provider, ensure that you are given a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. Rapid antigen test results will not be accepted for this program, as rapid antigen testing is less sensitive and negative results from these tests do not necessarily rule out COVID-19 infection.
Finally, remember to self-report your test results.Permalink
How does this program affect testing protocols for members of the UTSA Athletics cohort?
Students and staff in the Athletics cohort should continue to be tested according to existing testing protocols for Athletics.Permalink
How long will the mandatory testing program last?
The program will run from September 13 until October 15, which is when current COVID models and projections predict that local conditions will improve. The program will be extended if critical conditions persist. UTSA Recovery Operations will notify the Roadrunner community in the event the program needs to be extended.Permalink
What kind of testing is administered? What does the test show?
The on-campus testing sites administer a PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test for COVID-19. The test can tell whether someone has the virus very early on, even if they don’t have symptoms. This test is only for the COVID-19 virus. It will not detect the presence of any other viruses or diseases. Please note that this test only detects the presence or absence of the virus at the time it is administered. It is possible to have a negative test and later contract the virus.Permalink
How is the test administered?
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.Permalink
How much does the test cost ?
There is no cost for testing administered as part of the mandatory testing program.Permalink
When will I receive my results?
Results are available online 24-72 hours after testing. When test results are available, you will receive an email with a link to view results via an online portal using the password provided. If you do not receive this email, be sure to check your spam folder, and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message, indicate that you have not received your test results, and provide your (1) name, (2) phone number, and (3) test date. A member of the COVID Response Team will contact you.Permalink
I am a benefits-eligible employee. What at-home testing options are available to me?
Employees who work remotely can get tested for COVID-19 from the comfort their home. MDLIVE doctors can assess your condition, order an at-home COVID-19 test, provide symptom treatment plans and help determine the necessary next steps. At-home COVID-19 tests are generally delivered to your home within two days, and results are communicated via text one to two days after your sample is received. MDLIVE is fully covered for UT SELECT Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
Please note: While MDLIVE does provide at-home COVID-19 tests, the decision of whether you qualify for MDLIVE to send a test to your home is made at the discretion of your MDLIVE physician.Permalink