COVID-19 Testing


IF A PERSON IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS

Students

Contact a Student Health Clinical Nurse by joining a QLess Line and a nurse will call you back.

If you were tested outside Student Health, please contact the organization that performed the test for results and notify Student Health of the results through the Patient Portal Gateway.

Employees

Please contact your Primary Care Provider or the local Urgent Care Center.

To speak with a COVID Response Team member, please email ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu and your question will be forwarded to the appropriate person.  

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COVID-19 Campus Testing

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COVID Lab Testing


Normal Testing Hours and Locations

Linda Vista

Tuesday & Thursday

8:30 am - Noon | 1:05-4:45 pm

Loma Pelona

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

8:30 am-Noon | 1:05-4:45 pm

Maps to Testing Locations

Linda Vista (in Santa Catalina)

Loma Pelona (near Manzanita Village)

Food Donations Accepted at Both Covid-19 Testing Sites

Please bring your shelf stable, unopened food that has not expired AND hygiene products when you come for a test.

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Types of Tests

All Testing Utilized by UCSB are Nucleic Acid Amplification Test. Two kinds of molecular tests are being utilized to meet campus' needs:

*There are times when a specific type of test will not be available on a given day

LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) uses an isothermal amplification process with a strand-displacing polymerase to promote rapid amplification and quantitative fluorescence detection of viral RNA. The test used at UCSB was developed by Atila Biosystems and is performed on campus in the Student Health Service CLIA-certified Laboratory Annex using the Atila iAMP COVID-19 RNA Detection Kit.

Results generally return in 1-2 days.

RT-PCR (Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction) first extracts the COVID-19 viral RNA in a sample. The purified nucleic acid is then reverse transcribed into cDNA, followed by PCR amplification and detection using an authorized real-time (RT) PCR instrument. The final step uses a marker to attach to the specific DNA strands and release fluorescence levels that can be quantified to confirm the presence of the virus. This test is performed for UCSB by Fulgent Genetics at their laboratories in Temple City, CA.

Results generally return in 1-3 days.

SWAB-SEQ testing is performed at a CLIA-certified lab on the UCLA campus. The method was developed by the UCLA Computational Medicine Department using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technology.  A unique molecular “bar code” is added to each patient’s sample during amplification. A very large number of samples are then combined and analyzed in a DNA sequencer and the bar codes allow for determination of the presence or absence of SARS CoV-2 viral RNA in each original patient sample.

The ACE (Aptitude COVID-19 Express) test is performed at Aptitude Clinical Diagnostics, a CLIA-certified laboratory in Goleta. This test is a reverse transcription and loop-mediated amplification (RT-LAMP) test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 in saliva specimens collected without preservatives in a sterile container. This test detects fragment of the Nucleocapsid (“N”) gene of SARS-CoV-2. This test also detects the human RNase P gene (“RP”), which serves as an internal process control for the handling and processing of the clinical sample in the absence of a positive SARS-CoV-2 result. The entire reaction from RT-LAMP amplification to fluorescence-based detection of the target analytes can be performed in approximately 40 minutes.

Results generally return in 1-3 days.

STUDENTS

How To Make Your Appointment

  • Log on to the Patient Portal Gateway with your Net ID and password
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "COVID-19 Services" click continue
  • Choose "Testing Services", click continue
  • Choose "Schedule a COVID test"
  • Read the notices and click continue
  • Enter your phone number
  • Choose your appointment date range and location and search for appointments
  • Select your day and time
  • Choose "schedule
  • Read the COVID Notify app and choose either "yes" or "no" according to your circumstances
  • Click "submit final"

EMPLOYEES

How To Make Your Weekly Appointment

  • Log on to the Patient Portal Gateway with your Net ID and password
  • Click on "appointments" on the left-hand side
  • Click "schedule an appointment"
  • Choose "employee COVID-19 testing" click continue
  • Read the notice, click continue
  • Enter your current phone number
  • Choose your appointment date range and location
  • Choose "schedule"
  • Read another notice and click "schedule"
  • Read the COVID Notify app and choose either "yes" or "no" according to your circumstances
  • Click "submit final"

PLEASE NOTE THE LIMITATIONS OF COVID-19 TESTS

 

  • The test only reflects your status at the moment the specimen was collected;

  • You may not develop a positive test for up to 14 days after exposure; most new cases show positive results from 2-11 days after exposure, but it can take 14 days or more to turn positive;

  • After an exposure and without symptoms, the ideal time to test is 5-8 days after exposure, but it is recommended you wait at least 2 days before testing to avoid a misleading negative result that might later turn positive;

  • All laboratory results are subject to potential errors from a variety of factors, so please consult with your healthcare provider if the result seems surprising or does not match your situation