Appointments Available for Final Week of Open COVID-19 Testing

January 29, 2021 | COVID-19, News, UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn



A number of appointments are still available next week for The University of Toledo’s open, rapid COVID-19 surveillance testing.

Any interested students, faculty or staff members are encouraged to request a free test by visiting covid19test.utoledo.edu. Available dates are Tuesday, Feb. 2, Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Friday, Feb. 5.

Testing is limited to those who are not experiencing symptoms. Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, tiredness and a dry cough, should contact The University of Toledo Medical Center by calling 419.383.4545.

The University’s surveillance testing, performed in partnership with UTMC, uses antigen tests, with samples collected via a shallow nasal swab. Results take approximately 30 minutes.

Anyone who tests positive will receive an additional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) through UTMC test to confirm the rapid test result.

After the first week of February, the University will shift its weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing program back to a random sampling of students, faculty and staff.

Those selected for a random COVID-19 test will receive an invitation through their UToledo email address. Participation in the weekly random surveillance testing is required for residential students and highly encouraged for everyone else who is studying or working on campus.

As with the University’s open testing, those selected for the random surveillance testing in February will be given a nasal swab antigen test. Positive results will be confirmed with a PCR test.

A limited number of tests will be available for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff who are not selected to participate in the University’s weekly random testing but would like to be tested for COVID-19.

Available appointments will be shared on covid19test.utoledo.edu.

 

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