Testing for COVID-19

The Student Health and Wellness Center offers a rapid test for COVID-19. Students can access testing through a clinical appointment, asymptomatic testing opportunities, or the UNT contact tracing process. UNT faculty and staff can access testing through the UNT contact tracing process or their outside medical provider.

COVID Testing By Appointment

Students with symptoms of COVID-19 can schedule an appointment for testing on the SHWC patient portal at myosh.unt.edu or by calling (940) 565-2333.  The cost is $50, including the office visit with a medical provider and the rapid test. The SHWC will file to a student's insurance if accepted, and insurance benefits will determine costs. As always, the SHWC will not turn away a student unable to pay for medically necessary services. Often results are available before a patient leaves the clinic. In some cases, medical providers may also order confirmation testing, which involves sending the specimen to an outside reference lab and will incur additional charges.

UNT Student Asymptomatic Testing

Many people infected with COIVD-19 do not have symptoms. Still, they can spread the virus to others- a roommate, faculty member, family member, partner, or friend who may be susceptible to severe COVID-19 illness. Even when you feel healthy, getting tested can help UNT learn about how to monitor and manage COVID-19 and contribute significantly to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the UNT community.

  • The test uses a nurse collected nasal specimen.
  • It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Results are confidential and will be communicated to the patient (see Results below).
  • Participation is voluntary.

Negative results are available via patient portal..

Student Asymptomatic Testing Schedule

Testing sites include Chestnut Hall (1800 Chestnut Street) and pop-up locations on campus. The testing schedule will be updated every Monday by noon.

Schedule of testing options for the week of November 23, 2020.

Date

Time

Location

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Check-in starts at 10 am for the first 60 testers

Chestnut Hall Rotunda Capacity reached at 9:45 am

For all clinics, we will be limiting testing to a set number of patients for each site, to ensure adequate time to process tests the same day. To prevent crowding at clinic locations, we ask students to wait to line up until 15 minutes before check-in starts for each clinic. Any student can utilize testing options in the residence halls.

To Qualify for Student Asympytomatic Testing

To qualify for testing, one must be a UNT student and agree to the following.

I have NOT:

  • experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days,

  • been tested for COVID-19 in the past 14 days;

  • previously had a positive COVID-19 test;

  • been diagnosed with a probable COVID-19 infection that was not confirmed with a lab test in the past six weeks; and,

  • been in close contact with someone who tested (or was presumed to be) positive for COVID-19 within 14 days.

UNT Contact Tracing Testing

The UNT Contact Tracing team may refer students, faculty, and staff for testing through the UNT contact tracing process. The UNT Contact Tracing Team will provide instructions on how to sign up for testing through the contact tracing program.

On the Day of the Test

  • Practice social distancing when waiting for test

  • Have your UNT ID number and mobile device to complete the online check-in process.

  • Wear a mask, until directed by the nurse to remove it to collect your nasal specimen.

Results

  • All results will be kept confidential. SHWC will not release results to faculty members or employers. However, positive results will be reported to UNT and Denton County Public Health for contact tracing purposes.

  • For negative results, students will receive an email to check the patient portal for a message.

  • For positive results, Student Health and Wellness Center clinical staff will contact the patient by phone for additional information and the next steps to take.

  • Results should be available the same day specimen was collected. Depending on the number of tests ran, testing may finish after we close. Depending on the volume of specimens collected, test results may be available at the end of the day or the following morning. If you do not receive an email or phone call, check your patient portal for a message. If you do not have a message in the patient portal, the following business day, please call (940) 565-2333 Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and select option 4 for Medical Records. 

FAQ

Q: Why is the University testing students who are asymptomatic and have no known contact with a positive COVID-19 case?
A: UNT is conducting randomized testing of asymptomatic students to establish a baseline COIVD-19 infection rate among the student population and monitor trends in the infection rate to make informed decisions about keeping the UNT community safe.

Q: Why can I not get tested at a mobile clinic site if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
A: The mobile COVID clinics are for asymptomatic students because additional precautions are necessary when collecting specimens from symptomatic patients. Students with symptoms need to make an appointment so our clinical staff can take these precautions when seeing you and collecting your specimen for testing.