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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Testing

To protect the health and well-being of the campus community, students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to have a COVID-19 test diagnostic test. There are a variety of ways you can get tested, both on and off campus.

There are two primary types of COVID-19 tests available to students, faculty and staff at the university: saliva tests and nasal swab tests. Both are designed to detect an active infection. You can also check out other off-campus testing opportunities.

It is very important that any student, faculty or staff that develop significant symptoms of COVID-19, like fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact their healthcare provide for evaluation. If needed, an appointment for a test will be scheduled. Costs for test will be billed to your health insurance. Students can make an appointment through MyHealthSpace.

See the Spring 2021 Testing Information page for details about the new testing requirements that are now in effect.


Important Information about Vaccines:

  • DHEC has implemented a phased approach to when individuals can receive the vaccine based on category.
  • All faculty, staff and students with questions about vaccine availability should visit DHEC’s vaccine website to determine eligibility to register for the vaccine.

Schedule for Jan. 16 – Jan. 24

Be sure to bring your Carolina Card to get tested. We also encourage you to bring your cell phone to record your test barcode.
Please do not eat, drink, chew gum, or use tobacco products within 30 minutes prior to saliva testing and do not drink water 10 minutes prior to the saliva test.

Saturday, Jan. 16

  • No testing

Sunday, Jan. 17

Monday, Jan. 18

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Thursday, Jan. 21

Friday, Jan. 22

Saturday, Jan. 23

  • No testing

Sunday, Jan. 24


Saliva tests

The Saliva Assay Free Expedited (SAFE) test is free, quick and noninvasive, and results can typically be shared within 24-48 hours after the saliva sample is collected. SAFE testing is only available to current students, faculty, and staff.

COVID-19 Self-Collected Diagnostic Nasal Swab Tests

The nasal swab test is free, quick and painless. You will self-collect your own sample with a Q-tip-like swab. Results can typically be shared within 24-48 hours after the sample is collected.

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